Thursday, September 22, 2005

The evening concert was filled with just as much magic as throughout the day. It started with a set-up by Teju, done in cooperation with Kevin and Celia, that took everyone by surprise and delight. It ended with Celia bringing the two men onstage with her, musical instruments in hand, to help tell the story of "The Bee, The Mouse and the Bumclock." I've been officially active in the storytelling world since 1997, when I attended my first Northlands conference in Elkader Iowa.
Like that first encounter working with "real" storytellers, this final story of the festival showed once more that storytellers are not afraid to help each other out, and to put their egos aside to make the event better than each would be alone. The Third Annual LaCrosse Storytelling Festival was clearly a success, a class event.