Auburn, CA, a lovely little Gold Rush town on Highway 49, holds rich stories of California’s past. And in 2016 the almost-modern town of Auburn supports a lively storytelling community: Foothill Storytelling Guild.
Now that group launches a brand new endeavor! The FIRST Auburn Winter Storytelling Fest takes place on Saturday, January 30th, at the General Gomez Art & Event Center. And the entire event is FREE to the public! (Big thanks to Guild members Chery Anderson and Mark Berry for several months of hard work.)
A cadre of popular regional tellers, including yours truly, offers up their collective best. The children’s concert will feature Linda Kennedy and Joan McCammon, who will share a host of playful tales, smattered with good music, song and dueling ukuleles. I’m hoping to hear the pair do one of their tandem tales! In the early afternoon I’ll be giving a workshop: Diving into Storytelling, a 90-minute “swim” into the Art of Storytelling that is planned for new tellers and advanced tellers at the same time. Then we get to hear NEW VOICES in the Open Telling session. This is a great chance to try out something new and/or to introduce YOUR storyteller’s voice to the flock. In the late afternoon we’ll be charmed by the best liar’s on the hill when we hear all sorts of Tall Tales in the Auburn Winter Storytelling Fest’s Liar’s Contest (complete with a trophy!). Then the evening tops off with a storytelling concert for adults when Joan Stockbridge, Mike Tomson, Tom Wade and I get to pull out the stops for an entertaining night of tales for adult sensibilities.
Personally I’m thrilled to have a whole day to hear tales told by good friends in story!