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Jackson Storyfest in Its 18th Year

Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, MI) , May 5, 2005


Take back your stories -- those childhood memories or adult antics or adolescent embarrassments that define individual life -- says storyteller Judith Black.

Don't let them be stolen by the media.

Rather than leaving it to TV or movies or the Internet to define our shared experiences, reach down into your own family events and share those with others -- especially your children, Black says.

Black is one of the professional storytellers at this weekend's Jackson Storyfest, now in its 18th year of entertaining children and adults in Jackson County.

It will follow its traditional Friday-Saturday script: Friday daytime reserved for thousands of schoolchildren, and Friday night and Saturday more adult-inclusive.

It's a huge event, with churches, libraries, theaters and schools opening their doors as storytelling venues. But it's more than just an opportunity to hear fascinating tales for free.

Through the storytelling craft, performers from around the country aim to inspire those who will attend. "Storytelling is a radical grassroots art form, because it reinforces the fact that your experience, your family's experience, your cultural experience all mean something in your life and the lives we live," Black says.

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