To celebrate Idaho’s most famous veggie, Rexburg’s Cultural Arts will host the “Harvest: Stories, Songs and Spuds” this weekend at the Romance Theater and Tabernacle.
“This event is following our spud harvest. Next to potatoes, the best crop to come out of Idaho are its stories. That’s the emphasis of this – harvest stories, songs and spuds,” said Rexburg’s Cultural Arts Director Jed Platt.
The event kicks off at noon Friday at the Romance Theater, with a free Story Telling Matinee for children from kindergarten to fourth grade. Nationally recognized professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp will oversee the get together. She will also provide a “storytelling concert” at 7 p.m. at the theater that day.
“She is a storyteller at the top of her craft,” according to the biography. “Whether the story is tucked into a speech, performed from stage or used as a tool for training, one thing is for sure, at the root of all she does, Kim is first and foremost a storyteller.”
The following day at 10 a.m. at Rexburg City Hall, Weitkamp will provide another storytelling workshop. From noon to 6 p.m. several activities will be held at the Tabernacle with one of the more interesting ones being the “Potato Races.” It’s similar to the BSA Pinewood Derby except with potatoes, Platt said.
Also that day, a Rock Art Camp hosted by author and artist Pattie Rokus will be offered at the Tabernacle. Rokus’ work has been featured in “The Friend,” the children’s magazine once published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
According to her biography, Rokus left the corporate world to release her inner artist.
“She’s committed to helping us reconnect to our source and find greater contentment,” it said. “Her speaking engagements and online presentations are filled with rock art demonstrations and stories of unexpected serendipity that has led to a very unexpected life.”
Also on Saturday, singer/songwriter Cori Connors will provide a songwriting workshop at 2 p.m. at Rexburg City Hall. Later that day at 7:30 p.m., she will entertain via a concert at 7:30 p.m., at the Romance Theater.
“As an artist, Cori’s honest and intimate performances have created a healthy base of loyal followers,” according to Connor’s bio on her website. “She weaves a pattern of warm reminiscences into each of her performances. She has performed throughout the U.S., England and Wales.”
Platt said that the event is to honor residents’ hard work and heritage.
“It’s how we are fed literally and figuratively by our roots,” he said.
Residents are invited to bring their stories to share with the Museum of Rexburg: Home of the Teton Flood Exhibit on Saturday.
“The museum is collecting experiences. We say that ‘Your story is our story,’” Platt said.
Journal prompts will be provided to visitors to help them remember events and to share those memories with others via a story, Platt said.
“We would love people to share some experiences and memories of the Romance Theater, the Tabernacle and the Teton Dam Flood of 1976. We’re collecting those experience as part of our collective history. It’s preserving our story,” he said.
Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill invited residents to attend.
“Potatoes and stories — I think it’s going to be very cool,” Merrill said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s a very creative way to celebrate the harvest that’s a big part of our culture in Idaho, Rexburg and Madison County.”
For more information on the weekend’s events visit Rexburg Arts’ Facebook page.