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Nothing Helps us Connect More than Storytelling

Packet & Times (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) , March 22, 2010


Storytelling is about connecting with others. This is what Orillians learned while celebrating World Storytelling Day Saturday evening. More than 50 people listened to tales at the Mariposa Folk Foundation office on Mississaga Street to celebrate the event.

"We go to clubs, we go to workshops like this, we go to folk festivals because we want to connect," said storyteller and musician, Brad Woods. "Nothing helps us connect more than storytelling."

"It was a wonderful evening," said Amy Mangan, artistic liaison for the Mariposa Folk Festival. The storytelling event was hosted by the Mariposa Folk Foundation in partnership with the Orillia and District Arts Council and the Leacock Museum.

The Mariposa Folk Festival, which takes place July 9 to 11 in Tudhope Park, has a storytelling component to it. Mangan hopes Saturday night's event encourages more people to enjoy that portion of the festival.

"We expected the artists to do a fantastic job, but we just didn't expect as many people as we had and we didn't expect the reaction we got from everybody," she said. "We were asked when the next event will be."

Subjects Covered: education, personal storytelling, storytelling festivals

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