September 9-11, 2021

Ashton Gardens – 3900 Garden Drive, Lehi, UT

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Countdown to 32nd Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival September 9-11, 2021

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Timpanogos Storytelling Festival & Conference News

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival 2021–The Best of Both Worlds!
We’ve been listening to you, our devoted storytelling enthusiasts, and we’re thrilled to announce that you’re about to get everything you’ve been asking for . . . at least as far as our Festival is concerned!

For the first time ever, the 2021 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be presented both in person at the stunning Thanksgiving Point Ashton Gardens AND virtually! Yes, that’s right! You will be able to attend the Festival in person, at home, or both! Tickets will be available for all three scenarios. There’s nothing like experiencing the Festival in person, but it’s tough to decide who to see while missing out on 4-5 other fantastic storytellers. Well, worry no more! For half the price of an in-person ticket, you will have the opportunity to see every single performance after the Festival. We’re still working out the details, but we’re hoping you’ll also have the flexibility to start your virtual pass at the best time for you. Stay tuned to see how it’ll all work. However it turns out, rest assured you will be able to see the storytellers “live” in person and/or filmed “live” in front of some of the very best storytelling audiences in the world.

Mark your calendars for September 9-11, 2021 today and plan to join us as we celebrate storytelling together once again. We can hardly wait to see you there!

  Storyteller Spotlight

Geraldine Buckley

 

Geraldine Buckley

Storyteller

If you head into a maximum security men’s prison to tell stories, take along your sense of humor, and it’s a top idea to bring along an electric teapot and a variety of teas and sugar!

That’s what Geraldine Buckley—one of the storytellers slated to be on the roster at the 32nd annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival—advises.

Buckley has been telling stories and serving tea at prisons in the United States and New Zealand for years.

In the prison, she made it a point to remember the inmate’s favorite and how many sugars to add.

“I go where angels fear to tread,” Buckley says. “Some of the scariest things reap the greatest rewards.”

British-born Buckley has told stories, held workshops, and coached for 30-plus years in the United States, Canada, England, South Africa, Holland, Spain, and New Zealand.

Until 2010, she was the Protestant chaplain at the largest men’s prison in Maryland.

“Was I ever scared? I was terrified! I thought, ‘What on Earth am I doing? I wanted to appear cool. So I said, ‘There are not murderers or rapists here, are there?’”

She was told there were about 200 of them! Two hundred prisoners who brought her tea from their daily rations.

So she brought her teapot and started serving tea, hundreds of cups of tea, over the next five years.

She brought in bottles of bubbles and big, beefy men joined in the bubble-blowing.

“We became a community,” she said. “Something happened to me then. I wanted to go in bringing love and laughter—without fear, without judgment. I am so glad I did it! It was my season.”

Her stories of telling stories in prisons are compiled in her CD: “Tea in the Slammer.”

She’s also written and told stories about observing patients in hospitals with COVID-19 in “Pandemic Parables.”

She’s popular at festivals in the United States, England, South Africa, Spain, and New Zealand.

She has a Master’s degree in Communications from Regent University.

 

 

“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.”

2021 FESTIVAL FAQ's:

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LOCATION:

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.

ONLINE EVENTS:
The Timpanogos Storytelling Online Festival and/or Conference will be available October 4, 2021-January 4, 2022. Each ticket holder will be able to enjoy their purchased event for 14-days beginning with initial login. This will allow all viewers to enjoy the events when most convenient for them.
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 events--Friday and Saturday daytime events, as well as Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening events.
GROUP RATE:
The Family Pass (6 tickets for immediate household members) has been replaced with "BUY 6+, GET 25%." A 25% discount will be applied when 6+ weekend tickets or 6+ day tickets are added to your cart. This discount offers more flexibility, allowing additional family members, friends, or others 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. Only one discount can be used per order. 1. Early Bird prices, good through August 1, 2021, 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.
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.
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 - Marriott SpringHill Suites
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 2021

Adam Booth

Alton Chung

Andy Offutt Irwin

Bil Lepp

Bill Harley

Carolina the Storyteller

Donald Davis

Geraldine Buckley

Pippa White

Rev. Robert Jones

Sheila Arnold

Susan O’Halloran

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Please join us as we thank our Timpanogos Storytelling Festival & Conference Sponsors! These organizations and individuals provide financial donations, goods, and services that make the Festival and Conference a reality.

Where It’s At

Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point
3900 Garden Drive
Lehi, UT 84043

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Lindon, UT 84042
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