What can you learn about your community in three to five minutes? Find out on Thursday, Nov. 10, when nonprofit organization Livable Hood River presents an evening of storytelling by a diverse array of area residents.
“Rooted: Gorge stories of community, creativity and innovation” features local residents telling captivating original stories about their unique experiences of living in the Columbia River Gorge. The catch is that each speaker will have less than five minutes to weave a tale.
Storytellers include community activist Tina Castañares, who explores America’s latest immigration obsession — Mars. Pierce Louis of Dirt Hugger explains how 150 pounds of coffee launched a movement, and former Mayor Arthur Babitz recounts his experience of being haunted in Hood River.
Other speakers include Darryl Lloyd, photographer; Nate Chavez, Remains; Tina Castaneres, community activist; Molly Schwarz, musician and mom; Ben Bonham, musician; Manny Marquez, mountain biker, videographer; Leigh Hancock, storyteller, educator; Jen Klee, HRATS; Cory Roeseler, kiteboarder, Scott Cook, author.
The fun kicks off at the Columbia Gorge Center for the Arts with a no-host bar at 6 p.m. and music from Brian Litt. Storytellers take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. with Doug Stepina, lead singer of the Antonyms, as emcee. Sponsored by Insitu, this event is free and open to the public.