BYRAM-Gerald Fierst, award-winning storyteller, will weave magic for old and young alike on Sunday, July 31, at 6 p.m. at Neill Gylling Park on Mansfield Dr. in Byram Twp. The Byram Township Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring this free program as part of its Summer 2005 Arts in the Park series. The ancient art of storytelling is as refreshing and exciting in today's world of video and special effects as it was in prehistoric times. The talented storyteller creates a personal experience for each member of the audience. Storytelling is the basis for a whole language approach to education, heightening the audience's imaginations and stimulating their minds in ways that can enhance any subject matter. Gerald Fierst recreates wondrous tales from all over the world, bringing life to his characters and painting pictures with his words. He has been the featured storyteller at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival, as well as at scholastic.com. As a master of his art, he presents stimulating performances for all ages. Fierst is a storyteller, writer and teacher, with a bachelor of arts from Yale University and a certification as a performing artist in the schools from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has presented performances and workshops all over the United States, at festivals, schools, museums, synagogues and theatres. In case of inclement weather, the program will be relocated indoors to the Byram Civic Center (the old Consolidated School) at 55 Lackawanna Dr. in Byram. Refreshments will be provided by the Lenape Valley Band Parents Association at a small cost. For directions or further information, call 973-347-2500 ext. 160/161.