First, a warm welcome to everybody visiting from Saint Louis On The Air! If you’re just learning about the local storytelling community, we will have our first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, January 24th.
The address is The Crown Center, 8350 Delcrest, St Louis MO 63124. The “back” entrance is locked during evening hours, so please enter through the front or side doors. We typically meet in the large event room just to the left of the front desk. Potluck snacks will start around 6 PM, with storytelling starting at 6:30 PM. Residents of the Crown Center will always have first priority for storytelling slots.
To reiterate a few things mentioned on the radio, we welcome storytellers of all ages and backgrounds. We love folktales, personal stories, family history stories, you name it. We’ve had people get up and recite The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe, and we’ve had people describe being there in person to hear Billie Holiday singing in Carnegie Hall. We’ve heard stories of surviving the Holocaust, first loves, first days at school, and tall tales that could almost be believed. We’ve heard about revenge plots, the Soviet Army retreating across Eastern Europe, serial killers in Rolla, and legends of Momotaro. We’ve heard it all before, and we delight in the retelling. We give constructive feedback if requested, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a happier group of listeners anywhere. And if you don’t have a story to tell just yet, please join us for an evening of entertainment that doesn’t need to be recharged or plugged in. Well-behaved children are always welcome, and if any stories aren’t PG-rated, they will be announced in advance. Such stories are rare, though.
So come out and join us!
Gateway Storytellers, in conjunction with Riverwind Storytellers, invites you to attend our Tellebration event.
Join us for a free evening of storytelling fun for the whole family!
Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:30 PM
at the Crown Center
8350 Delcrest, St. Louis MO 63124
Free admission, refreshments provided
We had a great schedule and turnout for the St. Louis Storytelling festival – the 37th year is now complete. I spoke to a few people who really enjoyed the experience and wondered what to do between now and May 3-6, 2017.
- St Louis Gateway Storytellers meets on the fourth Tuesday of odd months. Address and schedule is here.
- Riverwinds Storytellers covers the greater St. Louis area, but with a focus on the Illinois side of the river. (They love and accept Missouri members as well.) Their website is here.
- Second Tuesdays is a monthly storytelling get-together on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 pm. The event starts at 7:20 pm on the dot, but we recommend arriving at 7:00 pm to get a drink and a seat! Second Tuesdays is held at a different location every month. For more information visit Second Tuesdays on Facebook or Twitter.
- So Life Stories meets occasionally, and they produce a podcast from their events. Details may be available here.
- Story Swap is a monthly program held on the 2nd Monday of each month at the McClay branch of the St. Charles County Library, 6:30 PM. Small group, very flexible, and a great place to refine and get feedback on stories you’re trying to develop. Or just come and listen. Visit http://www.youranswerplace.org/ and search for Story Swap.
- Serving the state but headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, is MO-Tell. Website is at this location.
Our first meeting for 2016 will be held on Tuesday, January 26th. We lost one of our own in December. Liz Lippa, a wonderful storyteller known for her stories of family and overcoming hardship died after a long battle with cancer.
We invite members, Crown Center residents as honored guests, and friends to our January meeting. We invite members to bring snacks to share.
Eating: 6:00, Business Meeting: 6:30, and Stories: 7:00.
If you’d like to get on the list to tell, please contact Michael Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can have one longer format story of up to 20 minutes arranged in advance, and “regular” stories should be kept to 10 minutes or less.
Officers for the year:
President: Cathy Gregory
Vice President: Michael J Bennett
Treasurer: MarilynSue Warren
Secretary: Position open, accepting nominations/volunteers
We’d also like to publicly thank Carol Watkins who served as President for 2015. She leaving the Board of Directors but not the organization.