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Tim Lowry is Americana with a microphone.

Tim tells stories of the People, by the People, and for the People. With his engaging Southern wit, Tim mixes stories of American history and folklore with personal tales of growing up in Kentucky, traveling across this country, and living on the "Sweet Tea Trail" in Summerville, South Carolina.

"Tim brings a freshness, dramatic poise and side-wit, that is clearly a Southern flavor. He has done this with authenticity and intensity, never breaking dramatic character." – Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Eth-Noh-Tec

"From the time he took to the stage, Tim Lowry claimed the full attention of his audience. With just a couple sentences, he linked the previous story to his own and forever bonded, not only story to story but himself to listeners. And for the rest of the festival, they followed him wherever he was performing. They loved Tim’s style, his humor, his material and the man himself." –  Peg O'Sullivan, Connecticut Storytelling Festival

For more information about Tim, visit his website – http://www.storytellertimlowry.com

– 2016 Schedule of Events

All events held at the College Center at Crozier Williams

All Festival events on Friday and Saturday, including registration, performances, workshops and meals, will be held in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, the college's student union on the Connecticut College campus, unless otherwise noted.

Go here for a campus map to the college center at Crozier Williams and event parking.
Click here for directions to Connecticut College.

Friday, April 29

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     CABARET

Entertainment for Grown-Ups, with wine and refreshments.
Tim Lowry – The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Southern Style
Judith Heineman & Dan Marcotte –  Renaissance bards and lute say, “Sing along!” Tales and tunes of spirits liquid and vaporous.
Valerie Tutson –  The Battle Axe. Learning grandmother's real name

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Saturday, April 30

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION –  Browse Vendors

Coffee and mingle. We're friendly.

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   A GATHERING OF TELLERS

Judith Heineman & Dan Marcotte – A Yiddish King Lear from the Lower East Side
Valerie Tutson –  How We Got the Stars. From an South African folktale
Jennifer Munro – Grandfather is coming to live with us. What's next?

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Tim Lowry of South Carolina in Concert

The Seersucker Perspective

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.   LUNCH & SHOPPING

NEW and Beloved Vendors –  Rare storytelling CDS, props and much more.

1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   WORKSHOP - Session 1

1. Crafting and Telling Historical Stories - Jo Radner
Special appeal to teachers, to museum staff and docents, and to collectors and history lovers.

What makes a good story that can engage listeners in history? Too often we tell general, sketchy anecdotes or provide bland factual information even about our favorite moments or keepsakes. How do we develop those seeds into full, shapely stories to delight listeners (or readers)? In this active workshop participants will experiment with a toolbox of practical storytelling techniques to make historical stories more vivid and engaging. By the end, each person will have more awareness of how stories are shaped – and will have, as well, a new story to tell.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   WORKSHOP - Session 1

2. Integrating Social Studies and English Language Arts through story - Tim Lowry
Geared toward teachers of American history and English

The power of a good story well-told fires the imagination and motivates students to learn more on their own and share their knowledge with others. In this workshop, Tim demonstrates his method of “story mining” in which stories from American history serve as a mother lode of lessons in reading and writing with spin off lessons in science, physical education, music, and many other subject areas.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   PERFORMANCES - Session 1

1. Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales - Judith Heineman and Dan Marcotte
What happened after Sleeping Beauty is awakened by the Prince's kiss? How much blood was spilled before Cinderella tried on that slipper? "Happily ever after..." is only relative and what relatives inhabit these lurid tales! Don't even ask about the fate of the smoked sausage. Listen to the Tales of the Brothers Grimm as originally intended for adults, and gain a new bloodier perspective on your childhood fairy tales. This mayhem is accompanied by music skillfully sung and evocatively played on Renaissance lute, set to 16th Century ballad tunes and transformed through Judith and Dan's 21st Century interpretations. Revisit these tales through blood-spattered spectacles. And join in the "Bloody" choruses if you dare! This is a highly interactive, humorous and slyly wicked performance.

2. Anne Izard Storytelling Choice Awards - With storytellers Rita Auerbach, Karen Chace, Lauren Mendoza and Glenn Harper and Kathy Jarombek, highlight this year’s books on story
In memory of the late Anne Izard, storyteller and librarian, the Westchester Library Association biennially awards the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award to 13 books chosen for their promotion of the art of storytelling. Tellers will highlight the books that won the 2014-2015 awards. These include folktale collections, original stories, historical studies, and how-to books.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   WORKSHOPS - Session 2

1. Continuing the Bardic Tradition: Incorporating song in traditional tales from ancient to modern times. – Judith Heineman and Dan Marcotte
The Bardic Tradition is as old as time itself. Long ago, story and song were one and every storyteller and listener expected music to accompany tales. From Ancient Mesopotamians performing stories outside city walls, to Ancient Greek Epics, to the rousing legends of Medieval Troubadours and Trouveres, to the Celtic Bardic Tradition, to modern television and cinema, music and story are endlessly incorporated.

