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29 Aug - 03 Sep 2016

2016 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

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Join storytellers Geraldine Buckley, Alton Chung, Donald Davis, Lyn Ford, Kevin Kling, Linda Gorham, Joe Herrington, Dolores Hydock, Kevin Kling, Bil Lepp, Daniel Morden, David Novak, and Kim Weitkamp for an amazing weekend of stories, laughter, and music.

What to Expect

For 27 years, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival has invited storytellers from around the nation and across the waters to join some of our homegrown talent and share stories under our own majestic Mount Timpanogos. These are some of the best storytellers from around the world.  This year’s group features award-winning entertainers who have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, World’s Fair, British National Theatre, Barbican, Getty Villa, and more. 

Between storytelling performances, there is something to keep everyone happy and involved.  Regional groups perform live music, professional potters help the young and old make their own pottery on pottery wheels, jugglers roam the park, local restaurants are on hand with fresh food, and puppet shows delight the little ones.

The Festival begins Thursday evening with Look Who’s Talking! It continues all day Friday and Saturday with evening shows both days as well. Come join us for an evening show or the whole weekend; either way we are sure you’ll be hooked!

Attendees are encouraged to come early on August 31–September 2 for the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference (a combo ticket is also available).

Who May Attend

Except for Bedtime Stories, the Festival is intended for adults, teens, and older children with longer attention spans. Children age 3 and up must have their own ticket. Please, no toddlers or babes in arms in the performance tents. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Weather
With the exception of the Conference, all events are held outdoors. Average daytime temperatures are 80° F and above, but early mornings and evenings are cool. Large tents provide shade, but, in case of rain, a poncho may come in handy.

Food
Utah restaurants will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks at the Festival. Enjoy food from Cold Stone Creamery, Costa Vida, Hickory Kist, Jamba Juice, Magleby’s Fresh, Malawi’s Pizza, Tucanos, and Wallaby’s. Most meals are around $9.

ATM
An Automated Teller Machine is available at Mt. Timpanogos Park throughout the Festival.

American Sign Language Interpreters
Call (801) 229-7436 by August 29, 2016, to schedule an ASL interpreter.

Student Rate
The student rate is available for any high school or college student with a valid school ID.

 Tickets are available by clicking here.

EVENT LOCATION

Mt. Timpanogos Park

U.S. 189

Orem, Utah 84097

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All Days
  • All Days
  • Aug 29 2016
  • Aug 31 2016
  • Sep 01 2016
  • Sep 02 2016
  • Sep 03 2016
All Times
  • All Times
  • 7:00-8:00 AM
  • 8:00-9:00 AM
  • 9:00-10:00 AM
  • 10:00-11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
  • 1:00-2:00 PM
  • 2:00-3:00 PM
  • 3:00-4:00 PM
  • 4:00-5:00 PM
  • 5:00-6:00 PM
  • 6:00-7:00 PM
  • 7:00-8:00 PM
  • 8:00-9:00 PM
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
All Locations
  • All Locations
  • The Viridian Library & Events Center—8030 S. 1825 W., West Jordan
  • The Gazebo, The Shops at Riverwoods—4801 N University Ave, Provo
  • Mt. Timpanogos Park
  • SCERA Shell
All Performers
  • All Performers
  • David Novak
  • Donald Davis
  • Kim Weitkamp
  • Alton Chung
All Activities
  • All Activities
  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Workshop

MondayAug29

FREE Concert

The Viridian Library & Events Center—8030 S. 1825 W., West Jordan

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Storytellers Donald Davis, David Novak, and youth teller Daxon Watts

WednesdayAug31

FREE Concert

The Gazebo, The Shops at Riverwoods—4801 N University Ave, Provo

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Storyteller Kim Weitkamp, and youth teller Ariah Gashler
Music preshow with Mountainside Jazz, at 6:00 pm

ThursdaySep01

Look Who's Talking—Bonneville Tent

Mt. Timpanogos Park

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Music pre-show with Mississippi Mood—Alta Springs Tent—6:00 pm
Donald Davis, Geraldine Buckley, Alton Chung, Kevin Kling, Kim Weitkamp, Joe Herrington, Dolores Hydock, Daniel Morden, Lyn Ford, David Novak, Bil Lepp

FridaySep02

2016 TImpanogos Storytelling Festival—Friday Daytime Events

Mt. Timpanogos Park

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Spend Friday and Saturday, September 2–3, discovering featured national storytellers as they perform on five stages from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Although we may come for stories, don’t let the fun stop there. This is a festival, after all, and there are puppets, potters, jugglers, food, and live music.

Many of the region’s most talented music acts show up throughout the weekend—from blues to bluegrass and jigs to jazz, there is a little something for all listening ears.

