Backporch Storytellers

Backporch Storytellers is a non-profit organization serving as a support group for adult storytellers and listeners.

Backporch Storytellers is a non-profit organization serving as a support group for adult storytellers and listeners. It is a resource group for people interested in oral literature. The mission of the organization is to preserve and perpetuate the ancient art of Storytelling, and to preserve the multi-cultural stories of the Old South, which includes Sea Island and Gullah tales and stories.

Mission: To promote the ancient art of storytelling and it's modern derivatives.

The Backporch Storytellers visit Beaufort.

We had a lot of telling stories at Gala Desserts.

This is a great opportunity to hear the Backporch Storytellers. They'll make you laugh! They'll make you cry! Either way you'll be quite entertained. Mark June 11 on your calendar now!

Recently the Backporch Storytellers entertained at the Bulls Bay Nature Festival.

NOTES FROM OUR MOST RECNT MEETING
Karen Stinson told a story about 'The Baby Frog and the Centipede'. ' Baby frog keeps interrupting
Centipede who is trying to answer the little frog's question to him about how he got his hard exoskeleton.
Centipede tries but repeatedly never gets past: "Well, you boil some oil, then..." before the little squirt interrupts
and claims to know what he is going to say next. Centi says, "No. That's not it...",
until he finally gives up trying to explain.
Baby Frog hops home and gets his Mom to boil some oil, and you guessed it...he hops into the hot pot. And,
fortunately, right out again! But not before burning his feet. Which is why frogs have swollen, rubbery skin
on their feet to this day! '

Karen: "Three things scare me: Big things, Little things, and sticks that look like snakes! “

Tony shared several nature stories in keeping with our theme of practicing for the Bulls Bay Festival.
One was from the book: "Fox the Tiger' by Corey R. Tabor, about a Fox who wanted
to be a Tiger only to end up realizing being what he was was just fine.
Another tale was about an emotional quail hunt he went
Tony also shared the one about his Uncle Davy mischievously putting a possum in the wagon that Tony's
younger brother was pulling, when the lad was about 4 years old. Uncle Davy then hides and waits thinking
he'd give a funny little scare to the kid.
The tyke feels the change in weight of the wagon, stops, and looks back at the wagon,
sees the opossum grinning at him, and -- he stands there and grins right back at it!

Tellers and audience all had a very nice time last Tuesday, April 2 when Backporch Storytellers held a story session for the residents of Veterans Victory House in Walterboro!

Karen Stinson was our MC and she was so good, sharing stories of family remembrances and at the end encouraging the audience to share stories also. After we told, she got one of the men she knew there, Louie, to take the mic, and he told some really funny jokes!

Besides Karen's mc-ing and telling, we also had stories from
Tom Gaines, Tony Young, Margie Clary and Karin Welcher.
It was a nice turn out with, by my count, about 14 residents attending!

They really enjoyed it. Tom was so happy to see us. We were all so happy that he shared a story,
(about being alone on his sail boat in a hurricane off the coast of Mexico!) and it was great to see him again!

Telling stories at Victory House, Walterboro.

NOTES ON OUR FEBRUARY MEETING Karen proposed a visit to Victory House in Walterboro to tell, and to teach a workshop for folks there!
 Tom Gaines, (who we know is a wonderful storyteller), lives there and she has talked with him about the idea. We all liked the idea of doing a kind of story slam with
 the folks there - possibly in April!

Also, some other road trips we can think about doing: Patchwork Storytelling Festival in Rock Hill, SC March 14, 15, 16 at the York County Library Stone Soup April 26, 27, & 28, 2019 in Woodruff, SC. The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, TN October 4,5, & 6, 2019.


STORIES THAT WERE TOLD 
 Tony told his version of the Japanese folktale, The Fountain of Youth, a great take on the risks of wanting to be young again! In his story, he named the characters Tashera & Kasue. As is often the case in folktales, the characters are not named in original texts. So Tony gave the 17th Century woodcutter and his wife names he knew. Karen was inspired by our ' Spring ' theme this month and told the Greek myth of Persephane and Demiter

Oct. Meeting Backporch Storytellers

We had great fun at the October meeting of the Backporch Storytellers of Charleston. There is a special magic about stories in the living room.

