Stories by the Sea in September

The North Coast Storytellers invite people young and old to the 15th Annual Storytelling Festival By the Sea, Friday Sept. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. and all day Saturday and Saturday evening, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. The festival is abundant with storytelling for your entertainment and enlightenment.

The festival is in the Arcata Presbyterian Church at 670 11th Street (on the corner of 11th and G) in Arcata for the first time.

The North Coast Storytellers continue the tradition of bringing nationally known practitioners of the oral tradition to Humboldt County as this year's festival features special guest acclaimed storyteller Elizabeth Ellis, the warm and welcoming Mary Lawrence and the celebrated American Indian storyteller Frank Lake.

Fans of traditional ghost stories will be pleased to learn that Mostly Ghostly, hosted by the beguiling Carpathian, has been extended to 90 minutes, beginning Friday at 8:30 p.m.

The Cabaret is a new variety show for grown-up people (13 and older) featuring stories and songs with mature themes from members of the North Coast Storytellers, starting at 10 p.m. Musical guest Squeeze Bug, with Lorna on accordion and Stephen Brown, also perform Friday night.

A special event Saturday at 11 a.m. is a storytelling workshop with Elizabeth Ellis.

The North Coast Storytellers spin tales of enchantment and tell a wonderful variety of folktales and other stories from far away, from the North Coast, and with humor and wisdom. These stories entertain us while also enriching our lives in many ways.

The North Coast Storytellers are Ali Freedlund, Seabury Gould, Mary Lawrence, Ross Mackinney, Paul Woodland, Carpathian, Anita Punla, Carol Larsen and Charlene Storr. Local American Indian storyteller Frank Lake performs at the California Indian Stage on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Venerable musician/storyteller Seabury Gould plays music and tells stories at various times throughout the festival including at the Family Storytelling Program at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be the opportunity to experience the thrill of storytelling of an improvisational nature as daredevil storytellers attempt to walk the tightrope between imagination and creativity on Saturday afternoon.

Children 12 and under are admitted free to all festival performances except The Cabaret.

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