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Originally published in Compass, August 15, 2013
Storytelling By the Sea
Three-day festival in Castine celebrates the art and fun of storytelling

by Anne Berleant

Like a drum major leading an exuberant parade, Maine humorist Tim Sample will kick off the Storytelling by the Sea festival on Friday, August 16, at 1 p.m. The kickoff event will be held on the grounds of the Wilson Museum on the shore of Castine Harbor. The festival runs through Sunday, August 18.

Storytelling by the Sea festival is the culmination of a year-long storytelling series titled Storytelling Can Change Your Life sponsored by many Castine community organizations and several granting agencies.

Storyteller Jennifer Armstrong will act as MC throughout the three-day festival, as well as telling a tale or two herself.

Telling stories from the traditional to the personal to the historical are many local voices from the area including Frank Gotwals, LouAnna Perkins, Oscar Mokeme, Johanna Sweet, Stephen Sanfilippo, WendiLou Salman, David Avery, Jude Lamb, Donald Small, Margery Read, Hope Lewis and Joe Slocum, as well as long-time Penobscot Bay Press contributing columnists John McDonald, Sage Collins and Harry Kaiserian.

Joe Slocum, the former Castine Town Manager, will lead a ghostly historic walk on Friday, August 16, at 8:30 p.m. Attendees will trek from Our Lady of Holy Hope to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, learning about Castine’s haunted history.

Tickets are available in advance and each festival day at the Wilson Museum on Perkins Street and at Witherle Memorial Library on the town common. The Sunday, August 18, program with David Avery at 10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine is free.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, August 16

1-2 p.m. Maine Stories, Tim Sample, Wilson Museum

3-5 p.m. Castine and Beyond: Historical Stories & Music, Jennifer Armstrong & LouAnna Perkins, Wilson Museum

5:30-8:15 p.m. Family Story Concert, Oscar Mokeme, Frank Gotwals & Johanna Sweet, Wilson Museum

8:30-9:30 p.m. A Castine Ghost Story, Joe Slocum, walking story tour, beginning at Our Lady of Holy Hope Catholic Church, ending at Unitarian Universalist Church

SATURDAY, August 17

10:30-11:20 a.m. Song Spun Stories, Jennifer Armstrong Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hands-on Storytelling: For the Storyteller Inside Us All, WendiLou Salman & Jennifer Armstrong
Preregistration required, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine

1-1:45 p.m. Ballads of Maine Seafaring & Coastal Life, Stephen Sanfilippo, Wilson Museum

2:30-5 p.m. Storytelling Medley, Sage Collins, Harry Kaiserian, Margery Read, Hope Lewis & Don Small Wilson Museum

5-5:30 p.m. PIE AUCTION, Brad Tenney auctioneer Wilson Museum

7-9 p.m. Evening Story Concert for Adults, John MacDonald  & Jude Lamb, Wilson Museum

SUNDAY, August 18

10:3-11:30 a.m. Father Taylor of Boston’s Seamen’s Bethel, David Avery Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine