Having taken over the reigns of the St. Marys Storytelling Festival last year from its original organizing committee, the St. Marys Public Library is once again teaming up with local elementary schools to bring a series of storytelling performances to town this Friday and Saturday.
“The baton was kind of passed to us (last year, when Festival organizers said they were being forced to take a hiatus due to a lack of volunteers and finances), and it was a natural connection for us, with our place in the community,” explained Library Program Team Leader Merley Wheaton.
He added the Festival is certainly not a money-maker, but the Library feels very comfortable putting some of its resources towards an event which has now taken place annually in the Stonetown for 10 years. And having the support of South Perth Centennial, Holy Name, and Little Falls schools — which tap into their class excursion funds to help “bring some great storytellers into the community” — makes it even more worthwhile.
School children will get the first chance to experience a performance, with Heather Whaley bringing her tales to Little Falls school at 9 a.m. on Friday. Whaley will also perform later in the day at Holy Name, while Gail Fricker will entertain students at South Perth.
Fricker, along with Wheaton, will also be telling stories on Friday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m upstairs at the Library. Admission to the family-friendly session is by donation.
Then on Saturday, June 15, also at 10:30 a.m. but this time at the Town Hall Auditorium, Fricker will return to the stage for another family-friendly series of stories. This time, she’ll be joined by Ron Baker.
On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., Baker will be back — but this time at the nearby Merchant House pub. And this time, he’ll be offering stories for an adult audience. Admission is $5.
And the main event, also geared towards adults, takes place Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium. The Baden Storyteller’s Guild, who gave a very entertaining collaborative presentation during last year’s Storytelling Festival, are back again, with a theme of “Fate and Fortune.” Admission is $10.