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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. Between storytelling performances, there is live music by some of the region’s best bands and even puppet performances for the little ones. During the day, potters are also on hand to help attendees create their own bowl or cup.

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

EVENT LOCATION

Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 Garden Dr

Lehi, UT 84043

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All Days
  • All Days
  • Sep 07 2017
  • Sep 08 2017
  • Sep 09 2017
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
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens—Shepherd's Hill and Monet Bridge Tents
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens
  • Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheater
  • Thanksgiving Point, Show Barn
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheatre
All Performers
  • All Performers
  • Carmen Deedy
  • Donald Davis
  • Josh Goforth
  • Michael Reno Harrell
  • Shonaleigh
  • Tim Lowry
  • Amber Richardson
  • Barbara McBride-Smith
  • Bil Lepp
  • Brenda Wong Aoki
  • Catherine Conant
  • Charlotte Blake Alston
  • Pete Griffin
  • Rona Leventhal
  • Sam Payne
  • Stephen Gashler
All Activities
  • All Activities
  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Workshop

ThursdaySep07

Look Who's Talking

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens—Shepherd's Hill and Monet Bridge Tents

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shepherd's Hill Tent:
Bil Lepp, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Catherine Conant, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Donald Davis

Monet Bridge Tent:
Donald Davis, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Sam Payne, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Bil Lepp

FridaySep08

Friday Daytime Events

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Spend Friday and Saturday, September 8–9, 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 to satisfy any hunger.

Bedtime Stories

Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Charlotte Blake Alston, Wesley Reeves*, Sam Payne, Nathan Moir*, Barbara McBride-Smith

My Favorite Stories

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheater

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Donald Davis, Catherine Conant, Carmen Deedy, Josh Goforth, Bil Lepp

Shivers in the Night (Ghost Stories)

Thanksgiving Point, Show Barn

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Tim Lowry, Shonaleigh

SaturdaySep09

Saturday Daytime Events

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Spend Friday and Saturday, September 8–9, 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 to satisfy any hunger.

Laughin' Night Garden Amphitheatre

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheatre

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Bil Lepp, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Catherine Conant, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Donald Davis

Laughin' Night Electric Park

Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Donald Davis, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Sam Payne, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Bil Lepp

Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston was raised on the rich stories and poems of African American writers like Paul Lawrence Dunbar. After a 21–year career in teaching, Charlotte no performs from Carnegie Hall to Africa. Her lively African and African American tales, both traditional and contemporary, are accompanied by time–honored instruments, such as the 21-stringed kora, and are delivered with heart and soul.

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Brenda Wong Aoki

Brenda Wong Aoki is a storyteller, anthologized playwright, producer and artistic director. Known for her agility across disciplines, she creates monodramas for symphony, dance, solo performance, taiko and jazz ensembles. As the first nationally recognized Asian American storyteller, trained in traditional Japanese Noh theatre, Aoki’s stories are inspired by traditional legends and everyday life. Her work has been produced worldwide. Aoki's work appears in many anthologies and includes her own book, Mermaid Meat: The Secret to Immortality, published in 2009. A curriculum developer and educator, Aoki is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University and has been an Artist-in-Residence at various institutions in the US and Japan. She’s been a governor for The Recording Academy, worked with the Grammy Foundation, and currently is a board member of California Humanities. Brenda has deep roots in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a founder of Japantown in the 1890’s, and her grandmother was a leader of the first Chinatown garment union. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and artistic collaborator Mark Izu and son, Kai Kāne Aoki Izu. In 2017, Brenda will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Aoki family in San Francisco

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Catherine Conant

For more than 10 years Catherine Conant has been performing, coaching and teaching the art of original oral stories. She’s appeared at schools, museums, festivals, and corporate and non-profit settings. In addition to presenting workshops on personal story development she guest lectures at Southern Connecticut State University and the Graduate Center. A member of state and national storytelling organizations, she’s the President of LANES, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling. An award-winning writer, her CD of original stories; “Exit 11 and Other Stories, Growing Up in the Shadow of the New Jersey Turnpike” received a Storytelling World honor prize.

