Last year around this time we presented a gathering of tales from a festival of storytelling at PowellsWood Garden, down in Federal Way, Washington. It was an ear-opening experience, not just for the occasional jet approaching Sea-Tac, but as a reminder of the power of well-told stories.
Talented storytellers remind us to slow down, disconnect from the whirl of modern life and wrap ourselves up in voice, memory and imagination.
Highlights this year included North Carolinian Donald Davis’s story of a remarkable kindergarten teacher. Linda Gorham weaved together the real and imagined lives of her Uncle Andy and Wilma Rudolph, both Olympic track stars. Antonio Sacre shared insightful Cuban sayings, dichos, passed down by his father. And MaryGay Ducey spoke to the gift of song, as inspired by her fascination with Dale Evans.
The 6th Annual PowellsWood Garden Storytelling Festival took place on July 22. KUOW’s Jennie Cecil Moore recorded the tales.
Listen to the full collection of stories below: