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Storyteller Anne Rutherford to give special Halloween show Saturday

by: RON GEITGEY - This is how you will look if you hear Anne Rutherford on Saturday night at the Oswego Heritage House. Snoopy the cartoon beagle was famous for starting his stories with “It was a dark and stormy night.”

Anne Rutherford is a much better storyteller than Snoopy, and she is coming to Lake Oswego for a special Halloween season performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oswego Heritage House. If the night is dark and stormy, so much the better.

The title of the program is “Tales That Go Bump in the Night,” and Jude Graham anticipates an evening of chills, thrills and laughs from the award-winning yarn spinner.

“Anne will suck you in and you start to believe her story,” said Graham, who is executive director of the Oswego Heritage Council. “At the end she tells you the truth. That’s what makes it fun. She has stories like ‘Clementine Meets Big Foot’ and ‘The Talking Coyotes.’”

Rutherford came to be a scary storyteller naturally. Her childhood influences included Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. She has fond memories of patrolling for werewolves at her town cemetery.

“I’ve always looked at life through a slightly gruesome lens,” Rutherford admitted.

People find Rutherford so believable because she is one of the finest professional liars in the world. In 2010 and 2011 she was voted top liar at the Northwest Folklife Festival.

“She’s hysterically funny,” Graham said.

Rutherford’s Lake Oswego appearance will be a landmark for her career as a scary storyteller, because she will be holding a release party for her new CD, “Tales That Go Bump in the Night.” It will include original and classic spooky tales and four new songs, including her instant country western vampire classic “Your Blood-Sucking Heart,” which has been influenced by both Hank Williams and Dracula.

Contributing to the eery atmosphere will be fiddling favorite Andy Emert.

This scary shindig will be held at the Heritage House at 398 10th St. There will be no admission charge.

Cliff Newell can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 105.

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