News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 21, 2012
Storyteller to perform in Castine

On Wednesday, November 28, New England storyteller and local resident Johanna Sweet will present three programs in Castine. Two of these performances will take place in the Castine Historical Society’s Mitchell Room for Adams School and home-school students: a presentation for grades 3-8 will be held from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., and one for grades Pre-K-2 will be held from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 are invited to the latter presentation, but must be accompanied by an adult.

At 7 p.m., a special program will be presented at the Witherle Library for ages 12 to adult. Sweet will provide a special hour-long evening program with subject matter and story length specifically geared to a more mature audience. Similar to the morning programs, the evening event will explore themes of humor, wisdom and humanity drawn from diverse cultures around the world. Stories chosen by Sweet will link her audiences to the greater global community in which storytelling has always been a vehicle to teach, entertain, explain otherwise unexplainable events, preserve history and culture, and, ultimately, connect us to our own humanity with values shared throughout the world, according to a news release.

These programs are part of a year-long storytelling event which will culminate in an August Storytelling Festival. These programs are funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. They are also supported by the Wilson Museum, the Witherle Library and Friends of Witherle Library, the Castine Arts Association, the Castine Historical Society, the Adams School and numerous performers who are giving their time gratis, or for reduced performance fees, in order to support this community enrichment.

Contact either the Witherle Library at 326-4375 or the Wilson Museum at 326-9247 for performance updates.