4/11/14

'ROUTE 66' WORKSHOP AT STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

It is a natural fit to offer a workshop on the "Mother Road" since the June 13-14, 2014 Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival will be held this year on the campus of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

A perfect stop for anyone vacationing along the famous road or anyone wanting to learn more about the over 400 miles of the road in Oklahoma as it travels from Chicago to California.

Workshop leader will be     .

4/3/14

SPONSORS SUPPORT THE STORYTELLING ART IN OKLAHOMA


Territory Tellers /  6619 S. 4382  / Locust Grove OK 74352

 Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival:   SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
June 13-14, 2014, Bethany, Oklahoma on the campus of Southern Nazarene University

 

Festival Sponsor (1):  $2,500 

Title and logo recognition on event signage and registration packets (Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival sponsored by ABC Corporation and Territory Tellers) 

Title recognition during pre-event publicity

Title and logo recognition in event program

Festival passes for 10 guests

Title and logo recognition on website

 

Storytelling Concert Sponsor (2):  $1,000 each

Logo and name recognition at sponsored concert

Concert passes for 5 guests for sponsored concert

Prominent signage at sponsored concert

Introduction at sponsored concert

Program recognition

 

Workshop sponsor (3 - Route 66, Religious, and Story Coaching):  $500 each

Logo and name recognition at sponsored workshop

Workshop passes for 2 guests for sponsored workshop

Prominent signage at sponsored workshop

Introduction at sponsored workshop

Program recognition

 

Hospitality Sponsor (2):  $250 each

Logo and name recognition at sponsored reception

Prominent signage at sponsored reception

Opportunity to attend reception and distribute business cards

Program recognition

 

Musical Concert Sponsor (2):  $50 each

Logo and name recognition at sponsored concert

Program recognition

 

Silent Auction Donor (unlimited – receipts given for value over $20) 

Individual donors listed in program. 

 

Please indicate the level of sponsorship you would like to provide. If the sponsorship level you seek has already been taken, we will contact you about another opportunity.  

 

Name______________________________________________________________________________

Company or Organization____________________________________________________________

Mailing Address ____________________________________________________________________

City______________________________________State______________Zip Code_______________

E-mail___________________________________________Phone____________________________

Sponsorship Level Requested_________________________________________________________

 

Please mail this form with your check to Territory Tellers, 6619 S. 4382, Locust Grove OK 74352

Or use PayPal and make payment to territorytellers@hotmail.com.

SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR UPCOMING STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

                                              
“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”  Writer Sue Monk Kidd’s idea is shared by Oklahoma’s statewide storytelling organization, Territory Tellers. We have been working for over a quarter of a century to keep stories and storytelling alive in the human heart and soul. 
 
Our annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival is a major effort to do just that in our state. And we are asking for your help in this mission. Please consider being a sponsor for our 2014 festival at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, June 13-14.
 
We launched this festival as a direct result of the 2005 National Storytelling Conference in Oklahoma City, presented by the National Storytelling Network. This conference highlighted the resilience and fortitude of Oklahomans and commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. 
 
A festival sponsorship would provide you with an avenue to reach folks who enjoy a good story, have a real commitment to deepening family and civic ties, and appreciate what you do in your work to encourage both storytelling and community relationships.
 
For the Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival, different levels of sponsorships are available and listed on the accompanying page, along with the various sponsor benefits.  We are, however, currently in the process of re-establishing our 501.c.3 status and cannot guarantee tax deductions.
 
Should you have any questions about the sponsorships, the festival, or the organization, please visit our website at www.territorytellers.org and contact any of our officers:
 
            President:  Tony Hardman (realchapman@yahoo.com); Phone: 580-651-3708 (mobile)
            Vice President:  Loralee Cooley (storyspinning@sbcglobal.net); Phone: 806-282-9529 (mobile)
            Treasurer:  Paulette Geeslin (pdgeeslin4701@yahoo.com) Phone: 405-412-8960 (mobile)
            Secretary:  Liz Parker (elizabethparker862@yahoo.com); Phone:  405-245-5388
 
Thank you for your time and thoughtfulness in giving this invitation your consideration.  Please expect a follow-up contact soon from one of the board members to discuss any ideas you may have.  And we look forward to welcoming you to the 8th annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival in June.

