Mark Your Calendars - You Don't Want to Miss These Events!

What's going on out there in storytelling? Here's our list of currently scheduled storytelling events around North Carolina and beyond! Be sure and check back with us often, as this list changes.

Guild sponsored events

January 2018

January 26-28: NCSG Winter Workshop. Will be led by Sheila Kay Adams.  To be held on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC.  DOWNLOAD MORE INFORMATION  Contact Terry Rollins or Dianne Hackworth

May 2017

May 5-7: NCSG Spring Retreat.  Storytelling Workshop to be presented by storyteller, Alan Hoal.  Wildacres Conference Center, Little Switzerland, NC.  Contact: Dianne Hackworth at dianne@diannehackworth.com or 865.457.3392.  More information to come.

November 2017

November 3-4: NCSG Storytelling Festival.  Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy, NC.  More details TBA.

Other events:

On-Going

The Asheville Storytelling Circle. Meets 3rd Monday of each month - 7:00pm.  Asheville Terrace, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC.  Contact Wallace Shealy, wshealy@wallaceshealy.com or 828.581.4603.

Chapel Hill Story Circle.  Meets second Tuesday of each month, 7pm.  Please contact Sarah Beth Nelson for address: voxfabularum@gmail.com  https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillstorycircle/

The Inner Banks Storytellers Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Beaufort County Arts Council building.  Washington, NC.  For more information, contact Terry Rollins at 252.402.8595. 

Northern Wake Storytelling Circle and Meetup.  Monthly, usually third Sunday at 3pm.  Page 158 Books, 158 S. White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587. Contact Claire Ramsey at claire@storieswithclaire.com.  Current dates listed on www.storieswithclaire.com and www.storystorewf.com. 

Story Spinners Guild.  3rd Monday of every month, Sept. through May.  Storytelling Arts Center, 131 S. Main St., Laurinburg, NC. 910.277.3599.

Terry Rollins leads Washington Haunts: the Historic Ghost Walk. Washington, NC.  Contact 252.402.8595.

Triad Storytelling Exchange. Meets 3rd Thursday of each month - 6:00pm.  CityArts suite, Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC.  Contact Charlotte Hamlin at chamlin1@triad.rr.com.

The Village StorytellersFirst Tuesday of the Month, 7:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 301 E Whitaker Mill Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina (come in the patio door on the side, below the sanctuary).  Share your story and help others improve theirs.  Note: Center schedule may cause change of Tuesday - contact Gale Buck or check Village Storytellers in Facebook for next event.  Contact: Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com.

 

February 2017

February 15: Spoken Word OPEN MIC! David Joe Miller Presents his ever popular, Spoken Word OPEN MIC!   7pm, sign-up at 6:30pm, limit of 10 min. for a story, poem, or written work.  Hosted by Pete Koschnick and Gary Sizer.  Free.  Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, NC.  Contact 828.575.2844 for dinner reservations; davidjoetells@yahoo.com; http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/events/

February 18-20: Saint Simons Island Storytelling Festival, hosted by Epworth By The Sea.  Featured tellers will be Donald Davis, Andy Offutt Irwin, Bil Lepp and Lyn Ford.  Questions email: lstrande@epworthbythesea.org.  Registration: https://www.hform.com/form.cgi?10875852

February 25: WORD! Celebrates Black History.  David Joe Miller Presents a very special WORD show, in honor of Black History!  7 time winner of The Moth Story Slam, Raymond Christian will be joined by Roy Harris, past president of the Asheville Storytelling Circle, and poets Elizabeth Meade and Jasmine Henderson.  Also, telling her story will be street entertainer/busker and vocalist, Rhoda Weaver.  FREE show sponsored by the Buncombe County Friends of the Library.  Best suited for adults.  Time: 2pm.  Address: Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., Asheville, NC.  Phone: 828.808.1150.  Email: davidjoetells@yahoo.com or Website: www.storytellincalendar.com

 

March 2017

March 1: Story Swap.  A monthly (first Wednesday of every month), community event for sharing stories in a friendly back porch style at the charming Clay Pot Coffee Shop! We have a feature teller each month and a rotation of solid regulars who bring a whole lot of life to the mic! Come to listen or put your name in the Story Swap Hat for a 5 min chance to share a tale of your own! What's your story? We want to know! 7-8:30pm; Free.  Clay Pot Coffee Shop, 166 S. Dargan Street, Florence, SC.  Contact: 843.260.5431; suchastoryteller@hotmail.com; https://www.facebook.com/StorySwap/

March 3-5: Azalea Storytelling Festival 2017.  Will feature master storyteller Donald David and others.  More information TBA.  214 Bull Street, LaGrange, GA.  Contact: lspageneral@lsparts.org or 706.882.9909.

March 11: Annual Culpeper Tells Festival.  The featured tellers will be Donald Davis along with Adam Booth, Geraldine Buckley and Michael Reno Harrell.  Presented by the Friends of the Culpeper County Library.  Contact: culpepertells@gmail.com; http://www.facebook.com/CulpeperTells or 540.825.8691.

