Legends of Le Detroit storytelling event slated – Grosse Pointe News (subscription)

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
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Trois Bouffons will perform during “Legends of le Detroit” on Oct. 9.
The Legends of Le Detroit storytelling event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Detroit Abloom, 248 Manistique, Detroit. The event will feature music, dancing and storytelling for all ages.
Guests will learn about local lore of Detroit legends from the “Legends of le Détroit,” published in Detroit in 1883, a collection of folklore, genealogy and family narratives related to the founding and early history of the city. Compiled by Marie Caroline Watson Hamlin, a little-known local folklorist, it consists of more than 30 folk stories rooted in Detroit’s early history, as well as Native American and French folklore.
Renowned Michigan storyteller Genot Picor will be the featured storyteller and emcee the event. His interactive program centers on the traditional stories, songs and dances of the Great Lakes region, whereby the audience becomes part of the journey. Talented storytellers from metro Detroit and Grosse Pointe Theatre will share tales such as the Nun of St. Clair, Le Lutin, The Legend of the Windmill Pointe and several more.
Trois Bouffons will perform in the outdoor garden pavilion. A traditional musical ensemble based in southeast Michigan, Trois Bouffons specializes in traditional French Canadian, Great Lakes Maritime, Appalachian and other historic musical selections. The ensemble is comprised of violinist Trae McMaken, upright bass player Mark Szabo and guitarist Picor.
This event is free and open to the public. The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine, under the large pavilion in the garden.
The storytelling program takes place under the pavilion at Detroit Abloom.
Storytelling in the garden offers health benefits in addition to its historical aspect.
“Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear and stress and increases pleasant feelings,” said Suzy Berschback, healthy communities manager for Beaumont Health. “Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical well-being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones and Detroit Abloom is a beautiful garden to see.”
Detroit Abloom is a demonstration land-use model project, based on cut flower farming and the creation of sanctuary gardens to repurpose vacant blighted land. It is a nonprofit that offers three levels of activities: horticultural, wellness and community. Learn more about it at detroit

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September 22, 2021
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