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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.

Full Profile
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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Michael Reno Harrell

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer. CoMMA In Concert at CoMMA, the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well warn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. A typical day for Michael might include a program for 4th graders in the afternoon and a concert for a mixed audience that evening. Michael's recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice. Michael's natural knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from not only the music community but from the literary and storytelling worlds as well, having had the honor of being a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and to be Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival. Along with his performances, Michael often conducts workshops in songwriting and storytelling as well. Michael's recordings have for years received and continue to garner awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles. His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.

Full Profile
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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Barbara McBride-Smith

Barbara transports her listeners from the ancient world of the Greek gods to the modern-day mayhem of her Baby Boomer generation, re-imagines the lives of Biblical tricksters and heroes, tweaks folklore with the heart of an award-winning librarian, and interprets it all as sweet truth laced with Texas grit. Listening to Barbara’s stories will take you on a journey of mythic proportion, and as your life intersects with hers, you will discover new perspectives on your everyday experiences.

Full Profile
Sam Payne

Audiences at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival have loved Sam Payne's musical performances and storytelling for years. As a songwriter, Sam has put his stories to music. His original, jazz-inflected folk music has turned the heads of critics and audiences around the West. Alone or backed by his band The Sam Payne Project, Sam’s arresting stage presence, his craft as a poet and storyteller, and his soaring tenor voice have established him as an enduring and engaging performer.

Full Profile
Shonaleigh

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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PERFORMERS

Musicians

 

Puppeteers

 

Youth Tellers

 

NYSS Tellers

Conference & Festival FAQs 

1. Can I attend both the Conference and the Festival?

Yes, if choosing a weekend family pass click the dropdown option to add a conference pass to your purchase.

Or if you are purchasing a single weekend pass (adult, student, or senior) please choose the
ADULT COMBO–Conference & Festival Weekend Pass–2017. This Combo pass is cheaper than purchasing a Conference and Festival pass separately. If you are interested, don’t forget to add a
Conference Lunch 2017  (available soon) to your purchase.

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2. What does the Festival Weekend Pass include? 

You can choose Festival weekend passes for either, family (up to 6 people),
adults, children (ages 12 and under), students (with ID), or seniors (65+). 

The weekend pass includes both Friday & Saturday daytime events and the following evening events:

Look Who’s Talking—Thursday, 7 PM

Bedtime Stories—Friday, 6:30 PM
My Favorite Stories—Friday, 8 PM 

Shivers in the Night (ghost stories)—Friday, 9 PM

Laughin’ Night at Electric Park—Saturday, 8 PM or

Laughin’ Night at Garden Amphitheater —Saturday, 8 PM

The weekend pass is specific to your choice for Saturday’s Laughin’ Night event
(due to popularity, locations must be selected upon purchase and cannot be changed).
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3. Which Laughin’ Night location should I choose?

Laughin’ Night performances will happen at the The Garden Amphitheater and
The Electric Park Pavilion. Both venues have amazing lineups. However, there are some
seating differences between both locations. Please read the desciption below to find the venue
that best meets your needs.

The Garden Amphitheater:
(My Favorite Stories—Friday & Laughin’ Night—Saturday)

The Garden Amphitheater is split into different sections: a blanket area, a low back chair area (no taller than 30 inches), and a high back chair area. Each section will have a designated area that will be clearly marked (see picture below). If attendees are interested in having a chair for the performance, they need to bring their own and sit in the appropriate area. There will also be designated areas for wheelchair seating along the rim of the amphitheater.

The Electric Park Pavilion:
The Electric Park Pavilion will have chairs set up for all attendees.
There is also a designated area for wheelchair seating close to the stage.

