Special Programs


Jonathan’s Signature Performance Since 2010

A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ classic of Humbug and Hope, a dramatic retelling with a voice and face for every character.



Ask for Adventure stories of The Hudson River, Pirates, Fairy Tales from Around the World, & Animals. 


See a sample – “The Dragon Who Stole Spring

 ‘Stories are in the air here! Reach up with your hand and a little imagination. You’ll catch them!’ 

Serving on the board of the Desmond /Fish Library in Garrison, I understand how quality events draw people to the library. 

Ask to have a program tailored to your theme or interest. – “ADVENTURE TALES! ” for the 2024 summer reading program. 

~ The Lore of the Hudson.

~ Pirates!

~ Fairy Tales Around the World 

.  Click here for the story of how my hometown library saved me when I was a teenager.

About my Performances
Shows are about fifty engaging minutes for children; interactive, with silly stretches, and skits.

Adults enjoy about one an hour, followed by a Q & A.

$600 October shows
$1250 Solo Shows with musical accompaniment.

Includes travel within two hours. Additional costs for further distance.

Please tell me your story if you need some flexibility for these rates. Ask for multiple booking discounts.


Tales of the Kind & the CourageousTraditional and original stories showing how to conquer whats cruel and callous in the world. Children help Anansi the first spider man take stories from a hording giant.  Meet the Girl Who Touched a Star.  See how cooperation takes us farther than competion with “Barkface and Rootnose.”


Finger Fables for Young Listeners -Aesop to Anansi performed with a “hands-on” audience, guaranteed to turn your most squiggly wigglers into active listeners. Best for pre-k to first graders

Story Theater – classic tales from around the world performed with kids stepping into stories. Ideal for children in grades 1-5

Faeries, Leprechauns, Giants & Dragons – wildly imaginative adventuresome quests.  Best for grades 2-8

Tall Tales & Urban Legends– exaggeration and surprise truth-stretching stories for the “Tween” set. Grades 5-8

Revolutionary New York – Treason of the Darkest Dye,  the story of Benedict Arnold and Major John Andre

The Story of Yankee Doodle

Washington in Westchester

Pirates! – In pirate garb, performing interactive shanties, and sharing lore of buccaneers & privateers from Captain Kidd to Black Bird.  

The Legends of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” – A book talk in tales. The factually based of lore of the spirits surrounding the “the ghost of Hessian trooper whose head was carried away be a cannonball during the Revolutionary War.” Stories and sources gleaned from my book for the History Press, “Legend and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley”  Best for teens and adults.

Solo Show – 

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” – Jonathan’s dramatic retelling of this haunting classic takes you on an unforgettable spine-tingling ride, with live musical accompaniment Best for teens to adults.


Solo Show – 

“A Christmas Carol” – A unique dramatic retelling of Dickens’ “most perfect tale of redemption for the holidays” with over thirty characters all portrayed, with live musical accompaniment. Best for teens to adults.

HALLOWEEN – Spooky (but not scary) Stories! – a happy Halloween witch, “The Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” “Bony Legs” a ridiculous rolly-pumpkin head, the haunted hand and other frightfully fun tales for young children.

Hudson River Lore – A performance of traditional stories and songs of the mysterious and historical river. 



Summer Camps

Jonathan will tailor a program to your camp interests and themes.  Give your kids an experience they’ll enjoy, take to heart and glady re-tell at home.

Video for Summer Camps

About my performances: 
Tell me your  camp theme, I’ll tailor tales for young children to your teens.  

$400 for one show, $600 two shows on the same day

Hands-on performance for young children, featuring Aesop, animals and Anansi, the tricky spider man.

Children love to step into classic fairy tale adventures with simple costumes. Ask for Beauty and The Beast.

Enthrall older campers with the Bard, demigods, dragons, unicorns, and knights. Period garb, props & backdrops.

Entrance campers with spooky, historic and mysterious stories.

