I have spent a good deal of the last 10 years defining and describing A Sense of Place as that concept relates to the village, county, and watershed where I live (see The Chesapeake Watershed). I have also attempted to do it for places that I have visited, worked, and lived (see Saving the Places we Love). It is a daunting task. I hope I have achieved it, in some small measure, or at least inspired others to try to define their community for themselves.
I am now involved in another attempt to do this. This time through community storytelling. The Howard County Conservancy is hosting two events on Friday, February 26th at their nature center in Woodstock, MD. The afternoon workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn how to tell their stories better. The evening is a program involving a dozen local members of the Howard County Community. They each have 5 minutes to tell their story. These will all be personal stories about an experience they have had living in our community. The stories should shed light on our lives and what it means to live in Howard County. I think this will be a fascinating opportunity for each of us to learn a little bit more about our dynamic community.
Please come join us. Doors open at 6:30 for the evening program on February 26th and the performances begins at 7pm. The Conservancy is located at the Mt Pleasant Farm at 10520 Old Frederick Rd, Woodstock, MD 21163. Call 410-465-8877 if you have any questions. Leigh Tillman, a professional story teller and trainer, will be the facilitator of the afternoon workshop and will emcee the evening program. If you might be interested in participating in future storytelling events come check this event out and let us know about your interests.
Take-a-way: Mark your calendars for this Friday night.