Join us for September’s "Storytime for Grown-ups" — a fun, virtual storytelling event — on Thursday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. The theme of the evening is "Music and Instruments." Read about our guest storyteller, Eric Ouren below. He will tell us a few tales about his craft and then play some silly songs for us using his own instruments!
Eric Ouren is a luthier from Kasota, MN who runs Ouren Instruments, a small used stringed-instrument and instrument repair store in North Mankato, MN. Ouren also builds traditional open-back banjos as well as other folk instruments and does custom instrument building.
Ouren began building stringed instruments in 2004 and is a 2019 graduate of the Minnesota State Southeast guitar build and repair program in Red Wing, MN. Ouren holds an MFA from the University of Iowa (1998) and a BFA from the University of Minnesota (1990), both in sculpture. He has taught at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN (2000-2018), Minnesota State Mankato in Mankato, MN (1999), The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN (1999) and Bethel College in St. Paul, MN (1998). Ouren is married, has two grown children, a grandson, and two dogs.
You can sign up in the chat space that night to tell your own 5-minute story related to the evening’s theme! Or, feel free to just listen and enjoy. We hope you’ll join in the fun! Please click here to sign up with your name and email. We will email you the Zoom link to join this virtual event. Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m.!