Friends of Western Maine Storytelling will share stories from around the corner and around the world during Farmington Summer Fest Saturday, July 25, at the Octagon House, on the corner of Perham and High streets. The event is set for 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.

Three tellers will share stories for children and their families from 11 a.m. to noon. Tom Standard, of Turner, will tell a selection of trickster tales. Farmington’s Judy Loeven will share “The Giant and the Dragon,” a story from her long-term project: telling the popular stories written by Dutch children’s author Annie M. G. Schmidt. Then, she will share a folktale from the Nisqually, Native American people of the Northwest: “The Dogs’Potlatch.” Storyteller Debby Bliss, of New Vineyard, will complete this hour of tales.

Storytellers will return at 1 p.m. with an hour-long program for adult listeners. Rob Lively, of Wilton, will tell his story “Religious Confusion.” Loeven will take listeners to Cornwall as she shares “Bucca Dhu and Bucca Gwidden,” and then share her ultra-politically-correct version of the classic tale “Little Red Riding Hood.” Wilton resident Mike Burns anchors the hour with stories from his native Ireland.

Western Maine Storytelling board members will be on hand to introduce the tellers: Lively, in the morning, and Peggy Yocom, of Farmington, in the afternoon. Other board members will greet visitors and share information about storytelling resources in the area.

For more information, contact Yocom at 778-9641 or Lively at [email protected]. To learn more about storytelling in the area, visit westernmainestorytelling.org.


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