The young ones will want to flock to the puppet stage, and everyone is welcome to learn from professional potters on real pottery wheels. The food is fresh and there are lots of options—Purchase a Friday or Saturday day-pass as a separate ticket or include it in your weekend pass.

Bedtime Stories—Canyon Vista Tent

Mt. Timpanogos Park

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Puppetry pre-show with Puppetales—5:45 pm
Bonneville Tent: Lyn Ford, Cadee Hein*, Linda Gorham, Isaac Raff*, David Novak

Bedtime Stories—Cliff View Tent

Mt. Timpanogos Park

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Puppetry pre-show with Brian Ellingford—5:45 pm
River Trail Tent: David Novak, Charlie Price*, Joe Herrington, Emma Casper*, Lyn Ford

My Favorite Stories

SCERA Shell

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Music pre-show with Gold Standard—7:00 pm
Kevin Kling, Dolores Hydock, Geraldine Buckley, Bil Lepp, Donald Davis

Shivers in the Night—Bonneville Tent

Mt. Timpanogos Park

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Shivers pre-show—8:30 pm
Canyon Vista Tent: Carol Birch, Daniel Morden, Shonaleigh, Jim May

SaturdaySep03

2016 TImpanogos Storytelling Festival—Saturday Daytime Events

Mt. Timpanogos Park

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Spend Friday and Saturday, September 2–3, discovering featured national storytellers as they perform on five stages from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Although we may come for stories, don’t let the fun stop there. This is a festival, after all, and there are puppets, potters, jugglers, food, and live music.

Many of the region’s most talented music acts show up throughout the weekend—from blues to bluegrass and jigs to jazz, there is a little something for all listening ears.

The young ones will want to flock to the puppet stage, and everyone is welcome to learn from professional potters on real pottery wheels. The food is fresh and there are lots of options—Purchase a Friday or Saturday day-pass as a separate ticket or include it in your weekend pass.

Laughin' Night—SCERA Shell

SCERA Shell

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Music pre-show with Hot House West—7:00 pm
SCERA Shell: Donald Davis, Linda Gorham, Geraldine Buckley, Alton Chung, Kevin Kling, Daniel Morden, Kim Weitkamp, Bil Lepp

Laughin' Night—Bonneville Tent

Mt. Timpanogos Park

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Music pre-show with The Blue Heart Review—7:00 pm
Bonneville Tent: Bil Lepp, Dolores Hydock, Joe Herrington, Lyn Ford, David Novak, Linda Gorham, Alton Chung, Kevin Kling

Laughin' Night—Canyon Vista Tent

Mt. Timpanogos Park

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Music pre-show with Jay Lawrence Trio—7:00 pm
Canyon Vista Tent: Kim Weitkamp, Daniel Morden, David Novak, Dolores Hydock, Joe Herrington, Lyn Ford, Geraldine Buckley, Donald Davis

Geraldine Buckley

Known for her trademark wit and humor, to say nothing of her rich British accent, Geraldine bases her true and mostly true tales from her own past as a minister in a London church, a radio DJ, a television newsreader, an events director, a food critic, an award-winning performance poet, a men’s prison Chaplain, a hitchhiker, and a little sister. Passionate, poignant, and—above all—funny, there is really only one requisite when listening to Geraldine: come prepared to laugh!

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Alton Chung

Alton performs at storytelling festivals internationally, sharing stories and legends from Hawaii and spreading aloha. He also tells stories from the Hawaiian Monarchy and the Plantation Days as well as Asian folk tales from all around the Pacific Rim. Alton is also passionate about sharing stories of the Japanese American Experience of WWII. In 2005, Alton was awarded the first J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award by the National Storytelling Network. He has performed at the Congress of Asian Storytellers in Singapore, the International Gimme Story Storytelling Festival in the Cayman Islands, as well as venues in India, China, and Okinawa. He has also performed at the Talk Story Festival, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, the Four Corners Storytelling Festival, the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, and has been a New Voice Teller at the National Storytelling Festival.

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Donald Davis

Donald was born into a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales from a family of traditional storytellers. Donald grew up hearing fairy tales, silly Jack tales, Welsh and Scottish folktales, and nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. A pure surge of entertainment, Donald has long delighted listeners across the country and is a favorite at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

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Lyn Ford

Fourth-generation storyteller, Lyn Ford, shares Home-Fried Tales rooted in her family’s multicultural African-American storytelling traditions. Taught at the knee of her father (a terrible cook, but the best storyteller she ever heard), Lyn learned to stir up, season, and simmer her folktale adaptations and original stories. Lyn’s stories celebrate diversity as she enchants and intrigues her audiences with rhythm and rhyme, history and heart.

