TROLLS: REALITY, MYTH, OR CULTURAL ICON
As the coldest nights of the year approach, an evening exploring Norse mythology awaits attendees of the January 3rd First Friday StoryNight. Join storyteller Barbara Fankhauser in a lighthearted look at a dark topic; “Trolls: Reality, Myth or Cultural Icons?” Are they ALL as evil as the stories would have us believe? Are they all tall and stupid—or is there perhaps another side to them we’ve overlooked? Through a series of engaging stories, Barbara will explore a bit of the lore of trolls in Scandinavian myths and culture.
Hosted by the Quimper Storytelling Guild, the evening also includes a set of shorts stories told by attendees who sign-up on a first come basis, and a closing story-song on the evening’s theme by the Emcee. First Friday StoryNight is held monthly from 7 to 9 pm at Port Townsend Friends’ Meetinghouse at 1841 Sheridan Street, suggested sustaining donation is $10 and all are welcome.
In 1989, after an eventful and lengthy career in advertising, Barbara Fankhauser learned about the Portland Storytellers Guild and a world of people telling stories for the pure love of it opened to her. “The stories I like to share are ones that have found me as much as I’ve found them” shares Frankhauser. From the very beginning, Barbara’s stories centered on strong women and fools, fairy tales and elder tales – stories from the great oral traditions and stories from her own life.
In a quest for her own stories, Barbara turned to the great Celtic and Norse stories at the heart of her own ethnicity. In that search, she has seen the strengths and weaknesses of the ancient gods and ogres echoing through the centuries into the lives we live today. There, in the middle ground, where past and present—myth and mortal—meet, that is where the stories get interesting “I believe the right stories have the power to touch – and sometimes even heal. Sometimes the only way to speak the truth is to wrap it in a story” said Fankhauser. Barbara shares stories with many different types of audiences, leads storytelling workshops, has performed at Seattle Folklife Festival, and was President of Portland Storytellers Guild for 5 years. Recordings and more information are available at: spokentales.com.
First Friday StoryNight, in its 11th season, is a communal exploration of the art and ritual of the oral tradition including the old myths, folktales, fairy tales, ballads, family, personal and modern stories. On January 15t, the Guild will host Sunday StoryCrafting StorySwap. This monthly event is for aspiring and experienced tellers to hone their craft from 2 to 4:30 pm at the Port Townsend Library Learning Center (1220 Lawrence Street). The guild’s mission is to enhance the craft of storytelling to foster the many benefits of continuing the oral tradition in communities of NE Olympic Peninsula. More information about the guild, its 2020 featured teller lineup, and storytelling workshops are available.