Storytelling is coming to Auburn on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Luckily the ancient art of storytelling lives on in the digital age. Defined as “the oral interpretation of a narrative” stories entertain, but also inform, relay history, and often make us laugh.
A local group of storytellers, the Foothill Storytelling Guild, present a full day of tellers starting at 10 in the morning when the children’s program gets underway. Linda Kennedy and Joan McCammon are back this year with songs, fun stories and interactive participation projects. After parents and kids can take photos with the story props.
After lunch Joan Stockbridge, the 2016 recipient of the National Storytelling Pacific Region Oracle Award, will conduct a free 90-minute storytelling workshop. Aimed at beginning storytellers, as well as experienced tellers she will give tips on how to harvest, craft and present oral stories to an audience.
For anyone who has been told they are a natural storyteller the Open Telling is your time. For two hours, anyone can stand up and tell a favorite 5-minute story to the most receptive audience in town. Sign-up ahead is required and stories must be told orally without notes.
Who is the biggest liar in Auburn? The Liar’s Contest from 5 to 6 will be a judged competition. Sign-up earlier and be prepared with the most outlandish tall tale you have.
The Featured Teller’s Showcase starts at 6:30 with six of the best tellers in Northern California. These experienced tellers include Tom Wade (returning from last year), Mark Berry, Gloria Jones, Lucinda DeLorimier, Ed Lewis and Marianna deCroes.