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Powellswood Garden aims to enchant at Storytelling Festival

Visitors at last year’s Powellswood Storytelling Festival.
Visitors at last year’s Powellswood Storytelling Festival. Courtesy

With towering hedges, sweeping borders and a trickling stream, Powellswood Garden in Federal Way is enchanting enough by itself. But this weekend the public garden’s fifth annual Storytelling Festival aims to explore the enchantment of stories with two days of workshops and live storytellers.

“Science doesn’t touch on how a sunrise makes us feel,” said headline storyteller David Novak from North Carolina. “A folktale or myth captures that significance.”

Other festival storytellers include Donald Davis, also from North Carolina, Olga Loya and Brenda Wong Aoki from California, and Adam Booth from West Virginia. They’ll be leading small-group workshops all day Friday (July 22) for adults and children’s groups (advance registration required.) Then Saturday will be filled with storytelling around the garden.

Parking for the festival will be at Sacajawea Park, 1401 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way, with free shuttles running continuously to the garden from 8:45 a.m.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti

Powellswood Storytelling Festival

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday (July 22)-Saturday.

Cost: Friday workshops $55; Saturday tickets $20 adults, $5 kids.

Where: Powellswood Garden, 430 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way.

Day care/homeschool group bookings: 253-529-1620.

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