 (See the entry on the levels of sponsorship available)
 

4/2/14

BIBLICAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP AT FESTIVAL

Barbara Wright Jones
The "8th Annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival" June 13-14, 2014 in Bethany, Oklahoma will have concerts, workshops, ghost tales, and small group story swaps.  Among the workshops will be "Biblical Storytelling" on Saturday morning.
 

Leading the workshop will be Barbara Wright Jones and Cynthia Law Calloway.  Jones who is an author, educator and one-time Nazarene missionary to South America, has been sharing stories for many years.   Cynthia Laws Calloway, (M.Ed, LPC (retired)  lives to be a storyteller exemplar. She specializes in telling stories of women from the Bible and African American sheros. She is a lover of Old Negro Spirituals so you may hear her sing some of those songs in her stories.


Cynthia has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature from The Colorado College, and a Master’s in Education, Guidance and Counseling from University of Central Florida. Yes, she has travels extensively abroad and in the states as a military family member and wife and corporate trainer. She is completing another Master’s degree in Arts and Culture from Phillip Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK. 
 
Cynthia Laws Calloway
As an Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC, retired) she worked with trauma and families involved in the Murrah Building bombing, the May 3 tornado and the 9-11 terrorist attack. She now enjoys coaching and counseling individuals to overcome barriers to achievements their goals.  Cynthia’s stories are educational, spiritual and emotionally.

She is married to Roosevelt Calloway and has three daughters, three sons-in-laws, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  She and Roosevelt are both from Florida and hope to retire back there some day.

  
For more information and registration: www.territorytellers.org
 
The event will be held on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, along historic "Route 66" (now NW 39th Expressway).

4/1/14

COME GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66!

SPIRIT OF OKLAHOMA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

The 7th Annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival will convene in Bethany, Oklahoma on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, June 13-14, 2014.  The location is on the “Mother Road”, historic Route 66, so it will be an exciting time with keynote teller, Kent Rollins, “The Cowboy Cook and Storyteller.” Rollins has been featured with Bobby Flay on the Food Network.  The exciting two-day event is presented by Oklahoma’s only statewide storytelling arts organization, The Territory Tellers.

Along with slingin’ hash, Kent has become pretty good at slingin’ bull as he describes life on the range through poetry and storytelling. Don’t be surprised if Kent gets a chuckle out of you because his poetry and storytelling talents have earned him the Skinny Roland Humor Award for Best Humorist and Storyteller and he was nominated three times for Best Storyteller, all by the Academy of Western Artists.  In addition to Rollins, some of the best of Oklahoma’s very own storytelling artists will be sharing their most tantalizing tales.   On Saturday look forward to Rollins’ workshops on “Dutch Oven Cooking and Maintenance Workshop” and “Western Heritage.”

Professional storyteller Fran Stallings will offer “Positive Feedback: A Coaching Workshop” in a 2 part series on Saturday.  These session focus on providing crucial feedback to a volunteer teller and in the process others can learn ways to improve how they develop as a story artist.

There will lots of opportunity to hear delightful and intriguing tales during the festival. Major evening storytelling concerts, featuring the keynote and select regional artists on both evenings and spread throughout both days are other mini-story concerts (swaps) and always fun informal “table telling.” Vendors, a silent auction and other events will round out activities.

Musical entertainment on Friday night in a special “pre-concert” event will be with prairie jazz band F5 Four playing music inspired by contemporary Oklahoma folklore and iconography.

Other special events will include shivery “Ghost Tales in the Pavilion” at 9 pm on Friday with Kathryn Thurman, Marilyn A. Hudson (The Ghost Teller), and others.  Kathy Anderson will be sharing the history and lore of Route 66, which is Bethany's main street, in a special workshop. Kathy is former president of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association and current president of the Billboard Museum Association.  A new workshop of note this year is “Biblical Storytelling” on Saturday with Barbara Wright Jones and Cynthia Calloway.

Registration begins at 10 am on Friday and goes all day; first session and registration is at 8:00 am on Saturday and goes all day.  There is an admission fee (by day, full event, and some events, such as the Ghost Tales, are free).  All events take place in the Webster Commons building on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma.


