Travis Olson

Fortcraft: Building Worlds With Cardboard At Treefort

Boise’s Treefort Music Fest is well underway and events like Hackfort, Storyfort and Filmfort are just part of the fun. This year, Kidfort will once again bring concerts, crafts and interactive events to a younger audience. New this year is an idea dreamed up by one Boise man who wants kids to put down their electronics and start building things out of cardboard. Travis Olson’s tiny backyard is full of cardboard. There are cut up boxes piled on the lawn and tape everywhere. And volunteers are...

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Featured storyteller Holland Williams tells the ballad of Harold, the king of white lies and blast powder in the forests of Washington. Story slammer Hobie Swan describes a stint as a seasonal chef serving up white lies and more on a fishing boat in Alaska.

Featured storyteller Katy Gilbert recounts a series of borderline lies told in route from Amman, Jordan to Damascus, Syria. Story slam winner Bobby Drakos tells a jaw-dropping tale about planes, lies and automobiles in the days following 9/11.

Featured storyteller Tony McKnight (from June’s gullibility} shows that when the white lies start flaring up from a deceptive six-year-old, so do a few other hazards. Story slammer Debra Smith (from August’s summer theme) tells of the polite fictions that cover up the white lies in the American story.

Featured storyteller Clay Morgan goes first, with a story about one fateful summer for a smokejumper and the space program. Story slammer Nathaniel Hoffman is next, with a tale about a series of comical misperceptions in and about the backwoods of Idaho.

Featured storyteller Elaine Ambrose tells a story about potato fields, a group of high school friends and a hot springs. Story slammer Steve Bush shares a short cautionary tale involving teenage boys, a swimming pool and a little beating around the bush.

Featured storyteller Jan Schlicht tells a story about heading west on a backpacking adventure for a lifetime with her husband. Story slam winner Ben Dicus tells a story about a family road trip, and reminds us all to count heads before leaving a rest stop.

Alejandro Anastasio recounts experiences while traveling through Idaho on his way from Seattle to Chicago. Storyslammer Kate Riley tells of being mistaken for Patty Hurst and being tailed by the police in Santa Barbara California in 1974.

One storyteller has a story of growing up and finding out she was adopted , the other recounts an experience of getting caught in a mattress scam.

One storyteller has a story of a disappointing summer of love and her ongoing crush on David Sedaris , the other a story about meeting her life-long crush after opening a bar in Boise in the late 1970′s.

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