At the Corner House’s Storytelling Dinner on Thursday, April 13, storyteller/folklorist Jo Radner returns to tell some of her favorite stories – often hilarious, and sometimes thought-provoking – about particularly ingenious Yankees. We may hear about a pioneer woman who saved her village from the wiles of a devious peddler, a compulsive inventor from northern Maine who was knighted by Queen Victoria for a diabolical creation, a Maine man celebrated for proving the earth is flat, and even a crafty farmer who was outdone by a very large pig.
Jo lives in the woods of Lovell, Maine, neighbor to weasels, bears, moose, and the ghosts of strong-willed ancestors. She creates personal tales and stories about the people and history of northern New England. Her audiences call her “a smart, genuine teller,” “comfortable to listen to.” She delights in eccentrics and in people who think (whether or not they are correct) that they have the unique, best way of doing things. One listener commented that her “unassuming style, and the way she cleverly slips humor, as well as inspiring moments and pointed remarks, into the telling, are brilliant!”
Audiences at the Corner House have been enjoying Jo’s stories for more than a decade. She has also performed at many theaters, festivals, conferences, schools, and community events, and she offers storytelling and oral history workshops.