For more information contact Marilyn A. Hudson (Contact Phone 405-307-0962; Contact Email marilynahudson@yahoo.com)  and see the complete festival schedule and registration information at www.territorytellers.org.

2/11/14

THE STATE OF STORY IN THE STATE: Third in a Series

"Old Days and New Ways"

The modern storytelling revival was presaged by the folk music of the early 1960's and there was a resurgence of the ballad, the folk story, and similar traditional folk arts. It was a 'fringe' experience, often limited to college campuses, coffee houses and the like.
 
Nearing the Bicentennial, in 1976, however, there was a renewed interest in discovering, reclaiming and reshaping traditional arts of all forms.  Candle-making, textile arts, and storytelling sprang to life.  Suddenly the traditions, amusements, and ways of pioneer folk became intensely interesting to academics, anthropologists, and many others.  As is often the case, the fact that many pockets of society and culture had never lost this particular art form - well, that was of small consequence. 
 
In the late 1970's and through the 1980's storytelling was "in."   It had been discovered by the artistic segments of society and was ratified by academics, social theorists, and arts communities as being 'valid' and 'authentic'.   Across the country storytellers emerged to speak for and from their unique vantage points : urban ghettos, inner city neighborhoods, small towns, rural hollows, mountain peaks, desert plains, and shady bayous.  Stories were everywhere!  Wasn't it lucky they were re-discovered and saved...
 
Storytelling has always been around. It never went anywhere. It simply did not fill the stage or the concert hall until it was socially recognized and an "approved" was stamped across it  by the arts community or the winds of a particular trend in society.
 
As the result of these trends, artificial elements,  and strange combinations of artistic DNA,  have resulted in limiting understanding of what storytelling is and what it can be.  The great white dancing stallions of Europe were put through precise, rigid forms, dressed in sparkling braid and with tall plumes in their hats. Audiences exclaimed at the grandeur of these dancing horses, weren't they clever to teach them to dance?   The truth was, the movements were nothing a horse did not or could not do on its own.  The rigid steps and artificial dress were the result of attempting to make the natural movements and abilities of the horse fit into an artificial and unnatural form (i.e., 'to dance').
 
Is this what some have attempted to do with storytelling as an art form?  Storytelling's legitimacy seems to often be measured, not against its own internal essence, but in comparison or contrast to another art form or communication  media. 
 
"Well, if storytelling were just more like....theater...stand-up comedy....or less rustic....home based....historic...spoken-word...or....."

"If storytelling was more stylized, spontaneous, hip, gritty, provocative....."

The evolution of an art form, to be authentic, must emerge from the art form and its working artists, to be of true value.  The purpose of the shift must be in response to the hunger of the artist to do something more, different, or achieve in a new manner.  Sometimes, that might even mean a return to an older traditional form but whatever the case it happens organically within the artistic realm. 

"Jazz" developed outside the confines of traditional standards of what comprised true music.
"Impression" developed outside the artistic world that defined true artistic painting by its intensive detail and realism.

Today, can we say that either of those two do not reflect true art?  If the voices that shrilled out derision or conformity had been listened to by many artists the world would be missing many enriching and lovely examples of artist expression.

The question for reflection might be: who is defining storytelling today, why, and how should the storytelling community respond?

THE STATE OF STORY IN THE STATE: Second in A Series

The Many Types of Traditional Storytelling


Hearth Side Telling:  The first instances of stories shared for education, instruction and values sharing occurs in the home or in the family unit. The "hearth" is  symbolic of that fire around which family life revolved, unified and learned.  The stories told around the kitchen table, at bedtime, and on the front porch that help to ground a person in their identity, the heritage, and their values as a member of that family unit.

Examples:
Kitchen Table Stories of Childhood
Bedtime Stories
Family History Stories

The Culture Bearing Storyteller:  These are the individuals who educate. shape and keep the history and values of the community.  They may be librarians, elders, ministers, religious leaders, educators, health care providers, youth leaders, and others.  They help define the corporate identity of a community (a town, an ethnic association,  a school, a church, a club, etc.) and are its historian remembering who the community was, why it is the way it is, and sharing that with future generations.

