Jokes, tears and unexpected singing: The scene inside Ginger and Baker on a snowy night made all participants feel warm and right at home.
Off the Hook Arts’ third community storytelling night Feb. 3 at Ginger and Baker marked the second event in the WinterFest lineup and did not disappoint. Featuring five storytellers and nearly 40 captive audience members, The Bard’s Confession stayed true to its theme of healing through sound to bring a sense of calm to event-goers.
Mary Roberts, host of the event, local regular storyteller and lecturer at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Colorado State University asked the audience to keep open minds and open hearts for the duration of the evening. Roberts opened the night with her own story about growing up with a stutter and finding her way into storytelling.
“I wish I could go back to that 13-year-old girl,” Roberts said. “Do what you’re here to do. Now. And find your own stage.”
From the screaming cries of a newborn, childhood insecurities about singing, the spooky scuffling outside a bedroom window, and finally gaining the courage to raise her voice, the storytellers of the evening invited the audience into their own lives.The room was silent with respect and anticipation as they shared their own perspectives and paths to healing.
For more information on future WinterFest 2020 events, visit the Off the Hook Arts website.
Written by Serena Bettis