This year, our featured teller is Darrin Crow. An Iowa native who loves history, especially Iowa history. His own story started in Cedar Rapids where he grew up. For twenty years he told stories in living history museums. For the past seven years, he has been telling stories on his own as a full time job. Today, he lives in Cedar Rapids with wife and three boys.

As you might imagine, his favorite stories to tell are historical tales. Though, he does appreciate a good fairy story or folktale. “But,” he said, “particularly Iowa history. Our state and local history is every bit as interesting as national and world history.”

Next Thursday, Dessert and a Show starts our festival at Story Theater at 6:30. Darrin will be telling the story of a ship called “The Galusha” on the Ohio River. The story tells about the extinction of feathered pigs in that area and recounts the origin of the phrase, “when pigs fly.”

On Friday, Darrin will be visiting the Roland-Story schools. Darrin will start at the Middle School at 8:30, High School at 9:45, and finish at the Elementary School at 10:30. When asked about what stories he might tell, he said, “There are terrific stories that I want to bring with me, largely Iowa stories. We talk about immigration in politics and it makes me think of our own history. I love telling the story of the Dutch settlers that came across the prairie.” He also mentioned he may bring some stories of the underground railroad in Iowa. He said “Those types of stories aren't told enough.” And naturally with younger audiences, he may include a few silly stories as well.

Saturday, he will be giving a workshop at 9:30 at the Bertha Bartlett Library. In it, he will focus on teaching attendees how to make a story their own. They will learn to translate a story from the page to an oral story that is unique to each individual. There will be lots of interaction and lots of fun to be had. Finally; Darrin will be telling some Scary Stories on the 16th to close out the weekend.

Darrin mentioned in his interview that he is part of a group called, “The Hook.” Group members meet with forty to fifty other people in someone's house, eat dinner, and take turns telling stories. He said how amazing it is to see people who didn't think they could tell a story get up a tell a story about themselves. People like to share stories and this builds a community in friendship. Join us for our Story Festival and More… weekend, Sept. 14-16. Tickets for Dessert and a Story, Darrin's Workshop, and Putnam County Spelling Bee's Sept. 15 performance can be purchased at the GCC Office (524 Broad St.), the Bertha Bartlett Library (503 Broad St.), and the Historical Society (619 Grand Ave.).