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05 - 07 Sep 2019

30th Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

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Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 Garden Drive

Lehi, UT 84043

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All Days
  • All Days
  • Sep 05 2019
  • Sep 06 2019
  • Sep 07 2019
All Times
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  • 7:00-8:00 AM
  • 8:00-9:00 AM
  • 9:00-10:00 AM
  • 10:00-11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
  • 1:00-2:00 PM
  • 2:00-3:00 PM
  • 3:00-4:00 PM
  • 4:00-5:00 PM
  • 5:00-6:00 PM
  • 6:00-7:00 PM
  • 7:00-8:00 PM
  • 8:00-9:00 PM
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
All Locations
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  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens Amphitheater
  • Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park Pavilion
  • Thanksgiving Point, Show Barn
All Performers
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  • Adam Booth
  • Alton Chung
  • Amber Richardson
  • Andy Offutt Irwin
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  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Workshop


Look Who's Talking—Festival Evening Concert

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens Amphitheater

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Bedtime Stories—Festival Evening Concert

Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park Pavilion

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

My Favorite Stories—Festival Evening Concert

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens Amphitheater

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Shivers in the Night (Ghost Stories)—Festival Evening Concert

Thanksgiving Point, Show Barn

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Laughin' Night—Festival Evening Concert

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens Amphitheater

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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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Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is a study in contrasts. A thoroughly honest man, he is a five-time champion liar. Behind that “yup, yup, yup” persona is an absolutely brilliant mind--so smart he’s scary, but really funny too—kind of like a cross between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Robin Williams. An accomplished author, Bil Lepp’s books cover topics from parenting to very little things. As carefully architected as The Eiffel Tower, Bil’s stories often start out plausible, then quickly morph into the outrageous and fantastic. On occasion, he is completely serious and you can follow him into stories of the courage and honor of ordinary folks. But beware—Bil’s wit will hit and you will never see it coming!

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Tim Lowry

Tim is a human time machine who makes history happen in your hands and collapses hours into moments of magic. It is a pleasure and a joy to be swept along into one of his narratives and an instant later you realize an hour has passed. With careful and deliberate, but nearly invisible crafting, Tim’s “off-the-cuff” stories flow as luxuriously as melted chocolate and are just as delicious. A Festival favorite, Tim ranks among the top tellers on the audience’s “must-hear” list.

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Barbara McBride-Smith

Barbara McBride Smith’s life tapestry sparkles with more variety than Grandma’s button box. From Texas to Boston, Massachusetts, from the New Jersey shore, through Oklahoma, and back to Texas again, she has picked up wit, wonder, and wisdom from the most unlikely places and strings those gems of life together into a diadem of diversity. A bonafide wordsmith whose wicked wit is underscored by serious research and scholastic excellence, Barbara brings a stellar reputation for performance quality to the stage. After listening to Barbara’s interpretation of Greek myths, Bible stories, or life in general, you will want to slap your knee and shout, “What a woman!”

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Sheila Starks Phillips

Sheila Starks Phillips now resides in Sugar Land, Texas. Her career has ranged from first grade teacher to zookeeper at the Houston Zoo. Since 1990, she has mesmerized audiences as a master storyteller, weaving tales of wit and wisdom to all types of audiences, young and old.

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Simon Brooks

British storyteller, Simon Brooks was raised on stories and taken to the places where these stories began. Ancient hills, standing stones, and castles were Simon's upbringing. As an acclaimed storyteller Simon Brooks has engaged and transfixed with his powerful performances all over New England and further afield, including the 2018 the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. As a master storyteller, Simon has taught and performed at libraries, schools, collages, festivals, hospitals, businesses, camps and at museums! With his bodhrán and tales, Simon combines the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation and is thrilled to be performing at Timpanogos.

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Antonio Rocha

Using his extensive experience as a mime, including studying with mime masters Tony Montanaro and Marcel Marceau, Antonio Rocha knows how to touch the imagination just enough to allow his listeners' minds to run free. He not only tells stories about people and animals; he becomes those people using conscious expressions and controlled movement.

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Carmen Deedy

No one plays with an audience like Carmen Deedy. Regardless of the number of people in the venue, Carmen shares every story from her heart to your heart, individually and personally. She possesses the unique gift of not only speaking to all people, but to each person, simultaneously. She once said, “Great story is the art of letting go.” But even as she ‘lets go,’ Carmen will hold your heart in the palm of her hand. She has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institute, TED, the National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center, but her favorite audience is her grandchildren, for whom she also loves to cook—a true abuela cubana.

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Don White

There is no one-word description for award-winning singer, songwriter, comedian, author, and storyteller Don White. He has brought audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years, released nine CDs, three live DVDs, and a book, Memoirs of a C Student. White has opened for Arlo Guthrie and shared a bill with Janis Ian and Lyle Lovett. White’s arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto stages around the country. At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.

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Andy Hedges

Andy Hedges is a songster, reciter and storyteller. His varied repertoire includes classic cowboy poetry recitations, obscure cowboy songs, dust bowl ballads, and blues. Andy taught himself to play the guitar when he was 14 and began collecting classic cowboy poems and traditional cowboy songs. He has released nine albums including four joint projects with songwriter Andy Wilkinson. He also hosts a podcast called Cowboy Crossroads which features interviews with poets, musicians, songwriters and historians. Andy lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife and children.

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The combination of skill, talent and ability to translate emotion to motion created entertaining and exciting imagery. Motoko puts the audience on an emotional roller coaster. She takes you up, down, upside down and lets you off feeling exhilarated and charged up…Her show is a winner.

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Anne Rutherford

Her repertoire includes original fictional tales, ghost stories, tall tales, personal stories, Paciific Northwest Folklore and the occasional knock-knock joke. She’s done many recordings, and her 2016 CD "The Habit of Joy" was a Storytelling World Award Winner. Despite — or perhaps because of — her Catholic upbringing, Anne’s become an award-winning liar. She is four time 1st-place winner at the Northwest Folklife Festival Liar’s Contest in Seattle, and took the grand prize in the NW Tall Tale Challenge in 2016. (Ask her how big her trophies are.) Anne performs and leads workshops across the country as a solo performer and as a duo with her husband, storyteller Norm Brecke. She is grateful to everyone who is part of the community of storytelling, especially those who are its audience, because, as she says “Without you— I’d be talking to myself.”

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