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The Bard’s Confession:
January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Stories of Art, Nature and the Human Condition
Host: Mary Roberts
Musician: Jeff LaQuatra
Program: Storytelling and poetry as it reflects our theme of returning to and representing nature.
When we tell our personal stories of joy, suffering, laughter and chaos, they reflect our humanity as shaped and inspired by our physical world and our imagination.
These stories help us make meaning of our experiences and when we look deeper and more honestly, they are the stories of our ancestors and for our descendants. It’s how we remember who we are and where we’re going.
Tonight, we have six storytellers who will recount personal true tales that reflect the sacred triumvirate of art, nature, and the human condition. The stories will reflect a moment in time or a game-changing event that involves conflict, transformation and resolution.
Bio: Hope is the founder of Escape Velocity, a company designed to help girls find their voice. Her background includes co-founding a theatre company at age 18, being a middle school teacher and drama coach, and most recently a software executive. Interests span leadership, entrepreneurship, education, youth enrichment and the performing arts.
Title: A Change in Direction
Synopsis: A snowy highway and a terrifying car accident inspires a woman to change the direction of her life. An inspiring story about nature and its powerful communication methods.
Bio: Penn is an activist and warrior. She pours her heart into her career at the non-profit, No Barriers USA, where the tag line is, “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.” In her free time, she volunteers and serves on non-profit boards including the Colorado Lions organization.
Synopsis: Penn will share that she is an ordinary person who gets to live an extraordinary life made up of extraordinary people who happened into her life at extraordinary moments. It all starts with a snake.
Bio: Peggy Lyle has called Fort Collins home for 25 years. She’s active in the arts and Downtown Fort Collins, spending 15 years at the Downtown Business Association directing events and now as the FoCo Creative District director.
Title: The Chicken Lady
Synopsis: When Peggy and her husband decide to get chickens while living in Old Town, Peggy isn’t prepared for the carnage and violence that ensues. She takes exceptional measures to save one chicken who has been attacked numerous times acknowledging, yes, she may have fallen in love.
Bio: Moses has been an entrepreneur, artist, and photographer for over 50 years. With a camera as his ticket to life, Moses has photographed many celebrities and Fortune 500 families and has had many misadventures around the world.
Title: Claws & Fangs
Synopsis: While staying in a cabin in Grand Lake, CO with his longtime girlfriend, they decided to break up after a horrendous fight. Moses is a photographer and has a Fortune 500 wedding to shoot in the morning, so he heads out on the trail for a jog to relax. An hour later, he is face to face with a hungry mountain lion that will change his life forever.
Bio: Mike Kimball is a transplanted New Englander, having arrived in Colorado with his family in 2006. He’s an archaeologist and cultural anthropologist at the University of Northern Colorado. As a professor for the last 20 years, he’s used to telling stories to a crowd of nodding heads, so get ready to be mesmerized
Title: Folks from Away
Synopsis: When Mike Kimball moved to Downeast Maine with his family, he had no idea that being an inept “Transplant”—someone who would never quite fit into a region full of adept “Natives”— would set him up to receive a mysterious gift that helped him find a sense of place in their new home.
Bio: Laura Pritchett loves telling stories, usually in the form of fiction, and has authored five novels, which have won the PEN USA Award, the Milkweed National Prize, the WILLA, the High Plains Award, etc. She’s a native of FoCo—after moving away, she moved back to write about the heart, nature, and art.
Title: The Smell of Bears
Synopsis: Climbing into a bear den is the kind of experience Laura will relive when she’s on her deathbed. Being with hibernating (and tranquilized) bears was the goal and a highlight of her adventure, but the real treasure was the journey itself, pushing her to the limits of her physical endurance, and the discovery of one small unexpected saving grace.
Food and drink available for purchase at The Lyric.