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Linda Gorham

Nationally known, award-winning speaker and storyteller, Linda inspires her audiences by using movement, humor, and sometimes zaniness as she tells imaginative folktales and personal tales updated with “attitude.” Linda is a contributor to Telling Stories to Children, published by the National Storytelling Network and Quality Angles, a book that explores excellence in the workplace. Linda was co-chair of the 2003 National Storytelling Conference. In 2004, Linda was the co-leader of a professional storytelling delegation that traveled to South Africa as part of an international exchange. Her CD, Common Sense and Uncommon Fun, has won four National Awards including Parents’ Choice. Linda’s adult CD, I Am Somebody, will be released in 2010.

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Joe Herrington

I was born a Texan and grew up the way most West Texas boys grew up… with rugged, outdoor adventure and a passion to be out under that big, West Texas sky. I grew up at the feet of storytellers in a day before television had assaulted the young imagination. My Grandfather and my Uncle Jack both talked in stories and from them I learned to weave tales and appreciate the power of words. In my own stories I discovered that I could safely go wherever I wanted to go, be whatever I wanted to be, or conquer any evil and always win. I grew and served my country in the Army as a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Knox, a Mortar Platoon Sgt in Korea and finally as a tactical officer for the Army National Guard's officer training school. While at Ft Knox, I became a Scoutmaster with a hundred red-blooded American boys eager for the same stuff I grew up on. It was an exciting time and I came to love the world of Scouting. I continued for twenty-five years as a Scoutmaster with various troops as I moved around the country. In my Scouts I made a wonderful discovery. They loved the telling of a story the way I had loved it. They encouraged me and insisted that I always have a story for the end-of-day campfire. For years I told my stories to only them but time proved that others too could be spellbound by a story of goodness and honor and justice. For the last quarter century I have earned my living as a Media Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering. I live in California where my wife and I have raised four children. I serve as an Elder in the church and teach 4th-6th grade Bible school. I still love that big western sky and the wilderness beneath it. I still love, and have never forgotten, the Western ways and traditions. I write my stories about those times and those amazing people of unblemished character and honor. And when the campfire flickers, I get a stir in my soul. A yearning swells within me to recall the events of good days past and tell their story.

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Dolores Hydock

Dolores Hydock is an actress and story performer, whose work has been featured at a variety of concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S. Her ten CDs of original stories have all received Resource Awards from Storytelling World Magazine. Dolores is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, home of the Reading Railroad and Luden's Cough Drops. Her hometown is where she won her first blue ribbon in storytelling in a local contest at the age of 5 – the real gold letters on the blue ribbon convinced her there was obviously a fortune to be made in the performing arts. She continues to hope. As an actress, she has been featured in the one-woman plays Tony Curtis Speaks Italian and All I can Say is 'I Love You,' Take a Ride on the Reading. Shirley Valentine, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Fully Committed, Talking Heads, The Lady With All the Answers, and Nothing Sacred: An Evening of Stories by Ferrol Sams. Her early theatrical career included portraying the Statue of Liberty in a Fourth of July pageant. The role required her to stand on a float in the middle of a pond, wearing a 20-pound electrified crown on her head. She somehow managed to survive that role without drowning or electrocuting herself, but has avoided historical dramas ever since. As a storyteller, she has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and at other story concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S. Dolores lives in Birmingham, Alabama. In her spare time, she tends a garden that includes a pomegranate bush, muscadine vines, blueberry bushes, a 20-foot jujuba tree, and a family of slugs the size of cheap cigars. She's held a wide variety of jobs – she’s been a house parent at a halfway house for juvenile delinquents, a blues DJ, an au pair in Paris for three small children, a computer sales representative for IBM, a cookbook copy editor, an acting teacher at Birmingham-Southern College, and a teacher of Cajun dancing. If anyone questions her strange path through such a variety of jobs, she simply says that it's all just material for her stories.

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Kevin Kling

Kevin, a man of many talents, is widely known for his work on NPR’s All Things Considered and his plays that are performed worldwide, but it is his storytelling that draws us to him. Kevin knows how to tease humor and wry observations out of every-day happenings by mixing the ridiculous with the sublime. As an author and playwright, Kevin is deft at crafting compelling stories.

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Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Audiences all across the country have been delighted by Bil’s hilarious tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Be it a hunting trip or a funeral, Bil can find humor in any situation. Though a champion liar, his outrageous, witty stories often contain morsels of truth that shed light on subjects such as politics, religion, relationships, and human nature.

