Archive for August, 2013

Meet the Teller: Geraldine Buckley

Written by Kim Weitkamp

Geraldine Buckley is new to us at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, so we thought we would reach out to the storytelling community to get a little more information about her. Many thanks to national storyteller Kim Weitkamp for providing the following introduction: Geraldine has left her mark all over the world! From England to Holland to South Africa and...

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Meet the Teller: Kim & Reggie Harris

Written by Courtney Burns

One word comes to mind when I think about Kim and Reggie Harris: joyful. These two have a special zest for life, stories, and music that enlightens, encourages, and enlivens in a way that is quite simply contagious—I mean, honestly, just take a look at those smiles. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Kim and Reggie were exposed to just about every type of music po...

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Meet the Teller: Josh Goforth

Written by Courtney Burns

Every year a few of us from Timpanogos Storytelling travel to Tennessee for the National Storytelling Festival. We do this for two reasons: first, we like to do a little scouting for new tellers; second, it’s nice to listen to stories during a storytelling festival—something that not all of us get to do during our Festival. While at the festival, we make a special...

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Meet the Teller: Laura Pershin Raynor

Written by Stephanie Ashton

I first heard Laura Pershin Raynor at Laughin' Night during the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in 2000. She told a short story, and I remember thinking, "That was great! I wish I would have gone to hear more from her." Then in 2009, my husband and I got the honor of participating in the "What's Your Story" project on Ocracoke Island with Donald Davis. I heard that ...

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Meet the Teller: Barbara McBride-Smith

Written by Dale Burns

It is my distinct privilege to introduce one of the storytellers coming to this year’s Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. It is probably politically incorrect for a member of the Festival’s organizing committee to admit to having favorite tellers, but there you have it, I do. Barbara McBride-Smith is definitely one of my favorites. Since this is her fifth time t...

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Meet the Teller: Syd Lieberman

Written by Janet Low

I had arrived at my destination. It was a strange neighborhood, someone else's home. I parked on the street, turned off the car and sat, listening...listening, smiling, crying, and laughing. My drive may have ended but The Old Man and Other Stories, a cassette tape of recorded stories by Syd Lieberman, hadn't. I had no choice. Physically I was in my parked car, but m...

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Evenings at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Written by Courtney Burns

With so many evening events throughout the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, we thought you’d enjoy learning about what will be happening at this year’s Festival—especially for those of you who are new to the Festival . . .

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Talking History at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Written by Courtney Burns

One reason we love story, whether telling or listening, is that story can send us into the past where we learn about where we came from and about how we arrived where we are today. And if we’re smart, we will let that knowledge guide us to where we want to be tomorrow. This year’s Timpanogos Storytelling Festival features three storytellers who will take us back t...

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Meet the Teller: Bil Lepp

Written by Ellen James

Bil Lepp is an amazing storyteller and an even better liar. I have listened to his stories for years, and every single time, he hooks me right from the very beginning. He gets on stage wearing blue jeans, a tucked-in t-shirt, and a ball cap. He’s an average all-American guy that looks like your brother or your next-door neighbor. He puts his hands in his pockets and...

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Meet the Teller: Andy Offutt Irwin

Written by Marina Spense

It was a lovely October day in Jonesborough, Tennessee, several years ago when my Timpanogos Storytelling friends and I attended the National Storytelling Festival. We wandered into a tent where Andy Offutt Irwin was making his debut on the national storytelling scene. There he stood—a tallish, youngish, lanky fellow with straw-colored hair spinning stories about th...

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Meet the Teller: Liz Weir

Written by Kim McCloskey

Liz Weir is not only a storyteller, or seanchaí (pronounced shan-uh-kee, which is Irish for storyteller/historian) , but she also runs a hostel in Northern Ireland called Ballyeamon. I was lucky enough this summer to visit her hostel located on the Antrim coast near some of Ireland’s most stunning landmarks. Liz met me and my family with a warm smile, helped us get...

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Meet the Teller: Ed Stivender

Written by Marina Spense

Ed Stivender was no newcomer to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival when I first had the opportunity of hearing him tell a story. But prior to actually seeing him in person, I had checked out several of his storytelling cassettes and CDs from the Orem Public Library just to be a bit familiar with his stories as I was set to be an emcee that year. I discovered that Ed...

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Meet the Teller: Donald Davis

Written by Janet Low

If you have never heard Donald Davis tell his stories then you've missed one of the great pleasures of life. His stories of deep curiosity and humor captivate audiences. They are not for children. Nor are they for adults. They are for everyone! No matter the age span in your family (or number of generations), Donald's stories are an experience that brings recognition,...

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