December 19, 2017 Story Swap Winter and Holiday Tales

December Story Swap is ALL Open Mic

Rather than have a featured teller this month, we have an extended open mic evening. EVERYONE who wants to tell a story should get an opportunity! Our theme is winter and holiday stories. Bring us your favorites, your winter experiences, memories of holidays past, or any story that you feel appropriate for this theme.

Potluck — Finger Food First, Desserts LaterChristmas gingerbread stars

We will have extra time to socialize — starting at 6:15 we will have a finger food potluck. Sometimes our story swaps are so tightly scheduled that there isn’t enough time to visit with everyone. So we’ll have a half hour to mingle and munch before we begin telling stories. At 6:45 we’ll have stories; then a break around 7:30 for desserts and more visiting; then more stories until we are finished.

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Story Slam – “Unexpected” Nov. 30, 2017

Ten tellers from the audience will be chosen at random to come to the mic to share a five-minute true, personal story on the theme, “Unexpected.” Stories must be told without notes; no reading. Interested tellers drop their names in the hat before the show. Come early and to enjoy a libation. Advanced tickets recommended. Get Tickets This event is a partnership effort between the Story People of Clallam County and Olympic Theatre Arts. Proceeds support high-quality storytelling and theatre events on the Olympic Peninsula!

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Brianna Barrett – November 14, 2017

November Featured Teller is Brianna Barrett

Brianna Barrett from Portland will be the featured teller at the November story swap. Brianna is a writer, performer, cancer survivor, Portland native and punch-cardcarrying regular at every locally owned teahouse in town. She is a playwright, and storytelling and writing workshop leader. She says: “I’m also a good friend and a pretty okay person to hang out with. I have a houseplant named Susan Junior I’ve kept alive for three years, so that’s got to count for something.” Don’t miss this performance!

Brianna was named “Portland’s Best Storyteller” in Willamette Week’s annual Best of Portland awards in both 2016 and 2017, she performs regularly in the Portland area. She first began storytelling in 2014 after a bout with cancer put her TV career on hold — she was asked to speak at a charity event for young adult cancer survivors, caught the storytelling bug, and has been telling stories on stage ever since. (You can catch a recent interview on KGW8).

She is now a member of LineStorm Playwrights, a company-in-residence at Artist Repertory Theatre, and serves on the board of the Portland Area Theater Alliance. Her theatrical work has been seen at Artists’ Rep, the Fertile Ground Festival, HART Theatre, Willamette University, Lewis and Clark College, and at the Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference. She also coaches first-time storytellers for the HHH Foundation’s annual Notes of Hope storytelling concert benefiting young adults with cancer and she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for cancer survivors at OHSU.

Story Swap Details

For location and time, check out our Story Swap page.

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Forest Storytelling Festival 2017

Storytelling Festival is Coming Up

It is that time of year again, when 5 outstanding professional story tellers come to Port Angeles to light up your mind and fill your heart. 

There is a variety of performances and workshops to choose from, Friday through Sunday, October 20th – 22nd at the Peninsula College. Come for a brief sample, or the whole shooting match. Sunday morning’s free session of Inspirational Stories is always a high point of the weekend. More details on our webpages.

Tickets for other story sessions are available: 1) online, 2) at Odyssey Books in Port Angeles, and 3) at the door.

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Alice and Dunbar Susong – Sept. 19, 2017

Stories and Songs of Whales

To start our fall story swap season, we are delighted to have Alice and Dunbar Susong as our featured tellers. Alice has been telling stories since her children were younger than her grandchildren are now, starting in a tent while camping in Yellowstone Park. For the last 17 years she has been telling stories about “Life With Ranger Dunbar” in our schools and national parks.

Dunbar has been delighting listeners with his rich singing voice for a very long time. He can get a room full of people dancing when he picks up the microphone to call a singing square dance. He will often take a well known tune and create new lyrics to suit the occasion.

Alice will tell a story that took place in Antarctica, and Dunbar will contribute songs that touch on whaling.

After the featured tellers, there will be a short break for refreshments, followed by an open mic session for audience members to tell a story.

Other details about the story swap can be found on our story swap page.

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Story Slam — ‘Seriously’

Ten tellers from the audience will be chosen at random to come to the mic to share a five-minute true, personal story on the theme, “Seriously.” Stories must be told without notes; no reading. Interested tellers drop their names in the hat before the show. Come early and to enjoy a libation. Advanced tickets recommended. Get Tickets This event is a partnership effort between the Story People of Clallam County and Olympic Theatre Arts. Proceeds support high-quality storytelling and theatre events on the Olympic Peninsula!

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Avery Hill, June 20, 2017

Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album

Avery HillFamily legend has it you could hear Avery Hill singing and telling before she even came out. Since then, she has taken a winding road toward her present work in performance and education, all the while developing her singular style of storytelling and songwriting by integrating stories of the past into her observations of life today.

This performance, titled Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album will dwell on the theme of family – specifically, how one’s family history impacts our personal histories in progress, the decisions we make, and the meaning we find in our own lives. In both song and story, Avery Hill spans the scope of history, from a 1920 road trip on through Kansas to a 2006 funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, from the decision to say “yes” in 19th century Missouri to the decision to say “no” in 20th century Germany. In the backdrop, the steady question remains: Not where, but who are you from? How does understanding our ancestors’ lives help us make sense of our own?

The story swap at the Port Angeles library is free to all. Avery will tell during the first hour. Then after a short break for refreshments we will have an open mike session for anyone who has a story to tell. More details about story swaps on this page: Story Swaps.

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Shirley Routliffe rescheduled, March 21, 2017

Change of teller

Due to a health problem, Shirley Routliffe is unable to come to our story swap.

Ingrid Nixon and Alice Susong share stories from National Parks

Alice Susong

Alice Susong will tell a story from her time living in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ingrid Nixon and Alice Susong from Sequim will be our featured tellers this month.

Alice spent over 30 years living in national parks: Rocky Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. She has a lot of stories of “Life With Ranger Dunbar.” She tells on cruise ships, churches, clubs, and schools from here to Seattle to Arizona. She will be telling a story from the Great Smoky Mountains, “Life at the End of Happy Valley.”

Ingrid Nixon tells stories all around the world.

Ingrid Nixon tells stories all around the world — from all around the world.

Ingrid tells stories on expeditions around the world and at special events and festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. She was a former National Park Service ranger at Denali and Glacier Bay national parks in Alaska, and Mount Rainier.” More at www.ingridnixon.com

The story swap takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday March 21st in the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Admission is free and the program is geared toward adults and teens; newcomers are welcome.

Refreshments and Open Mic

Ingrid and Alice will tell during the first half of the Story Swap; then comes a refreshment break and time for anyone to step up and share a short tale.

The nonprofit Story People of Clallam County group hosts these swaps on the third Tuesday of the month, along with other public events: the annual Liars’ Contest June 3rd, the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles October 20-22, and, this year for the first time, the International Story Slam at Sequim’s Olympic Theatre Arts on May 18.

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