Kickoff for Castine’s Year-Long Storytelling Event

Posted Sept. 14, 2012, at 4:48 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 19, 2012, at 2:34 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Multiple Venues, Castine, Maine

For more information: Darren French; (207) 326-9247;

Stories can transport you to different times and places; they can make you laugh uproariously or shed a tear; and they can draw entire communities together. Starting this September, some of the best storytellers in the country will bring these experiences to Castine during a year-long storytelling extravaganza. These performances are cosponsored by the Adams School, the Wilson Museum, and the Witherle Library.

This extravaganza will kick off with three days of performances and workshops by professional storyteller Michael Parent. During his visit to Castine, Michael will work closely with Adams School and home-school students. On Tuesday, September 25th, he will introduce students to the art of storytelling with an assortment of songs and tales. On Wednesday, September 26th, grades 3 – 8 will create their own stories during two-hour workshops. The following day, interested students will perform their stories for the school. Contact the Adams School at 326-8608 or for times and venues.

Throughout the week, Michael Parent will also offer three public performances and a public workshop. On Tuesday, September 25th from 6 – 7 p.m., he will perform at Castine’s Unitarian Universalist Church Parish House. Drawing from his Franco-American heritage, Michael will tell stories and sing songs guaranteed to entertain all ages.

The next night, Wednesday, September 26th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Manor Inn, the Friends of Witherle Memorial Library will present an evening of food and entertainment at their annual meeting. At 7:30 p.m., Michael Parent will perform songs and stories, and will share experiences from his recent Adams School workshops. Call the Manor Inn at 326-4861 for dinner reservations, and Harry Kaiserian at 326-9309 for more information.

On Thursday September 27th, join Michael Parent for two final public presentations. At 10:30 a.m. he’ll visit the Witherle Library for a very special children’s story time. That evening, from 6 – 8 p.m., adults are invited to the Wilson Museum for a storytelling workshop. Whether you are a storyteller who wants to improve and expand your craft, or someone interested in developing readable and tell-able stories, Michael will impart his thirty-five years of storytelling experience. The workshop will focus on public speaking and self presentation.

Since 1977, Michael Parent has performed as a storyteller and singer throughout the United States, and in France, England, Ireland, Poland, and New Zealand. He received the National Storytelling Network’s “Circle of Excellence” Award in 1999, and was a keynote speaker at the 2001 National Storytelling Conference in Providence, R.I. For more information on these programs, contact the Wilson Museum at 207-326-9247 or