Saturday, August 19, 2006
Today is my birthday and, in many ways, I celebrated it early. To no surprise to anyone who knows me, stories are the best gifts.
For the first time (and I predict not for the last time) there were stories told at Game Night Games, a store that sells various European board games and card games.
A storytelling friend of mine, Daniel Bishop, was decked in pirate's gear as he told stories of Captain Kid, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Blackbeard. This storytelling/game event was advertised to have 24 spots, and as far as I could tell, all spots were filled.
This was an adult audience who were new to storytelling yet there were many moments of intensity and awe throughout the telling. Many people told me that they liked this new format of starting with stories before playing the games. As a storyteller, I am not surprised by the response.
Yet, imagine my surprise when playing the board game Pirate's Cove and one of the cards revealed Anne Bonny and Mary Read! Since Daniel shared stories about these vicious and daring plunderers, we knew this was no task for a landlubber. (A landlubber is an insult as non-pirates who do not go to sea much.)
If you go to http://www.gamenightgames.com , then you can find out what other events could "shiver yer timbers".
Remember, I welcome stories as birthday gifts!
Until we tell again,
Co-Chair of Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance