Dan Crow Vienna Connection Article
Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold)
Turley the Magician
Fred Karam and Janet Love
Beth Harris (Kathi's Klowns)
The Magical Adventures of Teo
Linda Spitzer (Story Queen)
Janet Lifshin "The Ha Ha Lady"
When you become a TAFFY artist, TAFFY makes a match between you and the perfect location. We work with the venue to address site concerns so that your visit runs smoothly. The entire experience is great for the performing artist, children, families, and donors. Staff members also enjoy the fun entertainment!
A few supporting artists and labels
JP Nightingale (TAFFY Founders John and Pam Wood)
Sugar Free Allstars
Cathy and Marcy
Joyce Rouse (Earth Mama)
Trout Fishing in America
Terry a la Berry
Valerie Smalkin (ventriloquist) and Silly Goose
Jeff Wolf - Stillwater Studios
Barry Louis Polisar
Ziggy the Clown
TAFFY PRESENTS with Val Smalkin of Small Kin Music, has embarked upon a unique program with the Maryland School for the Blind Statewide Outreach program using song-writing to assist blind teens self-advocate. The lyrics resulting from the first workshop were so stunning that the one workshop developed into an entire program with the objective of facilitating the students' communication to the sighted world, through the production of a CD, tentatively titled, “Not With My Eyes.”
TAFFY PRESENTS would like to thank all the Artists, Engineers, Writers, Lyricists, and Publicists who have joined this project for their generous donations to the Maryland School for the Blind State Outreach Program, “Seeing Through Music.” The contributors of time, talent, and treasure are:
Executive Producer: Irene Light
Producer: Val Smalkin
Recording Engineer: Mark Stocker,
Studio Facilities: 4:30 Entertainment and Stages Music Arts
Musicians: David Kinnoin, Oliver Kinnoin, Mary Kincaid, Jimmy Hammer, Sahffi Lynne, Paul Avgerinos, and Val Smalkin
Publicists and Consultants: Mike Greenly and Beth Benz-Clucas
CD Art: Dirk Joseph
CD Liner Notes: Kabir Sehgal
Chorus: West Los Angeles Children's Choir/MrsMusic.com and the Maryland School for the Blind Statewide Outreach Chorus
Equipment: Child's Play Charity
Thank you also to the Maryland School for the Blind Staff for their never-ending assistance. Among the many helpers are Rob Hair, Ruth Hynson, Susan Vanderhoff, Sharon Whited, Amy Morrell, Linda Snyder, and Kerry Michael.
Susan Shane-Linder is an award-winning singer, songwriter, published composer, and recording artist. She has presented and performed at early childhood workshops, summer camps and national conferences including CAJE, NewCaje & NAEYC.
Patricia and her husband gave a great show for the children at the Kennedy Krieger Institute who were not able to go home for Thanksgiving weekend. Most of them were non-ambulatory but they had a rockin' good time with Patricia. They sang and composed songs and felt loved. That's what it's all about.
Noam Brown has been a song leader and educator for over 25 years in a variety of settings including pre-schools, play groups, summer camps, wilderness camps for at-risk youth, and religious gatherings of various faiths. Noam has completed the wonderful 3-day Music Together training and was an ESE certified educator with the State of Florida. He is also a proud member of the Children’s Music Network and has worked with children from pre-school to high school
Last week, just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of painting for a homeless Family Shelter’s Christmas party through an organization called TAFFY Presents. This non-profit organization provides opportunities to enrich the lives of underserved and hospitalized children through music, art, theatre and dance.
Laurie Mangold is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and flutist who frequently collaborates with other local musicians. She composes and records original songs with Glenn Stern as part of acoustic rock duo GLAURIE. Her music can be found on SoundCloud and YouTube.
Earth Mama's music is fun, diverse, thoughtful and enjoyed by all ages. While teaching important concepts about sustainability, recycling, and eco-spirituality, Earth Mama Music taps into balanced brain learning for humor, creativity and deeper memory
Ventriloquist, musician, composer, and performer Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers as well as the head puppeteer of the Emmy award winning television program It's Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2.
Dan Crow, one of America’s most beloved family entertainers and recording artists, is the star of the Emmy award winning “Just For Fun,” a three time Gold Parents’ Choice winner, and a CableAce nominated songwriter for his work on the Disney Channel. He is seen regularly on Nickelodeon and The Learning Channel.
John Wood is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and producer who created the Theatre Arts Festival For Youth, TAFFY, a popular outdoor family festival that ran for 10 years in Agoura, CA. He is West Coast Producer of the nonprofit organization TAFFY Presents that brings entertainment to children in hospitals