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Mariposa Storytelling Festival Features Charlotte Blake Alston

Written by Cara Goger –

MARIPOSA — Transport yourself to the far corners of the world to places where home cares and responsibilities vanish in utter absorption as you board your flying carpet to visit another continent and another dimension. Your hostess is Charlotte Blake Alston, storyteller, librettist, poet and author.

What better way to spend an afternoon or evening but in the enchantment of her tales of faraway lands to the accompaniment of ancient and traditional instruments, among them the Djembe, Mbira, Shekere or her 21-stringed Kora. All for your pleasure to be held in historic Mariposa and Yosemite National Park, at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s 29th Mariposa Storytelling Festival, Mar. 11 – 13, 2016.

Charlotte Blake Alston - photo courtesy Annie Cameron PhotographyMs. Alston has produced and directed many orchestral works, associated herself with several major orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. Her clear, musical voice has provided the narratives for both the charming Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens, and Scherezade by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Charlotte has been featured at Storytelling Festivals across the nation and around the world, as well as several TV documentaries including Plenty of Good Women Dancers, the Peddie School, Safe Harbor and Crosstown.

For tickets and brochure information call the Mariposa Arts Council (209) 966-3155 or toll free (800) 903-9936. To order tickets online and download a brochure, or learn more about our six featured storytellers, visit our website www.mariposaartscouncil.org and our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/mariposastorytelling.

Please note that tickets for the Yosemite Concert MUST be pre-purchased. Additionally, we are extending our early bird special discount for online orders until Feb. 19.

Our Annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival brings you the best storytelling performances every 2nd weekend in March. This spring 2016 will be our 29th Annual Storytelling Festival!

This festival begins in historic Mariposa, with storytelling events on Friday, Mar. 11 and Saturday, Mar. 12. On Sunday, Mar. 13, the festival moves to Yosemite National Park for the finale in the East Auditorium at the Yosemite Valley Visitors Center.

The Mariposa County Arts Council is funded in part by Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The MARIPOSA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, INC. is an incorporated not-for- profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County.

Cara Goger is the Executive Director of the Mariposa County Arts Council

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