Storytelling highlights Valles Caldera birthday celebration

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Free > Jamboree is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Saturday at the Valle Grande staging area

The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the preserve’s main entrance. There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree.
The jamboree is the highlight of the 2014 birthday celebration that commemorates the creation of the Preserve.
On July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera Trust and the Preserve. The three-day birthday celebration begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
Storyteller and librarian Steven Plá returns this year to emcee the storyteller event and to perform along with five other storytellers.
Plá believes that “the magic of story helps people understand each other and the fascinating and diverse worldwide community.”
This year’s amazing storyteller line-up includes Emmy Award winning writer, producer and performing artist, Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney); puppeteer Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, living history performer Linda Batlin, folklorist Kay Negash, and Pueblo of Jemez storyteller Paul Tosa.
The jamboree schedule and biographies for each storyteller can be found on the Preserve’s website at vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/special/#jmsj. Plenty of booth spaces are available at no charge for vendors and organizations.
Volunteers are also needed for the event. Contact Kimberly DeVall at 428-7737 or kdevall@vallescaldera.gov to volunteer or secure a booth space.
For more information on available activities and programs at the Valles Caldera call 866-382-5537 or go to vallescaldera.gov.
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