“Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a far away place, there was a …”
When you hear these words, do you, like all audiences, collectively drift back to another time and place of wonder?
Well, this summer you can be part of that magic, with the return of the Orcas StoryFest slated from July 23-27 at various venues in town. Once again, Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec have invited nationally renown storytellers to Orcas Island to share their stories:
• Bill Harley, Grammy award winning and very funny storyteller from Massachusettes;
• Erica Lann-Clark, Jewish American and very funny storyteller from California;
• A special presentation by Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor on the Filipino Indigenous peoples of Mindanao with Kulintang bronze gong ensemble music by Eth-Noh-Tec;
• Antoinette Botsford, Metis-French Canadian storyteller from Orcas;
• Guest artists Anji Rinzin, recitations of Rumi; Fred Klein, poetry readings; and Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz leading us with songs.
This is Eth-Noh-Tec’s 7th storytelling festival gifted to the peoples of Orcas Island with sponsorship from the Friends of the Orcas Library and private donors. With the added generosity of farmers, restaurants, pilots, Shearwater kayaking, Island Market, museums, neighbors, and the cooking skills of friends, Eth-Noh-Tec is able to produce the festival every other year.
Wang is again teaching storytelling at the Senior Center and students will also be performing in the festival:
“Hearing the stories of seniors is an amazing treat,” she said. “Too often, seniors are seen as just ‘old’. But, to see their pictures from their younger days and hear the adventures they had, well, you can’t see them as just old anymore. Everyone should tell their stories, and everyone should hear these stories.”
The Orcas StoryFest schedule for 2017:
• Sunday, July 23: ‘Forest Welcome Potluck &Performance’ ~ For volunteers, donors, neighbors and special guests 5 p.m. at 491 Discovery Way forest in the Highlands;
• Monday, July 24: ‘Mirth of Mindanao’, stories and music of Mindanao, Philippines 8 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall 112 Haven Rd., Donation at door;
• Tuesday, July 25: ‘Pajama Tales’, family stories 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Library 500 Rose St. Come in pajamas! Free;
• Wednesday, July 26: ‘Wisdom &Wit’, 1:30 p.m. at Orcas Senior Center 62 Henry Rd., Free;
• Wednesday, July 26: ‘In the Spirit of Sacred Stories’, 8 pm at Oddfellows Hall 112 Haven Rd., Donation at door;
• Thursday, July 27: ‘World of Stories’, 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall 218 Main St., Donation at door.
If anyone wants to volunteer or contribute in any way, call Robert at 360-376-8705 or write: Contact@ethnohtec.org.