Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s “Step Right Up: An Introduction to Storytelling” workshop. Seventeen folks from 3 California counties came out to learn, to get re-charged, to meet others who have a love of Storytelling! And here’s a Shout-Out for Murphy’s area storyteller Colleen Dolan, who helped organize the event, which was held at The Angels Camp Mercantile. Grandparents, writers, arts educators all were there, largely in response to articles that appeared in The Sierra Lodestar and The Union Democrat. Yes, people still DO read newspapers!
One real treat was the strong presence from our California State Parks’ docents. On the Mother Lode we have some of the best historic state parks, and their docents’ programs are telling California’s story! And we had representatives from the Calaveras County Library System.
The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild and The National Storytelling Network’s CA-Region # 7 (Sierra Nevada Foothills) hope to network with all of the Mother Lode State Parks. In addition, we’re reaching out to Lode County Library systems. We want to offer support for training docents and library storytellers, as well as helping to connect them with the Mother Lode professional storytellers, like Cynthia Restivo. Restivo has told tales here on the Mother Lode for more than 18 years. Also, storyteller Joan Stockbridge of Placer County has been a vital part of Mother Lode storytelling talent. Most of our regional professional tellers offer their own workshops for more in-depth learning and story coaching. Restivo and Stockbridge both do, as do I.
Also joining us on Saturday was Amador County storyteller Leslie Vasquez. She has enjoyed sharing tales at Amador County’s California Cavern. Along with her storytelling, Leslie is also a visual artist.
Our guild workshop day was a hit! Everyone laughed and had a good time. Plus, many commented that they were taking home valuable information about The Art of Storytelling! We’re all looking forward to next month’s Tellabration! program, Calaveras County’s first! Join us: Saturday, November 19th, from 4pm to 6pm at The Merc!