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Five storytellers come to county festival

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts the 10th annual storytelling festival, Art of the Story, April 5 to 12. by: COURTESY PHOTO - Bil Lepp is heading out from West Virginia to participate in the storytelling festival, including a grand finale performance April 12.

The festival features five professional storytellers: Bil Lepp of West Virginia, Alton Takiyama-Chung of Washington, Olga Loya of California, Will Hornyak of Portland and Habiba Addo of Portland and West Africa.

The week-long storytelling extravaganza features 14 storytelling performances at the WCCLS member libraries, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro.

The festival is supported in part by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, each of the local Friends of the WCCLS member libraries hosting a festival event, Recology, Tualatin Heritage Center, the Portland Storytellers’ Guild and the Washington County Museum.

Services have also been provided by Pamplin Media Group, Hillsboro Library Foundation, Hillsboro Library Friends, Courtyard by Marriott, Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and Stash Tea.

Here are some scheduled events on the west side of Washington County:

n “Curating Your Story & The Museum As Storyteller” by Beth Dehn. “Erin’s Cauldron: A Rich Brew of Irish Myths & Legends” by Will Hornyak. “Workshop: The Art & Craft of the Tale” by Will Hornyak. Sunday, April 6, at the Washington County Museum. 1 to 4 p.m.

n “Caribbean Waters to The African Savannah” by Habiba Addo is comprised of two tales of bravery and courage as two characters face adversities and triumph. Tuesday, April 8, at the Walters Cultural Arts Center at 7 p.m.

n “Passport to African Countries” by Habiba Addo. Travel to several African countries through heartwarming and cautionary tales. Wednesday, April 9, at the Forest Grove Library. 6:30 p.m.

n “Let’s Work Together” by Olga Loya. The power of community, people working together and peace stories are just some of the themes of this show.

Listen to folk tales, myths, legends and personal stories from around the world with an emphasis on Latin American stories. Wednesday, April 9, at the North Plains library. 7 p.m.

n Open house at Washington County Museum. Noon to 4 p.m. April 9. At 2 p.m. Karen Lange presents “Curator Resources Overview.”

n “Tales From The Plantations” by Alton Chung will share stories from Hawaii’s plantation days. Thursday, April 10, at the Banks library. 7 p.m.

n The storytelling reception and festival finale concert at the Hillsboro Public Library will feature stories and a no-host bar with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 12. Limited childcare for children ages 2 to 8 is also available for this evening event. Contact in advance for details at 503-615-6500.

This adult-focused program showcases all five of the festival storytellers.

Habiba Addo will present “The Cow Tail Switch,” in which a great hunter does not return home after several months, so his sons set off to investigate.

Will Hornyak will present “Little Red Riding Hood: The REAL Story!,” the never-before-told story of what really happened in those dark woods so long, long ago. Alton Chung will present “Tales From A Misspent Adulthood — What was I Thinking?” Olga Loya will tell “Stories Of The Heart,” folklore and personal stories as a healing mirror that give courage and insight to us all.

Bil Lepp will present his comedic “Pulling Out All The Stops.”



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