Halloween stories often center onhaunted houses and things that go
bump in the night, But tomorrow at the Intrepid Museum, the emphasis,
appropriately, will be on spooky ships and things that go splash.
Karen DeMauro. a storyteller, will lead the first of the Intrepid's
season of Seaworthy Saturdays programs with an interactive cruise
into the deep. "The thread is the wonder and mysteries of water,"
she said. And despite a few holiday chills, goodness in the tales
will triumph over gloom. "I'm also stressing little acts of heroism
that kids can do," she said. "In most of these stories,
the hero is a child."
Ms. DeMauro will offer one session atl2:30p.m.t'or4-to8-year-olds
and another at 1:30 for 9- to 12-year-olds. Both programs will probably
include "The Hairy Man," a humorous tale of a swamp creature;
"Urashimo Taro," about a little boy taken on an undersea
journey by a tortoise; and "The Brave Little Parrot," about
a rescue from a storm.
All visitors will be invited to take part in seafaring song, dance
and movement - perhaps a "short ship rap," Ms. DeMauro said.
The museum will also offer art projects to be taken on the voyage
home. "Ghost Ships," tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. at the
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue,
Clinton, (212) 957-7055. Free with admission: $13; veterans, reservists
and students, $',9; ages 6 to 11,$6; 2 to 6,$2; under 2, members and
active-duty military, free. Wheelchair patrons, half-price.