The Glob & Maul
What a fine feathered group of friendly folk are getting involved in StoryFEST. More than a baker’s dozen at the Kamloops planning session alone.
And the groups in Summerland and Kelowna are shaking a smoky summer out of their heads and getting geared up. I’ve had e-mails from Calgary and Australia asking to be kept informed because they’re wondering about a similar project in their neck of the woods.
So rather than try to figure out who should be copied to whom, I’ve decided to inflict this little newsletter on you. Pick out whatever you find useful.
And thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm, hard work, and lively spirit.
The idea for StoryFEST came out of many informal conversations with a lot of folks which finally got nailed together into a plan.
We knew we were on to something when we approached the ProVision Fund of the BC United Church and Wood Lake Productions.
Both signed on so quickly it left me breathless. And the informal feedback I’m getting leaves me shaking my head.
Things got off to a bang with a gathering at the Kamloops United Church where the first StoryFEST will be held on September 23rd.
Florence Ballard and Rev. Bruce Comrie brought together an enthusiastic group of 14 folks who have picked up the project and run with it. Especially Florence.
They’ve arranged for posters and bulletin inserts, not just in their own congregation but with others in Kamloops. They plan to send out e-mail notices to all of them. They’ve arranged for TV, radio and newspaper coverage.
In the narthex of the church there’s a big display folks see every time they come into church. And as soon as they put up the on-line ticket-buying facility, (www.brownpapertickets.ca) 16 folks signed themselves up.
That’s a small part of it. Florence says their goal is not only to have a bang-up Story-FEST, but to throw out a challenge to the people in Summerland and Kelowna to match or exceed them.
The promotion we’ve sent out doesn’t say this. It should.
Each event is unique with a dif-ferent set of Bible stories in each one. Some folks have wondered. “Should we attend all three?”
Why not? Nine different stories!
The core group in this project is the team of storytellers – Linnea Good, Donald Schmidt, Allison Rennie and myself. We’re all highly committed, and enthusiastic, with a deep love of stories – especially biblical stories. But we’re also a very diverse group. Four very different people. So we needed to do some team building – develop the relationship you needed for such an event. So we shared our lives, told bad jokes, ate too much food, and rehearsed the stories.
Even with the fires bearing down on them, the folks in Summerland are working hard. John Bubb reports that through the good graces of David Finnis, we have a major story in the Summerland Arts Council news-letter. And they’ve ordered a large batch of posters and bulletin inserts.