The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild invites the public to enjoy a free afternoon of tales at the guild’s Open Telling event on Saturday, February 17. This the second Tuolumne County Open Telling of the year -- The Guild’s has monthly third Saturday ‘Open Mic’ presentations at Sonora Joe’s Coffee Shoppe (140 S Washington St., in historic downtown Sonora), from 4pm to 6pm.
Since February is the month most associated with romance, and this is the year of the dog, we decided that the suggested theme would be "Puppy Love!" Claudia Tonge is host for this month’s gathering. Guild members will be sharing stories of canine and human devotion, and anyone with a tale to tell on this, or any theme, or just a desire to listen, is invited to participate. Open tellings are family-friendly and informal, and the audience has been enthusiastic and welcoming.
We are seeing a lot of first-time tellers at these open tellings. It is exciting to hear people gain in confidence as they find their voices, and discover the forms of storytelling that suit their style and interest.
Although the event is free, 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.