Dan and Judith discuss the history of the Bardic Tradition, give examples from some of their shows and instruct participants in ways of adding music to any story, including use of accompaniment, song writing, and arranging.

2. A Trunkful of Family Stories: From Page to “Stage.” - Gail N. Herman, PhD
Collect and Tell Personal Tales. Who doesn’t have stories to tell? Whether a parent, teacher, or senior, there are tales itching to be told, written, and performed; but many of us need encouragement or practice. Develop your own “Trunkful of Family Stories” in this workshop and learn techniques to take them to the “stage” for family, friends, community, or your students.

Using her own narratives and others from her mother-in-law, Gail will take participants through the process she uses to help adults and students find, create and spice up their anecdotes. How can a one sentence memory or historical item become a story? That’s the secret of telling our stories to discover what we need to say so that others not only hear our words but can also see and feel them.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     PERFORMANCES - Session 2

•  South African Journey: Meeting Langston Hughes in Cape Town, seeing Hippos in Soweto. True stories of my first trip to South Africa in the days of Apartheid - Valerie Tutson

•  "By All Measures” and “Aunty Lily.” Two poignant, humorous stories about two impressive, ordinary women - Jennifer Munro

5:00 p.m. - RECEPTION & Awards Ceremony      6:00 p.m.     DINNER

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.    SATURDAY NIGHT FIVE!

A mix of styles and tales to surprise and enthrall you.
Glenn Harper, Jo Radner, Jennifer Munro, Tim Lowry, Jane Bernoudy

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SUNDAY STORY SWAP at The Clarion Inn

Come prepared to tell a 5 minute story, or just listen!
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast- 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Story Swap

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Clarion Inn and Groton Inn & Suites are offering special $89 per room, per night rates to festival attendees!
Mention that you are attending the festival and ask for the festival rate.

Clarion Inn - 269 North Frontage Road, New London. (860) 442-0631‎

Groton Inn and Suites - 99 Gold Star Highway, Groton. (860) 445-9784

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Follow this link to a list of local area campgrounds.

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Dear Storytellers, Members, Friends and Story Lovers,

I am writing to lay a challenge before you. Help grow and promote the Connecticut Storytelling Center through an entertaining fundraising event.

This year we celebrate the 35th Annual Connecticut Storytelling Festival! Coinciding with the usual festival events we will offer drawings and silent auctions. You might take home a wonderful new adventure or a special item! The proceeds will help the Connecticut Storytelling Center to continue outreach to new audiences, create literacy events in schools, and move our organization forward.

The silent auction and the drawings need donations of items with a broad public appeal.
Here are some examples:

• Weekend at a vacation house
• Artwork
• Sporting, Theatre or Music Event Tickets
• Celebrity signature item
• Wine and Cheese Basket
• Handmade Quilt
• Holiday items
• Gift Certificates; dining, shopping, travel
• Services
• Memberships; Museums, Gym, Organizations
• Find an item anybody would love to have.

You may have something right in your own home that you would like to donate! If not, you can ask your friends and neighbors, places where you shop, or artisans to support the Connecticut Storytelling Center’s event with a tax-deductible donation.

Give them our donor letter and receipt, (you can download the Donor Form to print out here) then contact Carolyn Stearns via email: mothermoo2001@yahoo.com  In the subject line, write: Auction item.

Please send a Facebook quality photo of the item, retail value, donors name and your name so we can put a raffle ticket in for you for The Ice Cream Challenge. Every donation earns a ticket!
We will make arrangements with you to get the item by April 28, 2016

The Ice Cream Challenge
Each donation made will receive 1 raffle ticket toward the special drawing. The winner will get an Ice Cream party at a mutually convenient date. Carolyn Stearns will come and make delicious fresh ice cream (up to 40 quarts). Along with all that ice cream dished out there will be toppings, even sprinkles and a cherry on top! The party can be private, or for a church or organization. The ice cream will be made on the spot with a 20 Quart Ice Cream freezer and fresh dairy products. (Optional workshop STEAM Ice Cream can be used – STEM education with the Art of Storytelling – great for a school setting)

Thank You.

The Extravaganza Silent Auction Committee, Carolyn Stearns, Correspondent

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Check out scenes from past Festivals on YouTube!

The 2016 Connecticut Storytelling Festival & Conference

is made possible in part with funding from

The Connecticut Humanities Council,

The Connecticut Humanities Council

The Connecticut Office of the Arts,

CT Commission on Culture and Tourism

and story lovers like you.

Thank you!

–  Presenter Proposal Applications for Festival 2017 due May 1, 2016 –


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CT Commission on Culture and Tourism Connecticut College League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling The National Storytelling Network The Graduate Institute The New Jersey Storytelling Network