Donald Davis[/caption] Anybody can report facts. But thatâ€™s just â€œtelling stories,â€ as it were, says festival headliner and internationally-renowned â€œtellerâ€ Donald Davis. â€œItâ€™s not a story until thereâ€™s some awareness of what was learned.â€ How does that work? you may ask. Well, â€œA good story has several things going on at once,â€ fills in Kevin Kling. â€œYouâ€™ve got the story that youâ€™re telling, the event. And then thereâ€™s whatâ€™s underneath. The third thing is the mystery that happens insideâ€”the something that keeps you coming back.â€ Itâ€™s what Nabokov called â€œenchantment.â€ The Festival at PowellsWood Garden, now in its fifth year, aims for this effect, and audiences keep coming back. The 3-acre garden opens its gates from 9 to 5 on July 22 and 23 for a two-day extravaganza of workshops and storytelling designed to amaze and delight. And while the art of the tall tale will indeed be alive and well, you can expect a great deal of realityâ€”Donald Davisâ€™s â€œlessons learnedâ€â€”to shine through. [caption id="attachment_58886" align="alignright" width="150"] Tea with the Tellers[/caption] The first day of the Festival, expert storytellers work closely with small groups of learners to hone the craft of telling. These workshops are unique opportunities for adults to discover new ways of communicating, and new ways of simply being, in an intimate and enriching environment. Fridayâ€™s program also includes free programs for daycares and other childrenâ€™s groups. Advance registration is required for these programs and workshops. The second day, itâ€™s all telling all the time as a captivating tracked program of tales are scheduled at special spots throughout the garden. [caption id="attachment_58888" align="alignright" width="150"] Telling in the Perennial Borders[/caption] This yearâ€™s tellers includeÂ Adam Booth, who was raised in West Virginia. â€œAt first I thought it was cool to just tell everyone I was a â€˜Champion Liar,â€™â€ he says, â€œbut then I started listening to everyone else and realized it should be more than just a title.â€ Also on the program is David Novak who will part of the supporting castÂ alongside fellow North Carolinian Donald Davis. When it comes to the art of stortelling, NovakÂ points out that â€œscience doesnâ€™t touch on how a sunrise makes us feel. A folktale or myth captures that significance.â€ Get back in touch with your feelings. Check out of the election-year babble for a couple days, and check into the festival. You’ll be very glad you did.
Saturday ticket prices start at $5 for kids up to $20 for adults, with family packages available. Fridayâ€™s workshop tickets start at $55, with full-festival passes and â€œTea with the Tellersâ€ optional (advance registration required). Visit www.powellswoodfestival.org for more details on schedule and pricing. Day care programs, homeschool groups, and day campers are welcome to attend the festival free of charge as a part of childrenâ€™s programs on Friday. Participants will hear three tellers and receive a short tour of the garden in this one-hour program. Four time slots are available; to book contact Kristine at [email protected] or by phone at 253-529-1620. Festival parking will be accommodated at Sacajawea Park at 1401 S. Dash Point Road.Â Please catch the festival shuttles, which run continuously starting at 8:45, for transportation to the garden. There is no parking at the garden during the festival except for handicapped vehicles. [caption id="attachment_58885" align="alignnone" width="480"] Storytime with these nationally-renowned tellers is free for daycares and children’s camps on Friday, July 22; advance booking is required[/caption] About PowellsWood Garden: Federal Wayâ€™s â€œPlace to Restore the Soulâ€ is funded by the PowellsWood Garden Foundation 501(c)(3). The garden is located at 430 S Dash Point Road and has been a special local destination since 2001.]]>