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06 - 08 Sep 2018

2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

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Timpanogos Storytelling Institute



The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is one of the nation’s premier storytelling events. Attendees from across the United States and Canada come to hear stories from unforgettable performers in an unbelievable setting at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point. The new location at Thanksgiving Point will provide attendees a beautiful and convenient location for Festival events.


Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 Garden Dr

Lehi, UT 84043

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  • Sep 06 2018
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Sheila Arnold

Sheila Arnold currently resides in Hampton, VA. She is the CEO and Lead Performer of History’s Alive! and her major focus is performing, managing and marketing this flourishing business. Through History’s Alive! Sheila has given over 600 presentations for schools, churches, professional organizations and museums, in 26 states. In addition, she contracts with Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to present Historic Character Interpretation and teach teachers at their Summer Teachers Institute.

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Spencer Bohren

Born into a gospel-singing family in the wind-swept prairies of Wyoming in 1950, Spencer Bohren began singing and playing music as youngster. At fourteen, inspired by the folk music he heard on the radio, Spencer picked up a guitar and within a few weeks started performing in public. He immediately delved deeply into America’s treasure of blues, country, gospel and folk music, soaking up guitar styles and historical details. In the 1960s and 1970s, Spencer played with rock, country and blues bands throughout the western US. By the mid-1970s, Spencer and his wife, Marilyn, found a spiritual home in the city of New Orleans, and started their family there. New Orleans had a profound effect on Spencer, and he quickly became a fixture on the local music scene. Spencer began touring, this time in the southern U.S. Before long he made the daring decision to bring his family on the road so they could be together. For seven years they lived on the road, Spencer performing around the U.S., sharing his love of America’s music and singing his own original songs. He also began a recording career, which has produced 16 albums. In 1997, Spencer developed Down the Dirt Road Blues, his award-winning history of American music, which he has presented to 30,000 students of all ages, as well as concert audiences in America and Europe. His educational offerings have grown to include visual art, guitar workshops, and talks on songs of protest and music business, inspiring countless budding musicians.

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Adam Booth

Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. He has been featured at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and has been a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta). He is a member of the Recording Academy and recordings have received two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors and four Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest.

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Donald Davis

If Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll and Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, storytelling’s reigning monarch would have to be Donald Davis. As a master of the personal story, Donald Davis invites you into the stories of his life to discover the stories of your own. A Sequoia in the forest of tellers, Donald’s North Carolina cadences transport you into a miraculous place where, by listening to his stories, you find yourself. Though laced together with wit and laughter, Donald’s narratives always glow with wisdom and humanity. Truly, he is an essential part of the very foundation of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

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Bill Harley

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist who used song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling, and family life. Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist, and keynote speaker. he is a longtime commentator for National Public Radio and a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities "for his use of music, song, and story in building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring, and growing.

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Kevin Kling

Kevin, a man of many talents, is widely known for his work on NPR’s All Things Considered and his plays that are performed worldwide, but it is his storytelling that draws us to him. Kevin knows how to tease humor and wry observations out of every-day happenings by mixing the ridiculous with the sublime. As an author and playwright, Kevin is deft at crafting compelling stories.

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Daniel Morden

Only a few people can say that they earn their living telling stories, but since 1989 Daniel Morden has travelled the world as a professional storyteller visiting arts centres, theatres, libraries, museums and festivals worldwide. He has told Welsh tales in St Donat's and at St David's, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Caribbean. Daniel says "When I was young, children could walk to school by themselves. Every day as I walked I would make up a story, about myself, or Spiderman, or the Viking God Thor, or some strange character I had invented. When I reached school, if I hadn't finished the story I would walk around the playground, muttering it under my breath. I had to know how the story ended, even though I was making it up." His first book, Weird Tales from the Storyteller, was published by Pont Books in November 2003 and was subsequently nominated for the Tir na N-Og Children's Book Prize. Delighted with his first publication , he said "I wanted to write the kind of book I would have loved to read when I was young. I loved books where I was laughing and shuddering by turns." He is one of the UK's most popular tellers of traditional stories, with a repertoire that ranges from The Iliad and The Odyssey performed with Hugh Lupton to his work for families fusing music and story with Oliver Wilson-Dickson. Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton were awarded the 2006 Classical Association prize for 'the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics'. Daniel has conceived and presented numerous documentaries on storytelling for BBC Radio Wales. In 2007 he won the Tir na n-Og Award for Dark Tales from the Woods. His latest publication is Tree of Leaf and Flame, published by Pont Books in 2012.

