Telling the Story
The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway then organized
events to share those stories and portraits with local communities.
It held three narrative stages in Oella, Ellicott City and Elkridge
in which some of the good talkers told their stories publicly in front
of a local audience. It also organized a traveling exhibit of the Portraits
of the Patapsco in various local and regional venues.
In 2000, with funding from the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000,
the Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway, Inc. began
story circles. We learned how to lead story circles to capture stories
in a group setting from Roadside Theater. That Kentucky-based theater
company is known nationally for its work in helping communities collect
their own stories and creating performances to enact those stories.
With their able assistance, the FPVHG trained a group of volunteers
in how to collect stories and then we created community performances
in which we told stories of our communities.
Story telling, once a part of every day life, is now considered an art
form. The Friends hired members of Roadside Theater, a nationally recognized
theater company, to train people to lead Story Circles and create local
performances. Story Crcles were held in Elkridge, Dorsey, Catonsville
and Daniels. Story Circles are an interesting and fun way to build community
ties between new and older residents. Contact us for information on
how to conduct Story Circles within your community.