NEWS of the Day
Storytelling in the time of Covid19 Quarantine
The year had begun so promisingly. Most shows I ever had booked heading into a new year. Entering the year with over 75 shows booked was exciting and promising. March alone had 26 shows booked. We all know what happened next - Covid19. After completing six shows in March everything needed to be put on hold. 2020 was going to be quite different than we had all planned.
Lots of time at home so my wife and I build a duck shelter and added 8 ducks to our small 'urban farm' experiment. More time at home so I built a hay storage rack, modified a shed and we added two Nigerian Dwarf goats to our homestead (they are unrelievedly cute!).
We already had chickens but why not have more chickens, plus we like to raise our own for when we eat chicken too. So, now we currently have 48 chickens in brooders and free ranging on our little patch of land. Life is good. Our 6 1/2 year old granddaughter loves being here and being with us and the animals. I never had the chance to hold a small goat when I was a kid, she's making the most of it. It's all part of the story of our family.
It's now May 19th, yesterday I did my first 'live' storytelling since March 6th. I set up my PA outside a senior living location and told stories through an open window to the residents. Thankfully the rain gods were nice and no rain fell during the performance. Sure felt good to see people and be telling face-to-face even though we were over 10 feet apart and they were wearing masks.
Zoom is nice to have but for me it doesn't compare with face-to-face telling where I can hear my audience without it changing who the mic is picking up. Strange times.
Imagine being a child an d growing up now with most folks wearing a mask, gloves and what not and tell me this isn't the stuff of a great science fiction story. The twilight zone has come home.
Special Announcement - open to the public show - free admission!
July 11th 6PM Molalla Public Library, 201 E 5th St, Molalla, OR 97038
Celebrate Summertime at the Library with an hour of Humorous Stories