“Campfire Stories” in Carmel Magazine

Today (well, yesterday, as I post this) a co-worker brought me the June issue of Carmel Magazine, which she had just received.

“Did you know your picture is in this?” she asked.

I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know the issue had come out today, so I was delighted to see it! 

In addition to the photo, there are four paragraphs from me of tips for families on how to tell stories around the campfire.  My “Campfire Stories” piece (pp. 64-65) is part of a larger spread called “Make Camp,” which was written and organized by John R. Hughey.  The photos were taken by Perry Reichanadter.

John told me that the magazine considered this a “fashion shoot.”

I laughed out loud when I heard that.  Me?!  In a fashion shoot?!!

But whatever they called it, it was a lot of fun. 

Its purpose is three-fold:  to promote the products of one of the magazine’s corporate sponsors (in this case, camping gear from Dick’s Sporting Goods),  to promote a special event (the annual overnight family campout at West Park in Carmel) and to promote a special not-for-profit organization (the Carmel Clay Public Library.)

By the way, in case you see the article and wonder what story I was telling in the tent when Perry took my photo, it was “Grandfather Bear,” collected by Margaret Read MacDonald in her book, Look Back and See: Twenty Lively Tales for Gentle Tellers. (H. W. Wilson Company 1991.) 

My hands are making Grandfather Bear’s huge claws, just before he gently strokes Little Chipmunk’s back in thanks.

You don’t know that story?  I’ll tell it to you some time, if you want.  It is a “sure-fire” tale for preschoolers and young elementary school students, plus a good one to share with parents and young children.  It has lots of opportunity for audience participation and even tandem telling.  Every time I teach storytelling for the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, it is the first story my students learn from me.

When I told it to Devin and Lauren, the two children in the fashion shoot “campsite” with me, it made Devin think of a story he knew, about how raspberries got their shape.

I love being both teller and listener.

Hope Baugh – www. IndyTheatreHabit.com

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