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April Guild Show

7:30 pm Saturday, April 1
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“If thou hast never been a fool, be sure thou wilt never be a wise man.” William Makepeace Thackery

There are fools who are wise - and there are fools who are not. And be sure there is a little bit of a fool in all of us.
And when better to celebrate our foolishness than April 1st!
Join storytellers Anne Penfound, Julie Strozyk and Barbara Fankhauser in a celebration of fools in all their many guises. From fools seeking brains, to spouses vying to see who is the more foolish, from wise fools to foolish wise folk, it’s an evening you would be foolish to miss.

About the tellers:

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Anne Penfound

“Stories bring joy to my life”

Anne Penfound especially enjoys the wisdom and humor in stories and tales that create a delicious ghostly chill. She joined Portland Storytellers Guild in 1966 as a novice teller when she moved from Scotland to Portland Oregon. Her family had always read bed-time stories, but this was her first adventure in oral storytelling, (not reading), to an audience outside of her immediate family. She experienced fear: how would she remember a story; excitement that she could remember it and express it in her own words; and exhilaration: that the audience enjoyed her telling. That first experience caused her to fall hook, line and sinker in love with the oral tradition. “

Learning the craft: During her ongoing storytelling journey, she took part in workshops and listened to National tellers from all over the world. As she became a more experienced teller, Anne began to include different story genres including personal stories, seasonal stories, folk tales and ghostly encounters into her programs. She especially enjoys the wisdom and humor in stories and tales that create a delicious ghostly chill.

AnnePenfound: ‘Storytelling By Word of Mouth’ – a passport to journeys of the imagination


Barb Fankhauser

After all these years, Barbara is more than qualified to call herself Crone. And now that time has become such a precious commodity, she prefers to that carry the wit, wisdom and knowledge that is older, even, than herself, forward with the stories she tells. Barbara’s most beloved tales involve goddesses and crones and wise folk who come from her own cultural roots of Scandinavia and the British Isles.


Julie Strozyck

Julie Strozyk began her storytelling career by enthralling her classmates with“scary stories” in the 6th grade. These were extemporaneous tales of mad scientists and vampires made up on the spot. Although encouraged by her teachers, she put aside her off-the-cuff performances to further her education.

She earned a minor in drama at Marylhurst College in 1974 by creating independent projects in interpretive reading. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in elementary music education.

In 1986 Julie joined the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval/renaissance recreation group. A few years later she took up storytelling again, under the name of Dame Giuliana Benevoli, a “bard” specializing in traditional, mythological and epic tales from early cultures such as the British Isles, Russia and Italy. She won various bardic competitions within the SCA including membership in the Order of the Laurel, the highest artistic honor. With the help of her mentor, Leslie Slape, Julie was introduced to storytelling groups and guilds outside the society.

She is now active with the Portland Storytellers Guild. Julie enjoys traditional, historical, and personal tales that touch the heart and “give it a little squeeze,” along with poetry, music and all things beautiful. She also spends time engaging in other arts and crafts, especially sewing, reading, playing music and attempting to be a true Renaissance Woman.

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