Cache Valley’s American West Heritage Center participates Saturday (Nov. 21) in Tellabration, a worldwide storytelling event, and everyone is invited. All over the world storytelling enthusiasts (and folks who just like to listen to stories) gather for a storytelling experience on the same night. Events will be underway most of the day (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) at the Heritage Center in Wellsville. “This is Cache Valley’s own storytelling festival,” said Heritage Center Program Director David Sidwell. Sidwell said this is the Center’s fifth year of involvement in Tellabration and this year’s guest storyteller has an international reputation. “Dovie Thomason is a wonderful storyteller,” said Sidwell. “She comes from Kiowa Apache and Lakota backgrounds. She’ll be featured at our big evening concert that begins at 7 o’clock. There will be other storytellers included that night as well.” Sidwell said Thomason will conduct a storytelling workshop Saturday at 2 p.m. Tellabration at the Heritage Center begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with a workshop presented by the Bridgerland Storytelling Guild, “Everyone’s a Storyteller! (or can be)” Sidwell said the best storytellers are able adept at making a connection with the audience. “They are able to help you visualize what is happening in the story,” he said. “Usually they’ve told the story so many times they’re familiar with it, they know what’s going on. Most of the stories are extemporaneous.” Another feature Saturday at the Heritage Center is “Bread and Jam.” “One of our staff members here, Mike Young, is our blacksmith,” said Sidwell, “and he plays the guitar. He had this idea of just sitting down and playing music and encouraging people to bring an instrument or tell a story or sing a song. We’ve done this a few times throughout the year. It’s proven to be very fun and has been very successful. Sidwell said there will be workshops and storytelling sessions all day long and it is for all ages. He said more information on Saturday’s event is available at www.awhc.org.
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