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Storytelling planned in Genoa and Children’s Museum

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The Kit Carson Storytellers and the Genoa Sesquicentennial Committee will present a weekend filled with music, ghost and seasonal stories in the historic Genoa Town Hall Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum in Carson City.

The Saturday 2 p.m. performance is for the entire family and children of all ages. The 8 p.m. storytelling performance is for older children and adults. The cost is $10 for a family or children, $3, and adults, $5.

The Sunday program at the Children’s Museum will also be the opportunity for organizing a storyteller’s guild and sharing storytelling techniques, said Laurie Hickey, one of the organizers of the weekend program.

The events will feature Sacramento storytellers Mary McGrath and Robin Aurelius and local storytellers Geneva Arnold and Cherry Jones. McGrath and Aurelius combine their storytelling with music to perform programs of folklore, history and original works, Hickey said.

McGrath founded the Sacramento Storyteller’s Guild in the mid 1980s and teaches the art of storytelling at Sacramento City College. She has studied at the Eugene O’Neill Center in Connecticut and the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough, Tenn. She has performed at festivals in Canada, Ireland and most recently at the River City Storytelling Festival in Reno. She told stories with the Sacramento Symphony in the Family Concert Series and as part of a traveling exhibit, “The Frontier in American Culture,” funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Aurelius has prepared, arranged and played live keyboard music for the community musical theater at American River College, the Golden State Museum and the San Francisco Maritime Museum. In his early career, he played vaudeville routines for his father, an entertainer.

For more information, call 267-2385, 782-2893 or 267-3410.