Storytelling school

Tales as old as time: Sierra Storytelling Festival holds 35th performance on San Juan Ridge

Storyteller Angela Lloyd plays one of her many instruments on stage during Saturday sessions of the Sierra Storytelling Festival held at the North Columbia Schoolhouse on the San Juan Ridge. Lloyd was one of a dozen cashiers to take the stage at the 35th annual event.
Photo: Elias Funez

Crowds of story seekers flocked to the North Columbia school during the two-day Sierra Storytelling Festival, which made its 35th performance on the San Juan Ridge Friday and Saturday.

Many returned to the unique Sierra Storytelling Festival, which returned to the North Columbia school on Friday and Saturday after a two-year hiatus from COVID-19.
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Featured cashiers for 2022 included Michael D. McCarty, Antonio Sacre, Angela Lloyd, Linda Yemoto, Alicia Mary Retes along with special guest cashier Obo Martin.

Nevada County Deputy CEO Caleb Dardick was selected for the local cashier’s showcase and previewed his book and read a selection.



Nevada County Deputy CEO Caleb Dardick was part of the local cashier’s showcase and previewed his book which is in the works Saturday morning at the festival. Dardick was a member of the last class of schoolchildren to teach at the old school in North Columbia (pictured).
Photo: Elias Funez

Dardick was a member of one of the last classes of schoolchildren to teach at the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse.

Cashier Michael D. McCarty, who was once a Black Panther, student activist, U.S. Army soldier and acupuncturist to name a few, was on hand Friday to deliver a workshop meant to help hone the skills of other storytellers.



Storyteller Linda Yemoto shares stories from her time as a naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District as well as traditional tales at the Sierra Storytelling Festival.
Photo: Elias Funez