Port Townsend will have an international evening of storytelling on Saturday November 18th. The Quimper Storytelling Guild and Port Townsend Library are preparing an evening of storytelling to warm the heart. Jefferson County will participate this year in the 29th annual Tellabration!TM, a world wide storytelling evening. Community members of all ages are invited to enjoy stories around the historic hearth of the Library's Carnegie Reading room on Saturday November 18th at 6:30 pm.
"When you hear, this is a true story that never happened, or One day old Possom was agoin' down the road minding his own business when… don't you hunger to hear more"? asked Perry Spring, co-organizer of the Guild and this storytelling concert. "Stories take us on a journey, they can connect to each other, the natural world, and our history and libraries are a steward for stories" explained Melody Sky Eisler, Director of the Library that is sponsoring the free public concert.
Tellabration! TM Began in 1988 by "yarn spinner" J.G. Pinkerton of Connecticut Storytelling Center. He envisioned an international event as a means of building community support for oral art of storytelling. Under the umbrella of the National Storytelling Network the annual event, held on the third Saturday in November, quickly expanded. By 1997 there were Tellebration! Events in every continent except Antartica. This year, over 40 states and nine countries will host locally organized storytelling performances to delight and captivate audiences.
There are many kinds of stories and different styles of oral storytelling. Tellabration by the Hearth will feature 7 local tellers. The stories will range from classic Asian folk tales to personal family stories to classic tall tales. "At our vetting session last month, the 7 selected tellers previewed stories rich in character and delightfully unique styles of telling" shared Eisler. Seven storytellers performing in
concert are: Pan Greenwood, Pamela Ziemann, Nancy O'Lally, Michele Bruns, Marti Haley, Chas Dowd, and Cathy Thomas; Eisler will be the Master of Ceremonies.
The idea to organize a local Tellabration! began shortly after the Quimper Story Guild's first Story Swap in March of this year. "As we have prepared for our first public concert since formation, it is most helpful that Library Director Eisler has past experience with Tellabrations' during her tenure at Kitsap Regional Library System and in Idaho" stated Spring. While some of the tellers to be featured at the Nov. 18th concert are experienced storytelling performers, others are relatively new to the art form as presenters. Attendees for the concert are encouraged to arrive early; the beginning portion of the program will be especially accessible to younger ages and light refreshments will be provided.
The event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
The Quimper Storytelling Guild's mission is to cultivate a growing community of local storytelling enthusiasts. Their 3rd Sunday story swaps, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Library's Learning Center/Pink House, are a time for listeners, aspiring, and seasoned tellers to celebrate and renew this ancient art form found in every culture.
For more information on Tellebration! by the Hearth concert or the Guild can be found at www.facebook.com/QuimperStoryGuild, via QuimperStoryGuild@gmail.com or by contacting Perry Spring (360.316.9600) or Port Townsend Library (1220 Lawrence Street or
360.385.3181). The worldwide event is coordinated by the National Storytelling Network in Jonesborough, Tennessee (www.storynet.org or www.tellabration.org).