School Assemblies/K-12 performances,
kid friendly library and private school programs.
do you get when you place one Adventure Dad on 14 feet of bicycle train
with his two young sons as they pedal over 12 mountain passes, across
17 states and cover more than 4,000 miles of riding together? A Huck
Finn summer, a modern day epic of perspiration and inspiration and a
rally cry to all the youth of America to start exploring their world
safely but through something other than a video game or TV screen.
into this multimedia assembly Joe will have your students captivated
with; digital slide images of this family adventure, a working
demonstration of the 14 foot bike, trailabike and trailer rig which
they pedaled, and through gripping and funny, age appropriate stories
from their adventures.
Students will be encouraged to participate in the assembly - Joe
peppers the show with cross curriculum questions ranging from culture,
geography, science, geology, history, and more, rewarding students with
prizes for correct answers. He will bring students up to demonstrate
equipment and play the roles of his sons and other characters as he
explains bike safety, the proper way to view animals in the wild
and through other equally interesting hands-on demonstrations.
will learn how many times around the globe Joe has pedaled in
equivalent miles, what the tallest passes in the USA are, how to find
the sweetest watermelons of summer, scientifically, and much more.
addition to the bicycle set up, Joe’s props include items such as
plastic light sabers, panniers and pool toys, and he will divulge
secret weapons for battling boredom on any road trip.
Students will learn: • What to do if a gaggle of geese tries to tree you • Where Elvis Presley impersonators like to go on bike rides • How to turn a flat tire into the slime scene from the film Ghostbusters • How to safely camp in Bison and bear country • How to fix you nose so you won't smell a dead skunk on the side of the road • What elementary school boys like to take digital photos of • How to get the best view of the Old Faithful Geyser •
What not to do when a herd of wild horses keeps pace along a back
country Montana road • And much much more!
15 years of camp directing experience, work during college running
after-school programs and being a father of three sons, Joe knows how
to connect with kids of all ages, instantly, and how to use seemingly
wild stories and tales to impart positive life lessons while
encouraging kids to embrace learning, creativity and problem solving.
dynamic personality and his award winning tales of adventure, parenting
and contact with humanity have captivated audiences of all ages and
backgrounds across America for over 10 years. And Joe does not believe
that one size show fits all - he melds his performances to the age
group he is working with, seamlessly working pop culture references and
age appropriate versions of the material based on the level of audience.
Praise For The Metal Cowboy's Live performances
"As good as it gets in the author presentation business." Judith Chandler, Third Place Books, Seattle
”A spectacular program - it was certainly our most successful event, attendance and patron feedback wise of all time. Everyone can't say enough
about how entertaining you were. The Supervising Librarian, usually
pretty quiet, was recounting some of your stories (the uphill against
the wind tale when you found out your son hadn't been pedaling for two
days!) Next year we'll need a bigger room." Diane Moody, City of Albany Librarian. firstname.lastname@example.org
"We need to have the cowboy saddle up and speak on our main stage every year." Cheryl Nagoni, Organizer, Cycle Oregon (weeklong cross state ride/tour)
"The most entertaining & inspiring live theatrical show in ages. The Metal Cowboy makes our bestseller list on the strength of his performance alone." Powell's Books
"Brought the room to its feet." Books Etc. - Portland, Maine
"Hands down the best performance of the year. Lively, thoughtful. People laughed to the point of tears. I'd like to have the cowboy back as soon as possible." Tom Gerald - University of Oregon events
"The audience at the Lake Oswego Library spent a hilarious evening listening to Joe Kurmaskie the adventures of traveling across country towing his two sons. We were lucky to be one of the first groups to enjoy
these new stories, slides and antics. While most of the stories are
humorous, some are down right crazy and yet others are touching. If Joe
gets tired of writing, he definitely has a career as a stand up comic." Margaret Zepp, Head Librarian email@example.com
"Inspired and funny is something we rarely have come together in one presenter." Jefferson High School
"The Cowboy rides high above your typical pack of performers." Dave Shaw - Seattle Bike Expo director firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe's Bio: Joe
Kurmaskie is an award winning journalist, adventurer and the author of
Metal Cowboy, Riding Outside the Lines and Momentum Is Your Friend. He
is a regular columnist for Bicycling, where his “Ask the Metal
Cowboy?" column appears.
Kurmaskie has written for Backpacker, Details, Outside, Portland
Monthly, Parenting Magazine, Men’s Journal, the Arizona Daily
Star, Oregon Cycling, Midwest Bike and other publications, and he
frequently reviews books for The Oregonian. He has taught writing in
the schools through Community of Writers, and he founded Camp Creative,
a summer arts program for children and young adults in New Mexico and
Kurmaskie has performed
his one-man show, “Metal Cowboy Mayhem and Misadventure," on over
two hundred stages across the country. His new book, Momentum Is Your
Friend, has received starred reviews in newspapers including the
Toronto Star and St. Petersburg Times. Joe pens a nationally syndicated
monthly column which appears in several dozen newspapers.
First person inspiration
Amazing slide images
Question and Answer - about travel, cycling, relationships, how to
balance a life of adventure with family.
Pricing: Joe's local school assembly rates are: $250 for one assembly $375 for two assemblies (at same school) $475 for three assemblies (one half day at same school)
$800 for a full day of assemblies (4 assemblies) and one writing workshop (at same school)
Prices do not include travel expenses, but multiple bookings with local
schools and public performances bring expenses down and keep them very
manageable. Many schools work with title 1 funds, safety education
funds, PTA and speaker/assembly funding and will sometimes turn to
local bicycle clubs and business entities to underwrite this once in a
lifetime experience for their students. Requirements: Joe requires very little - an infocus style or other digital slide projector (any digital projector brand will do)
to show the slides, a microphone and amplification when necessary
and a space to perform in, Joe will bring the rest.
It always helps if students know that a well known writer/author of adventure stories and travels will be visiting and that he does all of these adventures on a bicycle.
Suggested follow up material for school groups: From experience we know that a class lesson introducing the concept of character works well after Joe’s presentation.
Character - Performance How
The Metal Cowboy got his name, creation of a story by the students tied
to the five things every character needs to come to life. 1. Looks (physical characteristics - eyes, beard, walk,) 2. Props 3. Dialogue 4. Actions 5. Thoughts/interior life/emotions
Diagramming The Metal Cowboy Story Joe just performed - to get the students
to see, respond and recreate a picture of how a character is created
with the five ingredients (Looks, Props, Dialogue, Actions,
- students can build a character out of a nickname they've had while
growing up and/or one they wanted, one their father or mother has, the
nickname of a brother, friend or one from their imagination. (This
ties to characterization and also gives Joe or a teacher a chance to
assess their individual writing skills.)
students create a character using a nickname story and the five
ingredients that create a character. Have students reference
Joe’s Metal Cowboy nickname story and encourage them to share
ideas out loud while encouraging other students to add to and help
improve these stories while using the five ingredients.
Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie to your next program and everyone will
leave happy: schools, libraries, museums, book clubs, annual meetings,
banquets, fundraisers, rallies, festivals, luncheon meetings, club
events, conferences, corporate retreats or speaker’s series.
For further information or to schedule a program contact Joe at:
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