Examples:
Elders
Librarians
Teachers
Pastors/Religious Leaders
Community Leaders
Political Leaders


The Performing Storyteller: These are individuals who learn stories to share to entertain, to advocate, to persuade, to encourage, to motivate, and to make people think. They emerge from a variety of 'hearth' settings, shaped by a variety of culture bearing stories, and bring to the place where they share publically using the skills of oral communication.

Examples are diverse because the origins and influences are so varied.  There is no 'one' type of storyteller, no approved single form or style. That is its power and that is its strength.

2/10/14

THE STATE OF STORY IN THE STATE: First in a Series

As part of a larger research project, I explored how storytelling has developed, spread, and been promoted in the state of Oklahoma in modern times.  The process raised many questions, offered many concerns and led to some thinking about storytelling perceptions, promotions, and prejudices. 
 
One of the primary challenges storytelling has is the misunderstanding people have about just what that means.

Common uses of the term includes:
  • Screenwriting
  • Novel Writing
  • Sharing a Business narrative
  • Reading a book to children
  • Telling a Story to children
  • Telling a Story to any age group

As a result storytellers often hear: "What are you reading to the kids?"  There are, however, other less obvious side effects of this misunderstanding.  These involve assumptions about the nature and value of storytelling in this wired in, hooked up and electronically hip world.
 
Some assumptions about storytellers include:
They are cowboys
They are old people
They are Ethnic (Native American, African-American, etc.)
They are always costumed
They are always 'crazy'
They have be active, noisy, and theatrical to connect with child audiences
They have to be theatrical to connect with adult audiences
 
Some assumptions seem to be:
  • Storytellers are not artists or craftspeople
  • Storytellers have limited appeal
  • Storytellers are old-fashioned
  • Storytellers are too 'country' and unsophisticated
  • Storytellers are not 'performers'
  • Storytellers are not communicators
  • Storytellers are not important
  • Storytellers are just for children
These lead to other questions or issues, such as:
  • If storytellers are not important - why are they relegated to an audience of children? Don't children deserve the best of the arts? What does this say about how we value children in society? 
  • How can storytelling be outdated? Is ballet? Opera? 
  • If music can be expressed across genres and styles - why not storytelling with its many styles from rustic raconteur to stylized presentations of great elegance and beauty?
  • Storytellers can a big, loud force on a large stage or a small, mesmerizing and powerful force in an intimate venue.  In any setting they are great communicators.
  • If storytelling is so unimportant - why is the term associated with so many other types of creative activity? (film, writing, etc.)
 
The State of Story in the State: Confused and facing an identity crisis.

2/2/14

FREE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS OFFERED

Let me tell you about...."I Love Stories" Workshop.  Saturday, February 8TH, 2014 from 10 a.m. to about Noon.

Location: Education Wing, Wesley United Methodist Church (NW 25th and Classen; free parking and entrance on the west side- past Douglas).

 Two wonderful workshops will be offered for both the beginner and the more experienced story teller:

Chara Watson, Edmond, will share tips and methods to begin your storytelling journey. She holds a masters in storytelling from East Tennessee University.

 Kathryn Thurman, Del City, will share skills for those who have some experience but wish to fine tune skills in stage presence and use of microphones, etc.
 

11/23/13

Tonight is "Tellabration" in OKC

See previous entry for more details....

WEATHER UPDATE; TELLABRATION STATUS is "ON"
We are "ON" for this evening.  Streets are mostly dry and any storms due to arrive after midnight to the west or later on Sunday.

So the night will be cold but come warm your hearts and stir the imagination as we join to celebrate storytelling in a "TELLABRATION!(r)"

11/13/13

OKC TELLABRATION SET FOR NOV. 23

Let me tell you about.... the OKC Tellabration event!!

Contact: marilynahudson@yahoo.com /405-307-0962
EVENING OF STORYTELLING TO BENEFIT LOCAL HISTORIC CHURCH
 

Members of The Territory Tellers, the statewide story arts organization, the OKC Tellers (a new Oklahoma City story guild) and Wesley United Methodist Church will combine to present an evening of the storytelling art this November. The date is Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.  A special guided tour will be available from 5:00 to 5:40 p.m. followed by the story concert at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $10 per person and available by reservation or at the door.

