Storytelling at County Fair: This Land

When you hear the word “Oregon,” what comes to mind? My answer is green. Nowhere in the world have I encountered such rich and radiant greenery. It gives the forest a feeling of magic, where I fancy fairies are flitting, and where portals to other worlds hide behind veils. A fog-filled, dripping dawn is equally as enchanting – or as eerie – as the forest at dusk, soaked in the glow of the golden hour. Then there’s the crystal blue rivers, vast valleys and canyons, old growths and oak savannas, wetlands and waterfalls, hot springs and snowy peaks, animals (humans included) and ecosystems born of the land, or otherwise rooted to it from places beyond. 

This land we live in holds the collective histories and memories of all matters of life who have been so lucky as have to inhabited it. It keeps our secrets and traumas – our moments of transfixion, whether they were awe-inspiring, terrifying, or mysterious. What moments come to mind for you? What stories would you tell?

Now’s your chance to share your story to the theme “This Land” with The Advocate special summer edition of Storytelling Open Mic Night, at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 3 at 9 p.m. All stories are welcome, so long as they are true. Slots are available to those wishing to sign-up early. If slots aren’t filled by the start of the event, start time could be delayed. The event will begin after four or more storytellers sign-up to share their tale. And remember, the number of participants effects story length, though storytellers are advised to stay between 7 and 10 minutes. 

Storytelling Night offers a safe, judgment-free atmosphere to all who attend. Sign-up starts at 8:45 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. All ages. Proceeds benefit independent journalists at Corvallis’ only locally-owned newspaper.  To sign-up beforehand, email editor@corvallisadvocate.com.

By Stevie Beisswanger