What a glorious day for telling tales at the Montgomery County Harvest Festival! The weather was sunny, breezy and warm. There were plenty of people and activities, but it never felt crowded or rushed. And best of all the storytelling was terrific!
The Twinbrook Tellers performed two sets, the first on the “Front Porch” stage, in warmer-than-we-might-have-liked full sun, and the second on the larger, shadier and better-attended “Hay Barracks” stage. At both sets we were preceded by Janice “The Griot” Curtis Greene. Janice, past president and lifetime member of The Griot’s Circle of Maryland, is a wonderful teller. We felt privileged to enjoy her storytelling, and appreciative that she stayed to hear ours. She, like most professional storytellers, enjoys hearing the upcoming generation of tellers developing and sharing their storytelling skills.
Our program, emceed by Noah, included:
Lily:The Kitten and the Falling Leaves by William Wordsworth and Isabel by Ogden Nash.
Peter: Calico Pie by Edward Lear
Chrissy: How to Quarrel, a folk tale from Laos
Evelyn: Fox and Crow, an Aesop’s Fable
John: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Clare: The Raven by Edgar Alan Po
Noah: American folktale Alfred Bellhop Stormalong
We had to deal with a couple of glitches – unexpectedly switching stages, performing in full sun, having no microphone for the first set, having a “hay play” area right behind our tellers at the second set – but the kids handled the difficulties and distractions like pros. They did us all proud today!!!
submitted by eve burton
October 7, 2017