Forest great setting for spooky storytelling

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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:00 am

Dark forests make all scary stories 10 times creepier, which makes Fontenelle Forest the perfect setting to tell spooky stories.

Nebraska StoryArt, a nonprofit organization of storytellers, will be holding the event and will bring in local tellers to Fontenelle Forest on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Tim Tingle, a national traveling storyteller, will also be in attendance to share one story, as will six or seven other local tellers.

Domnis Arens, president of Nebraska Story Art, said the stories being told will either have been passed down orally or they will be original pieces the tellers have written themselves.

“There is something about telling something to a person and looking them in the eyes,” Arens said. “It’s more personal. It makes it more exciting.”

Arens said even though the event will take place indoors, Fontenelle Forest sets the right atmosphere for the tales.

“It is a perfect environment with the outdoors — they’re going to be spooky,” Arens said. “They’ll be different from normal kid stories.”

The money raised from this event will go to scholarships for students who want to participate in StoryArt camps.

“We have about 15 students in the camps and last year we had enough for two scholarships,” Arens said. “It’s nice to get at least two scholarships out of it.”

The event will be held in the forest room at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The event is for adults and children aged 12 and up.

The price to attend is $7 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, Fontenelle Forest members and Nebraska StoryArt members. Registration is not needed.

For more information on Nebraska StoryArt, visit nebraskastoryart.org.

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