Indian Valley's Nov. 6 Story Fest features Mary Gay Ducey

Feather Publishing

The second annual Indian Valley Story Fest will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Indian Valley Community Center in Greenville. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12 or only $10 for the whole family.

The program for the day will begin with story-making and storytelling workshops offered at two levels from 1-2 p.m.: an adult session with Mary Gay Ducey and a children's session with Margaret Garcia. Local tellers from the Tale Spinners monthly meeting sessions perform 2-3:45 p.m.

Plumas Tale Spinners meet  the first Monday of the month in Indian Valley, 7 p.m. at the Civic Center; the second Tuesday of the month in Quincy, 7 p.m. at the Library Community Room; Portola Tale Spinners meet at The Feather Art Center.

For more information contact The Quincy Literacy Office at 283-6413

Featured Story Teller Mary Gay Ducey performs at Story Fest at 4 p.m. Gay Ducey is a storyteller who performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland. She has appeared twice at the National Storytelling Festival and on Mister Roger's Neighborhood. She is also a children’s librarian in Oakland, California.

Ducey learned about stories in the best way possible — from family. Descended from Southern women who treasured a sassy mouth, she grew up in New Orleans with its rituals and play. She now lives in Berkeley. The Bay Area’s shifting social landscape and New Orleans timeless enchantments have formed an artist who relishes the diverse and the novel, but reveres the traditional place of stories in family and community. She still can’t resist stepping into any parade that passes by.

Ducey is a storytelling educator who has taught storytelling at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley. She was a commissioned artist at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, where she presented a story of women in the American labor movement. That piece is a part of “Union Maid: Stories from America’s Women at Work.” She is the co-author of Spilt Milk: Traditional Tales of Mothers and Motherhood.

Ducey is the former chairperson of the National Storytelling Association. She was the 2001 recipient of the Oracle Award for Distinguished National Service in Storytelling. The Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women named her one of the “Outstanding Women of Berkeley." She remains the artistic director of the Bay Area Storytelling Festival.

Plumas Arts, with the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation, has worked with local storytellers and spoken word enthusiasts to form Plumas Tale Spinner with groups that meet monthly in Quincy, Indian Valley and Portola. The Plumas Tale Spinners have developed this family friendly storytelling event designed to inspire and entice a broader interest in local cultural programs and the spoken word in partnership with Plumas County Literacy and Sierra Farmstead.

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