Cap’s Off to You!–R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate – and Celebrating Story

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Featuring:  R.E.A.C.H. Utah – Utah Pirate

501(c)(3) Nonprofit of Story, Imaginative Play, & Much More

Photo Credit: Vladimir Chopine

The skeleton flag billows out from the pirate ship through R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate across many lands–from FanX to the Utah Renaissance Faire. Oftentimes, R.E.A.C.H. Utah is shared on the same line as Utah Pirate. Though this organization is much more than pirate ships that inspire imaginative play. These people dress as pirates, mermaids, and even King Arthur himself as they enter schools to teach how to develop stories while simultaneously teaching anti-bullying, literacy, history and the arts. We are thrilled that they participated at the 4th Annual Story Crossroads Festival during the “We All Have Stories” Family Marketplace.

On May 15, 2019, the wind was summoned and that skeleton flag waved to all who came. Some families and Cub Scout groups explored the ship and created their own stories as they became pirates themselves. They met a mermaid, whose red hair cascaded down her shoulders.

We had hoped to have at least 400 people attend the “We All Have Stories” Family Marketplace. We had no more than 150 people. Perhaps people were worried to fly away in the wind.  Yet, the people who did come were delighted and clamored about the pirate ship.  The Story Train, that rode near the pirate ship, had many passengers.  Several vendors had to weigh down their canopies with water jugs or cement blocks.  One of the canopies blew out from the volunteers attempting to put it up.  One person even landed on the canopy due to the intense wind.  Thankfully, everyone was fine…except for the canopy.

Though, the pirate ship was never in danger of collapsing.  That ship was built to withstand any storm.

Starting an organization like R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate can be as adventurous as facing a storm.  Mandy Brown and Tyler Young are the main strength behind R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate. Mandy, in particular, founded the whole idea and already had experience working with elementary schools. She formerly worked for the Utah Board of Education and is aware of the latest on curriculum standards and what teachers are in need of most.  Tyler joined the team in 2014, about a year after Mandy brought the organization into being.

Many other volunteers and people work with them including support from Dungeon Crawlers Radio and Paragon City Games.

Here are the R.E.A.C.H. Utah programs (from website):

King Arthur Anti-Bullying

King Arthur and his Knights come into your schools and classrooms to teach about the topic of anti-bullying. We not only teach how to deal with a bully, but also teach how bullying affects everyone involved.

Every Day Super Hero

We bring in various super heroes (such as Spiderman, Batman, or Wonder Woman) to teach that every person has a super hero inside. We also teach that being a super hero is more than just putting on a costume or having a super power.

History

We currently offer interactive lessons in Siege weapons, Pirates, including Pirate History, Map Making and Pirate Flags, the Medieval Time period and Renaissance time period. These lessons are taught by various characters.

Literacy

We offer a creative writing class, where we emerge the students into a story line and have them finish out. Striking the imagination and helping them learn to use it.

Arts

We currently offer basic lessons in Renaissance art using Michelangelo. We construct an art challenge to show students how difficult it was for him to paint the Sistine Chapel.

STEM

We currently offer basic lessons in Siege weapon history, including the science, technology and math behind them. This lesson, kids get to use and fire siege weapons and make their own mini catapults.

So toss, tip, or take off your cap to R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate!

Take a picture anytime you see their ship at various events and parades.  Post on their Facebook page or your own page to show how far that ship has sailed.  Add the hashtag  #FoundTheShip.

We also have year-round events such as the monthly house concerts and the 5th Annual Story Crossroads Festival that will be on May 13, 2020.

Z is for Golden Zen–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019ZWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Zen-

The name “Ryokan” and the practice of Zen originate from Japan. Yet, this story may also have influences with Kenya so “Kenya and/or Japan” are listed. A young man is taught how to be more responsible. I have interpreted “taking responsibility” to mean giving of his goods (gold) as well as his time. Thus, we have “Golden Zen.”

Kenya and/or Japan – https://www.advance-africa.com/when-truth-dawned.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Sister-in-law requested Ryokan, Zen teacher, to teach son. This nephew was lazy. Instead of rebuke, Ryokan asked nephew to tie sandal as he is not as strong as he used to be. Nephew remembered. Nephew realized he must care for his elders. Nephew vowed to give of goods/gold and time.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

Y is for Golden Yukon “Fever”–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019YWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Yukon “Fever”-

People always want to get rich quick. The year 1897 was filled with shouts of “Gold! Gold! Gold!” Prospectors swarmed to the Canadian Northwest Territories. The link is to a story based on actual events in connection with this Golden Yukon “Fever” entitled “Klondike Gold” by Alice Provensen.

Yukon, Canada – https://www.amazon.com/Klondike-Gold-Alice-Provensen/dp/B006G882AU

50-word-or-less summary:

Two adventurers bound for Yukon. Joe was experienced, had year’s worth of supplies. “Dead” Horse Trail up the mountain was a long line of depressed men. Adventurers made it to top. Sailed to Klondike River. Rapids! Staked claim. Gold pebbles! $50,000 worth. Split. Half sunk in stream. Survived. Still gained overall.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

X is for Golden eXperiments–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019XWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden eXperiments-

Alchemy throughout ages and time have convinced people that gold can be transformed from something else as long as the right experiment is conducted. A man named Nai Hah Tong had such a belief that he used any copper he could get his hands on.

Thailand – http://copperandgold.weebly.com/the-gold-harvest.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Man dreamed to turn copper into gold. Man conducted experiments. Wife told him to quit. Man claimed magic grew stronger after experiments. Man needed bananas fuzz for experiment. Relatives offered land to grow 200 bananas trees. Man grew bananas, then told to sell bananas for gold. Man then relied on work.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

W is for Golden Water–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019WWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Water-

A golden flower comes before the golden water, though both are key to creating Puerto Rico, then known as Boriquen.

Puerto Rico (Taino people) – https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Flower-Taino-Myth-Puerto/dp/1558854525/ref=pd_sim_14_2/131-5828094-8369804?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1558854525&pd_rd_r=9466eb05-5b43-11e9-a830-21341f48826a&pd_rd_w=IogLv&pd_rd_wg=EhTNV&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=RJ0YNSM06DK2CR1SD3SJ&psc=1&refRID=RJ0YNSM06DK2CR1SD3SJ

50-word-or-less summary:

Child finds seeds and plants on top of mountain where people live. Forest grows! Within forest is golden flower. Flowers transforms into a pumpkin-like figure. Two men fight over it. Flower falls, breaks open. Golden water gushes out. Puerto Rico is formed and other creations to make it like today.

More Golden Water-

Golden water has a part to play though not the main focus. Golden water shares the line of “Talking Bird, Singing Tree, Golden Water.” Though this is an Arabic version, there is also one much like this from Colombia sometimes called “Three Sisters” or what I like to title “The Gardener’s Wife” found in this book.

Arabic – https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Arab_folktale_34.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Sultan-disguised-overheard three sisters say who they wished to marry: baker, cook, Sultan. He married youngest. Jealousy. Wife gave birth but sisters switched for puppies, sent babies afloat. Adopted by gardener. Wife punished. Wife came upon garden, said  lacked Talking Bird, Singing Tree, Golden Water. Youngest child victorious. True lineage discovered.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.