FF: Timpanogos Storytelling Festival (or “How the cookie crumbles”)

Timp Storytelling Festival

Some incredible entertainment doesn’t have to be all bells and whistles. Take storytelling, for example: you’re sitting, listening, and one person’s voice takes you on an adventure that is just as good as any movie you’ve been to for a while. THAT is what I love about the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Lane and I went to the “My Favorite Stories” event last night for our date, and we laughed and laughed and intently listened for 90 minutes, outside under the stars in the grassy amphitheater.  We traveled off a high dive, through a hail storm, down a river, into a dentist’s office (taking a ride towards the ceiling in the dentist’s chair), and heard a baseball, condensed version of The Odyssey. It was incredible!

This morning, Peter and I headed back over to hear of our friends tell his tall tale as one of the featured “Youth Tellers.” He was impressive! And we really enjoyed the telling of how the cookie crumbles at the “Post-Holiday Cookie Cook-off” as told by Kim Weitkamp. (Kim came back into the audience and sat down next to me. I asked her how much of her story was true, and she said she almost all of it except for the ending. Squirrel farms and squirrels who bring nuts to you on clapping command? Squirrels being shipped back from the Holy Land? Cookie-baking rivalries that include squirrel losing? HILARIOUS! Truth is stranger than fiction…)

(Of course, after hearing about Kim’s grandmother’s black cookie discs, I had to recommend to her Rattlebang Picnic!)

I highly recommend the festival for parents and children of all ages!

Happy Listening,

Liz 🙂

P.S. I also have to tip my hat to the incredible ASL interpreting that happened last night at the Favorite Stories event. It was so enjoyable to watch the story be told at once by the tellers and in motion by talented interpreters.

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