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Jul 29, 2021

We pre-recorded today's conversation with Mariama Dryak, Program Coordinator for Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River to learn about the organization and their new storytelling/concert series, Voices of the Shenandoah.

Founded in 1988, their mission is to keep the North Fork of the Shenandoah River clean, healthy, and beautiful through advocacy, community action, education and science. Friends serves as the “community support organization” for Seven Bends State Park and assists other public lands sites with programs and projects throughout our watershed.

The event series entitled “Voices of the Shenandoah – In Story and Song”, features storytelling and live music at local breweries throughout the valley. Mariama told us how successful the first one was at Pale Fire Brewing on July 15, 2021.

She gave us details for the next 2 events in the series: Friday, August 13, 2021 from 5pm - 8pm at Backroom Brewery featuring live music with Prince Bellarose. Friday, September 17, 2021 from 6pm - 9pm at Swover Creek Farm Brewery featuring live music with Katie and Kelly. Stories/Songs are still being accepted for both of these events:

Stories: When read aloud, story submissions should be limited to 8-10 minutes in length. To enter your story you may email your full written entry or audio/video recording to Or call 540-459-8550 to leave a 2-3 minute summary of your story by voicemail (please limit summaries to 2-3 minutes). However you submit, please be sure to include your name, phone number and email address with each story submission. Songs: Songs intended for entry may be submitted by attaching your recording in an email to You are also welcome to play your song into their voice messaging system by calling 540-459-8550. Please submit only one song per email or call, and please be sure to include your name, phone number and email address with each musical entry. Lyric-less entries are welcome too.

Submission deadline: 11:59pm, August 11th for August 13th event; 11:59pm, September 15th for September 17th event Selected story tellers will be notified: Two working days from their submission. Contact Mariama Dryak, for more information:

This series is free to the public thanks, in part, to the Bowman-Shannon Grant through the Shenandoah Community Foundation, Team Abby Walters, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and Regulus Group.