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Meet Jim May, Humorist, Conjurer, and Storyteller Supreme

Written by Cara Goger —

MARIPOSA — Tiny Mariposa township, a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of city living, has a hilarious surprise for you at their 29th annual Mariposa County Arts Council’s Storytelling Festival, taking place on Mar. 11 to 13.

We present Jim May, Emmy Award storyteller, winning author, schoolteacher and humorist, who tells stories of growing up in Spring Grove, Illinois, where trading stories was as common as trading horses. In fact, Jim’s father was actually a horse trader who gave him plenty of fodder for his comical tales gathered from the long history of his German Catholic family.

Jim May - photo courtesy Mariposa Co. Arts CouncilFounder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival, Jim’s background includes performing at the American Library Institute, the National Park Service, Illinois Teenage Institute, as well as numerous Storytelling Festivals and school districts across the nation. He counts among his achievements, award winning stories, including “Farm On Nippersink Creek,” and “Boo Baby Meets the Ghost of Mable’s Gable.” Jim broadcasts regularly on National Public Radio.

For tickets and brochures, call the Mariposa Arts Council at (209) 966-3155 or Toll Free (800) 903-9936. Or if you prefer, you can buy tickets online and download detailed information at our website www.mariposaartscouncil.org and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/mariposastorytelling.

Please note, tickets for the Yosemite Concert on Mar. 13 must be pre-purchased, no tickets will be sold at the door in Yosemite.

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 and is funding in part by Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

(Cara Goger is the Executive Director of the Mariposa County Arts Council.)

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