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Clare Murphy

Audiences are mesmerized by the soft Irish brogue of Dublin-born Clare Murphy—or perhaps it's her dynamic personality, her easy physical style, and her youthful telling of ancient Irish tales! Her wide-ranging repertoire includes world folklore, anecdotes, fables, death stories, personal tales, and original stories, appropriate for any occasion or audience. Her passion easily engages the young and the young-at-heart alike, captivating audience around the world at places like the Globe Theatre, the National Storytelling Festival, and the Toronto International Storytelling Festival.

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Corinne Stavish

Award-winning storyteller Corinne Stavish captivates audiences of all ages with stories that emphasize justice, problem solving, and strong women. In addition to her five storytelling recordings, Corinne has published several articles and a book of Jewish folk takes.  Corinne has told at the National Storytelling Festival and presented powerful workshops on personal, biblical, and storytelling techniques at conferences, festivals, schools, and libraries throughout the country.

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Dovie Thomason

Dovie Thomason is one of the most respected and admired storytellers of her generation. Her ability to craft tales that not only enchant audiences––but also teach invaluable lessons about human nature and indigenous worldviews––has long made her a beloved contributor to schools,organizations and events around the globe. The wry humor and subtle graces that infuse Thomason’s work enable her broad and modern appeal, while a lifetime of study and tradition-bearing ensures the deep cultural roots of her craft remain intact.

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Kim Weitkamp

As the redheaded child of exhausted parents, Kim grew up enjoying the role of the middle child. Allowed to roam free in the heart of Amish Country, her imagination was ripened by a life lived outdoors. Now she enjoys the role of being one of the most sought after storytellers and speakers in the country. One reviewer stated, “Kim is a master at seamlessly building bridges from story, to song, to story. Like all good storytellers she evokes both laughter and tears, but her smooth silky voice, impeccable timing, and dead-on anticipation of her listeners’ needs place her at the pinnacle of her craft.” In her work as a humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter, she has taken home a full armload of awards and recognitions. She has worked on and created successful peace projects including the Peace by Piece Project in collaboration with the Taubman Museum of Fine Arts. Kim currently has 8 audio collections, the latest two being, A Wandering Mind, a recent 2015 Storytelling Award Winner and a folk operetta, The Ballad of Ronnie Calloway, which was recorded live in front of 800 people at the National Storytelling Festival. It has received high praise from the world of storytelling and from the Folk/Americana music world. The Oregonian stated, ‘Kim studs her storytelling performances with bits of musical Americana that match the sweet and gentle tones of her narrative". Her material is played regularly on NPR affiliate stations and on SiriusXM Radio. Kim travels the continent full time performing at theaters and at festivals. She has made numerous television appearances, hosted a successful morning show and has keynoted for some of Forbes most recognized companies and high profile national non-profits.

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2018 Conference & Festival FAQs

1. Are there discounts to hotels near Thanksgiving Point?

Special event rates are available at these nearby hotels:

SpringHill Suites at Thanksgiving Point
2447 West Executive Parkway, Lehi, UT  84043

112.00 USD  per night

  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Free breakfast
  • Fitness Center

Last day to book: 8/16/18—Click here to reserve your room.

Courtyard at Thanksgiving Point
2801 West Club House Drive, Lehi,  UT  84043

102.00 USD  per night

  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Last day to book: 8/15/18—Click here to reserve your room.

2. Is there transportation from the airport?

It is approximately a 40 minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport to
Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. For shuttle service contact Express Shuttle at
(800) 397-0773 or visit their website at expressshuttleutah.com

3. 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–2018. This Combo pass is cheaper than purchasing a Conference and Festival pass separately.

