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Confetti Park

Confetti Park is a playground of magical music and stories spun in Louisiana. Showcasing songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful musical medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show! Created by Katy Hobgood Ray of New Orleans.
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Apr 21, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, inspired by life here Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of our state sound.

Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, a music memory from Foots Quinn of Bogalusa and the storytime feature Tale of a Spitball by Ms. Chocolate.


The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

 

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Current broadcast schedule:

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Apr 16, 2017

Andreas Sahar, of New Orleans, is a musician, songwriter, and the artistic director of Totally Square Records.  In this interview with Confetti Park, Andreas talks about his record label, about his earliest childhood musical memories, and about nurturing a love for music within his own young children.

Wimmerpot

From Andreas’ childhood recollections is the enchanting nickname his grandmother gave him: “wimmerpot.” He discusses this nickname in the interview... and from his website:

“My grandmother made up the word," explains Andreas. "Roughly translated from German, her moniker for me was something along the lines of “stewing teapot,” a reference to the constant humming I did while playing with my Legos or train sets. At four years old, music was already brewing inside my head, escaping in bouts of sonorous steam while I fiddled with my toys.” More from his website


Totally Square Records

Andreas discusses with Confetti Park the unique concept behind Totally Square Records, which features pop and pop rock music. The featured artists have more than captivating hooks, intriguing melodies, and tight harmonies in common—they also share a commitment to serve as positive role models to their fans.

“What we do is we sign recording artists who agree to stay out of trouble, to stay away from all the tabloid catchers, and focus on making great music,” Andreas explains.  He then goes on to introduce some of the artists featured on the label. (Enjoy clips of the following artists from the roster of Totally Square Records in the interview.)

  • "Anamaria Angel has a great pop rock feel...She is a fantastic artist."
     
  • "I’m also really excited to work with Justin and Alina, a brother and sister team. It’s amazing watching and hearing them work together."
  • "We also have an artist by the name of Nicole Raviv, a fantastic vocalist. She was raised in Canada and Israel. She goes back all the time to Israel to put on some really big shows."


Outside of the label, Andreas creates his own music—which runs the gamut of styles from pop singles to long-form symphonic pieces and musicals.  Much of Andreas' musical creativity is inspired by his spirituality. (Listen to some samples.)

Passing on the love of music

Andreas also enjoys collaborating with his children, twin boys and a daughter, on music.  Here is a song called "Rock 'n Roll Star" that features a hook that his five-year-old daughter Ramona came up with.

“She just started singing it and I immediately screeched to a halt whatever I was doing and listened and started banging it away on the piano,” says Andreas. “It’s such a catchy little hook!”

Andreas’ advice to parents who want their kids to find a creative outlet is, first and foremost, let them breathe and have room to find their own passion.  And once you see their passion, nurture it!

“Kids will have their own spark and their own interest, and you can pick up on that," he says. "If you do see a spark, and a genuine interest, I say feed it!”

Apr 9, 2017

“Follow me to the garden! Let’s check out the magic of nature!”

Rosemary the Garden Fairy shares gardening tips and natural lore with children.

How does your garden grow?

All seeds need water to sprout. Sometimes rain waters the garden. You can also collect rain, in a rain barrel, to make sure you have it at exactly the right time you need it.

Irrigation systems are another way to get the water to the plants in a garden or farm.

After the seeds sprout, the vegetable plants or seedlings needs the right amount of sunlight. Most need six to eight hours a day.

Other important things that will help your garden grow… keep an eye out for pests, like caterpillars and other bugs who like to eat the plants.

Compost and fertilize when needed, and pick the vegetables when they are ripe and ready!

Apr 5, 2017

Mike Strecker is a stand-up comedian who has been performing in the New Orleans area since 1995. And now, he is a published book author. Mike recently released two volumes of jokes, Young Comic’s Guide to Telling Jokes Vol. 1 and 2, which are nationally distributed by Sterling Children's Books.