The Backporch Storytellers meeting on Sunday, September 23, 3:00-5:00 PM
was held at ASHLEY RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH, where Karen Stinson attends.
(The Red Cross building, where we usually meet, was not available because of efforts in
post Hurricane Florence coordination.)

We began our 9/23/18 meeting with a conversation about Hurricane Florence, discussing
Predictions, Prep, and Over Prep! We were all grateful our local areas were not hit hard. The most we
had to deal with in the Charleston/Summerville/Mt. Pleasant, etc areas was just a normal rainy day on that Saturday, Sept 15.

The conversation was rich, relaxed, fun, and filled with so many interesting things to explore further!
Below are some of the wide variety of ideas, people and groups mentioned in our discussion -
telling venues and promoters such as Gala Desserts, Oral Tradition, and Enough Pie ; poet Marcus Amaker ;
the National Storytelling Festival; Summerville Ghost Walk, and Tips on Storytelling!

We had a wonderful time chatting as we sat on the church's lovely shaded patio, which has cushioned chairs, rocking chairs and a glass top table. Karen S. brought strawberries and flavored cream cheese for snacking and a bunch of storytelling books (most with Halloween stories*), for all of us to borrow!
Thanks, Karen!

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Art of Storytelling Step 3: At the Scene

Great storytelling pointers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowa_iyHcPM&index=18&list=PLHQBqkHqTqr-SkBeC0E7jKpw_0z87tD7m&t=2s

To tell a story without memorizing, a person must see the story as images instead of words. This is step 3 in a training program designed to help anyone beco...

[09/03/18]   Be sure to join us at our next meeting the fourth Sunday in September at 3PM at the Red Cross building in North Charleston. And bring a story to share

Backporch Storytellers present: Karen Stinson, Margie Clary, Mary Smith, Karin Welche and special guest of Margie: Regina Wright!
Margie and our guest, Regina, met when Margie told stories at a retirement home a couple weeks ago and Regina has also been visiting Mary's church while looking for a place to live, which she found as well as a church with a choir, which she has also found. Regina told Margie that she was interested in storytelling.
We are happy she came to the Backporch Meeting!

Our June meeting was held at Karen and Jack Stinson's house. Jack made some delicious homemade Strawberry ice cream! The taste was really delicious! We also had pound cake,
cookies, and various soft drinks. A Yummy time indeed!
Thanks Jack, great work on the ice cream! And thanks to all who brought goodies!

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How to Tell a Story - Using Your Voice and Body

If we get a bit from this it is worth the watch.

Find out more about my Udemy course on TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). The course can be found at the following link: https://w...

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Art of Storytelling Tool #7: The Microphone

https://youtu.be/ojGEpnZZMGI

The microphone is a great tool for those who speak in front of crowds. Still, many people don't like using it. The storytellers on this film discuss ways to ...

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How To Tell A Story: Quick-Learn Storytelling Techniques!

This is really cool. No spoken words!
https://youtu.be/mOA8mUflH-Q

http://www.storytelling101.com How to Tell a Story: one of the most searched for terms in communications and public speaking. National storyteller and coach ...

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Art of Storytelling Tool #2: Facial Expression

I use this al lot. It is especially effective with children.

People love seeing a story come alive on the storyteller's face. This fun film shows the facial expressions of several experienced storytellers as they tell ...

At Our Recent Meeting

Recently as usual after our business meeting we told stories.

[02/20/18]   NEWS FROM THE BACKPORCH!
January 28, 2018



☕ We all had a lovely, comfortable gathering at Karen and Jack Stinson's Sunday,
January 28, for our first Backporch Storyteller's meeting of 2018! We enjoyed food
and conversation from 4:00p - ~ 7:30/8:00pm. Attending were: Margie Clary, Alexis Reeder,
Tony and Claudette Young, Cora Newcomb, Linda and Richard Slonim, Karin Welcher,
and of course, Karen and Jack - and their Boxer mix, Brownie, who would not be left out!

