What a wonderful weekend! Nearly 700 people gathered on San Juan Ridge to hear some of the finest storytelling around. This gentle spot of natural beauty echoed with an abundance of inspiring tales. Joseph Bruchac, Elizabeth Ellis, Bill Harley, Joel Ben Izzy. Kirk Waller, Muriel Johnson graced the 29th Sierra Storytelling Festival's stage at the North Columbia Schoolhouse in California's Mother Lode. Plus, the Ridge's own wild man storyteller Tom Wade had a chance to hop and jive all over the Main Stage under the stars on Friday night. And pulling the entire program together with grace and elegance was Milbre Burch as emcee. From Waller's telling of "Poor Sandy" to Harley's wild and punky children's concert, everyone in attendance was filled with smiles, laughter and tears.
Along with the outstanding concert appearances, the festival's highlight included the Friday night Slam: "True Tales of Lost and Found." Then Sunday morning's annual Story Swap gave chances for many aspiring tellers to share their gifts, hosted by our own Linda Ramey Kennedy, Linderella.
We highly recommend that you story lovers mark your calendar now for the 3rd weekend in July 2015. Don't miss Sierra Storytelling Festival #30!
This website has been a year in the making. And finally here we are! And today is the perfect day for our launch because it is International Tellabration!™ Day with simultaneous storytelling events going on all around the world! Even here on a rainy Mother Lode day we have two Tellabration!™ concerts: One in Auburn, CA, and one in Angels Camp, CA.
In Summer 2011 I offered to be the Sierra Nevada's first regional representative to the National Storytelling Network. It is a huge honor with a lot of driving! Our region runs over 200 miles north to south through some of California's most rugged lands. Deep canyons cut by fierce rivers and streams create giant gorges that separate small communities that make up the Mother Lode. Along the way I've met wonderful storytellers, librarians, tribal elders, educators, historians, all of whom are devoted to telling the tales of their "neck of the woods" and our connection to the bigger world.
I hope you'll make this website a regular stop. Get to know our gifted and dedicated storytellers! We're helping to keep the Art of Storytelling alive and well in California's Gold Rush Country.
BZ Smith and friends, we tell stories in and around Sonora, CA