Tonight is "Tellabration" in OKC

See previous entry for more details....

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)"



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

Contact: marilynahudson@yahoo.com /405-307-0962

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.



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



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!


2013 Oklahoma Tellabrations (tm) Set!

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

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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


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


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.


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


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.


OKC Tellabration Announces Partial List of Tellers

June 23, 2013
Contact: Marilyn A. Hudson


          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


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.


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.


Let me tell you about....