The internationally notable event, "Tellabration", will be celebrated in numerous locations to highlight the rich tradition and ever-new innovation of the art of oral story sharing. Although produced locally, the event is in association with the National Storytelling Network in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  

The OKC Tellers  is a new Oklahoma City story guild that will begin meeting at the church in late summer. Storytellers will include numerous professional talents from across Oklahoma and will include Molly Lemmons (Mustang), Salley Riffey (Oklahoma City), Kathryn Thurman (Del City) and Chester Weems (Yukon).  M.C. will be author storyteller Marilyn A. Hudson (Norman).
Reserved tickets will be available for the event and will be available at the door.  
 
Funds raised will go to help with the historic preservation of the church, which was founded in 1910. The Lovely Gothic English style stone sanctuary dates to 1928.  The church sits beside the historic Route 66 as it loops through the area of the city designated "Uptown" and the “Asian District”. The church is located at NW 25th and Douglas Avenue, just north of NW 23 Street.  The current pure English Gothic architecture design sanctuary and stained glass art was dedicated in 1928.

To purchase tickets, donate to the fund, or reserve your tickets for the event, or information about the story guild, email event coordinator Marilyn A. Hudson, marilynahudson@yahoo.com.  
 
Hudson can also be contacted to do phone interviews with local radio stations.  If emailing put on the subject line: “OKC Tellabration.” The church is located at 1401 NW 25 (corner of NW 25 and Classen Blvd.) and the office phone is (405) 525-3521.

 

9/23/13

Storytelling in Lawton, Oklahoma: Voices from the Southern Plains


Voices from the Southern Plains: A Native American Story Concert. 
At 7:00 PM on Thursday Oct 10 at 816 W. Gore, Lawton OK. A Native-American themed story concert will be sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton.  This will be the first event of its kind ever held in the Lawton area.  Admission is free, donations are accepted.
Featured Tellers will be Jackie D. (Black Horse) Tointigh, Dovie Thomason, Lynn Moroney, Steve Kardaleff, Snoi Fellows, Weyodie Grandbergs-Duncan, and Sam McMichael

9/22/13

'SPIRIT OF OKLAHOMA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL' MOVING 2014!!!




Mark your calendars now for this great event to be held June 13-14, 2014 in Bethany, Oklahoma on the campus of Southern Nazarene University.  

The festival includes story swaps, concerts, ghost tales, a silent auction, workshops, and more. A nationally-known teller headlines the event, while dozens of regional tellers add their special flare. Don't miss it!

http://www.territorytellers.org/SpiritOfOklahoma/StorytellingFestival


2013 Oklahoma Tellabrations (tm) Set!

Let me tell you about....Tellabations (tm) this November in Oklahoma.

Fresheire Designs, 2008
November is the time for 'Tellabration' (tm), a evening of storytelling celebrated around the globe. Catch one near you this fall in Oklahoma!!

Nov. 16 /ROMP Tellabration
Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, Locust Grove
Stories, poetry, and more at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry. See the ROMP website for more information or contact Shaun Perkins via The Territory Tellers webpage.

Nov. 19 /WayWord Tellers Tellabration
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Choctaw Library
For more information, contact Susie Beasley.

Nov. 23 /Apache Tellabration
Clark-Hobert Community Building
7:00 p.m.
Contact Steve Kardaleff for more information.

Nov. 23 /Old Angus Barn Tellabration
Old Angus Barn Event & Cultural Center, Wolf
6:00 p.m.
Storytelling around a fire pit with refreshments. For more information, email Jeanette Harjo or call 405-398-4310.

Nov. 23 / OKC TELLERS (Oklahoma Association of Storytellers) Tellabration
Wesley United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Admission fees ($10 per person) from this storytelling event fund the preservation of the historic church. Contact Marilyn A. Hudson for info or call 405-307-0962.


For more information and updates visit www.territorytellers.org

8/22/13

Have questions about the new OKC Tellers group?

Let me tell you about....OKC TELLERS

Calendar This!

Let me tell you about....OKC Storytelling Festival this Friday and Saturday

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City's 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival will take place August 22-24 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive.

