Dead Bird Singing, Oct 27 & 28

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls of All Ages! (Well, at least those 13 or older.) We direct your attention to the weekend of October 27th and 28th when Kim Weitkamp’s Halloween Spooktacular Dead Bird Singing Tour wings its way to Atlanta for two (count ‘em – two!) shows.

Kim will be returning to Atlanta after her triumphant debut here in June, bringing along spooky, scary, ghostly, ghastly stories from her best-selling Head Bone Rattles CD, as well as selections from her latest collection of eerie tales, Dead Bird Singing, to be released just in time for Halloween.

Regional performers and SOS members Shannon McNeal and Anthony Vinson will be joining Kim onstage for the metro Atlanta shows.

This is a “must-see” show for storytellers and story lovers alike, especially those who fondly remember the goose-pimply delight of swapping scary stories “back in the day.” So forget about those silly old synthetic haunted houses and safe “trunk or treat” events this year; instead, truck on over and treat yourself and your family members to an evening (or two) of good, old- fashioned ghost stories.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this show is not recommended for children under the age of 13!

Saturday, October 27 – The Friends School of Atlanta, 862 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 – (404) 626-4453 – 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 28 – The Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096 – (404) 478-2749. – 7:00 PM

*To find out more and get your tickets before they disappear, visit

The Scribblers’ Retreat & Writers’ Conference, Sept 27-29

Bess Chappas, a Savannah storyteller, member of SOS, and writer, has been invited to speak at this event on St. Simons Island, September 27-29; it is an international, non-profit, literary arts organization committed to the support and advancement of all writers, published and non-published.

Bess has written two children’s books: Kiki and the Red Shoes and Kiki and the Statue of Liberty­. Both are autobiographical stories of her early years in Greece, where she was born, and her trip with her family by ship, crossing the Atlantic to the U.S.

For more information about the Conference, call 1-800-996-2904 or go to www.scribblers’retreatwriters’ If space is still available, mention Bess’ name and get $120 off registration!

Stories in the Garden, Oct 21

Sunday, October 21, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM, at Hills and Dales, the 1916 estate and gardens of Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., in LaGrange, GA ( – Free admission

This event will be co-sponsored with the organizers of the annual Azalea Storytelling Festival and will feature Carol Cain and Chetter Galloway. Each teller will share several stories during the afternoon. Mr. Galloway’s stories will be enhanced with sound effects and music. Although admission is free, reservations are required. Call 706-882-3242 for a reservation.

Roswell’s Tellabration! Nov 16

Roswell Tellabration!
Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:30 pm
Roswell Adult Recreation Center
830 Grimes Bridge Road
$5.00 per person – sold at the door
call 770-640-3253 for information

Tellabration! is a worldwide storytelling event hosted in communities around the world. Traditionally, all events are held the weekend before Thanksgiving. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time and on the same weekend. It’s a great night for storylisteners, young and old, harkening back to those days where you listened to the family stories on Grandma’s porch.

BJ Abraham
Frank Causey
Brad Corbin
Natalie Jones

Emcee: Ron Kemp

Atlanta TELLABRATION!™ Nov 17

The Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) presents its 23rd annual TELLBRATION!™, featuring national teller (and SOS member) Andy Offutt Irwin and SOS storytellers Betty Ann Wylie and Alice Henry, with Tracy Walker as emcee, on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Friends School of Atlanta, 862 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. Doors open at 7:30 PM and storytelling begins at 8:00 PM. Free, onsite parking is available.

TICKETS are general admission and may be reserved in advance through Shannon McNeal, the director of TELLBRATION!™, at or 404-626-4453. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Tickets will be available online at beginning October 1. Ticket prices through November 7 will be $10 for SOS members only and $15 for all non-SOS members. After November 7, all tickets will be $15.

(Editor’s Note: We welcome you to join SOS now, via the website, and get a $5 discount on your ticket plus all the other benefits of membership!)

Volunteer at Callanwolde

As many of you know, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center was, in effect, where SOS began and where the annual festival was held for many years. It still supports storytelling by hosting our Youth Storytellers at Emerging Voices and the Women’s Imaginative Guild of Storytelling (WIGS) Annual Day of Discovery for Women.

Callanwolde is currently developing its Volunteer Program with special focus on the annual event “Christmas at Callanwolde,” which is slated for December 7-18, 2012. This Volunteer Program will include docent training and general volunteer training. If you are interested in the docent training, Phase I will be offered as follows: from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, October 2, & Thursday, October 4. Participants should choose one of the two to attend. There will be a second date TBA in later November, a week or so before the event.

For general volunteers, there will be a 30-minute training which will be offered November 26 – 30. The times for those trainings will soon be announced.

Those who are interested should contact Kate Holland, Volunteer Coordinator, at or by phone (404) 371-8874.

Jean Stromberg Memorial Storytime

On Saturday, August 4th, storytellers and story listeners gathered to remember Jean Stromberg. Jean, an active storyteller in Cobb and member of SOS passed away too soon, several years ago. Her friends and family decided to remember Jean and her love of stories by hosting a yearly Jean Stromberg Memorial Storytime. For the past 5 years, the Cobb County Libraries have been home to the hour-long program filled with memories of Jean and great storytelling.

This year’s program was part of the Cobb Library System’s Stars of the Library Summer Reading Finale, making it the largest audience yet for the event. Storytellers B.J. Abraham, Cathy Kaemmerlen, and Natalie Jones entertained a packed house of children and their families. They took turns telling crowd-pleasing interactive tales. Jean Stomberg’s friends and family were part of the audience.

Other SOS tellers who have been part of the Jean Stromberg Memorial Storytime in past years are: Jo Sanders, Tersi Bendiburg, and Eenee Ferrano. It was a great night for stories to honor Jean.

Storytellers Wanted by Automatic Improv

Automatic Improv is looking for storytellers to tell short personal stories or anecdotes that will serve as inspiration for improv comedy. We perform shows every Tuesday and Friday night at Relapse Theatre and are looking for guest storytellers through the summer and fall. You can learn more about us at or contact Kelly Thomas at if you are interested or just want more information!

Youth Storytelling

Lucille Campbell, Verna Muthoni, Helen Miley, Anne Wallace, Janice Butt, Margaret Edinburgh, and Brenda Harris told stories at the Atlanta Girls Club in Marietta on 7/20. The storytelling concert was instigated by the Club’s coordinator who used our SOS web site to contact Janice. She was interested in bringing women to share stories with the girls. These ladies delighted 80+ girls with a variety of stories from all parts of the world.  This was a pro bono performance to let girls know that storytelling might be one of their future career opportunities and to encourage them to pursue it.

Anne Wallace and Debbie Weston-From taught youth storytelling in Dawsonville with librarian Tracy Walker on 7/28.  It was a wonderful group of eight youth, ages 8-12. Debbie taught storytelling basic skills. Anne taught the children about the 398.2 section in a library where fairytales and folktales can be found. Each child learned two stories from the two classes. The conclusion of the class was a concert by the children telling one of their newly learned stories. Tracy videotaped

each teller and later in the week gave a copy of that recording to each child. Certificates of participation and a book of folktales were given to each child in the concluding ceremony of “Storytelling for Youth.” Books and paper supplies, plus a lunch of pizza were provided by SOS with funds from the IBM grant written by Margaret Edinburgh.

P.S.  It was a great storytelling day for the three adult storytellers, especially as they heard the children telling their parents their stories as they departed the classroom.

Debbie Weston-From taught a youth storytelling class this summer.  She taught the youth how to create their own stories and record them for later radio broadcast. The same IBM grant through SOS has provided the portable recording equipment to make this easier for the students.