The inaugural ‘Stories in the Park’ got off to a good start, with people trickling in from 5 o’clock onwards. There was a lot of activities with the games, and even more around the food tent. P’zazz’s contribution to the ambience was considerable, and some people even felt compelled to swing along to the groovy jazz. Jochen’s soulful touch on the keys combined with Sacha’s slightly raspy jazz voice, is the perfect combination for an occasion as this.

The weather was perfect, with a slight cover of light high-cloud for a time, to take the sting out of the sun. When the breeze dropped around 7.30 the conditions were perfect for the storytelling.

A huge thank you to all the storytellers, who came from near and far this week, to share their tales. The time and effort they put into preparing their stories reflected very well on them, as well as on the whole event. Thank you also to Stephen Aroha, who entertained us between some stories with his famous originals and equally famous covers.

Also a big thank you to the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School parents for the catering. You looked great in the food-tent, everything was beautifully presented and what I ate was delicious. Too bad the patatas were sold out before I had a chance to get some.

I’m humbled by the support I got from those who got wholeheartedly behind the idea and the concept of  ‘Stories in the Park’  and everything you so selflessly contributed!!

It really was a night to remember. There was an audience of around 300 people and thanks to the size of the park, it didn’t feel at all crowded.

If you haven’t been on our Facebook page yet, go and have a look at some of the photos. Also, it is really important for us to know how you experience the event, so feel free to leave a comment, either here or there.

I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did.

Once again, if you have a story to share, don’t hesitate to click on the link on this page.