Brownie gazed longingly at us from between the upstairs railings until allowed to come join the fun!)

[02/20/18]   Hey, Storytellers we have a meeting Sunday, February 25. See you there!😁

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Town of Jonesborough - Buy Tickets

New Opportunities:
Dec. 2
Jonesborough, TN: David Joe Miller at Jonesborough's Colors of Christmas 3:00 – 9:00 pm in downtown Jonesborough. David Joe will be telling at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 at the historic Oak Hill School on Sabine Drive behind the library in downtown Jonesborough. https://townofjonesborough.thundertix.com/
Dec. 2
Black Mountain, NC: A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories. 7:-30-9:15 pm, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 west State St., Black Mountain. Connie Regan-Blake’s “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is full but you can still enjoy the performances by the six participants hosted by Connie on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 828-669-0930. Admission: $15 advance; $20 at the door (Purchase tickets online). Come out, support and enjoy the featured tellers, Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Darcy Ruth Darcy, Jane O Cunningham, Lee Lyons, Frannie Oates and Laura Hope-Gill, some of whom are Asheville Circle members. The last 3 performances have been sell outs, so get your tickets early!
Dec. 1-3
Asheville, NC: Taking Your Story to the Stage: 3-day storytelling intensive, with Connie Regan-Blake. Participant performance opportunity on December 2nd at the Black Mt. Center for the Arts. The focus of this 3-day workshop led by Connie Regan-Blake is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming atmosphere to nurture storytellers’ performance skills and confidence. “Taking Your Story to the Stage” is open only to those who have previously studied with Connie. If you have not had this opportunity and/or Connie has not heard you tell a story, a private coaching session may be required.
More info: http://www.storywindow.com/workshops/for-individuals/taking-your-story-to-the-stage

Dec. 13
Asheville, NC: WORD! Home For The Holidays with Michael Reno Harrell 7:00- 9:00 pm at Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St. $18 online or $20 at the door. Tickets online at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/word-michael-reno-harrell-with-home-for-the-holidays-tickets-38773533683 http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/
Feb. 2, 2018
Charleston, SC: Charleston Tells Presents Susan Klein. Stay tuned for more information.

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North Carolina Storytelling Guild

Upcoming Storytelling Events
Nov. 3-4
Mount Airy, NC: NCSG Presents Tarheel Tellers Storytelling Festival We are excited to announce our six great North Carolina storytellers who will be performing at our this fantastic Festival. They are: Lona Bartlett, Willa Brigham, Alan Hoal, Joan Leotta, Becky Stone and Jon Sundell. Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy, NC– Go to http://www.ncstoryguild.org/events.html for details. Like our Festival page and link it to your page: https://www.facebook.com/heartofnorthcarolinastorytellingfestival/ ADVANCE PURCHASE FULL WEEKEND TICKETS for $35 t: http://tarheeltellers.brownpapertickets.com/; TICKET PURCHASE at DOOR - $40 FULL WEEKEND or $10 per INDIVIDUAL EVENT.

