Stories on the Square in Duluth

SOS members Shannon McNeal, Mike Mount, and Denise Des Soye Mount are in the process of establishing a second Stories on the Square, this one in Gwinnett County. Eddie Owen of Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theater in Duluth – 3116 Main Street Duluth, Georgia 30096 – (678) 957-7283, has expressed interest in hosting us! This is an exciting opportunity for more storytelling on a monthly basis.

We are considering the first Tuesday of the month for Stories on the Square in Duluth, with a tentative opening date of March 5th. The storytelling guidelines will be the same as at the original Stories on the Square: true personal stories, only, told with no notes; no singing; no comedy routines; and no political, religious, or ex-lover/present spouse diatribes. There is a seven-minute time limit. Everyone who would like to tell will be able to tell.

There is plenty of free parking near the Red Clay Theater, with two restaurants, a coffee shop, and other delightful attractions along the Square.

Stories on the Square in Duluth does not have a website as yet, but we are eager to receive any input you may have – please contact Denise at

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.