The 30th anniversary celebration of Orange County (NC) Literacy Council was a rousing success, with Maple View Farms ice cream, music by Bland Simpson, and stories by Story Squad. Over 250 people attended the 2-hour event. Indeed it was so popular that the organizers ran out of ice cream twice and had to run to Harris Teeter to restock. In the end, everyone had a great time under a gorgeous Carolina-blue sky and perfect temperatures. Storytellers Nan, Pressley, and Mark stole the show with their rousing renditions of folktales from around the world. Nan told a Hungarian folktale about a young boy who learns two magic words that help him marry the princess at the palace; Pressely shared an Argentinian story called, Medio Pollito, about a half-chick whose bravery and persistence win the day, and get him some wheat to take home to his family; and Mark shares a story from Myanmar about a dragon who is rudely awoken from deep slumber when a squirrel drops an acorn on his nose, and he has to trace back the real cause of the problem (rabbit’s twitchy nose).
Once again, Story Squad regaled the seniors at Charles House in Chapel Hill with folktales from around the world. Storytellers Faith, Michael, and Mark took their audience on a reminiscence of childhood, with tales of the Three Little Pigs and Beauty and the Beast, and then they went into uncharted waters with a tale from Myanmar about a sleeping dragon and why the rabbit’s nose twitches. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly.