Alice Susong will tell stories of Life With Ranger Dunbar, June 21, 2013

Storyteller will present an Adventure Talk at The Red Lion Hotel, in Port Angeles

Alice Suson of the Story People of Clallam County will present storytelling at this event, from Alice Susong6:00 to 7:00 Friday evening, June 21st, 2013.

Her stories of Life With Ranger Dunbar come from the years that her husband was a National Park ranger, primarily in Yellowstone N.P.

The Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles recently launched a Basecamp Adventure Talk series to showcase the many outdoor activities and locations that can be explored on the Olympic Peninsula throughout the summer. The talks will take place each Friday evening at the hotel from 6-7 p.m. They are free and open to the public, and light hors d’oeuvres are included. Happy hour Basecamp drink specials will also be offered.

“The objective of these talks is to help more people learn about exploring the far Northwest part of our country. They’ll be informative but also a lot of fun,” said Hannah Hooper, General Manager of the Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles. “We also hope to remind people about the central location of our Port Angeles property—it truly is a fantastic basecamp for adventure on the Olympic Peninsula.”

The talks will touch on many of the various adventure options available to travelers visiting the peninsula. Speakers will include ecologists, tour guides, storytellers, film makers, historians, fishermen and mountaineers.


June 2013 Story Swap, special location

Featuring Norm Brecke, a spirited teller who lights up audiences!

Story Swap is at Holy Trinity Church on Mon., June 24th, 2013; 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Wherever Norm goes, his enthusiasm for telling stories lights people up.Norm Brecke at Powellswood

Norm specializes in folktales he spices to make unique. His personal stories reflect his Northwest roots. Norm often brings music to his stories, accompanying himself on guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin or mouth harp! Norm engages audiences immediately, and his expertise as a storyteller and teacher have helped him create successful storytelling clubs for kids and workshops for adults.

Norm is also an active leader in northwest storytelling.  He is a past board member and President of the Seattle Storyteller’s Guild. He is the current Washington State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network and festival manager of the Powellswood Storytelling Festival in Federal Way, WA this summer.  Noted storytelling projects include his narrating for the Seattle Symphony, being a featured teller at the 1st Annual PowellsWood Storytelling Festival, and performing at the American Library Association conference in Anaheim last summer.


Family story session, a new feature of the Forest Storytelling Festival for 2013!

Meg Philp will tell stories for families with young children!

Meg Philip

Meg comes from Australia, and will entertain families with her stories Saturday afternoon at 2:00.

Are you looking for something entertaining to do with your kids on a Saturday afternoon? Bring them to the family session of the Forest Storytelling Festival. One of our professional storytellers will tell stories aimed at children (ages 4-7) and adults, with plenty of opportunities for the young ones to participate.

This session is “family priced” at $2/person or $5/family.

It will meet in room J-47 in the Peninsula College Pirates Union Building, Saturday Oct. 19th, 2013, from 2:00 – 2:45 pm.


Featured tellers for the 19th Forest Storytelling Festival have been chosen!

The 19th Forest Storytelling Festival, Oct. 18th – 20th, 2013

We have an outstanding lineup of featured tellers for this year’s festival! We are excited to welcome back the hilarious Andy Offutt Irwin ( who was a big hit in 2009 when he was here. Andy’s \ heart-filled stories are told in a style that is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.

We will also feature:

Mary Hamilton in a return to our festival, who brings personal and traditional Appalachian stories;

Gene Tagaban, a Tlingit native storyteller and actor with twenty years experience as a performing artist, motivational speaker, trainer, healer, and motivator;

Meg Philip, an Australian of Celtic heritage who uses her storytelling to foster compassion; and

Anne Rutherford, from Portland, OR, who tells original and vintage stories of humor and adventure, trickster tales, supernatural tales and Northwest folklore.


January 2013 Story Swap

Stories Of Inner Space

This month's story swap features teaching stories from the Buddha, which date back over 2,000 years!

This month’s story swap features teaching stories from the Buddha, which date back over 2,000 years!

Erran Sharpe will tell stories from the Buddhist jataka tales and other spiritual traditions around the world. These ancient, entertaining and occasionally even gruesome stories have endured for ages as memorable lessons of inner truths and aspirations.

