Memorial Day float to feature storyteller


FARMINGTON — Farmington’s Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m., will include a float with a storytelling theme. The float, sponsored by the Western Maine Storytelling Festival committee, will be decorated with posters and murals of favorite folk tales made by 2nd- through 5th-graders at Mallett and Cascade Brook schools.

Well-known storyteller Jackson Gillman, “The Stand-up Chameleon,” will ride on the float with some of the students. At 12:30 p.m., Gillman will display his storytelling skills on the lawn at 219 Main St. (across from Academy Street). The event is free and open to the public. Donations to support the Western Maine Storytelling Festival, slated for Aug. 5 and 6 in Farmington, may be made at the event.

The Western Maine Storytelling Festival will be the first storytelling event that seeks to bring together storytellers and listeners from all areas of Franklin County, the state of Maine and beyond. Featured storytellers will include Gillman, Michael Parent, a Franco-American Mainer originally of Lewiston, and Gaylon “Jeep” Wilcox of Rangeley. More information about the festival is available on the web at