EVERYWOMAN'S HOUR on KQBM Blue Mountain Community FM Radio, was pleased to share an Interview with Claudia Tonge and Kathy Martinez of the MOTHERLODE STORYTELLING GUILD, on Wednesday March 28th on kqbm.org Live Stream/KQBM 90.7FM/103.7FM OnTheDial!
These Two Avid and Experienced Storytellers have fascinating stories to tell us about the Storytellers Guild in Sonora; the developing Calaveras Branch of the Guild at Manzanita Press/Arts Emporium; and, we discuss the beginnings of the Amador Storytellers, starting-up this Spring (contact me, Kat, about That One!)
For All Of Us, of all ages, The Storytelling Arts and the Storytellers: Making a Difference in our Communities, in our Motherlode! Radio ON!
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NEED A HEART-WARMING MOMENT? KAAD-LP 103.5 FM Recordist David Simerley caught it all when Marty went on bended knee to propose to Dana, a true story well told at Open Telling at Sonora Joe's.
KAAD-LP broadcasted the romantic moment, as well as other great stories offered at the monthly gathering at Sonora Joe's in Sonora, on the air the weekend of March 25.
The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild hosts two options for Open Telling events in March:
These events help existing storytellers strengthen their skills, encourage new tellers to find their voices, and build appreciative audiences for the art of storytelling. Whatever your family history or muse might be, storytellers of all ages and levels of experience are welcomed to participate in Open Tellings. As always, these are family friendly and informal events, and those who prefer just to listen are important and necessary.
March 17 will be St. Patrick’s day, so Guild members will feature stories from Celtic lands. “My ancestors came to the Gold Rush from Cornwall and from Ireland,” says Claudia Tonge, host of the Sonora Open Telling, “and I would never miss an opportunity to share a few of my favorite stories from those traditions on this holiday.”
On March 25, the Guild is looking forward to hosting an Open Telling event in Calaveras County. The first bi-monthly “Story Swap” afternoon was held on January 28, 2018, and was very well received. The next is scheduled for March 25th. This free public program will follow the same ‘Open Mic’ format as the popular Sonora event. “This is an attractive venue and location for both Calaveras and Toulumne Co. residents” says Kathy Martinez, host for the new program. “We are hoping that teachers and students of language and theater arts will participate in open storytelling as a way to explore and develop skills through this increasingly popular art form.” For information about the Angels Camp event please contact Kathy Martinez mailto:email@example.com.
Although the events are free to the public, the Guild does accept donations that are used to support the Guild’s many activities in the central Mother Lode. Coffee and other refreshment will be available for purchase from Joe’s.
The mission of the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild is to help existing storytellers strengthen their skills, encourage new tellers to find their voices, and build appreciative audiences for the art of storytelling. For information about these and other upcoming storytelling events in the Mother Lode contact Claudia Tonge (209) 588-1698, , or visit www.sierranevadastorytelling.org/mother-lode-storytelling-guild.html.
The Sierra Story Winds Retreat strives to strengthen the quality of life in our Sierra Nevada and California communities through storytelling.
This year's theme is "Building Conversation Through Storytelling."
During our retreat we want to explore how storytelling can make a difference in times and spaces of division, this is an opportunity for California’s storytelling community to build conversations together.
Do you want to present a workshop at the 3rd Sierra Storywinds Retreat?
We are seeking dynamic presenters to conduct workshops on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018. Workshops should be related to the theme, and may be designed for beginning, learning, or professional-level storytellers. Topics may include: creating structure of a compelling story, how to decide on a topic, effective use of visual aids, how to incorporate body movement, strategies for vocal use, formatting telling to a particular audience, improving timing, repertoire-building, or more.... Topic possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Let us know if you have a workshop idea to share at our retreat!
DEADLINE for WORKSHOP PROPOSALS is April 15.
Be a part of the American Storytelling Movement at the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild's third retreat! Throughout this inspiring weekend, enjoy 3 public performances, featuring tellers Willy Claflin, Ruth Halpern, BZ Smith, and more. This year's retreat recognizes the importance of building community, connections, and conversations.
The application is available here at http://www.sierranevadastorytelling.org/sierra-story-winds-regional-retreat.html. Or, contact us on facebook (www.facebook.com/motherlodestorytellingguild), by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone (209-532-7697) with questions or for copy of application.
In 2014, our first retreat welcomed nearly 60 people to enjoy nine workshops with outstanding presenters. We had three captivating public performances with 250+ people in attendance.
In 2016, we expanded to 15 workshops, an additional community concert, more lodging options, and room for more retreat attendees! We enjoyed three days of workshops, plus a lively story-slam (theme: sparks).
In 2018, we're planning another great event, with more amazing storytelling at workshops and concerts!
BZ Smith and friends, we tell stories in and around Sonora, CA