FARMINGTON — Western Maine Storytelling will share stories at the Octagon House, on the corner of Perham and High Streets, Saturday, July 25, during the Farmington Summer Fest. 

Three storytellers will share stories for children and their families from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tom Standard of Turner will tell a selection of trickster tales. Farmington’s own Judy Loeven will share “The Giant and the Dragon,” one of the stories from Judy’s long-term project: telling the popular stories written by Dutch children’s author Annie M. G. Schmidt. Then, she will share a folktale from the Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Northwest, “The Dogs’ Potlatch.” Storyteller Debby Bliss of New Vineyard will complete this hour of tales.

After a break for lunch, storytellers will return at 1 p.m. with an hour-long program for adult listeners. Rob Lively of Wilton will tell his story titled “Religious Confusion.” Judy Loeven will take listeners to Cornwall as she shares “Bucca Dhu and Bucca Gwidden,” and then humor everyone with her ultra-politically-correct version of the classic tale “Little Red Riding Hood.” Wilton resident Mike Burns anchors the hour with stories from his native Ireland.

All performances are free and open to the public.

For more information on storytelling at the Farmington Summer Fest, contact Peggy Yocom at 207-778-9641 or Rob Lively at [email protected]

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