Folk singer Hank Cramer Brings Rich Baritone and Storytelling to Cashmere

Cramer tells the real stories of the Oregon Trail through folk songs. A presentation on human trafficking, a writing conference and a theater performance add to this week’s schedule of events.

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THIS WEEK (Oct. 1-6, 2012)


Hank Cramer performs at the St. John library.

CASHMERE – Speakers Bureau’s Hank Cramer sparks conversation at the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village with his presentation One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail on Saturday (Oct. 6) [Details] and Sunday (Oct. 7) [Details]. Cramer’s presentation will explore how the folk songs of the Oregon Trail reveal the hidden histories of the settlers that traveled it.


SEATTLE – Speakers Bureau’s Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Human Trafficking in Washington: From the Historic Mercer Maids to Sexual Exploitation in Internet Ads [Details].

FRIDAY (Oct. 5)


Alice Orr presents at last year’s Write on the Sound conference.

EDMONDS – Write on the Sound is a 2-1/2-day writing conference presented by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, offering an affordable experience for writers of all levels. Pre-conference critique sessions and in-depth workshops are offered Friday. [Details].


EDMONDS – Write on the Sound continues with more than 30 workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a keynote address and manuscript critique appointments. On Saturday evening, the Edmonds Arts Commission hosts a meet-and-greet reception and book signing event with several authors, including Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken. [Details]

PORT TOWNSEND – Port Townsend High School drama students present Back to Class, the latest installment of Port Townsend Shorts. The monthly series of free, dramatic literary readings is produced by Key City Public Theatre and sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission. This is a Humanities Washington grant-funded event [Details].

NEXT WEEK (Oct. 7-13)

TUESDAY (Oct. 9)

SEATTLE – Speakers Bureau’s Lance Rhoades presents American Indians in Cinema: Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene as part of the Arts Crush Festival [Details].

EDMONDS – A reading and discussion with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken [Details].

THURSDAY (Oct. 11)

Lorraine McConaghy

Lorraine McConaghy

BELLINGHAM – A presentation on New Land, North of the Columbia and the use of archival sources by Lorraine McConaghy, supported by a Humanities Washington grant [Details].

RICHLAND – Speakers Bureau’s John Marshall, Fire and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide [Details].

EDMONDS – A reading and discussion with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken [Details].

FRIDAY (Oct. 12)

Bedtime Stories Seattle 2012 authors

2012 Bedtime Stories authors (left to right): Kathleen Flenniken, Charles Johnson, Kevin O’Brien, Amy Wheeler and Emcee Nancy Pearl.

SEATTLE – Our annual fundraising gala Bedtime Stories returns for an illuminating evening of food, wine and words [Details].

SPOKANE – Spokane Is Reading presents a reading and discussion with Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee [Details]. This event is presented with support from a Humanities Washington grant.

SATURDAY (Oct. 13)

LIBERTY LAKE – The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum presents Walk Your History: Bridging Cultures, a walking tour of the Spokane Valley and its bridges.

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