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Gateway Grapevine – August 2016

grape_vine_embroideryAugust 2016

“Pleasure before Business” could be our new motto!

For our July meeting, we moved the sharing of stories directly after the potluck dinner in order to accommodate Crown residents who might wish to join the fun. Surprisingly, this seemed to cut the business portion of the meeting nearly in half. Yay, progress! We enjoyed seven stories that evening, including:

  • An untitled, new work in progress by Sue Hinkel, inspired by Eve Bunting’s Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust.
  • An original, untitled work in progress by Marilyn Sue Warren that wove together Chuck Berry, an 8-year-old girl, a mean man, and a presidential election.
  • “The Purple Lady”: an original story of friendship and the benefits of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, by Jennifer Bennett.
  • Roger Rose‘s version of “Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady” or “Sovereignty”.
  • Michael Bennett’s original tall tale “Bibles over Baltimore”, which won him a spot in the 2nd annual MO State Liars Contest.
  • Jane Hardy‘s original story of her culinary adventures with modern technology, entitled “The Very Bad Carrots”.
  • Nancy Fox‘s breadcrumb path of “How I Got Here”.
  • and Sera Jennings‘ original tale of “4 Days on the AT with a Rock Band”.

Membership Dues for 2016 are $20.

Please send a check to Marilyn Sue Warren at 4375 Humber Circle— St Louis, MO 63129 or pay in cash or check at the next Gateway meeting.

Upcoming Opportunities:

The St Louis Renaissance Festival will now be held in the fall. This year’s dates are the weekends (Saturday, Sunday) of September 17th – October 16th.

Gateway Storytellers has been providing the festival with family friendly entertainment for years, and the need for G-rated material is stronger than ever. Tellers sign up for one or two days of telling (3-4 half hour sets spread throughout the day). Watch for upcoming emails from Gateway about registering to participate in this fun storytelling opportunity.

The 17th Annual Storytelling Celebration in Kansas City will take place November 2nd-5th.

More information about this local festival will be coming to their website in September.

Tellabration, a nationwide storytelling event, will take place November 19, 2016.

More information about St Louis Tellabration events will become available as arrangements are made.

The 2017 River and Prairie Storyweavers Chicken Festival will be held in Topeka, Kansas, January 20th-22nd.

Everyone will have an opportunity to tell, whether your story involves chickens or not. For more information, check out the RAPS website here.

The 2nd annual MO State Liars Contest:

Among the 11 finalists sharing their tall tales at the Columbia Public Library in July were Gateway’s Vice President Michael Bennett, and his daughter (and our youngest member at just 17 years old) Linda Bennett.

The competition was fiercely hilarious, but Gateway was well represented by these two veteran tellers who were just happy to have made it to the finals.

The next Gateway Meeting will be held at the Crown Center on September 27th.

Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 pm, stories at 6:30 pm, and business will be conducted at the end. We hope to see you all there!

Have an announcement for the next Grapevine?

Please contact Secretary Jennifer Bennett at foo4luv@gmail.com





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Return of The Gateway Grapevine


April 2016


We are pleased to announce the return of our bimonthly newsletter: The Gateway Grapevine. The newsletter will be published on our website and automatically distributed to members of our email group. Anyone wishing to receive a hard copy may submit a request to our secretary, Jennifer Bennett, at the next meeting.

 A memorial service for Liz Lippa will be held on April 10th at 11 AM.

Please join us in bidding farewell to a dear friend. Liz was many things, including: a storyteller, an active volunteer for OASIS and the Saint Louis Holocaust Survivors and Descendants group, and an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse. Her memorial service will be held at

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis
12 Millstone Campus Dr.
St. Louis MO 63146

For more information, call 314-432-0020.

Gateway has made a $100 donation to the St. Louis Holocaust Museum in Liz’s name.

The St. Louis Storytelling Festival will be held on May 4th-7th.

The website www.stlstorytellingfestival.com has been updated, and further updates can be expected as we draw closer to the festival date.

Lisa Overholser announced two new events with the festival.

On May 5th, a panel discussion will be held at the Missouri History Museum, covering the topic “Stories At The Core”. This free panel is sponsored by the Community Arts Extension, and is intended to promote cultural heritage tourism in the state.

A workshop will be held in Lexington, MO (West end of the state) on April 22nd.  The cost is $25 for a full-day workshop that will include lunch.

To volunteer for the festival, please contact Sue Hinkel at shinkel@mail.win.org.

If you work with a school that can pause standardized testing long enough for storytelling, please contact Sue Hinkel with that information as well.

Festival volunteers will receive an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which will be held at 5:00 PM Saturday May 7th, at UMSL just prior to the finale concert at the Touhill.

A $50 donation gets an invite to the Donor’s Dinner on Wednesday, May 4th.

Gateway has made a $600 donation to the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.  We would have liked to donate more, but we only had 12 paid members as of the start of the March meeting.

If you haven’t yet paid dues for 2016, please send $20 to:
MarilynSue Warren
4375 Humber Circle
St. Louis MO 63129

Checks should be made out to “St. Louis Gateway Storytellers”.

The National Storytelling Network Conference will be held July 21-24 in Kansas City.

Early Bird discounts are available through May 12th.  Senior discounts are also available.  Information can be found at http://gatewaystorytellers.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7918ed8080dd47cf4224c1d&id=985f52089b&e=33c72036ff

MO-TELL is being reorganized.

The 2nd Annual Missouri Liars Contest will be held in Columbia this year on July 16th.

Entries must be submitted by May 20th. For more information, visit  http://www.mo-tell.org/2016-missouri-state-liars-contest/

Larry Brown will also have details and sign-up sheets for tellers available to perform in state parks.

*These positions pay fairly well.* For more information, visit http://www.mo-tell.org/about/mo-tell-news/  MO-TELL annual membership dues are $45.

Participants in Dr. Kevin Cordi’s “Playing with Stories” workshop will be working on setting up a Storybox program to run in local schools.

Please contact Sue Hinkel, Lynn Beetner, or Marion Nichols for more information.

RISK, a major storytelling podcast will be hosting a live performance in St. Louis.

RISK will be broadcasting live at Blueberry Hill’s “Duck Room” on June 25th.  The theme of the night will be “Worried”.  If you have a “true story you never thought you’d dare to share, please pitch your story to Kevin Allison at http://gatewaystorytellers.us13.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=cc7918ed8080dd47cf4224c1d&id=b8064e16b6&e=33c72036ff.

The podcast reaches hundreds of thousands of people each week.  Some of the stories from the podcast have crossed over and appeared on NPR shows such as “This American Life” and “Snap Judgment”.  The show will NOT be suitable for children.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the risk-show.com website.

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