“The way it came about… my wife’s a school teacher, and I have a habit of coming up with these corny little jokes. And she would say, ‘You have to write these down; kids love these kids of books.’

So I wound up writing them down, and sure enough, I sent them away and a publisher wanted  to publish them.”

“First I wrote 150 jokes—I figured that would make one volume. Little did I know!,” laughs Mike. “I sent it away, and they said, ‘Yes, we like this. But we want to make two volumes of 600 jokes each.’”

Whew! That’s a lot of jokes!

Mike rose to challenge, and spent the next few months torturing his wife and kids with experimental puns and word play.

“I have to say, the experience was pure joy,” says Mike. “Somedays I’d come up with ten, other days, I’d come home and say, ‘Honey, what a day! I did 45 jokes!’ Finally, she was like, ‘Can you turn this off?’”

“There is a pun every where you look…. Once you start looking for them!” says Mike.

Mike’s books came out in January 2017. Included with over 600 jokes each are tips of how to deliver jokes, which Mike developed from his 20+ year career in standup comedy. For example, a joke should always be delivered conversationally. “Act natural,” says Mike. “Don’t read your jokes from this book or any book.”

Mike is already working on a followup, which is tentatively titled “Jokes for Crescent City Kids.”

You can catch Mike performing his family-friendly brand of stand up comedy around New Orleans. Check out his schedule at http://openmikestrecker.com/index.html

Mar 23, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians.

Songs featured in this episode, in order:
Woody, Lead Belly & Pete – Ph Fred
Pig Latin Song – Lead Belly
Woodpecker – a poem by Nola Frazier
Lost in the Library – Judy Caplan Ginsburgh
O’Guillori – Michael Doucet
This Old Man – The Swing Setters
Goodbye in the Bayou – Jazzy Ash

Also featured in this episode, a music memory from Layla Isis and a story called Dixie the Old Dog by Tommie Townsley.

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The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

Subscribe on iTunes

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, OffBeat magazine and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Current broadcast schedule:

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Mar 9, 2017

In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear an excerpt from the enchanting fairy tale To Dream of Dancing: Desdemona's Dreams, Volume 1. Z.W. (Zachary) Mohr, the author, narrates for us a dream poem and an introduction to Desdemona. This is an excerpt from the first book in his original series co-created with illustrator Aaron Damon Porter.

Desdemona is an 11 year old girl who is being raised by her two mysterious aunts and guardian teddy bear. When we first meet Desdemona, she is battling a mad maestro who wants to steal away her dream of dancing. When she awakes, her adventures continue…..

From this introduction, we, along with Desdemona, will discover she can bring her dreams into the waking world at a time when everyone else is forgetting how to dream.

Many more chapters of Desdemona's Dreams are to come from New Orleans-based co-creators Mohr and Porter. Currently, there is To Dream of Dancing: Desdemona's Dreams, Volume 1 and The Land of Mar: Desdemona's Dreams, Volume 2. The second book features pirates!!!

The Desdemona's Dreams series offers a whirlwind of adventures in magical places, with inspiring and strong female characters. It also shows us the beauty of a child’s imagination, and how dreams shape the very world around us.

Stay tuned for an interview with Zachary Mohr and Aaron Damon Porter on Confetti Park.

Mar 4, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, a story called "The Lord's Supper" by Ms. Chocolate and a music memory from Dirty Dozen saxophone player Roger Lewis.


The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

Subscribe on iTunes

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, OffBeat magazine and Music Rising at Tulane University. Current broadcast schedule:

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Feb 25, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Summit of Sound – kids at the Renzi Center in Shreveport
Mardi Gras – Mr. Michael’s Class of Young Audiences Raps
Nobody Likes Fun More Than Me! – Don Hoffman and Bryan Wagar
Big Hola – Imagination Movers
Lollipop Tree – Judy Caplan Ginsburgh
Lemonade, Crunchy Ice – Confetti Park Players
The Clapping Song – Confetti Park Players
Skunk in the Grave Yard – Sadie Strong
Coconuts – Virginia Strong
Bubblegum in a Dish – Belin Walker
Days of the Week – Jason & Layla
Allons a Lafayette – La bande Feufollet

Also featured in this episode, a story called Alphonse and the Alligator by Black Guidry and a music memory from Carole Gauthier Lancon.


