I serve on the Board of Western Maine Storytelling in Farmington, begun in 2010.
Visit us at our website for details on our upcoming events in 2018. In 2017, we had quite a year, with several storytelling workshops and performances, thanks to grants from Tri-Valley United Way and the Maine Humanities Program. And come every third Thursday to the St. Joseph’s Church meeting room to tell and listen to stories; this gathering sponsored by WOODS storytelling guild— the Western Order of Dedicated Storytellers!
Recently, I’ve told my story “Henry Mayeux and the Fight Like To Kill ‘Em All” at the Rangeley Public Library, the Kingfield Woodsman Restaurant, and the Farmington Grange. It’s based on stories I learned from logger, woodcarver, and traditional storyteller extraordinaire William J. Richard (1900-1993), formerly of Village-Ste.-Pierre, New Brunswick, and Phillips, Maine, about a strong, dangerous, mysterious logger who worked around the Bemis area in the late 1800s / early 1900s. To read more about William, his carvings, and his stories, see my folklore article on the Publications page of this website.
For several years, WMS hosted multiple-day festivals. For the 2013 Festival, I organized the “Western Maine Talkers” program where area loggers talked about their lives in the Maine woods: Lance White, Dixfield, White’s Land Management; his uncle Wayne White, Carthage; cousins Joe Haley and Scott Millbury, Rangeley, M&H Logging and Construction.