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“Tales Too Tall to Tell” – a free evening event with award-winning storyteller Joel ben Izzy

By Miriam Hodgman

benizzyb&w2thumbA free evening of storytelling, “Tales Too Tall to Tell,” will be performed by Joel ben Izzy at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Wednesday, August 27, at 6 p.m.

For over thirty years, Joel ben Izzy has traveled the world, gathering and telling stories from many countries. He’ll share some wild ones filled with fun and laughter that will carry the audience around the world and back again. Depending on who is there, and how brave the crowd is, he might tell some ghost stories as well.

“We’re fortunate to have a teller of Joel’s caliber come to Carson Valley,” said park curator Mark Jensen. “This is not ‘story time,’ but is instead the art of storytelling performed by one the best out there, and all ages will be entertained.”

Izzy is an award-winning teller and author. His six CDs of stories have all won awards from such organizations as the American Library Association, Booklist magazine, and the Parents’ Choice Foundation.

He is the author of an acclaimed memoir, The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, now in its seventh printing and translated into seventeen foreign editions. He hails from Berkeley, California. More information about ben Izzy is www.storypage.com.

The park’s storytelling events are sponsored by Bently Enterprises, SoaringNV, Douglas County, the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, Carson Valley Inn, and Holiday Inn Express.

The free, hour-long, outdoor presentation begins at 6 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Soft drinks and water will be available for purchase, or visitors can bring a picnic/snacks and their favorite beverage. Dogs are not permitted.

The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, about ¾ mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center. The park’s full event schedule is at dangberghomeranch.org.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history and founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangberg family. Programs include tours, exhibits and other public events. The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County.

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