The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

Subscribe on iTunes

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, OffBeat magazine and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Current broadcast schedule:

WHIV 102.3 FM in New Orleans every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (Listen via Live Stream)

KSLU 90.9 FM in Hammond every Sunday at 12 p.m. NOON

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Feb 18, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, The Little Louisiana Pine Tree, and a music memory from Duane Petri.


The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

Subscribe on iTunes

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, OffBeat magazine and Music Rising at Tulane University. Current broadcast schedule: WHIV 102.3 FM in New Orleans every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (Listen via Live Stream) KSLU 90.9 FM in Hammond every Sunday at 12 p.m. NOON Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Feb 18, 2017

In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear “The Beaver’s Tale of Greed” by Iran Martin, from his book Grand’s Fairy Tales. This is an adapted version of a Grimm’s fairy tale called the “Fisherman and his Wife.”

In the older version of the tale, which was first written in Germany in the 1800s, a poor fisherman and his wife are blessed with wishes by a magical fish in exchange for releasing it. However, the wife becomes greedy and the husband, who wants to please her, goes along with her ever-more selfish demands to the fish.

In this version, adapted and narrated by Iran Martin along with his wife Henryell, the main character is a trapper who saves the life of a magical beaver, and the story takes place in a forest.

Iran and Henryell live in Bossier City, in north Louisiana. They are native New Orleanians who moved to north Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. “The Beaver’s Tale of Greed” and all of the tales and fables in Grand’s Fairy Tales are steeped in Louisiana folklore and imagery of the forests, bayous and other water ways of our beautiful state. And many of them offer a moral for the reader to take away.

You can look forward to more stories from Iran and Henryell Martin on Confetti Park!

Buy Grand’s Fairy Tales on Amazon.

Feb 11, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

  • I Was Born To Blow This Horn – Michael-Leon Wooley

  • Ballin’ the Jack – The Swing Setters

  • Throw Me Something Mista (Feat. Mista Cookie Jar) – Jazzy Ash

  • This Land is Your Land – Renzi Center Kids

  • Sue – Michael “Beausoliel” Doucet With Family & Friends

  • Animal Fair - Confetti Park Players
  • Hands and Feet (Are to Myself) – Patricia Reece

 

Also featured in this episode, The Jungle Grapevine narrated by Alex Beard, a music memory from Anthony Dopsie, a street vendor chant, and poems by Hrilina, Dameon, and Belen.

The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, OffBeat magazine and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Feb 7, 2017

In this episode of Confetti Park, New Orleans-based trombonist Dr. David Phy shares early music memories of learning how to read sheet music with his dad.

David is a professional musician who has performed with national acts and jazz artists such as The 4 Tops, The Temptations, Bonerama, Delfeyo Marsalis, The Yin Yang Twins, Chip McNeil, Louis Belson, Lena Prima, Louis Prima Jr., Charo, and the Dukes of Dixieland. He has taught at Tulane University, University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

David grew up in a musical household. His father was a professional pianist, organist, and teacher. His role as church organist led to David' earliest interactions with written music. Says David:

"Growing up, my father was the church organist. At the end of church, there is always the postlude, where there's a nice big organ fanfare piece, as people are supposed to go out into the world and carry on the philosophy of the sermon.

I remember I used to run up the stairs to the church loft where he would be playing organ, and he would need me to turn pages for him.

As he said 'Turn the page,' I knew that he would be starting at the top...so though I couldn't read music...I kind of started following along.

