[kids-lib] Stories by the Sea

Marilyn K. Coxon mkcoxon at co.douglas.or.us
Sat Aug 2 15:21:37 PDT 2008

         Come one! Come all! Join us for the 15th, and last, Stories by the Sea Storytelling Festival. The festival will be held Sept.19th-21st at the Performing Arts Center in Newport. The featured storytellers will be Mary Gay Ducey and Alton Chung.
         Mary Gay Ducey is a descendant of spunky Southern women who tells stories from Appalachia and many other cultures. She will present a three-hour workshop on Saturday morning which will focus on the elements of story structure and explore various approaches to each element. Her Saturday performances will feature stories from far and wide. Mary Gay has been a children's librarian at Oakland Public Library for over 25 years. She teaches storytelling at the University of California at Berkeley. She was inducted into the Circle of Excellence for the National Storytelling Network last year.
         Alton Chung will present a workshop on ghost stories which will explore the elements of terror. Participants will learn how to build suspense and tell scary stories for all ages. Alton's Saturday evening performance will feature Heroes,  true stories from survivors of the Japanese American 42nd Regiment, that served in Europe during World War II. Alton has been chosen to perform at the 2008 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
       Stories by the Sea includes a Friday evening Ghost Story Swap and a Sunday morning story swap, Tales to Inspire. Tickets for the Saturday performances are available at the arts center box office. Registration forms for the festival workshops are available online at http://data.memberclicks.com/site/ola/CSD_StoriesByTheSea.pdf or by calling Rebecca Cohen at 541-265-3109.
       The sponsors of Stories by the Sea are the Children's Services Division of the Oregon Library Association, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and the Newport Public Library, with additional support from the Whaler Motel and the Jeanette Hofer Literacy Fund. 
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