Storyteller Norm Brecke, The Lighter Side of Lincoln

lincolnBend Storytelling Circle presents a fabulous storyteller from Seattle who will perform a lively program of stories and anecdotes told by or about Abraham Lincoln on February 22. A special treat will be the music Brecke mixes in with the program – music that Lincoln enjoyed during his lifetime.

Included in the program will be storytelling performances by three local tellers: Doug Butler, Kimberley King and Martina Muller. Between the three they have over 50 years of storytelling experiences and their stories will be a delight. You’ll enjoy hearing some of their favorite tales collected through years of entertaining audiences here in Central Oregon.

Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He had less than a year of formal education and taught himself through reading great books. Story was a device he shrewdly used to explain and get support for his policies. It was part of his nature to communicate with a kind of folksy wisdom and stories and parables fit his style perfectly.

Brecke has put together a wonderful collection of Lincoln’s stories and his banjo music will make this an evening full of smiles and laughter. Not a history lesson but a time to enjoy.

Brecke has been a featured teller at the Powellswood Storytelling Festival, he has narrated for the Seattle Symphony and performed at the National American Library Association Conference. He engages different types of audiences effortlessly and guides you easily along the way through a captivating realm of story.

Butler told his first story on stage on a day when he wasn’t expecting to tell a story to anyone. Come to the concert to hear what happened. He has been telling tales for 20 years and thinks stories should be for a good time.

King is making a re-entry into the storytelling scene in Central Oregon. You may have heard her tell tales several years ago and if you did, you won’t need convincing to come and hear her tell again. She has told stories for families and adults alike and her unique style is captivating.

Muller is also not a stranger on the Central Oregon storytelling scene. She is a native of Germany who has made her home in Bend for the past 20 years. She has a gift for telling magical stories.

Storyteller Norm Brecke, The Lighter Side of Lincoln will be held Saturday, February 22 at 7pm at The Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Rd in Bend.

All seats will be available by phone or through email and are $10. If you send an email to and include your email address, an invoice will be sent to you that can be paid online. Admission may be paid at the door but reserved seats would be appreciated so that we can better plan for the event.


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