When Erran tells stories he takes you with him on the adventure. You feel warmly and compassionately welcomed into his family, reminiscing over stories that immediately feel familiar. You are gently reminded of your own stories and your journey through life.

Erran will be our featured teller for this swap.

Erran will be our featured teller for this swap.


December 2012 Story Swap, Seasonal Stories at the Campfire Clubhouse

Holiday Storytelling for all Ages

This story swap is ALL OPEN MIKE! Bring stories for winter solstice, Chanukah, Christmas … or just plain Winter. There will be no featured teller, so there is lots of time for all tellers to share your stories.

This month’s event is at the usual time (7:00 p.m.) but on an unusual date and in an unusual place: The second Monday, Dec. 10th, at the Campfire Clubhouse at 619 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

Come and share heartwarming, funny, or other types of stories!


November 2012 Story Swap with Cherie Trebon

Cherie Trebon is the featured teller for the November 2012 story swap at the North Olympic Library Raymond Carver Rm. in Port Angeles.

Cherie will enthrall you with stories of fools from three continents. Her amazing voice and simple gestures draw you in to the world of her beloved story characters. These stories of fools are some of her favorites from research she did a few years ago to understand the eternal importance of the fool in life and literature.

Cherie is a lifelong storyteller who has been telling professionally since 1989. She draws upon a broad repertoire of folktales, legends, myths, poetry and contemporary stories to transport listeners of all ages to far away places, times, or states of being.


Storytelling at Library Art Blast, honoring volunteers

Cherie Trebon, Alice Susong, and Erran Sharpe will share stories of caring and giving at the library event.

Once a year the library combines the Art Blast with their Volunteer Recognition event, honoring community volunteers who contribute so much of their time and energy to serving others.

Story People members Cherie Trebon, Alice Susong, and Erran Sharpe will tell inspiring stories of contributing to others.

Location: NOLS Port Angeles Library

Date: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m.


Story People at Studium Generale, Peninsula College

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 2012, 12:30 pm in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, Port Angeles. The program is free and open to the public. This week, our own Story People storytellers will present a taste of storytelling. These are not “Goldilocks” stories, but are meaty, engaging stories about life. They are all true, and some of them actually happened! This is a chance to participate in the eternal experience of live storytelling, which has been overshadowed by movies in our modern culture, but which can never be entirely displaced.

Joy Beaver has had what she would call a checkered career, working in many different fields.  Currently a medical transcriptionist and resident manager of a senior home park in Sequim, she loves to garden, write Haiku poetry, listen to music, and attend live theater.  Joy grew up in a remote village in Alaska, accessible only by a seaplane, but has lived in 9 states and visited all but 5 of the 50 states.  Her first encounter with professional storytellers happened at the Forest Storytelling Festival in 2007 right here in the Little Theater of Peninsula College! Enraptured by the storytellers and the wonderful variety of tales they told, she became a member of the Story People of Clallam County never thinking that she would ever get up on a stage to tell a story, but as she says, “Here I am, about to tell you a true story from my life that I’ve entitled “Nooo!”

Jean Cameron is a graduate of the Arizona School of Storytelling in Scottsdale.  Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, Jean attended a conference for harp players.  There a storyteller movingly told a story about a stolen baby, accompanying the narrative with her harp.  A talented harpist, Jean vowed then and there to become a storyteller and these many years later still draws inspiration from the poignancy of that moment.  Jean has been a member of the Story People of Clallam County for six years and has told at the Festival and shared her stories at the monthly story swaps, often with her harp.

Dennis Duncan, a native of Port Angeles, began telling stories to his children as they grew up.  After he retired from public school teaching, he started a program telling stories to school kids.  He has told stories to thousands of children for the pat 17 years.   He especially enjoys the classic fairy tales.  Dennis has served the Story People on the board and has been instrumental in creating in our area an awareness of the wonderful art of storytelling.

Bob Nuffer has been drawn to stories since he was a child.  In grade school, he would read all the stories in the reading text in the first week.  On Boy Scout camping trips, he loved listening to stories around the campfire.  When his children were little, he read to them each night and continued the practice when he became a grandfather.  His kids would often ask him to tell stories when they were riding in the car.  Bob would make up stories about dragons, cowboys, or space travel.  In his counseling work as a Clinical Social Worker, Bob uses stories to illustrate a point or encouraged a different perspective.  He joined the Story People in 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors.