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– 2018 Schedule of Events



All Connecticut Storytelling Festival & Conference

events will be held at the College Center

at Crozier-Williams

Connecticut College, New London, CT

All Connecticut Storytelling Festival & Conference 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.



REGISTER for the Festival ONLINE NOW!

The Connecticut Storytelling Center uses PayPal to process credit card transactions but you do not need a PayPal account to register. You will be given a choice between paying by credit card or PayPal.
You'll find a link to a PDF version of the registration form
to download, print and mail here too.

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalRegistration.htm

Or just come to the Festival and register when you arrive.



Friday, April 27



7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     CABARET - 1962 W

Entertainment for Grown-Ups, with wine and refreshments.
Musicians: Teresa Whitaker, Frank Schwarz
“Extraordinary Ordinary Stories and Songs” Original stories and songs. The songs are a blend of blues, jazz and Celtic and Appalachian folk. Get ready to join the singing!

Teller: Dovie Thomason
“Indian Space Cadet” An exploration of the roles of ancestral stories tangled with the Space Race and scifi in the imagination of an Indian child in Fifties America makes for interesting contrasts between astrophysics and indigenous knowledge, with laughs.

Headliner: Donald Davis
“Come Home With Me” Our stories tell people who we are and also help us build bridges of understanding. Listen as we find common threads no matter what our age or from where we come.

Emcee: Carol Glynn

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Saturday, April 28



9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   A GATHERING OF TELLERS - 1962 W

Musicians: Teresa Whitaker, Frank Schwarz -
Teller: Denise Valentine – “Fables and Folktales, Aesop to Anansi”
Teller: Dovie Thomason –“ Voices of My Ancestors: Old Stories for Modern Times”
Emcee: Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CONCERT with headliner Donald Davis - 1962 W

“I Grew Up Close to Jack” – Tradition is always the foundation of originality. The Jack Tales with which I grew up are the models for my later original stories. Listen and see.


12:00 - 1:15 p.m.   LUNCH & SHOPPING - 1962 E

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

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

Donald Davis - “So You Don’t Think You Have Stories?" – Rm 1941
Let’s learn how to explore the memories that are already hiding in our unorganized minds to find stories waiting to be told.

Arnold Pritchard - "You Mean There Are Actual People There? Making History Come Alive" – Rm 209 (Alice Johnson)
There are two big barriers to getting people interested in history. One is the perception that it is a boring procession of meaningless names and dates. The other is that in their heart of hearts, many people do not believe that this stuff really happened to people like them. This workshop will try to show some ways in which we can use original sources to make history real, human, and compelling.



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

Denise Valentine – “Parables from Mother Earth and Father Sky” –  Cro’s - Nest
We have distanced ourselves from the live Earth. But if we listen closely, she will tell us her folktales, parables and creation stories. Hear ancient knowings about the intricate web of interactions that connects all life.

Teresa Whitaker and Frank Schwartz – “The Beast Within and Without”
In Ancient tales, shape shifting and transformation are frequent themes. What appears hideous, and what appears beautiful may not be what they seem. Through several tales we will explore the role of shadow and evil in the great balance of life.

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

"Story Play" –  Karen Chace – Rm 1941
Experience original written and interactive exercises to strengthen your story landscape and story characters! Learn a variety of innovative activities in voice, gesture, and body language. These activities will improve your story work and assist storytellers, teaching artists, and educators who currently work with students and may wish to create a storytelling troupe. Come ready to learn, move, and play!

Jump into STORY: Characters, lands, quests & dreams to savor Out Loud! – Rm 224
Since 1990 the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Committee has chosen 169 of the best folktales, original stories, and storytelling resources available for beginning, novice, and professional storytellers. Come hear some of these stories, told by members of the committee and explore the riches we’ve discovered.



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

Dovie Thomason - “The Spirit Survives” – Cro's Nest
An “entrance” into the conflicted legacy of the federal Indian residential schools that was inspired by a Lakota/Apache mother’s need to share its history with her daughter. The haunting refrain in the story is: “There are some stories you don't want to tell. There are some stories you have to tell."

Story Sharing – Rm 209 – Alice Johnson
This is your turn to tell a story! Come with a 5-minute prepared story to tell to the group. It can be a folktale, fairytale, literary story, historical tale, or personal story.

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7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.    SATURDAY NIGHT Olio: Five Alive – 1962 West

Musicians: Teresa Whitaker, Frank Schwarz
Teller: Dovie Thomason – “Lessons From the Animal People: The Wisdom of the Other
Teller: Denise Valentine –  “Freedom Tales: Henry Box Brown”
Teller: Elizabeth Ellis –  Story - TBA
Headliner: Donald Davis –  One of Donald’s Gems
Emcee: Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi


SUNDAY - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. STORY SWAP
Groton Inn & Suites - Amber Room

Host: Jim Harriman, co-host NEAR & Far Storytellers
Come with a 5-minute prepared story to tell to the group.

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MEET THE FESTIVAL PERFORMERS!

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalwhoswho.htm

See the vendors who will be showing their wares.

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalvendors.htm



REGISTER for the FESTIVAL ONLINE NOW!

The Connecticut Storytelling Center uses PayPal to process credit card transactions but you do not need a PayPal account to register. You will be given a choice between paying by credit card or PayPal.
You'll find a link to a PDF version of the registration form
to download, print and mail here too.

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalRegistration.htm

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• FESTIVAL ACCOMMODATIONS OF CHOICE •



Mention that you're attending the Festival to receive these special Festival rates!

Groton Inn & Suites - $89 per night.
99 Gold Star Hwy, Groton, CT
Cut off date is March 25. Call (860) 445-9784


Clarion Hotel - $85 per night
269 Frontage Rd. New London, CT.
Cut off date is April 3. Call (860) 442-0631

Follow this link to a list of local area campgrounds.

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Check out scenes from past Festivals on YouTube!



The 2018 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,

Connecticut Office of the Arts


Connecticut College & Staff,

Connecticut College Logo Seal


and story lovers like you.

Thank you for your support!


– Presenter Proposal Applications

for Festival 2019 due May 1, 2018 –


CLICK HERE!




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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