Debbie Griffin reports that on September 26th The VASA Saturday Storytelling Series took center stage at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton with many Voices in the Glen members as their star performers. This was the first time storytelling was on the play bill offering workshops, swaps, and a story concert in this newly renovated arts center. Ralph Chatham gave a peer coaching workshop and was the master of ceremonies for the evening concert. Barbara Effron had her participants chanting, clapping, singing and tapping in her Music In Stories: As Easy as 1.2.3. Anne Sheldon’s popular workshop Story Sparks gave tellers a few good folktales to take home to tell right away. Gary Lloyd, Tim Livengood and new Voices member Linda Goodman gave a wonderful evening of stories at the 7pm concert. Gary opened with his crackling good tale about the first barbecue pork roast in Memphis. Thanks to Linda Goodman’s frightening story, eating my favorite Cape Cod potato chips will never be the same. Tim Livengood had the audience rolling in the aisles with his salty sea dog rendition of Cinderella. After a short break for refreshments most of the crowd stayed to hear seven more tellers entertain us at the open mic. The Chathams led the way with two great folktales. Meghan Hicks shared a new personal story about integration. The evening ended with a rookie, Marvin Dolinger, taking the stage. His story about his son’s first T-Ball game showed that if we are willing to stand up and share we all have a story worth telling. Thanks to The Workhouse Arts Center and VASA we now have a new venue for storytelling in Northern Virginia where our Voices in the Glen members can shine.
October 26, 2009
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