Dan Keding will be one of six storytellers at the Mariposa County Arts Council's 27th Storytelling festival scheduled March 7-9. Keding is well known for his folktales, myths, legends, ghost stories and tales of his Chicago boyhood. He adds guitar, banjo and spoons to this collection of talent, as well. Kedding currently writes a column on storytelling for the folk music magazine Sing Out.
Another famous storyteller who will present at the festival is Cuban-Irish American storyteller and author, Andre Sacre. He will bring an extensive repertoire that includes folk talks, myths and legends from Spanish-speaking countries, especially Mexico. He can perform entirely in English, Spanish, or a delightfully lively interweaving of both.
Two new free events await listeners attending the Festival. A Story Slam, with a theme of Trains, Planes and Automobiles, will be held Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m., at Mariposa's government center; and on Saturday, March 8, at the High School Library, the release of Inspiring Generations, 150 years, 150 Stories, an anthology celebrating Yosemite's Grant 150 years ago.
Rules for the Story Slam, schedules and ticket information can be found on the website of the Mariposa County Arts Council (mariposaartscouncil.org.)
Friday and Saturday's Storytelling performances take place at Mariposa County High School, Sunday's stories and music will be presented by all six tellers at the Park Service's East Auditorium in Yosemite National Park.
The Mariposa County Arts Council is funded in part by Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.