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.