Red Ribbon Day, Saturday October 30, an exciting tradition in Moore, Oklahoma officially begins with a city-wide parade. The first Red Ribbon Culture Jam directly follows, kicking off at 12:00 p.m. at the Moore Public Library 225 South Howard. The Culture Jam is broad in focus and offers a huge line-up of musical entertainment, story performances, cooking demonstrations, and boasts an international marketplace.

“The Cultural Jam is completely unique to Moore,” says Tera McAmis, Outreach Specialist for Moore Public Library. “You’ve heard the cliché, ‘Something for Everyone and the Red Ribbon Culture Jam truly lives up to that billing. Our focus is four cultural regions: Asian, Celtic, Hispanic, and African, with each area celebrated through a variety of arts.”

On the Sounds of the World stage, Damon Frazier and Rithm Company kicks off the event with West African drumming; followed by OU Arashi Taiko a vibrant Asian drum-band; and All About Irish Dance jigging to Celtic beats. Jesse Bills demonstrates his special talent on the bagpipe. The headlining act, Son del Barrio, closes the entire show with a knock-out performance of high energy and driving music, that invites dancing and just letting go. Various food vendors will also be available in the North Parking lot area.

The Cooking Pot sponsored by Platt College, features chefs creating cultural dishes. Participants can learn about distinctive cuisines, watch how dishes are prepared, and experience unique spices, ingredients, and traditions. Free samples and recipes are part of these exciting demonstrations.

Fables and Folk Lore is where story-telling takes on new dimensions. Anam Cronan performs Celtic legends accented with flute and harp performances. DWe Williams spins African stories and tales. Narrators from the OCU Korean Student Association weave magical tales from the mystic east and Diana Tono chronicles myths in the Hispanic tradition.

World Neighbors sponsor a cultural marketplace, The International Fair-Trade Market with a full spectrum of arts, crafts, and creations for sale. Travel the ‘globe’ in Moore for hand-crafted items such as Nepali handbags, Guatemalan textiles, multi-cultural jewelry, tribal masks, coffees and chocolates, and Peruvian pottery. All the products are ‘fair-trade certified’ guaranteeing that the artisans receive a fair wage for their work. Buy special gifts and give back at the same time.

Take World Neighbors’ Water Walk and experience firsthand what life is like for some women in the poorest areas of the world. In many developing countries, billions of people have inadequate access to water, which needs to be gathered daily for survival needs. “Walk” in their footsteps…carry large containers of water, walk barefoot over stones, sand, and rocks and you will never take water for granted again.

Four hours of simultaneous events are planned. Choose your favorite venues! Participants can come-and-go, enjoy the music, or stop by cooking demonstrations. Experience folk tales or shop in the bazaar. After the Culture Jam ends at 4:00 p.m., families are invited to Haunt Old Town at Broadway and Main, where the Old Town Association is hosting Halloween fun and festivities.

The Red Ribbon Culture Jam is sponsored by World Neighbors, Platt College, The Oklahoma Arts Council, the City of Moore, Pioneer Library System and Friends of the Moore Public Library. For more information call Moore Public Library 791-5100.

[press release from PLS >http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/mootop/94-check/2167-moores-red-ribbon-culture-jam-festival]



Due to conflicting schedules of trick or treating and sports activities it has been deemed best to cancel the Sat. night session and tours at the historic site.  Friday evening, Oct. 29 will be the final sessions and tours of the historic site for this halloween season. Contact the mansion for reservations to hear Marilyn A. Hudson and take the tour.



Brian "Fox" Ellis is an internationally renowned storyteller, author and naturalist. He has been a featured speaker at dozens of state and regional reading and science teacher conferences. He will be in Tulsa om Nov. 20th, 2010.  Tulsa Audubon  would like to extend a special invitation to the Master Naturalists, Oklahoma Storytellers and Native Plant Society folks to plan to attend most of Saturday Nov 20th:
8:00 a.m. - Birding With Audubon, Oxley Nature Center

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Bird is the Word Workshop - Oxley Nature Center

6:00 p.m. - Adventures with Audubon - Monte Cassino Performing Arts Center

Details are posted on the Tulsa Audubon web page: http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/75th-anniversary.htm

Please help publicize these events. We are encouraging folks to register so we have a handle on numbers, Please reserve your spot by contacting Jim Mitchell atjc4649mit@cox.net or 918-272-6755
All events are free thanks to the generosity of Tulsa Audubon, Friends of Oxley Nature Center, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Monte Cassino School, and the Riverfield Country Day School.



Bartlesville OK is having their second Ghost Walk on Oct 20-21. Several tellers from Territory Tellers will be telling spooky tales in various historical buildings in town: Tony Hardman, Fran Stallings, Dianne Fallis and Nancy Matthews.

The historical Price Tower which is a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be a rest stop with music, free hor douvers (spell), and you can purchase drinks as well. Two resturants in town will have tellers and while you are there you might want to linger and have supper. Both have really good food. The tour will include buildings that have some verrrry interesting history with ghosts, murder and mayhem committed in or near them.

Tickets for the tour are $5.00 and for those of you who may have a walking problem, we have a trolloy for transportation to various locations.


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Choctaw Library Hosts Storytelling this Fall

The Choctaw Library, WayWord Tellers, and Territory Tellers is hosting "Spooky, Chilly, Jump Tales" on Monday, October 18, 6:00-7:30 PM at the Choctaw Library. Join us for an enjoyable evening of chillers and thrillers for the whole family. Talented yarn spinners from throughout Oklahoma will share their spookiest stories. Light refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 2525 Muzzy in Choctaw Oklahoma. For more information call 390-8418.

Tellabration(TM) 2010: An Evening of Stories will be held at the Choctaw Library on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:00-7:30 PM. Molly LouBelle Lemmons will lead several tellers in telling tales suitable for school age children and adults. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact the library at 390-8418.



Let me tell you about....storytellers who walk on the wild side! Often unrecognized, these are the storytellers who enchant, entertain, and educate during the haunting times of the year and on tours through various corners of any region.

They dress in costumes, provide stories as they tour aged corners of a community, historic sites with strange visitors, recount daring deeds and old mysteries. Others, go legend tripping, investigate spooky old places, and carry strange bits of electronic paraphernalia and then share their tales in a variety They, like all other storytellers, delve into the pool of human legends, myths, and the ongoing folklore of the urban legend.

The members of paranormal groups, historic site ‘ghost/cemetery tour guides’, and similar individuals sprinkled around any locale. Since many are often unconnected to any storytelling group they provide an excellent opportunity to encourage people with kindred interests to get connected to local guilds. Many are aligned with theatrical groups, tourism agencies, and volunteers for historic real estate and there is no reason why they should be story friends.

Others have no exposure to storytelling and provide a wonderful new pool of people to introduce to the diversity and fellowship in the storytelling world.

As the “Oklahoma Ghost Teller,” I have met many such people while doing stories at local paranormal conferences, fairs, events at local historic sites, local libraries, and similar events. I am mentoring two right now because they want to learn how to share their interests in more engaging and interesting manner. In the past, storytellers have often bemoaned people who have wanted to box storytellers into a ‘kids only’ container. They wanted recognition for other visions for the art form and the same applies with connecting to these new groups and audiences. All it requires is a willingness to expand the parameters of the story tent and tap into a popular body of mythic – if alternative – story sources.


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The OKC StorySLAM is a monthly open mic event that usually takes place at the Istvan Gallery, 1218 N. Western in OKC.

October 15, 7 p.m. - Theme: "Skeletons in the Closet"
November 19, 7p.m. - Theme: "Worst day Ever"

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