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Storyteller pays a visit to Echo Shaw

Part of 'Art of the Story' festival

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Storyteller Sam Payne entertained students at Echo Shaw Elementary School in Cornelius this morning.Students at Echo Shaw Elementary School in Cornelius got a surprise visit from Sam Payne Friday morning.

Payne is one of five featured professional storytellers in this year's Washington County Cooperative Library Services "Art of the Story" storytelling festival, which runs through tomorrow.

Payne's message to his wiggly audience of kindergartners through fourth graders was, "Tell stories. Telling stories makes people happy."

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Echo Shaw students practiced dancing without moving their feet during Sam Payne's storytelling presentation Friday.According to Cornelius Public Library director Karen Hill, Cornelius Friends of the Library cosponsor an extra event during the festival each year, where one of the storytellers does a program at one of Cornelius' three elementary schools.

"We reach 300 to 500 kids in a really fun environment," Hill said.

The 11th annual festival featured multiple performances all around Washington County by Payne, Judith Black, Kuniko Yamamoto, Chetter Galloway and Brody Theater. Black and Yamamoto hail from the east coast, Payne from Utah and Galloway and Theater are local.

Payne, according to his website, has "entertained as a storyteller, songwriter and jazz musician in concert halls from Bulgaria to Tokyo." He is the school director at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in Lehi, Utah.

Payne performs again tonight (April 17) at 7 p.m. at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, 12930 N.W. Old Pumpkin Ridge Road in North Plains.

A festival finale will be held tomorrow night (April 18) at Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., in Sherwood, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All five sotrytellers will perform.

The events are free.

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