Performers:
Click on the schedule tab to see who is performing at each event location.
Click also on the storyteller tab to read more about each of the tellers.

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4. Where do I park for each event? 

In contrast to previous years, guests can park onsite at the Festival. Guests will be directed where to park as they arrive at the Ashton Gardens. Attendees at evening events at The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn can park in any available parking
stalls around those venues.

Parking in unmarked areas or on the street is not be permitted. Carpooling is strongly recommended to help alleviate traffic congestion.

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5. Are the events handicap accessible? 

Disabled parking is available at the front of the Gardens Visitor Center and a valid disability parking permit is required. 

Paths to access the Garden Amphitheater can accommodate wheelchairs, but wheelchairs and other conveyances are not available for rent through Thanksgiving Point.
Volunteers will be available with golf carts to help patrons in the Ashton Gardens.

There are disabled parking spots at both The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn. Paths at both venues can accommodate wheelchairs.

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6. What time do gates open for each event?

Thursday, September 7: 

Registration for the Conference begins at 8:30 am.

Gates open for Look Who’s Talking at 5:00 pm. (Live music begins at 6:00 pm.)

Friday, September 8:

Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am.

(Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)

The line for My Favorite Stories at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.
Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)

Gates open for Bedtime Stories at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm.

(A preshow performance starts at 5:45 pm with storytelling beginning at 6:30 pm.)

Gates open for Shivers in the Night at The Show Barn at 8:30 pm.

(A preshow performance starts at 8:45 pm with storytelling beginning at 9:00 pm.)

Saturday, September 9:

Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am.

(Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)

The line for Laughin’ Night at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.
Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)

Gates open for Laughin’ Night at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm.

(Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)

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7. Can I purchase tickets at the event?

Tickets for events that have not sold out are available for purchase at the event.
However, evening events, especially Laughin’ Night, regularly sell out.
In order to avoid disappointment, please purchase your tickets online before the event.

Special early bird discounts are available until August 1.

Unlike previous years, paper tickets can not be purchased at the Orem Public Library.
Please order your tickets online. You can call 801-228-1350 for questions about tickets or events.

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8. Is there an online schedule for where each storyteller will be performing?

Yes,click on the schedule tab above to see who is performing at each Festival event location.
Click also on the storyteller tab to read more about each of the tellers.

Click on the following link to see who is performing at the Conference:
Timpanogos Storytelling Conference September 7, 2017 

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 9. Can I purchase just evening tickets? 

Yes, evening tickets are listed on page two of the ticket page.
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 10. Can I attend the Festival for just one day?

Yes, adult & child passes for either Friday or Saturday daytime events are listed on pages 2–3 of the ticket page.
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11. Where can I see a list of ticket prices?

Click here to see the full list of ticket prices.
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12. Is there an age limit to attend the Festival?

No, but with the exception of Bedtime Stories, the Festival is intended for adults, teens,
and older children with longer attention spans. If young children become disruptive, we do ask
that their guardians take them out of the performance space until they have calmed down.

Everyone ages 3 and up must have their own ticket. 

Child passes are for kids 12 and under, and children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Please also remember no toddlers or babes in arms in the performance tents.
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13. Will there be American Sign Language Interpreters?

Please call 801-228-1350 by September 1 to schedule an ASL interpreter.
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14. What will the weather be like?

With the exception of the Conference and Shivers in the Night, all events are held outdoors.
Average daytime temperatures are 80 F and above, but early mornings and evenings are often cool.
Large performance tents provide shade, but in case of rain, a poncho may come in handy.
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15. Is there transportation from the airport?

It is approximately a 34 minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. For shuttle service contact Xpress shuttle at (800) 397-0773 or visit their website at xpressshuttleutah.com.
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16. Are there discounts to hotels near Thanksgiving Point?

Hotel discounts will be announced soon.
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17. Is there a student discount?

Yes, it applies to any high school or college student with a valid school ID.
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