Engross kids with Legends, from the river’s wild past, with buccaneers, imps and local lore.

Scout Groups

Storytelling for Scouts

On My Honor, I will do my best, as an Eagle Scout and your Storyteller,



      to engage and enchant your Pack or Troop with stories sharing scout values.
      Shows are a lively interactive fifty minute of – 
       an adventure tale,
       a riddle story,
      a silly story skit, and local lore. 
      Ideal for Campfires, Webelos Crossovers, Eagle Scout Courts of Honor and Pack meetings.  


About my performances:  Scouts are close to my heart, so I am able to offer discounted fees for Boy & Girl Scouts

$350. for a 45-50 minute show

Tales told showing scout values. Aesop fables turned into skits on how to be helpful, brave and trustworthy. Plus, a true story of savvy scouts.

from a local Native creation tale to river imps, pirates, and patriots. Tales too of heroic young “scouts” during the American Revolution like Sybil Luddington, and Travis Reynolds.

Ghostly tales gleaned from regional sources and your locale.

Ideal for campfires, but not too scary!

Folklore, Food, Native Peoples, Plant-Lore, Dragons?!

Please ask for tales on your theme.

"Jonathan is an Eagle Scout and learned the art of story telling around many a Scout campfire. ... I was impressed meeting him and hearing him tell some ghost stories to some enthralled scouts... And he really looks the part also!!" Jason Barlow, Area Commissioner

"You performed at our annual Campfire event at the Clear Lake Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley. Our scouts had such a great time, we would like to have you back!"
Neil Figler
Cubmaster Pack 154

Historic Sites & Museums

Creating performance programs and tours in tales highlighting your site’s  unique heritage, and museum’s collection.

History Skits for Kids

Turning your site’s history into skits for kids to step into draws audiences sending them off with your tale to retell. Provide background material for an engaging story-skit show at your site. 


Turn your sites history into a lively interactive storytelling show with a master of the art, performing in period garb.  You provide the facts and background, Jonathan will create a performance families and historians will enjoy.

Face it, ghosts are the gateway to history. They stir things us to remind us of what once went down.  Let “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow master storyteller scare a little history into your visitors’s hearts!

The New-York Historical Society, NYC

Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Fraunces Tavern, NYC

South Street Seaport,NYC

Federal Hall, NYC

Van Wyck Homestead, Fihkill, NY

Morris -Jumel Mansion,NYC

Washington’s HQ Newburgh, NY

Fort Ticonderoga, NY

Liberty Hall, Union,NJ

Philips Manor Hall, Yonkers, NY

Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point, NY

Fort Lee Battlefield,NJ

Saratoga Battlefield,NY

Fort Stanwix, Rome, NY

Clarkson Chapel, Clermont, NY

Klyne Esopus Museum, Ulster Park, NY

Tapping-Reeve House, Litchfield, CT

many more…




Fort Montgomery,NY 

Morristown Historic Site,NJ

Trinity Church NYC

Wayside Cottage, Scarsdale, NY

Madame Brett House, Beacon, NY

Mount Gulian, Beacon, NY

Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury, NY

Bush-Holley House, CT

Schuyler Mansion, NY

Bartow- Pell Manor,NY

John Jay Homestead,NY

Elijah Miller House

Clermont Mansion, NY

Mark Twain House, CT

Coe Hall, L.I.

Sagtikos Manor, L.I.

NY State Museum 

F.D.R. Library, NY

T.R. – Sagamore Hill, LI.

Richmondtown Restoration, S.I.

Boscobel Homestead & Garden, NY

Van Wyck Homestead,NY

New Windsor Cantonment, NY

Amiable Child Monument, NYC 






How to Hire Jonathan

~ Check my calendar https://jonathankruk.com/events/
~ Tell me about the audience & Venue
~ What's your goal or theme ?
~ What's your budget? Usually, the fee making an engagment feasible is $400.


(845) 216 - 9087