Three outstanding storytellers are coming to Clear Lake to entertain audiences at the 2014 Iowa Storytelling Festival on July 25 and 26.
Tim Tingle of Canyon Lake, Texas, tells tales that celebrate his Native American heritage. Sara Slayton of La Crosse, Wisconsin, loves to share traditional and personal stories including tales of growing up as a “Boomer Girl.” Pat Coffie, Waverly, offers a vast repertoire of tales from many cultures and particularly enjoys sharing ghostly tales.
All three featured performers will tell eerie stories on the “Ghost Boat” cruise of the Lady of the Lake paddlewheel boat at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 25. This event is intended for ages 10 through adult, and children younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Boat tickets are $15 and will be available through the Clear Lake Public Library and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are non-refundable. In case of threatening weather, the ghost stories will be presented at the Lakeview Room in City Park.
Coffie, Slayton and Tingle will also offer two free performances in the Story Tent at City Park on Saturday, July 26. The tellers will share “Stories for Kids of all Ages” at 10:30 a.m. and “Tellers’ Favorites” at 2 p.m. Both sessions are suitable for a family audience, and families with younger children are particularly encouraged to attend the morning session. Other visiting tellers will be performing at the “Story Exchange” at 1 p.m.
The Iowa Storytelling Festival is funded by the Clear Lake Public Library Foundation with assistance from the Friends of the Library. For more festival information or to sign up for the story exchange, contact Martha Boyes at 641-357-6133 or email@example.com.