This must-see festival celebrates the art of storytelling. For over 30 years, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City has produced the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, which has delighted audiences with nationally-acclaimed storytellers, workshops and special performances. Named one of the best places to hear or tell a tale, Storytelling Festival offers performances by some of the nation's best tellers. (http://www.artscouncilokc.com/content/oklahoma-city-storytelling-festival )

Calendar This!

Sharing the news and happenings of Oklahoma storytelling. Let me tell you about....The Moth at Rose State College in October

http://www.rose.edu/rslive


The Moth Mainstage
October 3
7:30 p.m.
The Moth – hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal – is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Beyond a night of engaging, real-life theatre, The Moth Mainstage offers an environment for communities to come together celebration of common experience with a few “best-of” tellers from The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast. These storytellers will be telling brand-new regionally specific stories to be recorded and played on The Moth Radio Hour. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be a part of the making of this award-winning series. For more information about The Moth, visit their website. 
To purchase tickets call 405-297-2264 or purchase online atwww.myticketoffice.com. Please note that service fees apply.

7/29/13

Choctaw to Host Art of Storytelling Workshops, Aug. 3, Nov. 2.

Art of Storytelling Workshops

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman
Tips and techniques of storytelling will be the nexus of this informal gathering of storytellers.  Rosemary Czarski with WayWord Tellers and Oklahoma Territory Tellers will lead these sessions.   Sessions are free and open to those interested in the art of storytelling. Resource materials and refreshments will be provided   for Storytellers

C0-Sponsored by: Way Word Tellers & Oklahoma Territory Tellers

Saturday Aug 3, 2013
Saturday Nov  2, 2013
10:00 am—11:30 am
Choctaw Library
2525 Muzzy St
390-8418 ext 3 to register

7/27/13

Storytelling - VBS Style!

Let me tell you about....summer vacation Bible school at the cooperative Wesley and Crown Heights UM churches, OKC, OK.  Using different costumes, skits, improv, sign language, wisdom tales and silly songs storyteller Marilyn A. Hudson shared the lessons each night. Bible storytelling is a challenging and unique form of the story art, said Hudson who has been sharing stories with audiences across Oklahoma for nearly 20 years.

6/24/13

OKC Tellabration Announces Partial List of Tellers

PRESS RELEASE
June 23, 2013
Contact: Marilyn A. Hudson

LOCAL EVENT TO BENEFIT HISTORIC SITE

          Each year around the country, people gather in a variety of settings to do one thing, celebrate the age old but always delightfully new tradition of oral storytelling. Lending their talents to the Oklahoma City celebration will include Molly Lemmons, Mustang, Ok; Kathryn Thurman, Del City, Ok; Salley Riffey, OKC, OK.   MC for the event will be  storyteller/author Marilyn A. Hudson, Norman, OK.  
            The event, part of an international event, is co-sponsored by the National Storytelling Network, the Oklahoma Territory Tellers, the Oklahoma Association of Storytellers/ OKC Tellers guild and Wesley United Methodist Church.  
            The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at Wesley UMC, NW 25th and Douglas Ave (just north of NW 23rd and Classen).  A special guided tour of the historic sanctuary stained glass and architecture will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the storytelling performances will begin at 6 p.m.  Tickets for the benefit will be $10 per person with funds going to the preservation of the historic building dating to 1928.
            Wesley United Methodist Church was founded in November of 1910 and the current sanctuary dedicated in May of 1928. The church and its people have a unique history in the church located just off the early ‘Route 66’ through the city.  A triangle of land on the east front of the property was deeded by early Oklahoma City business leader, A. Classen.
            All of the artists sharing their talents are experienced professional tellers who can delight any audience with stories diverse, humorous, thoughtful and challenging. 

