I thought I'd share a few photos from this week's storytelling. The weather stayed beautiful for the most part and the leaves were just at their peak of reds and yellows. With the rustic surroundings of the Mill, it was the perfect atmosphere for storytelling.
The kids arrived by busloads early in the morning and filed into one of two buildings, the barn or the West Virginia Building.
Here you can see how many children were packed into the West Virginia Building. And you can also see how beautiful this old building is with its woodwork and murals. This was taken before I got on stage and the kids were still getting settled in.
Here I am holding a Nehi bottle as part of my story about how I spent one whole summer searching for pop bottles so I could order a pair of coveted shoes from the Sears Roebuck catalog. The kids liked this story, and got appropriately grossed out when I told them about how I fell in love in 4th grade! So funny to hear them saying, "Eeew. Yuck!" And encouraging too. Kids haven't changed much, have they?
The second day in the barn. It was cold in there, but we warmed up once the kids got there and we started telling. My partner this year was children's author and poet Marc Harshman. I took the stage first and he followed me. I started us off with the song Old Dan Tucker--it has a chorus for the kids to sing and is just silly enough and imaginative enough to get everyone in a good place for story listening.
As you can see, the barn was pretty full too. Lots of warm little bodies--just what we needed on a cold wet morning. The sun came out later and warmed us up a bit, thank goodness.