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Powerful memories at benefit event

Updated: Jan 11



Internationally acclaimed spoken-word artists Regi Carpenter (left) and Noa Baum (right) joined forces for an evening of tinsel and lace, talking dolls and bendable Barbies, childhood secrets and unexpected blessings in a live virtual performance on November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Unwrapped: Tales of Unexpected Gifts” was a rare joint appearance by two friends and master storytellers who draw on humor, close observation, and very different life experiences to speak to universal truths. The performance was a fundraiser for Story House Ithaca.

Regi grew up in the Thousand Islands region of New York State and now lives in Ithaca. Her story, “Bendable Barbies,” explored the secret desires and shifting expectations of a girl growing up in chaotic and often-challenging circumstances.

Noa, who was raised in Israel and now lives in Maryland, performed “Dolls in My Pocket,” which weaved together elements of ancient folktales with a modern coming-of-age story set in Jerusalem and the United States.

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