SOS Members Jan Cribbs, Debbie Weston From and Hannah From will be telling during an “Appalachian Evening,” an evening of music and storytelling at the Center Theatre, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association on Saturday, May 25, at 7:30 PM – www.snca.org
Part of the audience will be a tour group organized by the German-American Institute (GAI). Initially founded by the American Military Government in Germany in 1946, the GAI has become a bi-national institute and a meeting place for members of both nations, where points of view can be discussed and values, ideals and cultural achievements can be exchanged. A college friend of Jan’s teaches an English language course at the GAI in Tübingen, Germany, and will be leading this group through their experience of some of the American South – and Appalachia. Talk about a cultural experience!
Save the Date! Military Veterans, You are Wanted! – To tell a story about your time in the military at the second annual V.E.T.S. Storytelling Program. The program will again be sponsored and co-hosted by the Southern Order of Storytellers and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and will be held at Callanwolde on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
The organizing committee for the “Veterans Expressing Their Stories” – V.E.T.S. Storytelling Program – has begun planning the program that will honor our Veterans through the telling of personal stories from their military tenures. If you are a Veteran or know of a Veteran and would like to share experiences, please contact Anne Wallace at Anne50W@aol.com or 678.361.7061. There will be a rehearsal time in October led by SOS organizing committee members.
Featured tellers are: Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Eric Litwin, Connie Regan-Blake, and Ed Stivender, with Regional Teller and Master of Ceremonies, Carol Cain. Click on www.LSPAARTS.com for more details.
This inaugural festival in Charleston, SC features: Syd Lieberman, Barbara McBride-Smith, Ed Stivender and Donna Washington, along with local tellers Sharon Cooper Murray, Julian Gooding, Hawk Hurst, Minerva King and Tim Lowry and Becky’s Box of Puppets. For more details, visit www.ccpl.org/charlestontells or the Charleston Tells Facebook page.
~ from Debbie Weston From ~
Madison-Morgan Cultural Center presents an amazing day of storytelling, featuring tellers Donald Davis, Carmen Agra Deedy, Andy Offutt Irwin, Debbie Weston From and Hannah From. From the Saturday morning family workshop through the evening performance, audiences and tellers share a special journey of emotions through tall tales, legends, folklore, and original stories. Between sessions, engage in conversations and discover the joy of recollection while telling one’s own stories.
Schedule of Events
- ”Tell Me a Story,” Family Workshop (Free) – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Featuring Carmen Agra Deedy and mother and daughter storytellers Debbie Weston From and Hannah From.
- ”Lunch and Listen” ($10 at the door) – Noon
- Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a delightful performance featuring Donald Davis, Carmen Agra Deedy, and Andy Offutt Irwin, with an appearance by Hannah From.
- “Pen to Paper Workshop” ($10 at the door) – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Storytelling Circle of Excellence recipient Donald Davis brings his mastery to a workshop for adults and older students on the art of storytelling.
- ”Do Tell! Stories Under the Bell Tower” (Call for tickets) – 7:30 p.m.
- Don’t miss the grand finale performance with tellers Donald Davis, Carmen Agra Deedy, and Andy Offutt Irwin.
Hannah From and Debbie Weston From will present several storytelling programs for the local schools on Friday, April 12, in Madison, Georgia.
~ from Debbie Weston From ~
During Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square Mountain Festival (www.bearonthesquare.org), not only can you hear great bluegrass and old-time music, there will also be an opportunity to hear wonderful live storytelling at The Crimson Moon (www.thecrimsonmoon.com)!
Dates and Times:
Saturday (4/20) at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday (4/21) at 10 a.m.
For more information please contact Debbie Weston From at email@example.com.
~ From Anthony Vinson, SOS President ~
The 2013 Southern Order of Storytellers Annual Storytelling Festival was, in a word . . . . Well, it is actually impossible to describe the festival properly using a single word. I suppose that one might try “Stupendous” or “Superlative” or even “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – but while one or more of those might capture the scope of the event, it was the individual pieces, performances, and people that made the festival a veritable smorgasbord of story, song, and something special.
