The last weekend of October, First Congregational Church will host Celia Whitler of Nashville, Tenn., to Camden for a weekend of interactive music-making and storytelling that participants will not soon forget. Musician, artist and storyteller Whitler enjoys a good laugh, a well-told story and connecting with people through her music and travels.

“When it comes down to it, there is something really sacred about telling our story and about hearing each others’ stories. I just happen to do that through song,” she said,

Whitler will offer a series of interactive sessions throughout the weekend, one designed specifically for youth, one for Sunday worship and one for a universal audience. Members of the First Congregational Church have been working energetically to make this memorable weekend a reality. The committee hopes to see a great turnout for this wonderful, musical weekend.

Planned events include An Interactive Gathering of Music and Storytelling (and pizza) Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. No sitting back here; Whitler will have attendees singing, moving and getting to know themselves, their journeys and their passions. For high school students only; call Cate Lamb at 236-4821, ext. 3, or email her at to register. Cost is $10 per person to cover dinner costs.

The Rev. Kevin Pleas and Music Director Steve Weston will be working with Whitler to create a distinctive Sunday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. worship service whose attendees will be tapping, singing, laughing and thinking about their faith journey in a new way.

The weekend will be capped by a Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Music for All Ages concert, part of the Friends of Music Series. Everyone is invited to bring their kids, grandkids and neighbors for this event; Whitler will have everyone interacting with her and each other through stories and song. There is no cost for this performance, but there will be a free-will offering. A reception will follow the concert in the church’s Pilgrim Room with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and discuss the music further with Whitler.

For more information, call Lamb at the church.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or