The July 25, 2017 meeting was filled with friendly chatter among the 20 storytelling enthusiasts who were in attendance. Seven tales were presented; three of them were among the prize winning stories at MoTell Liar’s Contest held in Kansas City earlier this month.
Carol Shelton read her story about Old McRonald and some New Age Chickens. It was hilarious! She won 1st place in the written category of the Liar’s Contest.
Roger Rose shared his winning story about Jack and the magic beans. He enthralled his audience at Gateway and won 3rd Place in the oral category at the Liar’s Contest.
Cosy Wright told about the cheetah who almost ate her at the St. Louis Zoo. We believed her until she admitted it, too, was also a big fat lie! She won 2nd place in the written category at the Liar’s Contest.
Carol Watkins related a fun story about a boy in the woods who encountered three giants who forced him to reveal his secret – to their great regret!
Flavia Everman explained about her project of gathering stories in Africa and then told us the tale of No-ma and the Magical Fish. She had the group hanging on every word!
Sue Hinkel shared an Albanian fairytale about the Princess with the Sterling Silver Tooth, a story with three brave princesses setting out to help their father, the King. Very entertaining!
Our President, Cathy Gregory, told a story about Vacation Bible School when the children had to make “Jesus feet” as their craft project. Her first-person perspective was very effective.
THE NEXT MEETING DATE IS SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
It was decided during the business meeting that the storytelling will begin at 7:00 p.m. at future meetings and the business meeting will begin at 8:00 p.m. The room will be available 6:00 – 7:00 for those who want to share food and conversation before the formal storytelling commences.
All are welcome! There is no entry charge for guests – just come and enjoy the stories or sign up online ahead of time for a chance to share a story. Contact MarilynSue Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a 10 minute (or under) slot on the teller list for the next meeting.
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, Sept, Nov.) at the Crown Center Senior Apartments, 8350 Delcrest Dr, St. Louis, MO 63124.
Hope to see you there!
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 email@example.com. 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.
Tellebration 2018 will be held the week before Thanksgiving in the Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. (Exact date and time to be determined) This is storytelling for the mature audience, so please don’t expect another telling of The Three Bears (not that there’s anything wrong with The Three Bears, since storytelling for toddlers is key for developing language skills,
Storytellers from Gateway Storytellers and Riverwind Storytellers will be performing from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The address is 2500 Carlyle Ave IL. Parking is free and handicap accessible. Refreshments will be provided and audience members will also enjoy viewing the art exhibits on display.
Our last meeting for 2015 is coming right up. We will be meeting on Tuesday, November 24th, at the Crown Center, 8350 Delcrest Drive, St. Louis MO 63124. Contact Cathy Gregory if you have a story to tell. Diann Joy Bank will be showing off her new book, “A Pot of Mitzvot: 18 Jewish Folktales”. You are invited to bring food to share at the meeting, or you’re welcome to show up without and leave with a full stomach and an entertained brain.
Business at 6:30, stories at 7:00.