Countdown to 33rd Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival September 8-10, 2022
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival & Conference News
We are excited to welcome you to the 32nd annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival! We are concerned about the well-being of our storytellers, guests, and volunteers and have been advised by health professionals throughout our planning.
The Festival will be held onsite at the stunning Thanksgiving Point Ashton Gardens and we welcome you to join us. To keep everyone safe and comfortable, please note the following:
1. If anyone planning to attend the events feels ill, we respectfully request they remain at home.
2. Our Festival is held outdoors with ample room to spread out, so guests will be encouraged to move their seats (or personal chairs or blankets) outside the tent where their group feels comfortable.
3. Workshop and Q&A (indoor) session attendance will be limited, with social distancing in large rooms with high ceilings. Presenters will be distanced from attendees.
4. Storytellers will be brought to and taken away from the tent while the audience is seated.
5. Unfortunately, storytellers will not be able to autograph merchandise or visit with guests.
Guests are encouraged to bring and wear a mask while indoors or in close proximity to those outside their group. If desired, guests may bring their own hand sanitizer or other items. TSI will provide a limited supply of items for those who need them.
Since we’d already planned to host the 2021 Festival onsite and online, those who don’t feel comfortable gathering won’t miss out. The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and/or Conference will be available from October 4, 2021-January 4, 2022. Each online ticket purchased will permit access to the event for 14 days beginning with initial login. This will allow all viewers to enjoy the events when most convenient for them. We will gladly exchange an onsite ticket for an online ticket, and credit any amount remaining to the purchaser’s 2022 tickets.
So, mark your calendars for September 9-11, 2021 and plan to join us as we celebrate storytelling together once again. We can hardly wait to see you there!
by Sharon Haddock
Caroline Quiroga-Stultz had a great storyteller for a mom. People gathered around her to hear her talk and tell stories.
She didn’t ever tell stories in public settings but her daughter remembers she often drew an enthusiastic crowd.
“They would just be mesmerized,” Quiroga-Stultz says. “My mom was always entertaining.
I wanted to be like her but I really just wanted to be the one on stage.” And she is.
She has followed her mother’s example telling stories for over 10 years now in the United States, the
National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., and is on the roster for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival this year.
From Colombia, South America, Quirogoa-Stultz tells colorful traditional stories from Latin America and the occasional spooky tale.
“What I wanted to do was theater,” she said. “I graduated in industrial engineering and got my first Master’s in art management (Her second Master’s is in storytelling). I have a Bachelor’s in social communication and journalism.”
She is a bilingual, creative storyteller, exploring the myths, legends, folktales, historical and literary tales of Latin America.
So she has several career options open to her but stories engage, she says, and she likes telling in front of an audience, providing unique entertainment and accessible education for children.
“It’s just a magical experience when you look at the faces. Everybody has a little theater in their minds and I can see the emotions.
“You see everybody looking to where you are taking them. We’re telling the stories together. They can be heroes.
“The adrenaline is high!”
Quiroga-Stultz says coming to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is a dream come true for her.
She has published a book on Aztec myths: “The Hungry Goddess and the Five Suns.”
“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.”
TIMPANOGOS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2021 FAQs
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The 2021 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be held both onsite at Thanksgiving Point Ashton Gardens in Lehi, Utah and online. Some evening events will be held at other Thanksgiving Point locations which are listed on the schedule and tickets.
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
Hand sanitizer and masks for use when indoors and in close proximity with those outside your group.
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Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point
3900 Garden Drive
Lehi, UT 84043
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