March 11: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling.  Emcee: Jocelyn Drum Marks. Tellers: Ken Corsbie, Eric Bannan, Claire Ramsey, Ron I. Jones, Barbara J. Lott.  Family friendly - stories most enjoyed by those 8 and above.  Refreshments served.  Free “but we pass the pith helmet.”  6:30-9pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  Contact CynthiaRaxter@ gmail.com, 919.444.9535 or http://www.bynumfrontporch.org/

March 12: Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch presents “Tales from the Porch” A storytelling concert on Sunday, 2 pm at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Local tellers provide stories of the cultural legacy of our neighbors - featuring Kathy Gordon, Catherine Flaherty, RoseLynn Katz, and Becky Stone. Hosted by Tom Chalmers of “Listen to This”. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com.

March 15: Spoken Word OPEN MIC! will feature Nancy Reeder, of Franklin, NC and award winning, Cherokee Storyteller, Lloyd Arneach from Cherokee, NC.  Free.  You will have the chance at ten minutes on our stage to tell your story, recite your poetry or read your written work.  No theme and No competition.  Just fun.  Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, NC.  Contact 828.575.2844 for dinner reservations.  http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/events/

March 17: Charleston Tell Festival.  Enjoy an evening with Robert Jones during the first quarterly presentation of Charleston Tells Concert Series. Jones is an inspirational storyteller and musician who celebrates the history, humor and power of American roots music.  Presented by Charleston County Public Library, Charleston Tells blends the area’s Southern charm and rich heritage with a deep-rooted respect for oral history as a revered art form.  To learn more about the artist and purchase tickets, visit the website below.  Time: 7-8:30pm.  Admission: $10-$12.  Address: 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC.  Contact: 843.805.6930; publicrelations@ccpl.org or Website: http://www.ccpl.org/CharlestonTells

March 23: Front Porch Stories.  Raleigh's Front Porch Stories returns with three wondrous storytellers sharing exciting tales from around the world.  Pamela Alberda is 2015 Bold-Faced Liars' Champion and enjoys folk tales from around the world as well as tall tales filled with laughter. Ken Grant offers tales from Army life, young man's life on the Mississippi, and other stories.  With an artistic background (she is a painter) Janis Epton takes a different twist as she paints her canvas with elaborate descriptions that almost jump into your lap. Our Emcee will be Ms Beky O'Connel, another experienced leader in many fields, some on motorcycle.  Thursday, 7pm.  Admission: Just One Smile.  Westminster Presbyterian Church, 301 E Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC.  Visit www.frontporchstories.org or contact Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com.

March 25: Storyteller Tim Lowry to present TWO shows for children and families. Morning show - 10am; afternoon show - 2pm, Weaverville Library, 41 N Main St. Weaverville, NC.  Contact: http://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/ or 828.250.6482.

March 25: David Joe Miller Presents, Dr. Joseph Sobol with "Jack and the Least Gal."  Free and sponsored by The Buncombe County Friends of the Library and David Joe Miller.  Enter the phantasmagorical world of JACK, the Appalachian wonder tale hero and his feminine counterpart THE LEAST GAL in a concert of intertwining fold tales at 2pm.  Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Asheville, NC.  Contact: 828.250.4700 or http://www.davidjoemiller.com/

March 26-April 1: Writing from the Heart.  Class on writing and storytelling, led by Bobbie Pell.  What does it mean to "write from the heart" in today's world? By examining personal definitions of this phrase, writer of all levels will learn to deepen characterization, to interweave emotional threads into exhilarating plot lines, and to examine imagery to relay mood. Short exercises, storytelling works by national tellers, and journaling methods will expand your writing horizons.  Prior to registering, please read our General Information and Policies.  John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC.  https://classes.folkschool.org/ or 1.800.365.5724. 

March 31-April 1: 3rd  Annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival.  Friday and Saturday; 9am to 9pm.  Open to public.  Stories by national story teller Bill Lepp and others. Music with singer/songwriter John McCutcheon. Family friendly stories, Appalachian memories, tall tales, children stories, ghost stories.  Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia.  Visit www.yhc.edu/storytelling or contact local teller Kanute Rarey, 502.525.7272 or KanuteTells@gmail.com. 

April 2017

April 5: Story Swap  A monthly (first Wednesday of every month), community event for sharing stories in a friendly back porch style at the charming Clay Pot Coffee Shop! We have a featured teller each month and a rotation of solid regulars who bring a whole lot of life to the mic!  Come to listen or put your name in the Story Swap Hat for a 5 min chance to share a tale of your own! What's your story? We want to know! 7:00pm to 8:30pm;  Free!  Address: 166 S Dargan Street, Florence, SC.  Phone: 843.260.5431;  Email: suchastoryteller@hotmail.com; Website: https://www.facebook.com/StorySwap/

