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County land conservancy to welcome top storyteller

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County will welcome award-winning storyteller Beth Horner as the featured speaker at its 20th annual meeting Jan. 30.

Horner will perform her story “The Pipeline Blues: A Story of Environmental Triumph,” the tale of one man and one song that motivated change in a city’s environmental policy. She has recorded the story for “Live From National Geographic,” performed it across the country, and seen it go on to inspire change in environmental policy in other communities. At its core, “Pipeline Blues” is about the power of the individual to make a lasting difference in his or her community.

A National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award winner, Horner is sought after as a storytelling performance and teaching artist. She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival and has produced six recordings of her work.  She is the narrative consultant with the NASA/Johnson Space Center’s Story Mining project, for which she is collecting stories from the scientists behind the Apollo Space Missions.

Horner’s love of all kinds of stories – traditional, literary, family, musical, historical and hysterical – makes her the perfect emissary into the world of story. As one reviewer wrote of her work in The Bulletin Storytelling Review: “Horner’s timing and delivery are so moving and funny that her performance is akin to great stand-up comedy.”

The event will be at D’Andrea Banquets in Crystal Lake starting at 11 a.m., with brunch running until 12:30 p.m., and Horner’s performance beginning at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers, and can be bought online at www.conservemc.org or by calling 815-337-9502.

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