"A story beats with the heart of every person who has ever strained ears to listen. On the breath of the storyteller, it soars. Until its images and deeds become so real you can see them in the air, shimmering like oases on the horizon line." Cameron Dokey, The Storyteller's Daughter

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Catch the 4th annual Clearfield Storytelling Festival on January 29th from 7:00-8:30.  It will be held at 140 East Center Street in Clearfield, Utah.  (The building is located just east of the main city building.)  There will be some great storytellers to help you warm up on a winter evening.
Well, the holidays are over and winter has fully set in.  This is a time to "cocoon" in our homes, drink hot chocolate, read a good book, and tell stories to our families.  Years ago, before TV and radio, families spent the evening hours by the fireside and told stories to each other to pass the time.  Men would repair tools needed during the warmer weather; women would sew or knit; children would listen and learn about their ancestry, the values espoused by their kin, funny stories about their parents as children, or maybe just folk tales from their heritage.  This was the time to "pass on" many valuable lessons to children--and the kids didn't even realize they were being "taught":  they thought they were being entertained.  This time of year, when things have slowed down(?) a bit, is still a good time to feast on stories.