Hear stories from across the globe and keep the tradition of storytelling alive during Pine’s eighth annual Tellebration, a celebration of storytelling, Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Pine Community Center.
Towns across the globe celebrate the event every year. The Pine event was started several years ago by local resident Don Doyle to keep the tradition of storytelling alive in Rim Country.
“It is one of the oldest art forms ever,” Doyle said.
“I think it is important for family members to tell stories to children because it is important to share our stories with each other.”
The event features six unique storytellers who will share tales, each with its own message. Dorothy Daniels Anderson will dress up in period clothing and tell of pioneer women; Dustin Loehr weaves tap dancing into his storytelling and Doyle tells of a lost hiker in Arizona.
Other speakers include Liz Warren, Ricardo Provincio, Doug Bland and Victor McCraw.
“People enjoy hearing stories from other cultures to better understand them,” Doyle said. “It can’t be lost, television can’t replace a real life person telling a story.”
Doyle lamented that people who spend too much time with television and video games, lose contact with others.
The DPS Quilt Angels Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild produces the event and will hang quilts around the room. One of the quilts will be given away as a door prize.
The performance, which will begin around 7 p.m. in the Community Center Cultural Hall off Highway 87, follows a 5 p.m. dinner in the Senior Dining Room.
Performance-only tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.
All proceeds benefit the local food bank, so the sponsors are asking attendees to bring a can of food.