Adventures in Storytelling

The adventures of The Patchwork Players, Patti Christensen and James Nelson-Lucas, as they travel the dimensions of time and space, telling their tales

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Happy Holidays from the Patchwork Players!

Can it really be since September that we last blogged? Oh, we have traveled some miles and told some stories during the last three months! Here are the highlights:

October is always the busiest time of the year for us as storytellers. We get so many calls saying “Do you tell scary stories?” (Of course our answer is YES!) We returned for the third year to
LEGOLAND California’s Brick of Treat event.
Stories and magic fit right in with the wonderful decoration and kid-friendly atmosphere at LEGOLAND. It is old home week when we get a chance to connect up with other entertainers who also return to LEGOLAND from where ever they are for this fine event.
The South Coast Storytellers Guild continues its Adult Storytelling program, in October hosting “Things That Go Bump in the Night” concert. James did a great job as MC, again (as well as in November at the Worldwide TELLBRATION concert.) We also got to be really scary pirates at the Oceanside Public Library REALLY Scary Halloween night.

November brought us up to the LA Storytelling Festival as volunteers, having a chance to see old and new friends and hear some amazing stories. We were also featured at the San Diego Jewish Book Fair. This is a chance to share some of the hot off the press new Jewish books (plus take some home….can you really EVER have too many books?)

Over Thanksgiving weekend we had a true life adventure! During our travels on the coast, we happened on a stranded dolphin in a small cove. Our spouses and we helped protect and move the dolphin until a rescue vehicle arrived. This may just be the stuff of another “Storytellers to the Rescue” story.

James launched on a new venture this fall by becoming a Mad Scientist with the local Mad Science organization. His favorite part of this work is getting to do assemblies and special events as Yosemite James, and getting to explode things and teach kids about how exciting science is.

Then there have been scores of additional classrooms, school assemblies, library programs, preschools, and retirement communities. We continue as staff storytellers every Friday at the local children’s hospital, and James has hooked up with the Magic Guild of San Diego which holds monthly meetings.

Patti is working again with a counseling agency as well as Center ARTES from Cal State San Marcos. We are both waiting to hear how the Arts Funding in California is going to be spent in the upcoming year.

New Years Eve will bring us back again for the 4th year to First Night Escondido, an alcohol-free family event in Escondido. It has been a good year for s1torytelling….but then again; any year is a good one for storytelling. Happy New Year