4. 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 (high school or college), or seniors (65+). The weekend pass includes both Friday & Saturday daytime events and the following evening events:

Thursday’s Look Who’s Talking—7:00 PM

Friday’s Bedtime Stories—6:30 PM,
My Favorite Stories—7:30 PM, or
Shivers in the Night (ghost stories)—8:30 PM

And Saturday’s Laughin’ Night at either the
Electric Park Pavilion—7:30 PM or
the Garden Amphitheater—7:30 PM

The weekend pass is specific to your choice for Saturday’s Laughin’ Night event
 location (due to popularity, locations must be selected upon purchase and cannot be changed).

5. Can I purchase just evening tickets? 

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

6. Can I attend the Festival for just one day?

Yes, adult & child passes for either Friday or Saturday daytime events are listed on page three of the ticket page.

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

Click here to see the full list of ticket prices.

8. How does seating work at the Festival?

Chairs will be provided in all performance tents throughout the Ashton Gardens.

Chairs will also be provided for all performances at the Electric Park Pavilion and at the Show Barn.

There are some seating differences at the Ashton Garden Amphitheater for Thursday evening’s Look Who’s Talking, Friday evening’s My Favorite Stories, and Saturday evening’s Laughin’ Night. Read the description below to find the
 seating option that best meets your needs.

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. There will also be
 designated areas for wheelchair seating along the rim of the amphitheater. 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 evening performances in the amphitheater, they can either bring their own, or rent a low back chair in the Reserved Seating Section on a first come first serve basis for $8. (You can add a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Weekend Chair Rental ticket, listed on page 3 of the main ticket page, during checkout. Limited quantities available.)











9. Where do I park for each event?

In contrast to previous years, guests can now park at the Festival. Guests will be directed to
designated parking areas as they arrive at the Ashton Gardens.

For evening events at The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn,
you may park in any available parking stalls near the venues. Parking in unmarked areas or on the street is not permitted.
Carpooling is strongly recommended to help alleviate traffic congestion. The Thanksgiving Point Trolley (parking shuttle) will run from the Museum of Natural Curiosity
to the Garden Visitor Center from 9:30 am-6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

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10. Are the events handicap accessible?

Disabled parking is available at the front of the Garden Visitor Center
(a valid disability parking permit is required.)
Disabled parking areas are also available at both The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn. Paths to the Gardens can accommodate wheelchairs, but wheelchairs and other
conveyances are not available for rent through Thanksgiving Point.
Golf Carts—Volunteers will be available with golf carts to help patrons who need 
assistance to navigate the Ashton Gardens.

11. What time do gates open for each event?

Thursday, September 6:
Registration for the Conference begins at 8:00 am.

Gates open for Look Who’s Talking at 5:00 pm. (Live music begins at 6:00 pm.)

Friday, September 7:
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 6:30 pm
with storytelling beginning at 7:30 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 8:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:30 pm.

Saturday, 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 Laughin’ Night at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.
 Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 6:30 pm
with storytelling beginning at 7:30 pm.)

Gates open for Laughin’ Night at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 6:30 pm with storytelling beginning at 7:30 pm.)

12. 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. Please order your tickets online. You can call 801-426-8660 for questions about tickets or events.

13. Is there an online schedule for where each storyteller will be performing?

Yes, click on the following links and choose the schedule tab to see who is
 performing at each location.

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference September 6, 2018

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival September 6-8, 2018

Click on the Storytellers tab to read more about each of the performers.

14. 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.

15. Will there be American Sign Language Interpreters?

ASL interpreters will be available at evening events at the Garden Amphitheater.
Please call 801-426-8660 by September 1 to schedule an ASL interpreter at other events.

16. What will the weather be like?

With the exception of the Conference and Shivers in the Night, all other 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.

17. Is there a student discount?

Yes, it applies to any high school or college student.

18. What food options will be available at the Festival?

Utah restaurants will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks at the Festival. Enjoy food from Costa Vida, Magleby’s Fresh, Malawi’s Pizza, Tucanos, Wallaby’s,
The Trellis Cafe, and Thanksgiving Point Concessions. Most meals are around $10.

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