Until recently, storytelling had been a dying art form. Oral narratives, poetry recitation, and radio dramas have been all but replaced by another form of storytelling: Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat stories. But, now, with a renewed appreciation for a slower, more malleable form of communication in a world of instant messaging and full inboxes, storytelling is making a comeback.
The Mammoth Storytelling Festival is just one of the events cropping up around the country seeking to return people to their roots in oral histories. Of all the festivals in Mammoth Lakes, this one is perhaps the most historically significant, drawing visitors and locals alike to tune in to a few tales from the past.
The Mammoth Lakes Storytelling Festival
The Mammoth Storytelling Festival takes place at the Mammoth Museum’s Hayden Cabin, wedged among the Sierra Nevada peaks.
Sponsored by the Southern Mono Historical Society, the festival allows the audience a window into simpler times through the storytelling, an art form largely lost in modern societies. Local storytellers volunteer to spin a yarn or two while you listen to the tree leaves rustle and trunks creak against a backdrop of the impressive mountains.
The 2017 Mammoth Storytelling event, “Tales of the Sierra,” included a line-up of live performances, both spoken word and music from local authors, professional actors, and county staff.
First launched in the fall of 2016, the Mammoth Storytelling Festival is a relatively new event. Now in its third year, the annual festival brings the community together for a time of sharing, taking place over a single afternoon in mid-September. Get there by car (there’s a parking lot on site) or on foot via a multi-use trail, as they would have back in the day.
One of the most culturally-rich festivals in Mammoth Lakes, this event offers an afternoon of fun and learning for all ages, and includes a complimentary snack.
About the Mammoth Museum
Step into the 1920s log cabin that houses the museum and travel back to a simpler time. This seasonal museum features exhibits that detail the daily lives of the people who inhabited Mammoth Lakes a hundred years ago. Exhibits include mining tools and equipment, photos, art, memorabilia, and historical information on the industry in the region.
Spend an hour or two browsing the Hayden Cabin museum before it closes for the season. The storytelling festival is typically the final hurrah of the summer season – the perfect way to welcome in the chillier weather and changing leaves.
Visit Mammoth Lakes in Autumn
Mammoth Lakes is a beautiful place to visit in the fall. With a mix of evergreen conifers and towering oaks that shower the ground with red, orange, and yellow leaves, Mammoth vacation rentals make for the perfect fall getaway – no post-summer blues here! Visit Mammoth Lakes for the stunning natural beauty and stay for the rich cultural and historical experiences like the annual Storytelling Festival.
Spend a day on the trail, by the lake, or enjoying events and activities in the region. Then come back to your home-away-from-home to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fire or relax your muscles in one of our hot tubs.
Our resort features a number of one- and two-bedroom units, perfect for couples and small families, as well as larger three- and four-bedroom units for groups – all in a convenient location and with excellent views of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and forests.