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June Guild Show

7:30 pm Saturday, June 3rd
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The Crones Present Tales of Wise and Wily Women
Exactly how DID Penelope fend off all those pushy suiters?
And what secrets did Spider-Woman whisper in Anne’s ear that day in her garden?
Whenever the Crones gather, you can be sure there will be exciting conversations, secrets revealed, and ancient wisdom shared over a few libations. So, join Anne Penfound, Pam Maben, Julie Strozyk, and Barbara Fankhauser—crones, all—as they weave together an evening of wise and witty stories about wise and wily women.

About the tellers:


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 Strzyk

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.

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.


Pam Maben

Navigating the fine line/chasm between the imaginal and the real world, between myth and truth at a deep level in stories has engaged Pam Maben for many years.  These stories bring us their treasures and can take us on far journeys of the mind and heart without ever leaving home.  Slowly but surely this path brings us nearer to wisdom.


Anne Penfound

‘Storytelling by Word of Mouth’ – a passport to journeys of the imagination;

 a unique oral interpretation of original stories and multicultural tales which have inspired multi-aged audiences since 2001 Anne’s style and quirky British humor, facial expressions, voice and gestures take you right into the heart of a story. These stories fan the embers of our experiences and act as a catalyst to help us recall memories, broaden our horizons and tickle our funny bone with the enjoyment of life.

Anne says: “Stories weave magic; they enrich my soul and bring joy to my life.”

Additional: Questions and answers

Are you a Crone? – Yes, and proud member of ‘The Crones’ Storytelling troupe

Witty? – I like to think so!

Wiley? – immeasurably.

Wise? – when occasion demands it.

Why oral storytelling? Storytelling gives us a chance to gather, to talk, to blether, to gossip, to have a good time, enjoy a good crack, and to pass on a good story with all its many layers from one listener to another.

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