November 2015 Meeting

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.

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Tellabration!

Telebration 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 21st, in Collinsville, IL.  This is storytelling for the ADULT 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, as well as lessons about why you don’t go walking into somebody else’s house….)

Storytellers from Riverwind Storytellers and Gateway Storytellers will be performing from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, and the Collinsville Public Library – Blum House.  The address is 414 West Main, Collinsville IL.  Parking is free, and an elevator for wheelchair access is available.  Cookies and apple cider will be provided.

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Doug Lipman workshop

The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers are proud to host Doug Lipman, an internationally recognized authority on storytelling and coaching.  Mr. Lipman will be in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 15th and Wednesday, September 16th.

Hidden Storytelling Skills,Tuesday, September 15th.

A three-hour workshop, Hidden Storytelling Skills, focuses on concrete storytelling skills and personal story creation.  A morning workshop will be conducted from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, and a repeat workshop in the afternoon from 1 to 4 PM.  The cost of each workshop is $45, but paid members of Gateway will receive a $10 sponsorship, bringing the cost to only $35.

Personalized Coaching, Wednesday, September 16th.

A four hour coaching mini workshop, limited to four people, offered much more personalized instruction and story development.  The cost is $125, but paid Gateway members will receive a $20 sponsorship, bringing the final cost to only $175.

Mr. Lipman also offers one-hour private coaching sessions for $195.  Paid Gateway members will receive a $20 sponsorship for this workshop.

If you would like to attend any of these workshops, please contact Gateway president Carol Watkins by Wednesday, August 19th.  (Yes, that is coming right up.)  Carol can be contacted at (636) 922-7133 or at cwatkins@mail.win.org.

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July Gateway meeting – Change in Date to July 26th

From our president, Carol Watkins:

I have exciting news about our July meeting.  A group traveling to the NSN Convention in Kansas City from Jonesborough, TN, has asked if they can do a concert for us Sunday, July 26th, at Crown Center.  Instead of our usual meeting on Tuesday, July 28th, we will have it on Sunday, July 26th.  We will meet at 6:00 PM for a short meeting and the group from Jonesborough will entertain us starting at 6:30 PM.

Storytellers may include:

Saundra Kelley, www.saundrakelleystoryteller.com

Judy “Butterfly” Farlow, storytellersguild.org/storytellers/434-2/

Marjorie Shaefer, www.spinnerofstories.com

David H. Claunch, www.DavidClaunch.com

Jeff Stratton, storytellersguild.org/storytellers/jeff-stratton/

Lippy Tipton, storytellersguild.org/storytellers/libby-tipton

Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, storytellersguild.org

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May 26th Gateway Storytellers meeting

We’d like to congratulate the University of Missouri Extension Office for an outstanding presentation of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.  We had excellent turnout and some of the best “rock star” talent in the country for our event.  St. Louis Gateway Storytellers is proud to be one of the sponsors of the festival.

Our next meeting will be held on May 26th at the Crown Center.  A business meeting with light potluck dinner is held for members at 6:00 PM.  Storytelling begins at 7:00 PM, and generally runs until 8:30 PM.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.  We like to have tellers, but we love to have listeners.

A smaller Story Swap is held on the second Monday of each month, housed by the St. Charles City-County Library McClay branch.  Time is 6:30 to 8 or 8:30, held at 2760 McClay Road in St. Charles, MO. This is a great event for telling in front of a small handful of people, or for testing/pacing new material.

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St. Louis Gateway Storytellers – A History

The following was sent by Gateway member Roger Rose for inclusion on the website.

ST LOUIS GATEWAY STORYTELLERS

The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers started in a most informal way.  In 1980 there were two St. Louis Public Library children’s librarians who were promoted.  Instead of this being a happy event, the two cried on each other’s shoulders.  “We’re going to be working with adults.  We’ll never be able to tell stories again.”  And then they had second thoughts.  “We like stories!  We’re adults.  Let’s go out to dinner and go back to a library and tell stories to each other.”  So Sylvia Duncan and Irene Eveland invited six other librarians out to dinner and they all went back to the Buder Library after dinner and told and listened to stories.  As time passed, a few more librarians and then some non-librarians joined the group.  It was still quite informal, no name, no officers, no dues, no rules.  They looked for a restaurant that had a private room for sharing their stories.  They tried several places and then they found the Salad Bowl where they could have a private room if they went through the food line and had 15 people.  Oh how Sylvia and Irene would watch the door and count the people coming in and breathe a sigh of relief when 15 people walked through the door.

Then came the fateful day when the group was asked to tell stories at the Missouri Botanical Garden while the children got their pictures taken with Santa.  Irene Eveland received $50.00 for their efforts.  This created a dilemma.  No one wanted to be responsible for that $50.00 and put it in an individual bank account. An organization needed to be established.  So in 1981, the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers was founded, a constitution was written, officers were elected.  Sylvia Duncan became the first president and Irene Eveland became the second, and the $50.00 was put into the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers bank account.

The organization has sponsored a number of storytelling workshops where participants have been shown a variety of storytelling techniques, shared stories, and been encouraged to develop their own style.  The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers has continued to be a haven for professional storytellers, for the person getting up for the first time in front of an audience, and for the listener who loves stories but never intends to get up and tell one.  The membership has grown from a small community to a large community of 120 members from all walks of life.

The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers started the same year as the St. Louis Annual Storytelling Festival.  The two have continued to complement each other’s growth, Gateway providing financial support and storytellers for the Festival, and the Festival providing a showcase for a growing number of storytellers.  The storytelling community has continued to expand, with several other major storytelling organizations branching off of Gateway.  In the St. Louis metropolitan area we have  The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers, Missouri Storytelling (MO-Tell), and the Riverwind Storytellers in Southern Illinois.  Several other groups can be found throughout Missouri.

*Quoted from “Twenty Years of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, A Commemorative Booklet,”  May 1999.

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March 2015 Gateway Meeting

The next Gateway Storytellers meeting will be held at Crown Center, March 24th 2015.  Members are invited to bring light refreshments to share.  The business meeting will begin at 6:15 PM, and storytelling will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

If you have a story to share, please contact Cathy Gregory at (314) 659-6966 or butterflystoryteller1954@yahoo.com.  Stories are to be no longer than ten minutes.

Yearly dues are to be paid to Marilyn Sue Warren, Treasurer.  Annual dues are $20.  Please keep your membership current

Carol Watkins, President of St. Louis Gateway Storytellers

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