On Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., the Baked Ham Community Speakers Series is presenting another evening of storytelling.
Six storytellers from Sackville, Rockport, and Apple River, N.S., will share true tales on the theme of Strange or Stranger. Narrators for the night will be: Bertholet Charron, Julia Feltham, Marilyn Lerch, Catherine Meyers, Graeme Patterson and Bart Vautour. Jerry Ropson will be the evening’s MC.
The featured orators will spin a range of 10-minute tales about wrestlers, weirdness, and wonderment, plus encounters with the law in Memramcook, "Anthro-pocene” strangeness, and experiences of a guided and guarded tour in Indonesia.
Charron is a retired CBC Radio producer, actor, and woodworker who lives in Rockport.
Feltham is the community engagement coordinator at Renaissance Sackville. Raised by Newfoundlanders on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Feltham is a musician, activist and social entrepreneur.
Sackville’s poet laureate, Lerch, is a member of the Tantramar Alliance Against Hydrofracking, a facilitator of PFLAG and is on the board of Autumn House.
Meyers resides in Apple River where she makes art and avidly blogs. She began as a student at NSCAD in the 1970s, but finished her BFA degree at Mount Allison in 2013.
Patterson is an artist in Sackville, originally from Saskatoon, whose solo show, Secret Citadel, opened Friday, Dec. 31 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Vautour grew up in Amherst but left to study Canadian poetry and the Spanish Civil War. He recently returned to the area and is now a researcher living in Sackville.
Ropson, an artist and storyteller from Newfoundland, now teaches at Mount Allison. He is a veteran of the Baked Ham Community Speakers Series and he returns to guide listeners through Strange or Stranger.
The Baked Ham takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #26, 15 Lorne Street, Sackville, N.B., and is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5 and all proceeds go towards funding future speakers for the Baked Ham Community Speaker Series.
This series hopes to create an informal environment to share ideas and conversation on a variety of topics.
Everyone is welcome, though it is a licensed event.