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Storytelling festival returns for third time

All-star lineup of speakers, including 'The Noiseguy,' set for 'Lighten Up'


Will Hornyak is among speakers scheduled to perform at the upcoming storytelling festival in Lake Oswego.Laughs, more laughs and some scares will be featured at “Lighten Up,” the 2013 Lake Oswego Public Library Storytelling Festival for 2013.

This is the third time for the story extravaganza, set for Oct. 25 to 27, and festival director Alicia Yokoyama has assembled an outstanding lineup of performers. Those planning to attend should be ready to yuk it up. KIM WEITKAMP

“That’s why we’re calling it ‘Lighten Up,’” said Yokoyama, who is a reference librarian at the library. “Our storytellers are really good at making people laugh.”

Highlighting the lineup of laugh getters is Kim Weitkamp, a nationally renowned storyteller who is coming all the way from Virginia for this event. Another newcomer to the festival is Anne-Louise Sterry. Returning for the third time is former Lake Oswego resident Will Hornyak.

“He’s too good not to bring back,” Yokoyama said. ANNE-LOUISE STERRY

Then there is “The Noiseguy,” Charlie Williams of Seattle, whose talent for making funny sounds makes him much in demand. His other nickname is “The Zany Czar of Sound.” Williams can imitate planes, trains, automobiles and monsters. Naturally, kids love him.

Providing a change of pace for this paradise of merriment will be “Served Chilled” night, Oct. 25, featuring Weitkamp, whose all-around talents include singing, writing and scaring people. The theme fits in well with this Halloween season.

Besides being entertained, attendees will have the chance to learn how to tell stories themselves, thus becoming the life of any party.

The festival will get off to a fast start on Oct. 25 at the Waluga Masonic Lodge #181, with Hornyak hosting a scary story swap. This will be followed by “Served Chilled.” The action starts at 6:45 p.m.

CHARLIE 'THE NOISEGUY' WILLIAMSOct. 26 will be a full day with “The Noiseguy” getting things off to a noisy start at 11 a.m. Weitkamp will give a humor seminar at 2 p.m. Both events will be held at the library. That evening Weitkamp will give a storytelling concert at the Lakewood Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.

The festival will close on a high note at the library on Oct. 27 with a 1:30 p.m. matinee featuring all four speakers.

The public is encouraged to come out to enjoy the oldest form of entertainment — brought up to date with modern zest.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing it back,” Yokoyama said.

For more information and a complete schedule, go to lopl.org/storytellingfestival.

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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