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Fairy Tales for Adults in the Park

Saturday September 5 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Ron Allison returns with another installment of Fairy Tales for Adults. He will be telling Grimm tales, The Blue Light and Rumpelstiltskin, and a Norwegian tale, The Giant Who Had No Heart, with a discussion following each.

Mr. Allison’s approach grew out of his long-standing love of European fairy tales and encounters with storytellers who opened up the possibilities of using fairy tales for self-examination among adult audiences.

Much like dream analysis, this approach posits the possibility of viewing the narratives as metaphorical of our own psychodynamics, particularly in regard to developmental struggles on the way to maturity. In addition to a tale’s entertainment value, the tale is psychodrama that everyone with the benefit of the life experience that accrues with adulthood can enjoy. The full resonance of the story is grasped through interactive dialogue between teller and audience. The audience is afforded the opportunity to locate themselves in situations presented in the narrative.

According to Mr. Allison, in recent years there has been a society-wide recognition of the importance of the role of “emotional intelligence” as a determining factor in the success and happiness of individuals. Pre-modern cultures thought that the telling of fairy tales was the essential underpinning for the fostering of this essential form of intelligence. It is Mr. Allison’s belief that exposure to this form of expression will have lasting benefits to the listener.

This program is free and intended for adults, no registration required. It will be held at the Huntley Park on 2nd and Garden Street. People are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and folding chairs to make themselves comfortable. Social distancing will be required.

This program is held in conjunction with the DeKalb Park District.

For additional information, please contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.


Saturday September 5
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Huntley Park