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Join us this Tuesday evening!


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



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The Gateway Grapevine: May 2016


May 2016


In Our Thoughts:

Diane Banks suffered a bad fall, but she is currently on the mend. Kathy Gregory sent a “Get Well” card from Gateway.

Joyce Slater’s father recently passed away. Kathy also sent her a sympathy card from Gateway.

*Please keep Carol Watkins and her husband, who continues to struggle with health issues, in your thoughts and prayers.

A Friendly Reminder from our Treasurer:

Records show only 19 paid Gateway members for the year 2016. If you have not yet paid your dues for the year, please send $20 to

MarilynSue Warren
4375 Humber Circle
St. Louis MO 63129

Thank you!

New Schedule for July Meeting:

In an effort to better accommodate the residents of the Crown Center, we’re going to try rearranging our schedule at the July meeting. We will set up our potluck at 6:00, begin stories at 6:30, and hold our business meeting afterward. Hopefully, this will encourage more of our hosts to enjoy stories with us.

Barbara, the President of the Resident Council joined us for the May meeting, and we had a lovely time.

May Meeting:

We enjoyed several great stories at this month’s meeting, which featured special guest Ken Wolfe performing “Mice Aren’t Funny”, his award-winning entry in last year’s MO State Liars Contest. Other stories included:

Linda Bennett’s “The Art of War” – an original tale about Sun Tzu training a group of women to defeat a rival general’s army by successfully applying the principles outlined in his famous text. (Linda has also submitted this story to the 2016 MO State Liars Contest.)

Roger Rose’s “The Prodigal Brother” – a companion tale to the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” which focuses on the story of the good son.

Jennifer Bennett’s “The Fortune Teller” – a traditional noodlehead story.

Kathy Gregory’s “No Charge for My Love” – based on Shirley Caesar’s song by the same name.

Upcoming Events:

RISK! is coming to St Louis – June 25th. The award-winning, live storytelling podcast, hosted by Kevin Allison, will be recorded at the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Blvd) at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 each. The theme for the night is “Worried”. Information about submitting a story for the night can be found at the website’s submissions page:

Note: this is an event for mature audiences, so please leave the kiddies at home.

The 2016 MO State Liars Contest –  July 16th. The event will be held at Columbia Public Library at 10:00am and will feature performances from the top ten entrants. Come hear some whopping good tall tales.

The 2016 National Storytelling Conference – July 21st – 24th.  The conference will be held in Kansas City. The deadline for the early bird special has passed, but you can still get a $50 discount if you mention Jackie Wright’s name when registering. For more information, visit the National Storytelling Network’s website at

Our next meeting will be July 26th at 6:00pm.

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Missouri State Liars Contest

Everyone has a story to tell – consider telling yours in the Missouri State Liars Contest!

Sponsored by MO-TELL (Missouri Storytelling) and Mid-Continent Public Library, the Missouri State Liars Contest is open to Missouri residents of all ages.  $500 cash prize for the 1st place winner.

Deadline to enter is midnight, May 11, 2015.  For more information, please visit the Mo-Tell website at or email contest director Anthony Clark at

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Second Tuesdays – St. Louis storytelling event

The following information has been passed on from Gateway member Daniel Romano. Sounds like they could use some storytelling support.

SECOND TUESDAYS: People are encouraged to come and tell a true personal story that fits the monthly theme. It’s similar to the Moth Radio Hour on NPR and is open to veteran and novice storytellers.

Next up: Tuesday, March 10th, 7-9 PM.
Place: Schlaffly Bottleworks, 7620 Southwest Ave. Maplewood MO.
Theme: Generations – Tales of generational conflict, the good ole days, and walking uphill both ways.
More Info: Face book page Second Tuesdays

A small donation is requested for a local charity, but is not required.

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July Gateway meeting

Just a reminder – The July meeting for the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers will be held at the Crown Center on Tuesday, July 22nd. The address is 8350 Delcrest Drive, St. Louis MO, 63124. Dinner starts around 6, business meeting around 6:45, stories commence at 7:00 PM.

We lost a giant in the local storytelling community recently – Lucy Grondahl was an amazing author, performer, and storyteller. While the meeting will not be a formal memorial, people are invited to tell stories Lucy would have liked.

Our president, Jeanne Crews, will be organizing dinner – picnic-style sandwiches and salads. A suggested donation of $3 covers your meal. Headcount numbers should be communicated to Carol Watkins, before Monday night.

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Updates to “Find A Storyteller”

With a new year, it’s time to get updates made on our “Find A Storyteller” page.

If you’re a paid-up member of the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers, and if you’d like to appear on the website, please send your bio information to  We will get it added to our website as quickly as we can.  Let us know what kind of stories you perform, what groups you like to visit, and any other information that can help you stand out as the perfect choice for that group or event.

Now, if you’re with an organization out there who is looking for some entertainment that teaches, informs, and uplifts your audience, you have the talent right here.  If you want to scare the campers, inspire the youth group, or learn some history about the ADA, this is the right place.  For any of the storytellers listed, please email for e-mail contact information or call the phone number if listed for each individual.  It will be an unforgettable event.

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January Meeting

We had a wonderful meeting tonight – one of the best I’ve attended.

  • Flavia Everman – 3 Golden Oranges – Spanish story about looking for brides
  • Sharon Thompson – The Prince and The Throne – Short and punny
  • Ric Vice – Blowin’ Up Stuff in the Basement – True story about chemistry sets and a lack of parental supervision
  • Marion Nichols – Why are there no Merfaeries? – Original folktale about those wee creatures of the sea
  • Liz Lippa – The Banyan Tree – A powerful personal story from a child Holocaust survivor
  • Carol Watkins – Abe Lincoln and the people who knew him – Views of a future president as a youth

Attendance was about 20 people.

For the “business” side of things:

  • 2013 dues are due.  $20 covers the year, and dues may be sent to Gateway Storytellers, c/o Michael Bennett, 19 Debbie Dr, St. Peters MO 63376.
  • The St. Louis Storytelling Festival will be held May 1-4, 2013.  Link at  Volunteers are needed to help with crowd control, emcee duties, registration, handing out programs, and even picking up folks at the airport.  Please contact Ric Vice at (314) 994-7267.
  • Flavia Everman will be traveling to Rwanda in an effort to document tribal folklore – the issue has some urgency as genocide in that country has nearly wiped out their oral histories.  Please help support her efforts at her Kickstarter page at

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