World Storytelling Celebration, Feb 1

St. Martin’s School will hold its 7th annual World Storytelling Celebration on Friday, February 1, from Noon/12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The event will feature from 80 to 100 students, faculty, staff, and professionals telling folktales from around the world. Admission is free and an international buffet is available starting at 4:00 PM. Watch the St. Martin’s website,, for more details, later in the fall. Contact Heidi Cline McKerley,, with questions. Please spread the word!

Veterans Storytelling

Several SOS members are working together to encourage more US Military Veterans of all branches of service and all times of service to share their stories with folks in Georgia.

Mark on your calendars the following dates and locations for events of Veterans Storytelling.

  • Saturday, November 10 – Second Annual Veterans Day Program at 2:30 PM at The Palms at Lake Spivey – in Henry County, south of Jonesboro, GA. FREE admission.
  • Sunday, November 11 – Hear stories from veterans, service members, and their families at 3 PM at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. FREE admission.
  • Monday, November 12 –  Third Annual Veterans Day Program at 6 PM, 870 Redwine Road, Fayetteville, GA. Enjoy an excellent program, including a Veterans’ TELLABRATION!™ with veterans from different eras telling their stories, a color guard, a USO show, terrific singers, and much more. FREE admission.
  • December 3-14Veterans can record their stories at several locations in the south side area, in cooperation with Story Corps. The veteran gets a copy of the CD, along with a certificate. Another copy of the CD is sent to the Library of Congress.

If you know of any veteran who would be interested in participating in any of these events as a storyteller, please contact Anne Wallace at 770.460.9946 or

Other SOS members making these wonderful personal stories available to the community are John Beavin, Tom Wallace, B.J. Abraham, Lewis Armstrong and Linda Armstrong.

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.