Storytelling Festival By the Sea
For the past 14 years, North Coast Storytellers have produced the annual Storytelling Festival by the Sea. In honor of the founder of this Humboldt County tradition, we dedicate this year's Festival to the life and stories of Dan O'Gara (see Welcome Page) who died in January. And we are extremely excited this year to feature Master Storyteller Willy Clafin. Other guests include: Ernie Albers, Jr as our teller for the California Indian Stage.
Building on our success we again offer a storytelling workshop with our master guest storyteller. The title of Willy's workshop is Out of Thin Air. In this workshop we will explore the crafting of personal stories.
The Festival begins with music and stories on Friday night, September 13, 2013 and continues all day Saturday (September 14, 2012) and into the evening closing with our Festival Finale. You and your family are welcome to come to part of the Festival or attend the whole magical event. The schedule is in process, so check back in a few weeks.
One of our regular Festival features is our Story Swaps where we encourage anyone with a 5-minute story (or less) the opportunity to tell it live to an audience. Beginners or experienced tellers are welcome to participate. Sign up at the registration table early. A traditional Story Swap will be offered during the lunch hour while we expand on the theme of "Round Robin," an impromptu story told by whomever participates, during the dinner hour on Saturday, September 14th.
This year the event will be held at the Trinidad Town Hall on Main Street in Trinidad. Trinidad is a small, charming town located near the ocean off US Highway 101, 290 miles north of San Francisco, 290 miles south of Eugene, Oregon. The Arcata/Eureka Airport is 15 minutes away. The town features the Trinidad lighthouse, Art Gallery, Trinidad Trading Company, Sea Around Us and Murphy's Market. The spectacular Trinidad Head, Beach and Park are a short walk away.
Patrick's Point State Park is just a short 10 minutes north of Trinidad. The Park features a Visitor's Center, Yurok Village and overnight camping. Call the Visitors' Center for information for hours. Find out about Park events and overnight camping at 707-677-3570.
Bed and Breakfast & Motel: The Trinidad area has many excellent facilities. For information, use the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce website: www.trinidadcalif.com or call: 707-677-1610. For Humboldt County information: 1 800-346-3482.
The Catering: Teri's Custom Catering and Cakes offers delicious dinner options for attendees on Saturday. The Menu includes either Teriyaki Alaskan Wild Salmon, Chicken, or Teriyaki Tofu (specify in pre-sales), sesame noodle salad, sushi rice salad, green salad, bread, drinks and cake. See Fee Schedule for meal price. Please pre order dinners, if possible, to ensure your your meal will be waiting for you.
Outside Meals: The town of Trinidad also offers several dining establishments: The Seascape, the Eatery and Beachcomber Café.
FRIDAY~ September 13, 2013
- 6:45 Music ~ Seabury Gould
- 7:00 Opening Song: Liz Lara-O'Rourke
- Dedicated to Dan O'Gara: Liz Lara- O'Rourke/Ali Freedlund/Seabury Gould/ Charlene Storr/MaryGay Ducey
- 8:00 Master Storyteller: Willy Claflin
- 9:00 Break
- 9:15 Mostly Ghostly Tales: Carpathian/Paul Woodland/Ernie Albers, Jr./ Willy Claflin
SATURDAY ~ September 14, 2013
- 11:00 Master Storyteller Workshop: Willy Claflin
- 12:30 Lunch Break
- 12:45 Music
- 1:00 North Coast Storytellers: Mary Lawrence/Ali Freedlund/Seabury Gould/Berti Welty/ MaryGay Ducey
- 2:15 Youth Stage
- 2:45 Break
- 3:00 Master Storyteller: Willy Claflin
- 4:00 North Coast Storytellers: Amy Fontaine/Anita Punla/Ross Mackinney/ Charlene Storr
- 5:15 Conversations with Tellers
- 5:45 Dinner Break
- 6:30 Story Swap
- 6:45 California Indian Stage: Ernie Albers, Jr.
- 7:30 Master Storytellers: Willy Claflin and MaryGay Ducey
- 8:30 Closing Song: Liz Lara-'Rourke
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