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Mary Margaret Campbell, Executive DirectorJanuary 6, 2016
George West Storyfest
Storyfest Donates to Dobie/West Theatre
Submitted by Mary Margaret Campbell
For the week of November 6-12, Texas Monthly selected Storyfest and Dobie Dichos, in particular, as one of the “Six Must-Attend Events.”In his November 4 editorial in the Beeville Bee-Picayune, Chip Latcham urged readers to attend Dobie Dichos: “If readers haven’t experienced this gathering, we would highly recommend it.”
On Friday evening, November 6, the grounds of the Historic Oakville Jail was the site of the 5th annual Dobie Dichos: Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie.Recommendations from the likes of Texas Monthly and Chip Latcham, along with the stellar lineup of program participants—as well as the now-famous Dobie Dichos chili and pan de campo—this year’s event drew the largest crowd to date.
Dobie Dichos began in 2011 as a means of celebrating the contributions to literature and folklore of Live Oak County’s most famous son, J. Frank Dobie.Event founders Bill Sibley and Mary Margaret Campbell determined that authors and storytellers whose writing and art had been influenced by Dobie would be invited to read or tell stories from the works of Dobie.Participants over the first five years have included, among others, Dobie biographer Steven L. Davis; authors Elizabeth Crook, John Phillip Santos, Bruce Shackelford; storytellers Donna Ingham, MaryAnn Blue, Larry Thompson; and Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.
At the time of the event’s inception, the Dobie/West Theatre was still in the early phases of renovation, with a dedicated portion of the lobby to house a J. Frank Dobie Museum. Sibley and Campbell suggested to the Storyfest board of directors that proceeds from the new event could benefit the theatre’s renovation.Since the theatre would house a Dobie museum and was named, in part, for him, making a donation to the theatre from the event’s proceeds just made sense.Every year since 2011, Storyfest has made a donation to the theatre from the proceeds of the small, intimate yet unique event.
This year’s donation check was the largest to date, $1680.Storyfest board of directors Vice-Chairman Julie Kaase recently presented the check to theatre representative Mary Ann Pawlik, who was delighted with the amount.
In addition to Dobie’s popularity, the talented program participants, and the delicious meal, donations to the theatre have been possible thanks to sponsorship from Beeville Publishing Co. all five years and new sponsors in 2015 Venado Oil and Gas, LLC and Andrews Distributing; in-kind donations from Cody Campbell, Rodney Nance, Cactus Tools, LLC, Elder’s Country Market, and George West Storyfest Association, Inc.; the dedicated committee; and ticket sales.Albert and Mari Davila, owners of Historic Oakville Jail, graciously donate the use of the grounds for the event each year.
The 6th annual Dobie Dichos is slated for Friday, November 4, 2016.Tickets will go on sale in early September.