Dangberg hosts storytelling weekend
A weekend of storytelling brings a variety of talent to the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Saturday and Sunday.
The featured tellers at this year’s event are Willy Claflin, world-music percussion band The Batamba Collective, Mother Lode Storytelling Guild tellers Linda Kennedy and Joan McCammon, and Chautauquan Larry Lippmann as Hank Monk. The weekend also features early afternoon shows specifically for families and children, an open mic telling concert, and a session with Carson Valley residents sharing their memories.
“Storytelling is an art that is almost limitless in its possibilities of presentation,” said the park’s Events Manager Kim Harris. “While there are performances specifically for children, the evening events will appeal to all ages.”
Saturday features award-winning storyteller Willy Claflin, who has been spinning yarns since 1983 with his sidekick, Maynard Moose.
On Saturday at 1 p.m., Claflin will give a concert especially for families with children ages 5 and up. This concert is free for all to attend.
At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Kennedy and McCammon will emcee an Open Mic Telling Session. Those interested should come prepared with a nonpolitical, family-friendly story of 5 minutes or less. Personal tales, folk tales or cowboy poetry are all fine to tell, but not read. Please e-mail events@dangberghomeranch to sign-up for this session, which is free of charge for tellers and audience.
Linda Kennedy has been telling stories for almost 30 years. She is also a member of Foothill Storytelling Guild, Sacramento Storytelling Guild, and National Storytelling Network, and for the past seven years has been the emcee for the Open Telling Concert at the Sierra Storytelling Festival.
Joan McCammon has been telling stories in a variety of settings for the past 20 years. She began in Santa Clarita, Calif., by portraying historical figures in the American Association of University Women’s “Women in History” program. She is a founding member of the Foothill Storytelling Guild.
Opening the Saturday concert at 5:30 p.m. is The Batamba Collective. Band members Brandon Dodge, Ryan Burt, Chance Utter, Anthony Landers and Adrian Rodriguez are dedicated to the mixing and honoring of cultures from India to Cuba and from Brazil to Africa.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Claflin will headline the first evening of this two-day event. Known as a “one-man storytelling festival,” Claflin tells traditional and original tales, performs a wide variety of traditional and original music.
Entrance to the evening concert on Saturday is $5 for adults, free for 16 and younger, and free for members of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.
Events on Sunday start at 1 p.m. with a children’s interactive concert with Linda Kennedy and Joan McCammon. This event is free for all to attend.
At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nancy Raven will lead a local group of tellers sharing their own Carson Valley memories. This session is free of charge.
Opening the Sunday concert at 5:30 p.m. is Chautauquan Larry Lippmann portraying famous local stage coach driver Hank Monk. Monk was a legendary stage coach driver from 1852 to 1886 and was immortalized by Mark Twain in his book, “Roughing It.”
At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy and McCammon will headline. Each will take the stage to share their own stories and then perform as a duo telling more fun tales.
Entrance to the evening concert on Sunday is $5 for adults, free for 16 and younger, and free for members of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.
The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, a quarter mile north of the Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital.