The Clear Lake Public Library's Storytelling Festival offers free performances by the Midwest's finest storytellers performing for a multigenerational audience in City Park. For more information contact the Clear Lake Public Library 641-357-6133.
10:30am Meet Emily Dickinson
1pm: Dulcimer Guy
2:30pm Around the World (families and children K-6)
The Belle of Amherst: The Story of Emily Dickinson
Saturday July 24 at 10:30am At City Park
Don’t miss this wonderful story of one of America’s most prolific poets, portrayed by Paddy Lynn, professional storyteller and actress. Paddy will be doing a 45-minute cutting of William Luce’s brilliant play, THE BELLE OF AMHERST, followed by a discussion of this beloved poet. Discover the complexities of Emily, the trials and tribulations of her short life, and the inspiration behind the over 1,700 poems she wrote. Whether you are a poet yourself, a fan of Emily’s, or just love a great story, do not miss this opportunity to see Emily come to life. Paddy Lynn started her love for acting at the age of six when she first stepped on to the stage in the school play. From that time on, she has been involved with over 100 productions, ranging from educational theatre, community theatre, and professional theatre. Paddy is a member of National Storytelling Association, Illinois Storytelling Inc., The Illinois Arts Council, and The Illinois Theatre Association. She has performed in many schools and libraries across Illinois, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Iowa. She loves sharing her love for theatre and storytelling with audiences of all ages and welcomes you to experience her upcoming program.
Music Program: Dulcimer Guy, Mike Anderson
Saturday July 24 at 1pm at City Park
Come listen to the unique hourglass shaped instrument, the Dulcimer expertly played by Mike Anderson. Mike is a renowned storyteller with the ability to reach multi-age audiences. Whether telling his stories of growing up with his next-door neighbor Denny or relating traditional tales, Mike blends stories and music to make a great show. “My goal in all of this, besides the underlying urge to entertain myself, is to promote imagination, the love of writing and reading and music. The integration of storytelling, folklore, the common-place, and the rhythms of the world have led me faithfully through a life-long career in education and performance.” –Mike Anderson
Around the World
Saturday July 24 at 2:30pm Presented by Mike Speller
Foreign tales that pack familiar themes. A passport to different languages, fun facts, and enlightenment on every continent! (Grades K-6) For more than 25 years, Mike has performed on stage and on-screen all over the United States.