The 6th annual "Sharing the Tradition of Storytelling" festival will be held March 27-28.

The Frazee Area Arts Association will bring regional and nationally renowned musicians and storytellers to the community.

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On Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m., the Frazee Event Center will be the setting for a storytelling concert for adults.

Tickets are available at the door - $10 for adults and $5 for students.

On Saturday, March 28, there will be a storytelling workshop co-hosted by Frazee-Vergas Community Education at the Frazee High School Media Center. 'Yours, Mine, and Ours: Creating and Performing Your Stories' will be conducted by two of this year's tellers, John Peterson and JoAnne Lower.

Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30; the workshop begins at 9 a.m. and will last approximately 2.5 hours.

This year's slate of tellers is as varied as previous events.

John Peterson hails from North Carolina and specializes in music and "Jack" tales from the Appalachian region. He plays bluegrass style music on hand-made, authentic instruments including a banjo and dulcimer. He learned his craft from legendary storytellers right in his mountain home area. His performance at the concert and contribution to the workshop will show how important preserving the story and songs of a group - even a group as small as a family - can be to future generations.

JoAnne Lower is a Norwegian Lutheran farm girl from northern Iowa. She creates a wonderful web of stories of ordinary people who made an extraordinary impact in her life. JoAnne's contribution to the workshop will be her focus on the actual process of transforming memories into personal family lore and legend that can be passed on to future generations.

Patty Nunn, who coordinates the festival along with Sharyl Ogard, Arts Association founding member, will once again take the stage with tales from the road. Nunn has been storytelling for two decades and has crafted her unique experiences as a child growing up in a carnival setting into humorous glimpses into a chaotic lifestyle.

Back by popular demand, Michael Cotter has appeared at every single festival. His Irish- Catholic roots and humorous way of looking at his life make him an annual favorite. A third generation farmer from Austin, Minnesota, Cotter is a comedic powerhouse who has performed extensively throughout the nation.

A special treat this year is the appearance of local icon, Ike Fischer. A columnist for the Frazee Forum, Fischer has an uncanny ability to bring his stories to vivid life. To stress the impact that the annual event has had on Frazee, Ike will team with his grandson, Martin Thorp, an 8th grade student in Frazee who has had storytellers visit his classroom in past years of the festival. Ike and Martin will tell about a family event from two perspectives - one through the eyes of a teenager and the other from the perspective of age.

This year's festival is funded in part with donations from the Northlands Storytelling Network, Frazee Community Ed, Leighton Broadcasting, and the Frazee Elementary Fund Raising Committee.

For more information please contact Nunn at 218-298-1474 and to pre-register for the storytelling workshop, contact Frazee Community Ed at 218-334-2525. CEU's are available.