Workshop: Telling (Your) Dad Stories
June 17 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm$10.00
In this storytelling workshop, you’ll learn from experienced storyteller Linda Storms how to tell your “dad stories” whether humorous or touching or both — from having a father (stepfather, grandfather, big brother who filled in) to being one.
A great way to prepare for Father’s Day!
After the morning’s workshop, we’ll provide a light lunch where you can do final polishing, and then at the 2 pm free performance, Telling Dad Stories, you’ll have an opportunity to present your stories to each other and members of the Sandisfield Arts Center community, such as your own invited guests.
Limited to 8 participants, so sign up soon.
History of Father’s Day
The idea of Father’s Day can be traced back to 1910. It is believed that Mrs. Sanora Smart Dodd is the brain behind this day. Sanora, along with her five siblings were brought up by his father after their mother died in childbirth. His father neither remarried nor placed his children under the care of others.
Because of this, Dodd was grateful to his father, William Jackson Smart-a civil war veteran, and he wanted to honor him.
Her noble idea of Father’s Day came about after hearing a sermon about Mother’s day by Anna Jarvis at Central Methodist Episcopal Church. She later approached her pastor and proposed there be a day honoring fathers, which would mirror Mother’s Day. Dodd proposed to have Father’s Day observed in June, which happened to be his father’s birthday month.
In 1913, Congress received a bill aiming at recognizing Father’s Day. In 1916, Congress rejected the move to have the day made official for fear that it would become just another commercialized holiday. However, the campaign to have Father’s Day recognized as a federal holiday went on for many years until 1966, when President Lyndon B Johnson issued a proclamation designating Father’s Day USA to be observed on the third Sunday in June. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed it into law as a permanent national holiday.