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  Ottawa StoryTellers Newsletter     July 2, 2010  

In this issue:

note from the president
note from the newsletter editor

campfire stories at billings

from creation to ragnarok
tea party
canada day
photo of Dean that links to his webpage


story swap
news and reviews
all things fourth stage
what about the men?
storyTelling tip
Dean Verger

Message from the President - July 2010

Twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesday, OST has Stories and Tea at the Tea Party, a tea house at 119 York Street in the Market. The evening offers a chance for tellers of all levels of experience to tell in a slightly more formal setting than the swaps. It also offers excellent tea and goodies as well as a chance for conversation between stories. Ruthanne Edward prepares a schedule six months in advance, and then acts as host, usually with a pair of tellers on each evening.

Occasionally, a single teller takes the entire evening. May 25 was one such occasion. Dean Verger presented his one-man tour-de-force version of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. It was really a treat. Dean plans to collaborate with a musician to turn this performance into a full evening concert. Watch for it!

The June 8 evening was also an event to remember. Besides excellent stories from Donna Stewart and Ruth Stewart-Verger, there was an unscheduled visit from Sayuri Nakajima, a visiting teller from Japan. Sayuri performed a story that talked of the Buddhist conception of heaven and hell. I say "performed" rather than "told" because she incorporated music on a keyboard-wind instrument, as well as dramatic movements that brought an element of dance and theatre to her performance. Such a culturally different take on storytelling, so unlike how we do things, and absolutely wonderful.

So, come out to the Tea Party. You can even see our new sidewalk sandwich board!
Phil Nagy


Note from the newsletter editor

It has been another wonderful few months loaded with story telling. That said, I still think one of the best parts of telling is listening. And even better, is the sharing. Whenever I get to go out, be it to the Billings Museum, Library and Archives Canada, or even someone's home, I get the chance to chat with acquaintances, catch up on what is happening in their lives. It feels like our circle of friends is constantly growing.

This issue and the next one as well, will be slimmer volumes. Not that there is not a lot going on, but rather because there is so much going on. They say that many hands make light work. And I have found that to be so true. As always, thank-you for your ideas, and stories.



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