I would play a game with myself, to think, 'I bet, as I'm following along with my eyes, I can guess roughly when he needs me to turn the page....' That was one of my earliest moments with music."

David explains how these early experiences led him to playing in high school, college, cruise ships, Vegas, and now, New Orleans!


Isn't it wonderful how these childhood musical interactions with his father led to a full, lifelong career in music? Thanks for sharing your memory, Dr. Dave! 

Learn more about David Phy

Feb 4, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, a folk story called The Devil's Marriage; a Music Memory from Jayna Morgan, and a poem of childhood by Darrell Bourque, a Louisiana poet laureate.

The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

Subscribe on iTunes

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Jan 28, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, a story called Gumbo, Fried Cheese, The Saints, and Drew Brees, by Patricia Reese; a Music Memory from David Rosser; and several poems. 

 

Jan 23, 2017

A very long time ago, my great-grandmother Minnie Carter Boston shared for posterity some of her memories of life growing up in rural Arkansas in the late 1800s, in the piney woods and rolling hills. Her daughter-in-law (and my grandmother) Gypsy Damaris Petty Boston transcribed the memories while they lived in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Arkansas is part of an eroded lamproite volcanic pipe, which has caused diamonds to rise to the surface. I don’t understand all the geological processes, but there really are diamonds to be found on the ground in Arkansas. There is even a mining field called Crater of Diamonds that is open to the public, where you can go with your shovel, bucket and screen kit and hunt for diamonds under the hot, hot sun. You keep what you find!

The story goes that when Minnie was growing up, they regularly encountered the rough uncut stones in their yard, and never knew that they were playing with precious gemstones. So many people in the region were poor farmers and loggers—oh, the irony! How different their lives would have been had they recognized the diamonds in the rough (and knew where to trade them!).

Minnie Carter printed up her memories in a little book and called it I Played With Diamonds. In the forward, she dedicates it to her grandchildren:

“This booklet has especially been written for you. You have the story of my childhood days in the first ten years of my life.”

You won’t find this collection of family stories, childhood adventures, descriptions of country life or particular people on any library shelf (that I am aware of), but there are a few dozen copies out there. I have one, and to me, it is as precious as any diamond.

Within it are essays with colorful titles such as “Bath Facilities,” “Hog Killing Time,” “An Ash Hopper and How to Make Soap,” and “My First and Last Dip of Snuff.” The book is delightful, sweet, entertaining, and shows the great warmth and love her family. It’s also a marvelous snapshot of a time before industrialization, telephones, television, and Internet. It seems so very long ago.

Here is the opening of book, narrated by New Orleans schoolteacher Catherine Golden. It is a description of the house that Minnie grew up in… it sets the scene for the stories that will follow, about the family, friends and neighbors of little Minnie Carter. The second segment is "My First Shopping Trip," in which Minnie must trade an old hen to afford a birthday present.

I hope you enjoy this booklet, which I will share in segments over time.

P.S. Consider writing a memoir for your future grandchildren, by documenting the experiences of your childhood!

 

 

Jan 21, 2017

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.

This medley of kids music celebrates the mighty bee! The songs also showcase a diversity of Louisiana musical styles.
Songs featured in this episode, in order:

We’re Going to Confetti Park – Confetti Park Players
Be My Honey Bee – Greg Schatz
Busy Beeline –  Johnette Downing and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Three Little Birds – Renzi Center Kids
Bumble Bee - Ginger & the Bee and the Confetti Park Players
Sugar “Shuga”  Bee – Papillon
Animal Planet - a poem by Marcus Page
How Doth the Little Busy Bee – Isaac Watts, narrated by Louis Ray
Twenty Bees – Johnette Downing

Also featured in this episode: "A misadventure in beekeeping" by Louisiana beekeeper Dan Hobgood for Confetti Park Storytime. Confetti Park Player Louis Ray narrates a poem about bees written by Isaac Watts, and Marcus Page shares a poem about animals.

