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07 - 09 Sep 2017

2017 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

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The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is one of the nation’s premier storytelling events. Attendees from across the United States and Canada come to hear stories from unforgettable performers in an unbelievable setting at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point. The new location at Thanksgiving Point will provide attendees a beautiful and convenient location for Festival events.  Click here for more information about the move to Thanksgiving Point and check out the map below for where events will be happening!

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The Festival’s featured performers 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, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, World’s Fair, British National Theatre, Barbican, and more.

The Festival is a great place for the whole family. Everyone can find a story they love from the diverse group of performers. Between storytelling hours, there is live music by some of the region’s best bands and even puppet performances for the little ones. Potters are on hand with pottery wheels throughout the weekend to helping attendees create their own vases and cups.

Join storytellers Charlotte Blake Alston, Catherine Conant, Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Josh Goforth, Michael Reno Harrell, Bil Lepp, Tim Lowry, Sam Payne, Barbara McBride-Smith, Shonaleigh, and Brenda Wong Aoki for an amazing weekend of stories, laughter, and music.

E-tickets will be avalilable soon


Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 Garden Dr

Lehi, UT 84043

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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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Carmen Deedy

Not since Ricky Ricardo has a Cuban brought so much delight to audiences in America. Raised in Georgia by courageous refugee parents who fled Castro’s Cuba, Carmen brings unmatched strength and resiliency to her storytelling. Funny and compassionate, wise and witty, Carmen’s stories are crafted with keen intelligence and humor. For more than 20 years, Carmen has enchanted thousands of school children and adults alike with her oral and written stories.

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Josh Goforth

Raised in the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, Josh grew up fishing with a bamboo rod and following his granddad as he plowed a field with a horse. A master of several instruments, including guitar, banjo, and mandolin, Josh is particularly known for his skill on the fiddle and, with David Holt, is a Grammy-nominated artist. Whether telling stories about his granddad or playing one of his instruments, Josh is sure to be one of the finest sounds at the Festival.

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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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Tim Lowry

Tim Lowry has been telling stories of the People, by the People, and for the People for 25 years. Telling a variety of Folk Tales and Stories from American History, Tim has presented thousands of educational programs for schools across the country. At festivals Tim entertains audiences with a mixture of Folk Tales and Personal Narrative. He also presents storytelling/communication workshops at corporate retreats. When Tim is not on the road, he makes his home in Summerville, SC, where he often performs stories of the historic South Carolina Lowcountry: Colonial Tavern Tales, Gullah Folk Tales, and Civil War Ghost Stories.

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Once you've heard your aged Jewish grandmother - who survived the Holocaust - tell a tale that can make you believe there's still magic, there's no going back." For Shonaleigh, there could never be any going back. Storytelling is in her blood. A dyslexic, she's a drut'syla, a storyteller in the Jewish tradition, and she sees that tradition as very much alive.Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she graduated as the Best Interpretative Student, a talent that's been put to excellent use throughout her storytelling career.

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