SOS News Update, June 22, 2009

The National Museum of Patriotism needs you, and your patriotic stories for July 4th!

Brush up on your patriotic tales and join SOS members for a program at this new museum, located adjacent to Centennial Park.  The museum has no funds for paying tellers, but it’s willing to help sell materials and advertise our stories.
Programs are planned at noon and 4 pm, each lasting 1 hour. Tellers can share the stage, as the audience will be moving through the museum and around Centennial Park.
What better way to spend some time on the 4th of July than telling patriotic stories!?!
For more information, or to sign up, contact Janice Butt at teachtale@bellsouth.net or 404.377.2704

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Like to scrapbook? SOS needs a scrapbooking/historian to help display the organization’s quarter century history. Please contact Feriel Feldman, 404-636-4090, ferielfeldman@bellsouth.net

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Are you a Public Relations whiz? Or, do you know someone who can help write news releases or compose compelling announcements for the news media and social networking sites? SOS needs someone to help our organization get timely, interesting news items and other p.r. materials into the right hands. Please contact Feriel Feldman, 404-636-2702, ferielfeldman@bellsouth.net, if you or someone you know is interested.

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We’ve got the signs, if you’ve got the time! SOS needs someone to make sure our street signs are in place before SOS events. If you’d like to be in charge of this task, don’t hesitate to contact Feriel Feldman, 404-636-2702, ferielfeldman@bellsouth.net.

SAVE THE DATES!

Tellabration! Sat., Nov. 21, 8p
Thanksgiving Stories @ The Carter Library, Nov. 27, 2p
Winter StoryFest – Friday/Saturday, Jan. 29 & 30, 2010
Flag Flyin’ 4th @ the Carter Library, July 4, 2010, 2p

Talespin Deserves (and Needs) Our Support

talespin2009irwinwindhammccutcheonsparksdeedyMy wife Millie and I have spent the past four Mother’s Day weekends in Chattanooga celebrating out wedding anniversary and enjoying some of the best storytellers in the world.  Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the long-term success of the TaleSpin Festival, attendance has been surprisingly low.  We have been privileged to be with world-class tellers such as Donald Davis and David Holt in the company of fewer than 30 fellow listeners.  To their credit, these tellers gave us their “A game,” and we now feel closer to them than ever before.

Despite an outstanding line-up of talent, marvelous venues, and extensive advertising, the festival has consistently attracted small crowds.  As a result, the festival has gotten smaller each year—from three riverside tents in the first year to a single in-town venue (an enclosed pavilion) this year.  The Thursday night “olio” at a historic downtown theater also was discontinued this year.

What has not suffered is the talent.  This year’s performers were Carmen Deedy, Andy Offutt Irwin, John McCutcheon, Minton Sparks, and Kathryn Windham plus four excellent regional tellers.  The single venue, which provides a good setting except for some traffic noise,  meant that we were able to see every performance without relocating, and the final session on Saturday (before the ghost stories) brought all the performers together for a rousing musical finale (see accompanying picture).

I had several discussions with the event’s primary sponsors (Downtown Chattanooga, Inc.) and they are, of course, disappointed but seem determined to carry on.  We discussed whether the date is the problem (Mother’s Day, proms, graduations), but they believe not.

We have seen a few fellow Georgians and SOS members at TaleSpin every year, but the operative word is “few.”  I have encouraged the TaleSpin sponsors to include this newsletter in their future advertising efforts, and I ask each reader to add  a note to your 2010 calendar RIGHT NOW and plan on being at TaleSpin next year.  Chattanooga is a lovely city with many good restaurants and lots of things to do in the unlikely event that you grow tired of the stories.  Millie and I will be there; we hope you will join us.

Link to TaleSpin

-Wynn Montgomery

SOS Annual Picnic

Saturday, June 13, 4:30 – 6:30pm

at Unitarian Universalist Congregation (UUCA)

(1911 Cliff Valley Way – Off Briarcliff between NDruid Hills and Clairmont …. or take access road from I-85 at NDH Rd.)

POTLUCK – so bring your best!
4:30 – 5:00 FOOD collection in kitchen
5:00 – 5:30 EAT and schmooze
5:30 – 5:45 SOS Meeting (of sorts)
5:45 – 6:30 ERNI has tons of fun things planned.  We hope CLUSTERS have planned to perform.

7:30 – DON’T FORGET…….!CARMEN DEEDY! CONCERT BENEFITTING OUR OWN YOLANDA HERNANDEZ!

THERE WILL BE MUSICIANS, ACTORS, OTHER STUFF, IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE CONCERT!

SEE FLYER!

PLEASE EMAIL US, SO THAT WE KNOW HOW MANY FOLKS ARE COMING!!!!!