 


The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

Subscribe on iTunes

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, OffBeat magazine and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Current broadcast schedule:

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Dec 24, 2016

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, inspired by life here Louisiana. This is a special Christmas medley of songs that kids of all ages will love…. it certainly showcases the diversity of our state sound!

Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Fats Domino
Joke of the Day – Snow & Tell
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Hadley Castille & The Louisiana Cajun Band
Zat You, Santa Claus? – Louis Armstrong
Sleigh Ride – Debbie Davis & Matt Perrine
Mele Kalikimaka – Debbie Davis & Matt Perrine
Winter Wonderland – Linnzi Zaorski
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Michael Doucet 

Also featured in this episode, Rosemary the Garden Fairy teaches us about the beautiful amaryllis. We hear “A Christmas Song” composed and performed by Zoey of the Confetti Park Players, a music memory from Crystal Thomas, and the story JuJu Saves Christmas in da Bayou, narrated by author Michelle Hirstius.

Dec 24, 2016

Lucky Louisiana kids have many interesting takes on holiday classics…. and one that is beloved worldwide is the Cajun Night Before Christmas, adapted from the classic version (which dates back to the early 1800s) by James Rice in 1974.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

In the Cajun version, the story is told in Cajun dialect:

Twas the night before Christmas an’ all t’ru de house,
Dey don’t a ting pass Not even a mouse.
De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo’,
An’ Mama pass de pepper t’ru de crack on de do’.

In Trosclair’s eyewitness account, St. Nicholas drives a skiff which rises up over the swamps led by alligators instead of reindeer!

“Ha, Gaston! Ha, Tiboy! Ha, Pierre an’ Alcee’! Gee, Ninette! Gee, Suzette! Celeste an’ Renee’!”

Now, the legend grows, thanks to the imagination of New Orleans children’s author and illustrator Michelle Hirstius.

Michelle is the creator of an adorable series about JuJu, a good voodoo doll who brings good luck and fortune to those she encounters. In JuJu Saves Christmas in da Bayou, we learn the backstory of how Santa’s reindeer became gators.

Every year Santa delivers presents to all the boys and girls, but this year Santa gets into a pickle! Juju the GOOD voodoo is there to help... see how Juju saves Christmas! 

What fun! Thanks, Michelle, for sharing your Christmas tale with Confetti Park.

Learn about all of JuJu’s adventures at http://www.michellehirstius.com/

Dec 18, 2016

“Follow me to the garden! Let’s check out the magic of nature!”

The amaryllis bulb is a wonderful thing to have inside your house in the wintertime. They grow large, brightly colored blooms, even when it’s freezing outside! and the blooms can last for months and months.

They are EASY to grow. You can even grow amaryllis bulbs in nothing more than stones and water.

The amaryllis bulb is a great holiday gift, because it is the gift that keeps on giving, again and again. It’s always a wonderful surprise to see what color your bulb will be.

Red, pink, white, orange, or even striped!

More gardening tips from our fairy:
confettipark.com/category/gardening/

Dec 14, 2016

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, inspired by life here Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of our state sound.

Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, a music memory from Andrew Baham and the storytime feature A Pig’s Tale by Jerica Guillory.

Dec 3, 2016

Louisiana author Carrie Delatte shares from vocabulary words from her children's book Coming Up Cajun.

Dec 3, 2016

It’s Confetti Park Storytime! In this episode, author Carrie Delatte narrates her children’s book Coming Up Cajun, which is based on the true tales of two little boys growing up in the heart of Cajun Country.

Full of nature, this sweet tale told in rhyming verse captures some of the wholesome outdoor activities, daily chores, and good times of Carrie’s own children.

“From the green of the land, to the blues of the bayous, they made the best of their time in the splendour of a Southern youth,” says Carrie.

