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Sandbar Storytelling Festival thanks the community for their support | Letters

All of us at the Sandbar Storytelling Festival would like to thank everyone who helped out at our Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin fundraising concert on Saturday June 25 at the St. Cecilia Theater. Thanks to the Callender King Foundation for their financial support and thank you to everyone who participated. In particular, we would like to thank the volunteers who generously helped us with this special event. Lots of people said it was fun to laugh in public, and also to hear other people laughing again!

On June 21, as part of business stories, Hal Leonard presented “Hal Leonard Story” to a packed house at the Winona County Historical Society. It was an amazing story of a local family business. On July 14, “Willet Hauser Architectural Stained Glass Inc” presented his family business. On September 12, Project Fine will present “Immigration Stories” at 7 p.m. at WCHS.

The Sandbar Storytelling Festival supports a monthly storytelling circle for two hours on a Saturday morning at the Winona Art Center. Details at: [email protected] The focus will be on improving the art of storytelling in our community.

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The Sandbar Storytelling Festival on October 14 and 15 will take place on the campus of Saint Mary’s University. Five great national and international scrutineers will introduce us.

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz from Colombia, South America will share her vast repertoire of Native American and Hispanic myths, legends and mysteries ranging from El Rio Bravo to La Patagonia. Alton Takiyama-Chung from Hawaii will share Asian folk tales, Hawaiian legends and ghost stories. The Reverend Robert Jones Sr, a Detroit native and inspirational storyteller and musician, will celebrate the history and humor of American music. Regi Carpenter from New England will share stories of his childhood on the St. Lawrence River, telling tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and driving to the dump! And last but not least, Bil Lepp of Appalachia, five-time winner of the West Virginia State Liars contest, will have you laughing and judging the local Liar’s college contest. The winner will share their story on the main stage during the festival weekend.

Two-day tickets are available now at:, and one-day passes will be available online September 6.

President: Sandbar Storytelling Festival