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Some Tall Tales in Haverstraw

The Journal News (Westchester, NY), October 10, 2005


David Gonzalez was the artistic director for the 10th Annual Rockland County Storytelling Festival that was held yesterday at Haverstraw Middle School. Gonzalez said the festival showcases professional storytellers, celebrates the craft and brings people together.

"Storytelling is a face-to-face art and it's heart-to-heart," he said.

Elise Krakower, the event director, said it was also a way for people from different cultures and backgrounds to relate to one another.

"I think it keeps a community together through the sharing of their stories," she said.

Mary Murphey agreed. She told her story about a birthday party, firecrackers and a frightened dog that lands on a cake.

"When we hear a story, we think, 'Oh something like that happened in my life, too,' " she said. "And there's a connection. The more stories I tell people, the more stories they're willing to tell me."

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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