A Harvest of Stories

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, in conjunction with the South Coast Storytellers Guild, presents “A Harvest of Stories,” a Family Festival on Saturday, October 26, between 1-4 p.m.   Come and be entertained!   The afternoon Festival is $3/person or $10/family, payable at the gate.  The historic Rancho Los Cerritos adobe home will be open throughout the afternoon for tours.


A Harvest of Stories features the following talented storytellers and themes:


Cynthia Callard

Stories of Africa and California history


Ron Chick

Multicultural folk tales and tales of heroes and adventures


David Chittenden

Personal tales with a slice of life


Bob and Linda King Pruitt

American folk stories, tall tales and Native American stories

accompanied by folk songs and guitar music

Ranger Jack

Interactive children’s songs


Diana SpiritHawk

California Native American stories


Debra Weller & Patti Christensen

Interactive folktales, Native American stories

and personal stories with guitar accompaniment

and family sing-a-longs

David Whiting

Animated multicultural tales

In addition, during the morning South Coast Storytellers Guild members will offer storytelling workshops designed for educators, families, museum docents, singers, actors and all who love stories.   Reservations are required by October 18 for the workshops, and there is a $25 fee; to register, call the Rancho at (562) 570-1755.


The South Coast Storytellers Guild celebrates the oral tradition of storytelling through entertaining performances, educational workshops, community service and the development of student storytellers.   Many of its members are educators themselves, who employ storytelling methods in the classroom to engage students.  Others accompany their stories with music and encourage sing-a-longs during their performances.  For information on the Guild, check their website at www.storyguild.com.


Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach and offers free tours Wednesday-Sunday afternoons between 1-5pm.  Built in 1844, the two-story adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The Rancho, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.con/rancholosc.

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