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>> RENOWNED STORYTELLER KIM WEITKAMP COMES TO FREDERICKSBURG-AREA LIBRARIES NEXT WEEK SHE'S GOT SOME TALES TO TELL page 2
Storyteller Kim Weitkamp brings the gift of gab to two area libraries on March 4

 Kim Weitkamp was named National Youth Storytelling representative for Virginia. She visits Fredericksburg March 4.
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Date published: 2/26/2009

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Weitkamp bills herself as a humorist and storyteller; most of her stories are a lot of laughs, but watch out. There's often a deep twist at the end: joke, joke, joke--and then you're weeping.

"Laughter and tears are close relatives," she observed. "They both require trust and openness."

Weitkamp has a repertoire of tall tales, childhood stories, leadership stories and original songs. She also tells a story about her "gabbiness" gift.

The first time she told it, 40 children came up to tell her they had "the gift," too. They were ecstatic to be recognized.

"This was a great payoff for me," Weitkamp said. "To be accepted for who I am and to help others."

It has been a good year so far. She has been elected president of Virginia Storytelling Alliance, named National Youth Storytelling representative for Virginia--and founded the Wrinkles Project, a national campaign to help senior citizens tell their life stories.

Su Clauson-Wicker is a freelance writer living in Blacksburg.


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What: Kim Weitkamp When: March 4, two separate shows Where: "Laugh Out Loud Stories," for school-age children and adults, at Central Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, 4:30 p.m.

Info: 540/372-1144

Where: "Freckles, Fibs and Family," humorous stories on love and lessons learned from family. For teens and adults. Snow Library, 8740 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, 7:30 p.m. Info: 540/507-7565