- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Business Notebook: New rooftop restaurant to be atop Marquette Tower (1/8/18)2
- MCA calls for protection of those found not guilty of animal abuse (1/10/18)2
- Scaling up: Long John Silver's adding an A&W (1/10/18)3
- Southeast to cut workforce to meet budget needs caused by state cuts (1/10/18)7
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)2
- Cape's new 'cold case': Whose frozen SUV is that in the Mississippi River? (1/6/18)5
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Plaintiffs' attorney wants jury to see basement steps at Cape courthouse (1/10/18)
- Church, businesses set up pop-up homeless shelter as winter storm approaches (1/12/18)1
Telling a story
In one way or another, we all have listened to storytellers sometime in our lives.
Maybe it was at a family gathering when grownups recalled "the old days" or a bit of family history. Or maybe it was on an airplane when your seatmate decided to pour out his tale of woe and sorrow. Maybe it was your pastor who wove the mysteries of faith into a story of how an ordinary life can be transformed. Maybe it was reading your favorite newspaper column -- one like Little Rock's Paul Greenberg (see below).
Storytelling is as much a part of us as any other form of communication. But we tend to be involved -- as tellers or listeners -- on a hit-and-miss basis. That's about to change the weekend of April 4 to 6 when the first Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival will be held. Four nationally prominent storytellers plus other storytellers from the Midwest will be on hand in three tents, all in the downtown area.
The Cape Girardeau festival is patterned after the National Storytelling Festival held each year in Jonesborough, Tenn. Organizers of the local event have been to the national festival and can't say enough in praise of the experience. Not too long ago, one of the storytellers came to Cape Girardeau to give invited guests a sampling of what to expect. Those who attended say it was both an uplifting and enjoyable experience.
These stories are not made up. They reflect the experiences of the teller. The stories can be funny, educational or sad. All of them draw in listeners and hold their attention to the very end.
Mark April 4 to 6 on your calendar. The Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival will be a wonderful event for the whole family. Advance tickets are available by calling the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at 335-1631.