Learn to weave a tale at the storytelling festival


Experience the art and craft of professional storytelling and learn how to tell your own story during the Lake Oswego Public Library's storytelling festival.

The week of Oct. 24-29, the library will host 'Tell Me a Story,' a storytelling festival, to celebrate the stories that reside in everyone.

Activities include storytelling performances, workshops, oral history interviews and local history presentations.

'Tell Me a Story' features workshops and performances by local storytellers and a local history presentation and walking tour.

On Monday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Will Hornyak will present 'Pass the Word: A Toolbox for Storytellers.' This workshop provides exercises, techniques and tools for developing stories and bringing characters, settings and ideas to life. This workshop is for all levels of experience.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Terry Jordan and Anne Rutherford will present 'Grandma, Tell Me a Story: A Workshop for Grandparents and Parents.' This workshop explores ways to rekindle memories and rediscover family history. Participants will use visualization, role-play, writing, gestures and other tricks to spark memories.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, Esther Stutzman will perform Coos and Kalapuya stories. Some of her stories tell of the time when animals and people could talk to each other.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 to 11 a.m.; the Genealogy Interest Group will hold a presentation.

Alton Chung will present 'The Stories of Our Lives Workshop' from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26. Chung teaches how to take experiences and shape them into stories to share. Participants will focus on creating the stories rather than the telling of the stories.

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26, Marylou Colver will share 'Turning Oswego's Iron Into Gold: Paul C. Murphy as Alchemist.'

On Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m., storyteller Christopher Leebrick will perform Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and other thrillers.

From 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, the history video contest winners will be announced. The public will decide the winner. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists.

From 7 to 8 p.m. join storyteller Megan Miller on a haunting tour of Oswego Pioneer Cemetery by lantern light. Meet at the cemetery, if you dare!

Three events are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29. From 1 to 3 p.m., Rick Huddle will hold a Storytelling Matinee. Huddle, a gifted storyteller, provides fun, lively and thoughtfull performances. He will host an open mike session. Workshop participants and audience members can share a three- to five-minute story.

From 3 to 4 p.m., there will be a walking tour to five Old Town area family homes, presented by Marylou Colver and Erin O'Rourke-Meadors. The original owners came to the Lake Oswego area for different reasons but all chose to make Oswego their home and contributed significantly to the community.

And from 7 to 9 p.m., Leslie Slape, Chung and Hornyak will present, 'The Age-Old Story Tree: An Evening of Personal and Traditional Tales in the Spirit of the Season.' This event will be at the Lake Center of the Arts.

The library is also conducting a Lake Oswego oral history recording project. They are collecting new oral histories from community members during the festival.

If you have a story to share, submit your name and contact information to a reference librarian at 503-675-2540 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interviewees will be asked to fill out a pre-interview questionnaire. Interviews last between 30 and 45 minutes.

Locations for events differ; for the schedule and list of locations, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/calendar/storytellingfestival2011.

To register for a workshop, call 503-675-2540 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Lake Oswego Public Library's storytelling festival is made possible by support from the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library.

The library is located at 706 Fourth St.

For information, contact Cyndie Glazer, 503-675-2538 or Alicia Yokoyama at 503-534-5285.