April 7-9: Taking Your Story to the Stage Storytelling Workshop with Connie Regan-Blake.  The focus of this 3-day intensive is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” The workshop begins Friday with group and partner exercises and individual feedback to smooth rough edges and polish your story. The workshop culminates in a performance. On Saturday evening we will meet at 6:45pm to welcome our audience for the performance. The workshop concludes Sunday with reflection on the performance.  9am-4pm; $450; Early registration discounts available.  Address: 51 Vance Gap Rd. Asheville,NC.  Contact: 828. 258.1113; connie@storywindow.com; https://www.facebook.com/events/400370466964873/

April 8: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling.  Emcee: Garry Lipson. Tellers: Ken Corsbie, Tyndall Harris, Pam Smith and {C}Suzi Whalen.  Family friendly - stories most enjoyed by those 8 and above.  Refreshments served.  Free “but we pass the pith helmet.”  6:30-9pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  Contact CynthiaRaxter@ gmail.com, 919.444.9535 or http://www.bynumfrontporch.org/

April 19:  An Evening with Chuck Brodsky.  David Joe Miller Presents an Evening with Chuck Brodsky.  Singer/songwriter/storyteller and all around great guy, Chuck Brodsky will once again entertain us at Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Road Asheville, NC.  Doors open at 5pm, show at 7pm.  We recommend dinner reservations by calling 828-575-2844.  Last years show SOLD OUT! so please get your tickets online early and call for a reservations for a dinner time somewhere between 5:15 and 6:30pm, as the show begins at 7pm.  $15-$17.  Contact: 828.575.2844; davidjoetells@yahoo.com; Tickets: Eventbrite.com or http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/events/ 

April 21-23: Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.  Featured tellers: Noa Baum and Donna Washington along with 2016 New Voice tellers: Igrid Nixon, Rona Levanthal, Mike Lockett and Marge Pulliam.  Liar's Contest, Amateur Competition, plus more, and of course, lots of soup!  Woodruff Library, 234 East Hayne St., Woodruff, SC.  Contact: karyn@stonesoupsc.com; http://stonesoupsc.com/ or 864.476.8770.

April 28-29: Sounds of the Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival.  Featured will be Donald Davis, Dolores Hydock, Ed Stivender, Kim Weitkamp and After Jack, a musical trio.  Camp Bethel, 328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA.  Contact: campbetheloffice@gmail.com

May 2017

May 2-6: Teller in Residence, with Bil Lepp.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

May 7-13: Spring Storytelling Retreat & Adventure.  Join master storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake for her exciting spring workshop in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.  Seven days of practice and performance, feedback, and discovery.  All levels of expertise are welcome, from beginner to experienced teller.  Contact: http://www.storywindow.com/ or 828.258.1113.

May 13: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling.  Emcee: Mark Brady. Tellers: Sam Pearsall, Revonda Crow, Gretchen McNeely, Russell Davis, Cynthia Raxter.  Family friendly - stories most enjoyed by those 8 and above.  Refreshments served.  Free “but we pass the pith helmet.”  6:30-9pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  Contact CynthiaRaxter@ gmail.com, 919.444.9535 or http://www.bynumfrontporch.org/

May 19-21: Cherokee Storytelling.  Class led by Lloyd Arneach.  Experience traditional Cherokee storytelling with a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Explore Native American spirituality and how it is shared through stories. Learn to recognize the lessons nature shares with us and how to bring these lessons alive with stories. All levels welcome.  Prior to registering, please read our General Information and Policies.  John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC.  https://classes.folkschool.org/ or 1.800.365.5724.

May 20: Cooking Up Stories.  Workshop with Master Storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake.  Saturday, 1-4pm.  Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC.  Contact: Connie Regan-Blake: http://www.storywindow.com/ or 828.258.1113.

May 20: Made from Scratch, Storytellers Dottie Jean Kirk and Connie Reagan Blake Serve Up Delicious Southern Stories.  Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC.  Contact: Dorothy Kirk at 828.859.9528.

June 2017

June 2-4: Ocrafolk Festival 2017, a storytelling and music festival in the heart of the village on Ocracoke Island, NC.  The festival features musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island and Eastern Carolina.  Master storyteller, Donald Davis will be a featured storyteller.  In addition to weekend performances, events include a Friday Night “Taste of Ocracoke."  http://outerbanksthisweek.com/ocracokealive/events/ocrafolk-festival

June 13-17: Teller in Residence, with Andy Offutt Irwin.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

June 20-24: Teller in Residence, with Bill Harley.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

June 29-July 2: NSN National Storytelling Conference 2017.  "All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration & Migration."  Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri.  http://www.storynet.org/conference/. 

July 2017

July 11-15: Teller in Residence, with Dan Kedding.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

July 15: Storyteller & Musician, Michael Reno Harrell.  Performing at the Fireman's Kitchen at Saturday 8:00pm. 30 3rd Street NW, Hickory, NC.  Contact: 828.328.2283.

July 23-29: Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure.  Join master storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake for the summer offering her Retreat & Adventure in the beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains.  Seven days of practice and performance, feedback, and discovery. All levels of expertise are welcome, from beginner to experienced teller.  Contact: connie@storywindow.com or 828.258.1113.