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Sierra Storytelling Festival Celebrates 34 Years

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:30 PM by Kristin Snell

Submitted by Sam Hinrichs on behalf of the Sierra Storytelling Festival

Hi friends, The Storytelling Festival is just a few days away.

There are free tickets for the Children's Concert on Sunday the 21st for kiddos at both the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center and the San Juan Ridge Community Library. 

Steve Sanfield loved the craft of storytelling, and delighted in the art. Thirty-four years ago he dreamed of bringing the best storytellers from around the nation to a schoolhouse crowning a ridge, and now thirty-four years later, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is joyously continuing Steve’s vision. Join us the third weekend in July for three days of the art and craft of the best tellers at the North Columbia Schoolhouse. Tickets on sale now,, (530) 265-2826. Kid’s show on Sunday; Friday and Saturday evening not recommended for young children.

2019 Tellers are Choctaw author Tim Tingle, Japanese-American comedienne Motoko, Brazilian Mime Antonio Rocha, Sirius XM star Kim Weitkamp, and Parent’s Choice award-winning musician Kirk Waller.  Friday and Saturday night will feature Bay Area local Liz Nichols.  

There are lots of volunteer opportunities for folks who want to help and get in for free. Cathy Balan is the Volunteer Coordinator. Folks can call or email the Schoolhouse or call Cathy directly: 434.3309.

Sierra Storytelling Festival is a dream for any storyteller/performer. Performing on stage under a ceiling of tree canopies, crisp sails, and blue skies; a warm and welcoming audience; delicious food and craft beer. Add to that a wide blend of stories and music and seriously, why would you do anything or go anywhere else that weekend?"              - Kim Weitkamp