It’s Official — I’m this year’s Lady of the Lake Storyteller

by admin on January 10, 2010

Lady of the Lake Family Camp

Lady of the Lake Family Camp Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Ever since Sophie was 5 (she’s 16 now), we’ve been traveling to Lake Coeur d’Alene in the panhandle of Idaho for a magical week of folk-y fun at Lady of the Lake Family Camp. If you don’t know about Lady of the Lake, please visit their website. In the past, I’ve been a camper, a staff member, a caller, a mom, an all-around merrymaker and starting a few years ago at the urging of Penn Fix I began telling a story or 2 during the evening family gatherings. Now, for this year’s camp, I’ve been hired to be the full-time Lady of the Lake storyteller and I am TOTALLY PSYCHED!

“I hope you’ll try to be a little more appropriate for the younger kids,” camp Director Marlin Prowell said when he hired me. “Uh, sure,” Marlin. “I can be …appropriate. I think.”

Lady of the Lakes Family Camp Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Sophie and her Friends at Lady of the Lake Family Camp
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Now, in fairness to Marlin he had good reason to ask about my ability to tone things down a bit since past stories I’ve told featured everything from a guy who barfed up jellied eels for fun, to weird places fishing hooks have gotten stuck in people, to mother-daughter vandalism involving humping reindeer. I think I am capable of captivating all the little ones at camp but inappropriate stories are kind of my trademark. Just the other day I got an email from LOL camper Heidi Gedlaman who offered this ringing endorsement of one my stories:

“We are absolutely coming to Lady of the Lake again. Wouldn’t miss it. I’m glad you’ll be there. We’ve actually shown the video we took of the reindeer pranks story to many a delighted friend.  Hope that’s ok…. You’re famous in the southwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta!!”

I’m trying to get a copy of that video to share with my many devoted fans not living in southwestern Calgary (all 4 of you) but in the meantime — I have a version of the Reindeer Pranks Story written out in my “tales” category here on my website. Here’s a shortcut.  Enjoy!

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