Countdown to 33rd Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival September 8-10, 2022
TIMPANOGOS STORYTELLING NEWS
TIMPANOGOS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2022
The 33rd annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be held in the stunning Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, September 8-10, 2022, followed by a full online Festival. TimpFest Online 2022 will be available October 15, 2022 through February 1, 2023. Online Ticket holders may enjoy the stories anytime during the Online Festival. Tickets are on sale and discounted until August 1, 2022.
TimpFest Online is only $30 when purchased at the same time as an onsite Full Event ticket. This gives onsite attendees the opportunity to enjoy everything they missed, rewatch stories they loved, or share stories with those unable to be there in person!
Get your tickets today!
NEW MASTER OF CEREMONIES
We’re thrilled to welcome Ed Stivender as our 2022 Master of Ceremonies, a special guest emcee at select Festival programs. Plan to join us as Ed enchants and entertains with his trademark wit and wisdom while we wander storytelling paths together.
NEW TSI EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT
Debi Richan—Storyteller, TSI Board Member, 32-year volunteer, and avid storytelling fan—was voted Timpanogos Storytelling Institute’s Executive Board President, replacing Karen Acerson who has diligently served in that position since 2010.
2022 TSI Executive Board:
Karen Ashton, Founder
Debi Richan, President
Story Crossroads is the new home of the former TSI Conference.
Story Crossroads Summit Information:
National Youth Storytelling is now functioning as a separate entity. Each year, 10 NYS tellers will be invited to perform at our annual Festival.
We can’t wait to see you in September!
Tim Lowry says no other storytelling festival does a festival quite like the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. “They put the ‘fest’ in ‘festival,’” Lowry said.
This year will be Tim’s third time as a featured teller at the Festival, and he’s looking forward to the interaction and exchange of energy and ideas. “I need this!” he said. “I’m a very social creature by nature and this gives me a chance to interact.”
Tim, who grew up in Kentucky, has wanted to be in show business ever since he visited the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when he was six years old. In elementary school, he played Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Jed Clampett in A Beverly Hillbillies Christmas. He also played the part of King Herod in the annual church Christmas pageant—after he proved he could look wicked when he raised one eyebrow at a time.
As a teenager, Tim formed a puppet company providing entertainment for children’s birthday parties. His fee was $20 per show, but he offered a $5 discount if they gave him a ride as he was not old enough to drive.
Tim became a storyteller when the High School National Forensic League considered dropping storytelling from its roster of competition events. “It was dearly loved, and it would’ve been really sad to lose it. We made such a fuss that when they entered me for the competition, I couldn’t turn it down.” Lowry went on to tell stories all through high school and very quickly saw that it could be a career for him—it was the perfect combination of show business and human interaction.
An award-winning high school drama student, Tim toured the United States in 1987 with a Broadway-style musical, performing in more than a dozen states. As a theater major in college, Tim studied Shakespeare and romantic opera, but when he took a storytelling class, he found himself at home. After college, he taught English language arts for five years, but his love of show business caused some to consider his teaching methods “unorthodox and disruptive.” In 2000, Tim left the classroom to pursue a career as a professional storyteller because he believes the world needs storytelling. (Ironically, he is now an educational consultant, bringing creative and innovative programs to schools across the country.)
In 2012, Tim began touring nationally on the storytelling festival circuit, performing on stages from Connecticut to California. Occasionally, Tim also provides applied storytelling workshops for corporate and nonprofit groups. Tim received the Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network in 2020 for exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling in the Southeastern Region of the United States.
Tim loves storytelling because the stories are never the same twice. “That’s the great difference between storytelling and other theater pieces,” he explained. “Other live theater is very carefully planned. Storytelling is organic with the stories chosen and told in response to audience reaction and makeup.”
Tim is hoping to introduce Smokey and Stinky to this year’s Festival crowds and intends to tell a “very tasteful” story about the COVID-19 virus, Helen Keller on Zoom!
Get your tickets now and join us on September 8-10 in Lehi, Utah’s stunning Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point.
“Storytellers listed herein have been featured tellers at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. We endorse them as professionals and recommend their skill as performers. However, opinions expressed in individual programs offered by tellers are not necessarily those of Timpanogos Storytelling Institute. Our purpose is to solely offer awareness of storytelling opportunities available.”
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TIMPANOGOS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2022 FAQs
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The 2022 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be held at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. All daytime storytelling is held in the stunning Ashton Gardens, with evening events at various Thanksgiving Point locations.
The 2022 Timpanogos Storytelling Online Festival will be available following the onsite Festival. Due to a lack of onsite internet availability, live-streaming is not possible during the Festival. TimpFest Online 2022 will be available October 15, 2022 through February 1, 2023. Online Ticket holders may enjoy the stories anytime during the Online Festival.
The 2022 Timpanogos Storytelling Online Festival will be available following the onsite Festival. Due to a lack of onsite internet availability, live-streaming is not possible during the Festival. Watch for dates, duration, and more information in March.
The Festival Weekend Ticket includes all events—Friday and Saturday daytime events, as well as Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening events.
A 25% discount will be applied when 6+ weekend tickets or 6+ day tickets are added to your cart. This discount allows anyone to purchase tickets together at a group rate.
There are several discounted Festival options, but only one discount can applied per order:
1. Early Bird prices, good through August 1, 2022, are listed on our website.
2. An automatic 25% discount will be applied to your cart when 6+ weekend or day tickets are ordered.
3. Thanksgiving Point members receive a 10% discount (please contact Thanksgiving Point ticket office for code).
The Festival is approximately 45 miles south of the SLC Intl. Airport. If you don't wish to rent a car, there are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shopping near Thanksgiving Point, which is accessible via UTA and other transportation options. For help planning your trip, visit: https://rideuta.com
Please check the Lehi, Utah weather forecast prior to the Festival for current information. Daytime temperatures can reach into the 90s, while evenings can be chilly, so please plan accordingly. Guests may also wish to bring a chair cushion, sunglasses, sunscreen, an umbrella, and/or a hat. Chair cushions, hats, and other items may be purchased in Festival Fanfare, our storytelling resource store.
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Please join us as we thank our Timpanogos Storytelling Festival Sponsors! These organizations and individuals provide financial donations, goods, and services that make the Festival a reality.
Where It’s At
Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point
3900 Garden Drive
Lehi, UT 84043
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