Sierra Storytelling Festival 2019, Night 1
2019-07-19, 8:19 p.m.
recently on Chaos Attraction
Quotes from others in conversations I had that afternoon:
“I think I’ve seen you here before wearing a fabulous outfit like that. Thank you for wearing it, it is so much fun.” -lady who liked my tie-dye lace top.
“Around here nobody would know if you had on underwear or bikini bottoms.”
“My mother is the sheriff of the county jail. It’s like she’s been in jail for 20 years.”
“Ron and I went to Alcatraz for our anniversary. Well, it’s an institution and marriage is an institution...” -Dawn
“Ooh, porta potties.”
After the workshop we went over to Mary’s house for a bit for dinner and hangout time.
“It was my birthday and I was being obnoxious about it.”
We later came back to work on the tapestry.
Mary on the tapestries:
(a) There is one tapestry that features a blue cradle that lots of people have passed around, and another tapestry that features small pictures of all the locals.
“Have you met Starlight Compost yet?” (Met her last year, didn’t see her this year.) “They put her right next to me. Drives me nuts.” Also: “According to Starlight Compost, I’m a fire wolf.”
“They’re going to have to do a miniature blue cradle. She must be out of her mind.”- a miniature scene of the blue cradle tapestry is being put on the photo one.
“This is a mistake Jennifer” (not me, the artist who drew the pictures) “shoudl not have made. This is” (name redacted’s) “her ex-husband and her current boyfriend next to each other.”
That is also where we met Kim Weitkamp, one of the storytellers. She is also a crafter and runs a craft store/makerspace in Ohio called The Makery, which sounds delightful. She worked on the tapestry too. I didn’t get to hang out with her more than that, which is too bad because she was cool.
This year’s performer lineup:
* The aforementioned Tim Tingle, specializing in modern-day stories about Choctaw, I believe. The best Native American storyteller I have heard.
Dawn decided to work volunteer shifts this time and ended up regretting it because she couldn’t hear the storytellers half the time. I was all, well, this is why I didn’t want to volunteer. She’d rather help with the tapestries anyway. She also told me that my laugh got picked up by the microphone. Another guy complimented mine, which is...new. Usually I get the opposite.
Friday night’s show:
* Tim: tells a story about a Choctaw girl being friends with a slave, how to turn invisible (“not too fast, not too slow, eyes to the ground”-y’know, I’ve tried that IRL and it works.) and escaping.
After that we went back home and hung out with Mary (Paul was forced to sleep at the venue all weekend for security reasons). She accompanied Paul to some adult corporate camp experience in Idaho that he was working at (“I’m glad you guys are here. I haven’t laughed this hard since I went to camp”) and had a lot of odd stories out of this whole thing:
They offered classes like “International Rock Skipping,” during which she learned about companies that make their own rocks, how rocks should weigh about as much as a tennis ball (20 oz), you want a smooth rock for smooth waters and a triangular one for choppy waters, they broke out a protractor to figure out the right 20 degree angle...
There was also laughter yoga (“Paul was not going to be able to laugh for five minutes about nothing”) and exercises involving uncooked fettuccine. They did some exercise involving duct tape, string, hard spaghetti and a marshmallow and how they had to build the tallest structure. “And it fell over when they put the marshmallow on it.”
Quote from Mary: “I took cooperative blah blah blah...” “I’m a really noncooperative person. I do not think that things like balancing rock cairns can be done by a group.”
They also had “full immersion walk in the woods Spanish” as a class.
There was a rule at the camp about what to say: “is it true, is it kind, is it necessary?” which she loved.
I don’t recall the context of this one: “I love it when books cooperate.”
“There were three nights we were pirates.”
Poor Paul “couldn’t play with his chainsaw or his tractor and he was having a terrible time.” Also he was there to teach/lead folk dancing and nobody was taking that class.
She said this camp was $320 for 7 days--a good deal---and their website is chatcolab.org if you are into this idea.
She also talked about another rescue dog they used to have that they kidnapped when the sheriff said, “Why don’t you lose the dog?” to get it out of its bad situation.