Molly Lemmons, "With Tales to Tell"

Molly Lemmons is an award-winning author, and the stories she tells are taken from her very own book, "Kind of Heart," released for publication in 2000. Her stories, told unashamedly from her heart, are stories of life, loves, childhood, relationships, family and friends as she lived it during her growing up years in the 1950's when things were as they ought to be. 
Her stories will tug at your heartstrings and encourage you to celebrate God, families, and life. She believes that "No One Lives To Be Forgotten!" And keeping their stories alive, no one WILL be forgotten.   She is also the author of "The Passing of Paradise," an inspirational romance novel that was released in 2005. 
Her latest publications are: As Bright and as Pure as the Driven Snow, a study and worksheet manual written for young girls on the topic of God's plan for sexual purity before marriage, Seize the Flashbacks! a how-to manual on heart writing, Hold My Hand, My Precious Child, a book honoring mothers, and We are Invisible, a help-manual for caregivers everywhere. She has been published in the Chicken Soup Series, the Heavenly Patchwork Series, and many periodicals as well as newspapers in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. All six of her books may be ordered from Amazon.com or directly from her via email. 

Available for both storytelling and workshops, she has taught classes on How to Write and Tell Life's Memories (from the heart), adapting her classes to all ages. Her book, Seize the Flashbacks! is a companion book to her book, Kind of Heart and is the class manual used for her writing/telling classes.  
For Oklahoma's Centennial, she has developed and performed the character of Mattie Beal, Lawton's lady who won the second drawing in the 1901 Land Lottery.  She has also developed, and performed other stories that she has taken from Oklahoma's history, having grown up and lived in Oklahoma for seventy years.  She is a member of Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.,Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.,Tejas Storytelling Festival, Women's Inspirational Network, Christian Storytelling Network, Oklahoma Association of Storytellers, Oklahoma Performers and Presenters, and is a member of Oklahoma Territory Tellers. 
She was selected as first runner up for "Ms. Senior Oklahoma 2011," and is a member of the "Age of Elegance Club," a group of former Ms. Sr. Oklahoma contestants who have, at over age sixty, reached "the age of elegance." 


Kathryn Thurman, "Contemporary Native American Flutist"


 Kathryn Thurman is a professional Musician and Storyteller who uses her unique musical background to create entertaining stories that can be enhanced with different types of music. Audiences may see such instruments as the psaltery, slide whistle, finger cymbals, spoons, kazoos, and percussion frogs. She has spent the last twenty years performing in schools, libraries, museums, Girl Scout camps, civic groups and community events. Each program is crafted with an element of fellowship, friendship, and fun, perfect for any type of audience.
A published Author and Book Reviewer, she travels to diverse locations to perform for audiences of all ages, such as preschool children who love animal stories, Book Clubs looking for a book review, Seniors who enjoy family stories, school students learning about the Land Run, and Scouts who love Ghost Stories at the Campfire.
With a background involving over fifty theatrical and musical productions, Kathryn brings the spontaneity of the theater into her performances. When possible, she adds audience participation and interaction by teaching a song or dance movement, clapping a lively rhythm or rap rhyme.
Kathryn's background includes a (Muskogee) Creek Great-Grandmother who shared her heritage through stories, and began Kathryn's journey that has led her to becoming an accomplished Native American flute musician and teacher.
Her Musical Story Programs include:  Fairy Tales & Folktales from around the World / Campfire and Ghost Stories / Land Run and Cowboy Stories / Oklahoma Tall Tales / Native American Trickster Tales and Animal Stories



Sally Riffey  

Her stories will tickle your funny bone and pluck at your heart strings!

Sally is a native of Oklahoma City and feels that her roots go deep into Oklahoma's red clay.  Her stories have been called Stories from the Heart.

As a Storyteller, Sally enjoys telling folktales, original stories and stories of the season with a deep passion for Biblical stories.   She has been a participant in the annual Easter drama The Great Plains Passion Play.

Sally does Biblical portrayals of Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of Jesus in Biblical costume as a solo drama presentation. A highlight of Sally's storytelling career was the recent opportunity to tell Biblical stories at several sites in Jerusalem and at the Sea of Galilee.

Sally has taken her stories behind prison walls to our state and federal prisons. She has been a featured teller at Tellabration and Oklahoma Olio. She has also told stories at WinterTales, the Oklahoma City Arts Festival, for the opening of the Oklahoma Trails at the Oklahoma City Zoo. She frequently tells stories for civic organizations, women's ministry groups, churches, schools, professional business groups, as well as Easter and Christmas presentations and programs.

