In 2015, The Storyteller Project began in Des Moines, Iowa. Each week, tickets sell out. Following this success and the storytelling success on both coasts, Southwest Iowa is catching up and has produced multiple successful storytelling shows recently.
Three at Classic Café. One at Art Church. And now, shifting from Mills County to Page County, the Cottonwood Pavilion in Shenandoah, Iowa is hosting an event, Saturday, June 30 as a fundraiser for Golden Hills RC&D. (mostly) True Things, a storytelling show created and hosted by NY storyteller and singer/songwriter Jude Treder-Wolff, is headlining the evening’s performances.
People want to hear a good story. Last September, Kim Gee, co-owner of the Cottonwood Pavilion with Gil Gee, attended (mostly) True Things for Ladies Night at Classic Café in Malvern. She loved the show. “Storytelling is a wonderful art form, and it’s such a delight to hear storytellers weave a story,” says Gee. Inspired by the experience, she and Becca Castle, project coordinator for Golden Hills, discussed the idea of doing the show at the Cottonwood. After the two stood in the old sale barn and listened to its acoustics, Gee and Castle knew Cottonwood Pavilion would be a great venue for entertainment.
Treder-Wolff will perform and host the show, along with four storytellers from four different counties: Nathaniel Adkins of Red Oak, Carolyn Steinbrink of Shenandoah, Shawn Booher of Omaha, and Nadine Portillo from Germany, a friend of Treder-Wolff and Bakehouse. The three met at a conference in Montreal, Canada in 2015. Three years later, they’re reuniting for this show.
Storytelling connects people. Like Tracy Segarra, Moth Grand Slam winner says, “When someone is telling a good personal story, it’s like we’re all in this together.” Adam Wade, an 18-time Moth storytelling winner says, “With all the technology in the world today, people are looking for some type of real connection with other human beings, and storytelling gives them that.”
Listen to some great stories. Connect with friends and make new ones. Support Golden Hills RC&D’s efforts to continue assisting communities with conservation and cultural projects. Audience members can come for dinner and the show or for the show only on Saturday, June 30 at the Cottonwood Pavilion, located at 1308 West Ferguson Road in Shenandoah.
Happy hour is from 6:00-6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm, and then the show at 8:00 pm. Cost for dinner and the show is $40 per person, limited to 60 people. Cost for the show only is $20. Reservations can be made online on the Golden Hills webpage: http://www.goldenhillsrcd.org/storytelling-events1.html or email Tina Bakehouse at Tina@goldenhillsrcd.org or call 712.482.3029 and mail payment to Golden Hills RC&D 712 S HWY St. PO Box 189 Oakland, Iowa 51560.
Proceeds will go to Golden Hills RC&D to assist with future projects for rural development in western Iowa.
Come join in the fun. See a great story. Be entertained. Maybe be inspired to share your own story in the future. Treder-Wolff will return to Southwest Iowa in November 10 for her one-woman show at the Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak.
by Tina Bakehouse, Outreach & Communication Coordinator, Golden Hills RC&D
As children, we use our imagination. Playing school or cowboys and Indians or dressing up as movie stars. Or, in the 1980s we may have tuned into the television series Little House on the Prairie, highlighting Laura Ingles Wilder’s life. These moments in time can be experienced this summer at the Nishna Heritage Museum in Oakland, Iowa during their summer day camp series. Escape back in time and learn about the people, the landscape, and Iowa’s past, in five different, enrichment camps. Nishna Heritage Museum is partnering with Golden Hills RC&D to provide these day camps for kindergarten to six graders, each Tuesday in June and the first Tuesday in July from 9:00-10:30 am. Below is day camp schedule:
Tuesday, June 5: Original Iowans
View the Native American collection and learn about indigenous people through hands-on activities.
Tuesday, June 12: Early Settlers and Tool Time
Imagine you’re a pioneer. See a thrashing machine and old tool room. Even churn and taste homemade butter!
Tuesday, June 19: No Stop Shop…General Store and Vintage Fashion
Reenact the “good ‘ol days” of shared phone lines, a butcher store, and more. Have a tea party dressed in vintage attire.
Tuesday, June 26: Life before Legos
Play old-fashioned games, like croquet, marbles, and more.
Tuesday, July 3: One-room school house
Travel to an old, one-room school house to role-play a day in the life of Laura Ingles Wilder. Even enjoy a game of softball outdoors!
Each day camp provides hands-on learning opportunities, rich in Iowa history and culture. Come join in the fun. Cost for the each camp is $10 or $25 for all five camps. And, for two children, is $25. As Gayle Strickland, volunteer and member of Oakland Historical Society believes, “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” Strickland, along with other volunteers, will inspire children to think, feel, and learn about the past and how it influences the future.
A new study from AAA found that hit-and-run fatalities reached an all-time high in 2016. Most fatalities in hit-and-runs are people walking or biking. Drivers should always be alert and on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists. People who are walking or biking should also know and follow relevant laws to stay safe.
We are working to improve safety for all Southwest Iowans--whether on foot, on bike, or in a motor vehicle--through our Bicycle Education program. Check out the webpage or contact us to learn more. We should all do our part to reduce the number of hit-and-runs to zero!