Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Informational Document

INFORMATION FROM Chery Anderson 530-613-1153

Foothill Storytelling Guild is the producers of the Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival. The FSG is a group of a dozen members from Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Chicago Park, Alta Sierra, Newcastle, and Roseville. They volunteer their time to bring the Gold Country community a chance to share in the joy of listening to stories told aloud without notes or props using gestures, voice inflections, and facial movements. Scientific experiments show this will light up the listeners’ imagination. The one day event starts in the morning with children’s stories presented by a retired Early Childhood Development professor and a historical character performer. After lunch a 90-minute workshop introduces beginners to learning the art of storytelling. Open Telling hour allows anyone from the audience to stand up and tell a five-minute story to the audience followed by the Liar’s Contest which awards the biggest liar in town with a trophy. In the evening, there is a two-hour showcase featuring six regional experienced and sometimes professional tellers telling stories for grown-ups. The entire day is FREE.

This will be the fourth-year Foothill Storytelling Guild has produced the Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival at General Gomez Event Center in Downtown Auburn. FSG has been presenting storytelling programs since 2003. In 2011 the program was part of the Friends of Auburn Library NOON Program. In 2013 PlacerArts sponsored our event in the 808 Lincoln Way gallery. It was the weekend before Thanksgiving and our program ran concurrently with the National Storytelling Network Tellebration. Auburn was one venue of 400 around the world. Our events are planned and carried out by volunteers. We handout a program to every attendee with an evaluation form to be returned at the end. Often the page comes back with “How can I volunteer for the next event?”

AWSF chair Mark Berry, is one of the founding members of the Foothill Storytelling Guild. As a preschooler he listened to stories from his grandfather, a real cowboy. Mark loves telling those personal stories, traditional tales from different cultures, and tall tales. In 2017 Mark won the Story Slam at the Sierra Storytelling Festival. He has been an emcee, featured teller and organizer of many Tellebrations in Sacramento, Davis, and Sierra Foothills.
Chery Anderson is a long-time resident of Auburn where she and her husband had a retail store for 31 years. Since retirement Chery has been active in the Auburn Library Friends, Placer County Museum, Gold Country Writers and producer of Open Mic for the Spoken Word. Her stories are often based on her childhood memories. Both have been instrumental in the organizing and running the three earlier storytelling festivals.

The Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival relies on unpaid publicity to promote the event. Listed on the calendars of Zoomaru, National Storytelling Network, VisitPlacer, See California, Storysac, Sacramento 365 (NPR), Yuba Net, Auburn Chamber and Downtown Merchants, and the Sacramento News and Review. After Christmas we have articles ready for the Union, Bee and Gold Country Media papers. Also, flyers and posters are distributed by mail to many California Storytelling Organizations.

MISSION: Foothill Storytelling Guild is a group of Northern California storytellers who bring the art of telling stories in the oral tradition to many venues in the surrounding communities.
VISION: FSG shares the love of fairytales, fables, classic tales, tall tales, historical and personal stories through school visits, library programs, programs for the visually impaired, fairs, and free public story concerts.
VALUES: FSG programs are open to the public with no regard to race, religion, sex, or political party.

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