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08 - 09 Sep 2017

Timp Tell Contest 2017

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Timp Tell: A New Voice Showcase

The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival & Timp Tell Contest will be held at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, in Lehi, Utah on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm.

Join our five finalists, Stephen Gashler, Pete Griffin, Karla Huntsman, Rona Leventhal, and Amber Richardson, (see storyteller tab above to read more about them)  as they share a 10-minute story based on the theme #TheLibrary.

Now, we ask you, our faithful fans and followers, to help us select the winning storyteller who will share the stage with Donald Davis on Saturday September 9, 2017. See you at the Festival!



Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 N. Garden Drive

Lehi, Utah 84043

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Timp Tell Contest

Rose Garden Tent, Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Timp Tell Winner Performs

Shepherd's Hill Tent, Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Stephen Gashler

Inspire your audience or bring your next event to life with the hilarious, award-winning, and thought-provoking storyteller, Stephen Gashler. Stephen Gashler has been entertaining audiences since 2006. In 2014, he won 1st place at the National Storytelling Conference Story Slam. In 2013 he won the “Audience Choice Award” at the Timpanogos Storytelling Hauntings contest, and in 2012 he took third place at the Utah’s Biggest Liar contest. He’s been a featured teller at the Timpanogos and Weber Storytelling Festivals. As a published author, an accomplished actor, an award-winning playwright, a puppeteer, and a musician, Steve knows how to make both children and adults clutch their sides with laughter and think about it for weeks to come.

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Pete Griffin

Pete started his career with the US Forest Service in 1973 as a wildlife biologist. When he was promoted to District Ranger on the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska in 1999, he started recording short natural history vignettes for radio. Titled, Tongass Trails, the essays documented his exploration of the temperate rainforest and eventually incorporated Pete's experiences growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (yes, he's a Yooper). The series ran five years, drawing public praise in the Capital City. Pete later narrated Shades of Green, a Forest Service production of video stories about life and land of the Tongass as told by the people who live and work there. See a segment of that serires on the home page! Following his retirement from the Forest Service, he told natural history stories aboard the Disney Wonder, a 2600-passenger cruise ship, along the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska in its inaugural season. On board he performed stage shows for hundreds of passengers at a time, featuring unique aspects of some common and not-so-common species of plants and wildlife of Southeast Alaska, in addition to spending hours on deck with binoculars talking to passengers about glaciers, bears, whales, and the forests they were seeing.

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Karla Huntsman

"If you don't know the trees, you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life."--Siberian Elder Sings, PLays Guitar, Autoharp, Washboard, djembe drum as part of storytelling performances. Uses puppetry for younger children. Making meaning through story and theatre activities has been Karla's life work. Before turning to freelance storytelling and drama specialist work, Karla spent over 25 years on the faculties of four universities teaching storytelling, drama education, public speaking and interpersonal communication. She has provided teacher in-services, residencies, workshops, conference presentations, and performances at state and national venues. Currently, Karla works as a professional teller, drama specialist, performer with the Las Vegas Improvisation Players, performer with Jubilingo Story performers of Las Vegas, and teaching artist for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. "Karla is a dynamic performer. Her voice is rich, deep, and vibrant. She uses music, rhythm and movement to enhance her storytelling. She is a joy to watch and will leave you feeling enriched and full of wonder." Steffani Raff, Storyteller, Creator of Pirates and Pajamas.

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Rona Leventhal

“Throughout the story I felt like I was watching a fully staged play with scenery and a cast.” Rona has been a Teller of Tales and a teacher of storytelling for 26 years! Her exuberant, dynamic and down-to-earth style, has landed her as a Featured Teller at The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival (SC), on stages at The National Storytelling Conference and as a winner at story slams. She tells folktales, personal stories and original work to all ages. She aims to leave her audiences with “aha’s!” and “ah’s!”.....laughter in their bellies and stories to ponder. But wait...there's more! She is a workshop leader (see her Timp Conference workshop!), an improvisational theatre and movement specialist, a coach and an Educator who is passionate about bringing what she calls "Living Literacy" to students and teachers. For seven years she produced and facilitated The Summer Storytelling Institute, is coeditor of the book Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling and Activities of Peace, Justice and the Environment and her family CD, “Raps, Rhythms and Rhymes: Stories to Tap, Rap, Shake and Sing” is just out!

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Amber Richardson

Amber is a relatively new teller, but the way she tells feels quite old. Her favorite sorts of stories to share reside at the intersection of real life and fairy tale, because she believes that real life can be both.

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Check back soon for information about the 2018 Timp Tell Contest.

To attend the Timp Tell Contest you must purchase a Festival ticket, more info below.

Conference & Festival Ticket Page

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.


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).

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.)


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.


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 


 9. Can I purchase just evening tickets? 

Yes, evening tickets are listed on page two of the ticket page.

 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.

11. Where can I see a list of ticket prices?

Click here to see the full list of ticket prices.

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.

13. Will there be American Sign Language Interpreters?

Please call 801-228-1350 by September 1 to schedule an ASL interpreter.

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.

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.

16. Are there discounts to hotels near Thanksgiving Point?

Hotel discounts will be announced soon.

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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