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Bil’s humorous, family-friendly tall tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

Though a five time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways.

Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life.

Bil’s books and audio collections have won awards including the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Children’s Book Writing, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and awards from the National Parenting Publications Association, and the Public Library Association.

"…Lepp, a cross between Dr. Seuss and…film noir...." – Charleston Gazette.

For more information about Bil, visit his website – www.leppstorytelling.com

– 2017 Schedule of Events



All events held at the College Center

at Crozier-Williams

Connecticut College, New London, CT

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.



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



Friday, April 28



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

Entertainment for Grown-Ups, with wine and refreshments.
   1. Musician: Joe Flood - "Busker Stories, Blues, and Brassens"
   2. Sheila Arnold Jones - "Br'er Days in 2017"
   3. Bil Lepp - "Mayhem"
   4. Emcee: Frank Schwartz

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Saturday, April 29



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 - 1962 West

   1. Musician: Joe Flood -
       Pre-Gathering music: "My Heart's an Open Book," "I'm a Nobody"
       Mid-Gathering: "Good Morning, Mr. Afternoon," "Hotel Albert"
   2. Teller: Julie Pasqual - "Nanny and Godmother Death"
   3. Teller: Anne Rutherford - "Local Cure” and “Habit of Joy"
   4. Teller: Sheila Arnold Jones - "Jackson" and "Stone Soup"
   5. Emcee: Theresa Whittaker


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CONCERT with headliner Bil Lepp - 1962 West

"Mostly New Stuff...Funny New Stuff"


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

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

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

Kate Dudding - “Giving Voice to People From the Past:
How to Research and Develop a True Story”.
- Room 224
True stories about people who have made a difference are important stories to tell - they give your listeners hope and inspiration. They are stories your listeners need to remember. These stories should concentrate on the people, not on the frequently dull historical facts and figures, nor on their famous personas. Learn how to find inspiring historical people, research their lives, and create memorable stories about them. Includes exercises, example stories, and a handout. For intermediate/advanced tellers.

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

Bil Lepp - “How To Create a Tall Tale”. - Room 1941
Bil’s humorous, family-friendly tall tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Learn how he takes a story that contains a morsel of truth and turns it into a clever, witty, tall tale.

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

1. Julie Pasqual - "Loud and Rowdy Tales!!!" - Cro’s Nest
   Anne Rutherford - "Pacific Northwest Adventure Tales"

2. Connecticut Tells Folktales - 1962 West
   Sara de Beer - "Hidden Treasures"
A search for enlightenment, a search for the water of life. Follow Sara deBeer as she takes you on both internal and external quests, and emerge with new images and new insights to treasure.

   Marianne McShane - "Twixt Charm and Enchantment"
Step into the Celtic Otherworld with Marianne McShane and touch magic. Fly with Guleesh and the fairies to France on their journey to steal away the King's daughter. Venture with Janet to the well in the woods on a midnight dark to rescue Tam Lin from the Queen of the Fairies.

   Ellie Toy & Sharon Lynch - "Clancy’s Coat"
What is a friendship? When broken, is it easily mended? Although Tibbitt, the tailor, is slow to fix an old winter coat, he is quick to see an opportunity to mend a broken friendship.

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

1. Sara deBeer - “Let the Characters Speak:
   Generating Poetry from Folktales”.
- Room 1941
In this workshop, participants will discover the similarities and differences between spoken and written language, learn to portray each character in a story as a distinct individual, and strengthen their skills as storytellers and as writers. After listening to Sara tell a short folktale, the participants will create "group poems" exploring the points-of-view of different characters. In the second part of the workshop, the participants will hear a second short folktale, then work in small groups to add language that expands the visual and emotional content of this story. The group as a whole will create poems reflecting these elaborations. Finally, participants will write their own poems, using one of the processes just illustrated for them.

2. Marianne McShane - “How to Catch the Editor’s Eye:
   From Storytelling to Printed Book”.
- Room 224
Have you dreamed of seeing your story in print? Have you imagined your story enhanced with illustrations? Come to Marianne’s workshop and get tips to help make your dream a reality. With a focus on publication by a traditional house, you will learn:
• How to prepare and submit your work
• How to format your manuscript
• Common mistakes to avoid
• How to find the right publisher
• How to bypass the slush pile
• The best way to catch an editor’s eye
Editors are forever looking for well-written, fresh, and imaginative tales. Pull out that manuscript and give it a shine. Send it out into the world. Your story might be the one to live happily ever after!

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

1. Sheila Arnold Jones - "What Is This Thing Called “Freedom?":
   Betsy Costner Historic Character Presentation (post-Civil War)
- Cro’s Nest
Betsy Costner is a slave who was born in North Carolina, but during the "second Middle Passage" is moved without her family to Alabama. She shares her life, loves, and losses and then turns to a conversation about life after the Civil War, including her search for her children, the desire for education, and how exciting and confusing is the concept of "freedom." Program includes some singing, audience interaction.

   Joe Flood - Jefferson's "Banjar" to "Deliverance"
The only truly American instrument, the banjo, like so many things that we identify as uniquely American, has its roots in Africa. Throughout the 19th century, this heritage was widely recognized, if simultaneously slighted, by the banjo’s constant presence in the hands of blackface minstrels, and many of what we today consider traditional American folk songs were written to be accompanied by the banjo on the minstrel stage by such Tin Pan Alley songwriters as Stephen Foster and Connecticut's own Henry Clay Work. This brief presentation explores the attitudes and ironies of this long and complex history and its deep influence on American popular music.

2. Story Sharing - Bobby Klau, facilitator - Humphrey's
This is your turn to tell a story! Come with a 5-minute prepared story to present to the group. It can be a folktale, fairytale, literary story, or personal tale.

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5 p.m. - AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION - 1962 West


6 p.m. - DINNER - 1962 East


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

Musician: Joe Flood - "Hard Time Blues," "Meeting at the Building"
Teller: Sheila Arnold Jones - "The Wise and Foolish Virgins"
Teller: Marianne McShane - "Wind and Wave and Wandering Flame"
Teller: Julie Pasqual - "Silk Brocade Tapestry"
Headliner: Bil Lepp - "What's He Gonna Do Now?"
Emcee: Carol Birch



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

Come prepared to tell a 5 minute story, or just listen!
Host: Jane Torrey

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~ Campus Slammer is on hiatus. ~



MEET THE 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


For directions to the Festival

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalDirections.htm

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• • FESTIVAL ACCOMMODATION OF CHOICE • •

Groton Inn & Suites is offering a special rate of just $89 per room, per night to festival attendees!

Mention that you are attending the festival and ask for the festival rate.
Groton Inn and Suites - 99 Gold Star Highway, Groton. (860) 445-9784
www.grotoninn.com


Groton Inn And Suites ad

Hotels in the area:
Best hotel deal is Groton Inn & Suites - $89 per night.
Cut off date is March 25. Call (860) 445-9784

Clarion Hotel - $109 per night
269 Frontage Rd. New London, CT - Cut off date is April 3. (860) 442-0631

Follow this link to a list of local area campgrounds.

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–  Presenter Proposal Applications for Festival 2018 due May 1, 2017 –

CLICK HERE!



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