The festival kicked off on Thursday night with Stories on the Edge of Night, produced by Shannon McNeal and Stacy Beth Shulman, and held at Manual’s Tavern in Atlanta. The sellout, standing-room-only crowd was treated to an olio of thirteen storytellers. The performers were drawn from contributors to the several “reality storytelling” events that take place monthly around town, those events being Carapace, True Story, Write Club Atlanta, and Stories on the Square. Stories on the Edge of Night performers were selected after having shared a memorable story at one or more of those events during the previous year. The event was created as a showcase by which to introduce traditional storytellers to reality storytellers and vice-versa, since many of the performers were also members of the Southern Order of Storytellers.
The Bard’s Feast and Annual Membership Meeting were held on Friday evening in Decatur. After a catered dinner, outgoing SOS President Janice Butt recognized and thanked the members of the 2012 Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication; they received “Everybody Loves a Storyteller” mugs.
She then introduced the 2013 Board of Directors, including new President Anthony Vinson, who delivered a brief “State of the Story” message to members. Presentation of the Seanachie Awards followed, beginning with a special and long-overdue award being presented posthumously to longtime supporter and member, Sam Goldman. The award was presented by Feriel Feldman to Sam’s partner, Tom Ptaszynski. Next, it was announced that the recipients of the Seanachie Award for the year 2013 were Jan Cribbs and Tom Wallace.
The Friday night Regional Tellers Concert featured Anthony Vinson, Barry Stewart Mann, Eugenia Williams, and Sarah Beth Nelson. Impeccably emceed by Ann Ritter, the concert was a blend of humor, drama, history and ironic hilarity. The stories took us from the bowels of the earth to the forced busing of Florida school students in the 1970s, and provided poignant memories of Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the unlikely pairing of wisdom teeth and weddings.
Saturday was filled with concerts and workshops. The storytelling sessions offered everything from folktales and fairy tales to ballads and bad puns. Performers included SOS founder Loralee Cooley, as well as three up-and-coming youth storytellers. All of the performers were practiced, polished and ready to perform when they took the stage, and the emcees kept the programs rolling right along on schedule. Workshops for adults were conducted by our headliner Elizabeth Ellis, and by members John Beavin and Sarah Beth Nelson. There were also two workshops for children and youth tellers conducted by Deborah Strahorn and Debbie Weston From; these sessions culminated in a children’s concert featuring performers who had participated in the workshops and emceed by SOS Youth Coordinator, Anne Wallace.
Our featured headliner, Elizabeth Ellis, set a new standard for any performers selected to appear at future festivals and events. Elizabeth attended practically every scheduled event. She also made herself available to members and attendees over the entire course of the festival. She supported and encouraged other performers and freely answered questions, offered advice and insight, and took lots of notes about all the great ideas she received in return. As Elizabeth put it, “I know a good idea when I steal it!” Her workshops were well attended and highly lauded, and her Saturday night concert was remarkable, with a combination of myths, legends, and personal stories.
And let us not forget to thank all of those who selflessly volunteered their time, talents, and hard work to make the festival a success. Led by Ticket Coordinator, Cynthia Rintye, Volunteer Coordinator, B.J. Abraham, and her equally able assistant Feriel Feldman, a small but dedicated group of member-volunteers attended to all the many behind-the-scenes details that made the festival a fun and memorable time for all. And in case you were unable to attend, SOS’s unofficial Official Photographer, David Miller, snapped lots of action photos, many of which will soon be posted at www.southernorderofstorytellers.org.
The 2014 Festival Planning Committee will begin meeting this month to start preparations for next year’s festival, which is scheduled for January 23rd through 25th. We are looking to do something new and different, next year – something you won’t want to miss! So please mark your calendars for January 23-25, 2014, and plan on being there.