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Daniel Morden

Only a few people can say that they earn their living telling stories, but since 1989 Daniel Morden has travelled the world as a professional storyteller visiting arts centres, theatres, libraries, museums and festivals worldwide. He has told Welsh tales in St Donat's and at St David's, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Caribbean. Daniel says "When I was young, children could walk to school by themselves. Every day as I walked I would make up a story, about myself, or Spiderman, or the Viking God Thor, or some strange character I had invented. When I reached school, if I hadn't finished the story I would walk around the playground, muttering it under my breath. I had to know how the story ended, even though I was making it up." His first book, Weird Tales from the Storyteller, was published by Pont Books in November 2003 and was subsequently nominated for the Tir na N-Og Children's Book Prize. Delighted with his first publication , he said "I wanted to write the kind of book I would have loved to read when I was young. I loved books where I was laughing and shuddering by turns." He is one of the UK's most popular tellers of traditional stories, with a repertoire that ranges from The Iliad and The Odyssey performed with Hugh Lupton to his work for families fusing music and story with Oliver Wilson-Dickson. Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton were awarded the 2006 Classical Association prize for 'the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics'. Daniel has conceived and presented numerous documentaries on storytelling for BBC Radio Wales. In 2007 he won the Tir na n-Og Award for Dark Tales from the Woods. His latest publication is Tree of Leaf and Flame, published by Pont Books in 2012.

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David Novak

“Storyteller David Novak is an on-stage wizard, spinning his tales with wild creativity, intelligence, and wit.” Rapid River Magazine. Highly prized for his ability to use his voice, facial expressions and body to bring ancient tales, classic myths, and original stories to life and enthrall audiences of all ages, David Novak is in demand for his school presentations, keynotes, workshops and coaching sessions. Smithsonian Magazine describes him as “a gifted teller who enhances his stories with a bag of tricks.” Novak is an award-winning storyteller, author and actor, performing on the main stage at the nation’s top storytelling festivals and as a featured storyteller at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival. Audiences from Hawaii to New York, and around the world find his style captivating.

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Kim Weitkamp

Kim is a highly sought-after storyteller, humorist, and musician sharing her original stories and songs at theaters and festivals throughout the United States. As one theater review stated, "Kim weaves the threads of her individual stories into a tapestry full of singular characters, fantastic situations, and heartfelt wisdom—all the best a storyteller can offer." With her clear, sweet voice, Kim has completed four audio collections and has enjoyed airplay on Sirius XM radio and NPR affiliate stations.

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Parking

The Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival are held in Orem, Utah—about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. Events are held at Mt. Timpanogos Park in Provo Canyon, Orem’s SCERA Shell, The Shops at Riverwoods Gazebo, and the Orem Public Library.

Airport Transportation

It is approximately a one-hour drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the Orem/Provo area. For shuttle service, contact Xpress shuttle at (800) 397-0773 or visit their website at xpressshuttleutah.com.

Hotel Accommodations 

A list of lodging facilities with special rates for Festival attendees is available on the “More Info” tab above. RV parking is available at Nunn’s Park in Provo Canyon.

Mt. Timpanogos Park
Events—Thursday’s Look Who’s Talking, Friday’s Bedtime Stories and Shivers in the Night, two Saturday Laughin’ Night Locations, and both Friday and Saturday daytime events.

Parking options:

• Shuttles to Mt. Timpanogos Park:
We recommend parking at a designated church parking lot to ride a shuttle up to the park. Shuttles begin at 5:30 PM on Thursday and at 8:00 AM on Friday and Saturday and come every 15–20 minutes. (see map below.)

Shuttle Locations:

810 E. 600 N., Orem

766 E. 1200 N., Orem

4775 N. 300 W., Provo

• Parking at Mt. Timpanogos Park—There is limited space for vehicles with four or more occupants throughout the Festival on a first-come first-served basis beginning Thursday night. Parking is available for individuals with a valid disability permit.

• Parking at Canyon View Park (adjacent to Mt. Timpanogos Park)—School buses will use this parking lot until 1:30 PM on Friday. Parking is available after 1:30 PM Friday and all day Saturday.

The Orem Public Library—58 N State Street, Orem
Events—Timpanogos Storytelling Conference.

The Shops at Riverwoods Gazebo—4801 N. University Ave. Provo
Events—Wednesday’s Kick off concert.

SCERA Shell—699 South State Street, Orem
Events—Friday’s My Favorite Stories, and one of Saturday’s Laughin’ Night locations. There are no shuttles to the SCERA Shell, but attendees may park in the streets surrounding SCERA Park. Gates open at 6:30 PM with music preshows starting at 7:00 PM and storytelling at 8:00 PM

More Info

Airport Transportation

It is approximately a one-hour drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the Orem/Provo area. For shuttle service, contact Xpress shuttle at (800) 397-0773 or visit their website at xpressshuttleutah.com.

Hotel Accommodations 

A list of lodging facilities can be found below. RV parking is available at Nunn’s Park in Provo Canyon.

Hampton Inn & Suites
851 W 1250 S
Orem, UT 84058
Click here to access their special Festival rate.
(Cutoff date for discount is 8/17/2016)

Residence Inn by Marriott Provo
252 W 2230 N
Provo, UT 84604
Click here to access their special Festival rate.
(Cutoff date for discount is 7/31/2016)

 

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