Once upon a time, the North Coast Storytellers started a festival of fabulists. The Storytelling Festival By The Sea on Friday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Arcata Presbyterian Church is in its 15th year, and hasn't run out of yarn yet ($12, $10 advance, free to kids under 12).
On Friday, featured storyteller Patrick Ball and his Celtic harp will have you rapt, and the creepy Carpathian will give you the willies with ghost stories. At 10 p.m., when the under-13 crowd has gone to bed, the Cabaret variety show featuring the music of Squeeze Bug takes the stage.
Come back Saturday for a storytelling workshop, local legends from the North Coast Storytellers, Mary Lawrence, Dream Quest's youth stage, folktales with Seabury Gould and Native American tales with Frank Lake. Got the bug? Get in on the action during the story swap and, if you're feeling brave, the improvisational challenge. Go ahead — everybody's got a story.