Deschutes Public Library News
Storyteller Visits Redmond
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 4/23/2003
Peggy Melanson, a storyteller, writer, poet and artist from Boston, shares her stories at the Redmond Public Library on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 pm.
Peggy Melanson calls herself Chef Nostalgia, a storyteller for grown-ups. But that doesn’t mean she wants you to feel old. In fact, she often doles out Tootsie Pops to get her audience into the kid spirit. Selected as an Olympic torchbearer for the 2002 Olympics and chosen “Cool Woman of the Year,” by American Movie Classics Television Network, Melanson specializes in transforming difficulties into humor. Melanson’s stories arise from incidents in her childhood as well as her adult life. From the simple tale of her mother fighting a purse-snatcher with an umbrella to the hysterical story of her cat, Fluffy’s, encounter with a 20 lb. turkey, Melanson has delighted audiences with her humor and wit throughout the Boston area.
“Everyone is a storyteller,” says Melanson, who quit her medical office management job of 25 years to pursue her dream. In addition to storytelling, Melanson pens newspaper columns, produces television programs, and teaches workshops titled “Finding the Courage to Create,” where she uses her own life story to inspire her students to embrace new challenges. “Success means change, and that can be a more difficult thing than staying where you are,” says Melanson. “Change opens up possibilities.”
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 312-1032.