Between the very snowy weather, the monthly story-tellings, and some out-of-town tellings, we have been off to a very busy 2019. Can you believe it will be March in just one more week? I can hardly believe it's the new year!
Next month we'll have two great public events in Sonora - The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild, Columbia College, and Tuolumne County Arts welcome Internationally Acclaimed Storyteller Dovie Thomason for two exciting evenings. Dovie is a National Endowment for the Arts and Arts International recipient. She was also awarded The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ Traditional Storyteller of the Year, and is a member of the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence
On Thursday March 14, she will be presenting a program at Dogwood Forum, Columbia College called “The Spirit Survives: The Indian Boarding School Experience Then and Now," discussing the tragic history of the Indian Boarding School Movement. Dovie shares the story of Native-born children, who were taken from their homelands and families for the purpose of “assimilation.” She will help her audience take a more serious look at how this practice affected families and communities, breeding anger, prejudice, and violence. Even today the impact reverberates. Columbia College counselor Stephanie Beaver will moderate this event, which will include a Q & A session. This event is presented by Columbia College Foundation and the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild, and is free to the public.
The next evening with be our annual For Adult Ears Only event! Dovie will share her culture with understanding, humor and elegance. $20 Tickets include an elegant dessert, and are available at Tuolumne County Arts’ offices, in the Sonora Inn, and at Mountain Bookshop in the Sonora Junction. During intermission there will be a gift basket raffle and a quilt raffle. In addition, wine by the glass will be available for an additional charge.
In between, Dovie will be telling stories at local schools! What a great experience for those lucky young people.
And the next day, Saturday March 16, is our monthly storytelling at Sonora Joes. Free to the public, and this month will be our annual Irish/St. Patrick's Day theme. There's been a lot of rainbows out lately. Anyone have any stories of finding gold at the end of one? I could sure use some tips!
Meanwhile, Kathy has gathered together a bunch of great pictures from recent events, hope to share those with you soon here and on the facebook page.
For details on the public events, check our facebook page or call/text our President, B.Z. Smith 209.559.7697.
BZ Smith and friends, we tell stories in and around Sonora, CA