The story is educational for how it captures all the activities that are part of daily life for kids growing up in the country, such as gathering eggs, trapping, fishing, hunting, loading bales of hay, tending livestock, paddling in their pirogues.... In addition, Coming Up Cajun is chock full of Cajun French vocabulary, and Carrie includes a handy glossary for readers’ benefit.

Born and raised in quaint Gheens, Louisiana, Carrie Delatte is the proud mother of four young children. She was brought up on a small farm off of Central Bayou Lafourche, and she enjoys southern living and the beauty of nature.

Carrie was diagnosed at the age of seven with the neurological disorder known as Tourette’s Syndrome. Carrie has vowed to donate 10% of proceeds from each title she releases to the Tourette’s Association of America (formerly called the National Tourette’s Syndrome Association) to further assist in the search for a cure, research and educational purposes. Her one outlet from the daily life of a “ticcer” is her writing.

Thank you so much, Carrie, for sharing your stories with Confetti Park!

 
Nov 16, 2016

Crystal Thomas is a Shreveport-based songwriter, singer and trombonist who regularly performs around Louisiana. A performer of the blues and gospel, you can find her (if not in churches) at various clubs like Southern Soul Lounge and at the venerated Monday Night Blues Jam at Lee's in Shreveport.

In this episode of Confetti Park, Crystal shares a delightful story about how her desire to perform overcame her lack of musical know-how when she was just a child.

"I was in the third grade and we had a Mother’s Day Program and they wanted everyone to participate. Being a music lover, I was like, 'Well I’ll play the piano!'

'I couldn't play the piano….didn’t know how to play the piano! But my love for music…prompted me to getup to the piano, sit down and play. And everyone loved it. I think they applauded more because I had the gumption, the nerve…..I basically made up a song on the spot, in front of the entire school.'"

Crystal goes on to explain that she believes her music memory can serve as an example for children to not be afraid to dream big.

“Never be afraid to push and follow your dreams," says Crystal. "Shoot for the stars, and wherever hard work takes you, apply yourself. You can achieve and accomplish anything.”

Nov 6, 2016

“Follow me to the garden! Let’s check out the magic of nature!”

Rosemary the Garden Fairy shares gardening tips and natural lore with children.

Did you know that some plants can tell time?

A wonderful project would be for you to plant a time-telling garden, full of morning glories, four o’clocks, and moon flowers. You will see that your beautiful morning glories open their temper purple blue petals at dawn. The four o’clocks uncurl their bright pink faces in the afternoon, and guess when the moon flower blooms?

Something amazing: these flowers can even be placed in a dark closet and still bloom at the right time for several days.

Nov 4, 2016

In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear a special childhood memory from Judy Caplan Ginsburgh of Alexandria, Louisiana, an internationally recognized and multi-award winning performer, recording artist and educator.

Judy sings as a cantorial soloist and travels throughout North America presenting concerts, residencies, educational keynotes and workshops. Judy works actively in both Jewish and non-Jewish settings and she has developed a number of interactive, educational performances and arts-in-education residencies for school-age children. She has been creating children's music since 1981!

Judy shares how important the validation of adults can be when it comes to nurturing a child's natural talents and interests, and how an experience that  happened when she was just eight years old set her on a career in music!

Says Judy: "We had a music teacher who came to our school maybe every other week, and she would do music with all the children in the school.

At one point our local symphony here in Rapides parish needed a children’s chorus… and they auditioned people at our elementary school.

I remember a gentleman coming, he listened to all of us, and we sang, I think, “Happy Birthday.” And we sang in groups of like five. And he walked in front of us and listened to us, and picked certain people to be in this children’s chorus.

I was one of those that was picked, when I was about 8 years old, and at that moment, I knew that I was good. That my voice was good. Someone had validated me…..

I’m still in touch with this gentleman, by the way, and I always tell him that he’s responsible for making sure that I went into music as my career.”

Thank you, Judy, for sharing your childhood music memory with Confetti Park!

Learn more about Judy at http://www.judymusic.com/ and check out this more in depth interview with Judy.

 

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