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June 2, 2012

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“Rebecca: the story of Rebecca Ebey” is gaining some momentum. The show has been accepted for a final audition at the end of June with Humanities Washington’s Speaker’s Bureau for 2012 – 13. HW acts as a broker between presenters and organizations all around Washington State, particularly those in smaller and more rural communities. My previous show with HW, “Little But OH My! the story of Berte Olson”, was presented all over Western Washington. Staying in private homes, presenting for sometimes small but always appreciative audiences, it brought back fond memories of the old Peace Corps days: traveling by bus, jeepney, banca, and on foot throughout Batangas Province in the Philippines as a teacher-trainer. Those were the times….

“Rebecca” will also be performed this summer at a very special location: on the land of those early Whidbey Island pioneers which has been preserved as the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. The performance will be in the historic Crockett barn, built by the family of Susan Crockett, one of Rebecca’s oldest and dearest friends, who traveled with her from Missouri to Whidbey Island and who was also part of that early settlement. The barn – and other historical structures – are being lovingly restored by dedicated private owners assisted by the Reserve staff and local and national preservation organizations. The performance will be on August 5th at 3:00 at the Crockett Barn near Coupeville,WA. A family picnic will precede the performance. Contact the Island County Historical Society:                   ed-ichs@whidbey.com  for more information

Another historical Whidbey Island site will host it’s first storytelling performances this summer. Greenbank Farm, built in 1904, will present FOUR storytelling events as part of it’s annual Loganberry Festival on July 20 and 21st. Five local and regional tellers will entertain family and adult audiences in morning and afternoon performances. Check out the farm website: www.greenbankfarm.biz for more information.

At a recent appearance at the Bay Area Storytelling Festival in Richmond, CA, I was approached by a lovely young Chinese American woman. As we talked, she shyly confessed that she had never been to a storytelling event before. She struggled to explain what had brought her to this event. I smiled, “perhaps, because… something was missing in your life?  “That’s IT!” she said excitedly, “yes, exactly!!!”  We talked for a few more minutes and I encouraged her to look for a local storytelling group where she lived. Yet one more example of the power of story: it can fill holes in people’s lives – whether it be a great-grandmother telling her story for the first time to her grand and great-grandchildren (as happened recently in Montana) or a young twenty-something who senses something missing in the fabric of her life. Truly, this is amazing work that we all do….

 

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