September 8-10, 2022

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Countdown to 33rd Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival September 8-10, 2022

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TIMPANOGOS STORYTELLING NEWS

TIMPANOGOS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2022

The 33rd annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be held September 8-10, 2022 followed by a full online Festival. Tickets are on sale now. Mark your calendar 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
Karen Acerson
Stephanie Ashton
Dale Burns
Marianne Hunt
RobbiAnn Sorensen
Rebecca Swindle

CONFERENCE NEWS

Story Crossroads is the new home of the former TSI Conference.
Story Crossroads Summit Information:
Website: StoryCrossroads.org
Email: Info@StoryCrossroads.org
Phone: 801.870.5799

NYS NEWS

National Youth Storytelling is now functioning as a separate entity. Each year, 10 NYS tellers will be invited to perform at our annual Festival.
NYS Auditions/Information:
Website: NationalYouthStorytelling.org
Email: Info@YouthStorytelling.org
Phone: 801.756.8665

We can’t wait to see you in September!

  Storyteller Spotlight

Stories Connect Us on a Deeper Level

 

Stories Connect Us on a Deeper Level

Storyteller

by Sharon Haddock

Whether it’s funny or poignant, sad or joyful, a story has the power to connect people on a deeper level, says storyteller and first-class fiddler Josh Goforth. “I just love a good story,” Goforth says. “I learn so much from watching other tellers.”

Josh grew up in Madison County, North Carolina, surrounded by the music and stories of his ancestors. At the age of four, he was already playing the piano in church. “I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Folks loved a good tune and a good tale. Many times, I would go to someone’s house to learn a fiddle tune and walk out with a good story.”

A performance in the sixth grade “really lit the fuse” of his musical career. He later learned from local masters and musicians and toured extensively with a variety of ensembles including David Holt, Laura Boosinger, and several bluegrass bands like the Appalachian Trail, the Josh Goforth Trio, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Open Road. “I had always told small stories in my solo concerts, but when I started working with David Holt 20 years ago, he told me, ‘You should elaborate on those stories and work up some of that material. You could definitely tell at storytelling festivals.’ I was able to get on at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, to tell a 12-minute story, and I’ve been doing it ever since!”

Josh has performed in all 50 states, in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has been a featured performer at the Grand Ole Opry, the Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. His fiddling was also featured in the movie, Songcatcher in 2000.

Josh plays bluegrass and country, and is on the faculty of the Academy for the Arts in Asheville. “I love the process of bringing to life these characters I grew up with for my audience. It’s so wonderful to know that they are still alive through stories. But honestly, I think the best part
about storytelling is listening. I learn so much from watching other tellers, I love a good story, and I love sharing stories. When someone shares a story, it might spark a memory in us. Hearing each other tell stories connects us in a powerful way. I always leave a festival knowing a little bit more about someone and a little bit more about myself.”

Josh has been to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival before and calls it a festival where he feels like he’s with family. “Everyone is so kind, and what great listeners!” Josh’s telling and fiddling will be featured at the 33rd Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at Thanksgiving Point, September 8-10, 2022.

 

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    “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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    LOCATION:

    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. Watch for dates, duration, and more information in March.

    ONLINE EVENTS:

    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.

    FESTIVAL AUDIENCE:
    The Festival offers a wide variety of storytellers, musicians, puppeteers, magicians, entertainers, and potters. The Family Tent is perfect for younger children and features stories, puppet shows, and other entertainment. While the evening events are most enjoyed by those age 8 and above, Bedtime Stories (Friday evening at Electric Park) is perfect for families with younger children. Shivers in the Night (Friday evening at the Golf Club) is recommended for those age 12 and above.
    WEEKEND TICKET:

    The Festival Weekend Ticket includes all eventsFriday and Saturday daytime events, as well as Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening events.

    GROUP RATE:

    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.

     

    TICKET AGES:
    Children three years of age and up require a ticket. Student prices are for anyone currently attending school. Senior prices are for those 65 years of age and up.
    DISCOUNT:

    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).

    OUT-OF-STATE ATTENDEES:

    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, call UTA at 801.743.3882 (choose option 4), or send an email with your flight information to: RideUTA@RideUTA.com. They are very helpful in creating an individualized transportation plan.

    FESTIVAL FEAST:
    Delicious and reasonably priced meals, snacks, desserts, and drinks will be available during the Festival. Due to the high volume of traffic in the area, we recommend remaining at the Festival for lunch and dinner. Festival guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Water bottle filling stations are located throughout Ashton Gardens.
    COMFORT ITEMS:

    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.

    Hand sanitizer and masks are recommended indoors or when in close proximity with those outside your group.

    PETS:
    Pets, with the exception of registered service animals, are not allowed on Thanksgiving Point property.
    HOTELS:
    Staybride Suites - 801.753.0034 - Staybridge Suites
    Marriott SpringHill Suites - 801.341.6970 - Book your group rate for Storytelling Festival
    Courtyard by Marriott - 801.768.1174 Courtyard by Marriott
    Tru by Hilton - 801.768.3700 Tru by Hilton
    RV PARKS:
    Mountain Shadows RV Park - 801.571.4024 Mountain Shadows RV Park
    Lake Shore RV Park at Lindon Marina - 801.980.1104 Lake Shore RV Park

    Storytellers 2022

    Donald Davis

    Donna Washington

    Doug Elliott

    Josh Goforth

    Lyn Ford

    Megan Wells

    Nestor Gomez

    Randy Evensen

    Regi Carpenter

    Simon Brooks

    Tim Lowry

    Willy Claflin

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    Shoals Storytelling in Florence, Alabama, celebrates 11 years of stories! Don’t miss TimpFest favorites Donald Davis, Bil Lepp, Elizabeth Ellis, Dolores Hydock, Bobby Horton, Eric Kirkman, Walt Aldridge, Lenny LeBlanc, and Mac McAnally. Please join TimpFest as we support our friends in Alabama! , ...
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    Shoals Storytelling in Florence, Alabama, celebrates 11 years of stories! Don’t miss TimpFest favorites Donald Davis, Bil Lepp, Elizabeth Ellis, Dolores Hydock, Bobby Horton, Eric Kirkman, Walt Aldridge, Lenny LeBlanc, and Mac McAnally. Please join TimpFest as we support our friends in Alabama! , ...
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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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