Nov. 17
Charleston, SC: Charleston Tells Presents An Evening with Tim Lowry 7-8:30 .. Charleston County Library, 68 Calhoun Street. Tim Lowry grew up in southeastern Kentucky, where he learned the art of storytelling from Appalachian folk who told tales to entertain, teach morals and pass along local history. A storyteller for more than 20 years, Tim performs a variety of folk tales and stories about the South Carolina Lowcountry. With a Southern manner and a droll side-wit, Tim is equally at home in an Appalachian log cabin, a Mandan wigwam, a New York theater, a Texas ranch house, or a South Carolina plantation. Purchase tickets online in advance for $10 or at the door for $12. Charleston Friends of the Library will sell beer and wine at the concert. Website: http://www.ccpl.org
Nov. 17
Asheville, NC: Big Stories from the Attic, Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina 6:30-9:00 pm at “Studio O” 2002 Riverside Drive. Featuring David Joe Miller, Raymond Christian and Betsy Puckett. Raymond is a 9 time winner of the Moth Story Slam. Tickets at www.bbbswnc.org/big-stories ; www.storytellingcalendar.com
Nov. 21
Jonesborough, TN: David Joe Miller at the International Storytelling Center Theater with the Jonesborough Guild. 7:00- 8:30 pm. 116 West Main St. David Joe created the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild in 1994. JSG is the oldest, continuously performing guild in the country with weekly shows on Tuesday evening in downtown Jonesborough since the summer of 1994. $5 at the door. www.storytellingcalendar.com
Nov. 30
Asheville, NC: David Joe Miller Presents WORD! with National Story Slam Champions Vara Cooper and Tony Marr. 7:00- 7:50 pm. Pack Memorial Library downtown Asheville, NC. Vara is the 1st place winner and Tony is the 3rd place winner of the National Story Slam held in Jonesborough in October at the National Festival. 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Admission Free sponsored by Friends of the Buncombe County Libraries. www.storytellingcalendar.com
Nov. 30
Jonesborough, TN: David Joe Miller Presents Spoken Word OPEN MIC! 7:00 – 9:00 PM at McKinney Center corner of East Main and Franklin. Holst Lori Olmstead from the Jonesborough Guild and Lee Lindsey from the ETSU Storytelling Program. Doors open at 6:30 for sign up. Ten minutes of stage time for story or poetry only. No competition, No Theme and No censorship. Perfect opportunity to try out new material with a supportive audience. Free and sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. David Joe Miller.
Dec. 2
Jonesborough, TN: David Joe Miller at Jonesborough's Colors of Christmas 3:00 – 9:00 pm in downtown Jonesborough. David Joe will be telling at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 at the historic Oak Hill School on Sabine Drive behind the library in downtown Jonesborough. www.townofjonesborough.thundertix.com
Dec. 1-3
Asheville, NC: Taking Your Story to the Stage: 3-day storytelling intensive, with Connie Regan-Blake. Participant performance opportunity on December 2nd at the Black Mt. Center for the Arts. The focus of this 3-day workshop led by Connie Regan-Blake is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming atmosphere to nurture storytellers’ performance skills and confidence. “Taking Your Story to the Stage” is open only to those who have previously studied with Connie. If you have not had this opportunity and/or Connie has not heard you tell a story, a private coaching session may be required.
More info: http://www.storywindow.com/workshops/for-individuals/taking-your-story-to-the-stage

Dec. 13
Asheville, NC: WORD! Home For The Holidays with Michael Reno Harrell 7:00- 9:00 pm at Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St. $18 online or $20 at the door. Tickets online at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/word-michael-reno-harrell-with-home-for-the-holidays-tickets-38773533683 www.storytellingcalendar.com
Feb. 2, 2018
Charleston, SC: Charleston Tells Presents Susan Klein. Stay tuned for more information.

ncstoryguild.org 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.

Suzette Hawkins will be telling at: "So the Story Goes", October 21st, 6:30-9:00pm in Lexington, SC. She is planning to tell The Monkey's Paw, The Widow's Broom, and The Little Orange House.

Cora Newcomb is telling at USC in Bluffton at: "Olli" is a lifelong learning venue. They had 78 people sign up. Also, she is telling at the Morris Center, a museum in Ridgeland. Cora tells every month at River Oaks Assisted Living in Beaufort. And she is telling for the St. Helena Library where they will have an Adults Only Ghost Tales on October 27th.

Karen Stinson and Cora told "Porch Tales" at Haversham last month.

The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro is October 6-8 (Friday -Sunday). Some of the folks from Backporch who are traveling to the festival are: Karen Stinson, Cora Newcomb, and Suzette Hawkins.

Suzette Hawkins, told the story " The Squeaky Door" by Margaret Read MacDonald.
We all had fun making the sounds and playing along with the story! Thanks for sharing Suzette!
The tale is based off of the Puerto Rican folk song/folktale, "La Cama." It's a building story, about a little boy who is alone in the bed and gets scared, so grandma puts the cat in bed with him, then the dog, then the pig etc...Notes from ourlast meeting...

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Oct. Meeting Backporch Storytellers
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