35th Annual Storytelling Festival

Friday Workshop with Eth-No-Tec

Friday, July 17th, 1 to4 pm in the Schoolhouse

 Details TBA

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Guest Teller: Obo Martin

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Local Teller: Caleb Dardick

Saturday, July 18th at 9:30 am on the Main Stage

 Hear the stories of a writer, activist and long time San Juan Ridge resident.

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Quilt Raffle

Grand Annual Raffle at lunch time on Sunday, July 19th

Win this gorgeous, handmade Quilt by Mary Moore

Tickets on sale at the Raffle/ Info booth 


Story Slam!

This year’s theme is  COURAGE

Saturday, July 18th at 5:30 pm in the Schoolhouse

The Sierra Storytelling Festival will hold the hugely popular Story Slam once more this year. It’s your chance to regale the crowd and compete in the art of storytelling for a prize, by telling your own true story that’s in accord with our Slam Theme. It’s a contest of words by talent both known and undiscovered, and anyone over age 18 can tell.

You as a slammer will enter the competition by dropping your name in a hat. Twelve names will be drawn.

You’ll have five minutes to tell the tale. Time your tale well. Points are lost if you pass the five minutes.

There will be a small team of judges, some professional storytellers, some not, made up of audience members.

Judges will make decisions based on these criteria: how well the story is told; how well the story is structured; how well the story explores, connects with, and/or reveals some truth about the theme; and how well the time limit is honored.

True stories are the medium here; poetry is discouraged unless it fits the criteria and tells a story. Folktales, myths or fables are discouraged unless, again, they are worked into the teller’s true story and fit the criteria. Copyright laws apply: Don’t use someone else’s work. Audience and judges expect real life adventures.

Props—including notes—are not to be used.

The winner is the lucky recipient of an All-Festival Pass to next year’s Sierra Storytelling Festival.


Open Telling

Sunday, July 19th at 9:30 am in the Schoolhouse

First come, first serve! Sign up at the Raffle booth as soon as the festival starts.This Sunday morning session is an opportunity for up-and-coming storytellers to reach a seasoned audience with the spice of new stories.


Children’s Concert

Sunday, July 19th at 10:30am on the Main Stage

Bill Harley will perform the Sunday Children’s Concert  .

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