Into The Blizzard: Heroism at Sea During the Great Blizzard of 1978

Type: Performance
Art Form: Storytelling
Grade Level: 5 - 12
Scheduling Request

During the height of the blizzard of 1978, the pilot boat Can Do, set out from Gloucester, MA with five men onboard, to assist a lost Coast Guard boat and an oil tanker in a Mayday situation. Using dramatic photography slides, Tougias tells the story of what happened on that awful night when the seas were producing monstrous waves of 40 feet and the wind was screaming at 115 miles per hour. His book on the subject, Ten Hours Until Dawn will be released as a middle reader book by Henry Holt Publishing in 2018. The American Library Association selected the Adult version as “One of the Top Books of the Year.” After telling the story, Tougias engages students in a discussion of his research and writing process for the book and offers tips for their own projects.

Virtual Author Visit: Available online for remote learning

Length: 45-55 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: Storytelling, Writing Process, Publication, English Language Arts, Science

Remote Single (Live): $440

2 shows minimum for in person performances.

Back-To-Back Shows: $980
Three Shows In A Row: $1,280
Travel Fee: based upon National Standard Mileage Rate (Business)
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote: School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.


  • 1 reserved parking space
  • Water for 1 person
  • Multimedia projector for Michael to hook his computer (PC) up to
  • Projection screen
  • Large table to display artifacts and books
  • Electrical outlet
  • Extension cord
  • Microphone if over 75 students (if possible)

Performance space: must be spacious enough for the above items to fit at the front of the room with space for artist to walk around during presentation.
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 30 minutes
Time needed between performances: 5 minutes
Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

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