Storynight to kick off 2013 in Port Townsend

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PORT TOWNSEND — The First Friday Storynight hosts will hold an open gathering Friday to celebrate the new year.

From 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Storynight will feature Whidbey Island storyteller Jill Johnson with “Rebecca,” a re-creation of the life of pioneer Rebecca Ebey.

This Friday’s Storynight also will spotlight host Brian Rohr and his myths, folk tales and fairy tales, told to the sound of his drum.

The place for all of this is Better Living Through Coffee, 100 Tyler St., and though admission is a suggested $10 donation, no one will be turned away.

Rebecca was the wife of Isaac Ebey, the early Washington legislator. Together, they settled the place that later became Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. The true tale of Rebecca is one of various stories Johnson tells about the women of Washington state.

A teacher and traveler, Johnson has given workshops in seven American states and in the Philippines, South Africa and the African nation of Cameroon.

As has become the tradition, First Friday Storynight will include an open-mic session for anyone to share a sort story, song, dance, poem or other performed piece.

The only rules are it must obviously be a story and no reading, as everything must be shared in the ways of the oral tradition.

For information, phone 360-531-2535 or visit

Last modified: January 01. 2013 6:02PM
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