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Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 6, 2014
Public invited to discuss Castine’s next Storytelling Festival

The Wilson Museum will host a public meeting Tuesday, February 11, at 2 p.m. at Witherle Library to discuss plans for the second annual Storytelling by the Sea Festival, the museum announced in a news release.

The storytelling committee has been brainstorming a variety of ideas that could enhance local business during the weekend of August 8 and 9, according to the release, which urges local business owners and residents to join festival organizers for a discussion of these “exciting possibilities.”

One such idea is a storytelling “pub crawl,” in which several storytellers are located at different “pub” venues. The storyteller provides a 20-minute to half hour program, after which attendees may linger where they are or move on to another “pub.” Storytellers might remain in one spot and repeat their programs to keep the round robin going.

Or how about a Beatrix Potter tea? Incorporate a tea with storyteller and actress Johanna Sweet as she visits with tea-goers in the personae of Beatrix Potter. Would inns like to present a package for the whole weekend that includes tickets to the festival and local shopping advantages? Could businesses offer a 10 percent discount to those with festival bracelets? Might Maine Maritime Academy offer a swim at the pool for a two hour time block, during which families with festival bands are invited to swim for free and others pay a fee? Would a golf or tennis package from the Castine Golf Club encourage increased use of the greens or tennis courts? How about boat availability through the Yacht Club—either a guided sail, a launch trip to a picnic at Holbrook Sanctuary, or rentals?