Sally is a member of Territory Tellers which is Oklahoma's premier storytelling organization.  She is also a past board member of Deaconess Hospital Health Venture Corporation.

Marilyn A. Hudson, MC

Marilyn A. Hudson is an author, historian, and storyteller who has been traveling the twists and turns of the "Story Road" for nearly 20 years. Her audience experience ranges from young children to senior adults and she has traveled each summer since 1999 sharing tales for public libraries during their summer reading emphasis. She presents original stories, as well as historical and folklore tales, with her own little twists.

She is also "The Ghost Teller" specializing in haunted tales of literature, history, and folklore. She frequently conducts benefit concerts at the historic Overholser Mansion in OKC, "Scary Tales and Twilight Tours." Marilyn is a member of the Territory Tellers, the Association of History Performers, and a facilitator of the Oklahoma City storytelling guild, Oklahoma Association of Storytellers.

She frequently conducts events blending both her storytelling and her writing for adult and teen audiences. Her published works include "The Bones of Summer", "Tales of Hell's Half Acre", "When Death Rode the Rails", "Murderous Marriages" and the novel, "The Mound".  

Visit her webpage at www.mahudson.blogspot.com

For information on tickets, events, or interviews please email event facilitator, Marilyn A. Hudson at marilynahudson@yahoo.com



6/13/13

Local Story Event Will Benefit Historic Site

Let me tell you about....Tellabration 2013

Mark your calendars for "Tellabration" on Sat. Nov. 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. The
event will feature a guided tour of the significant architectural and artistic elements of the 1928 English Gothic sanctuary prior to an evening of delightful stories! 

Funds raised will go to the historic preservation of this building located just off the Uptown OKC leg of the historic Route 66. 


Map to the location.

6/8/13

Big, Bold Plans for 2013

Let me tell you about....plans!

Oklahoma Association of Storytellers
There is some interest in forming an Oklahoma City storytelling guild, the Oklahoma Association of Storytellers.  It will encompass all forms of storytelling, including historic presenters and Biblical storytelling.  It will partner as possible with the Association of Historic Presenters and the state storytelling organization, The Territory Tellers to provide story swaps, training opportunities and events. 

There is a dialogue right now with a local institution to co-host or sponsor the guild by providing a meeting place and event location.

3/30/13

Let me tell you about....




6/7/12

PASSING THE TORCH TO NEW GENERATIONS


Let me tell you about....coaching storytelling.

Doug Lipman has a resource to help in achieving the goal of creating a new generation of tellers in The Storytelling Coach.

Mentoring, or the more recent term coaching, is an important means of training, inspiring, and encouraging new talent and new voices to emerge on the storytelling stage.



6/6/12

Oklahoma's State Storytelling Organization Sets Board

Oklahoma Tellers News - (Oklahoma City) - -  The Territory Tellers, the only statewide organization promoting the art of storytelling in Oklahoma, met for their annual membership meeting on Sat., June 2, 2012 in Seminole, Oklahoma.  The executive membership was set at  Darla LAllier, President  (Tulsa, OK) ;  Tony Hardman, VP(Goodwell, OK) ; Molly Lemmons, Secretary (Mustang, OK), Liz Parker, Past President (Midwest City, OK).

Also seated were a new slate for the Board of Directors :  Paulette Geeslin (Oklahoma City, OK) ;
Marilyn Hudson (Norman, OK); Barbara Jones (Oklahoma City, OK) ;Steve Kardaleff (Lawton, OK);
Sheron Rodgers (Warr Acres, OK);  Bonnie Smith (Paden, OK);  Teresa Vail (LeQuire, OK);

Other positions filled included the NSN Rep., Nancy Lenhart Matthews (Bartlesville, OK) ; webmanager,  Shaun Perkins (Locust Grove, OK); editor of the membership newsletter,  Tina Saner (Ardmore, OK); and Parliamentarian, Kathryn Thurman (Del City, OK).

Territory Tellers is 501(3)c organization which sponsors the annual "Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival" in Seminole, Oklahoma; helps support the OKC Arts Council in the annual Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival; sponsors various training and artistic concerts across the state, including the annual "Tellebrations!(TM)" celebrating stories for adults and families.