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  OKC Tellers Guild Meeting
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  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
  The Creativity Workshop in Dubai
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  The Creativity Workshop in Dubai
  Brain Freeze-The Uncalled for Trio
  The Grapevine in Takoma Park
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  The Creativity Workshop in Dubai
  Brain Freeze-The Uncalled for Trio
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  The Creativity Workshop in Dubai
  Brain Freeze-The Uncalled for Trio
  Breaking Up Christmas told by Sheila Kay Adams
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  Tellabration
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  Ozark Storyteller's monthly story swap
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  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
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  John McCutcheon - "Christmas in the Trenches"
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  The Creativity Workshop in New York
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  The Creativity Workshop in New York
  Storytelling at Scandinavia House
  "Create Your Story" Writing Performance Institute with Minton Sparks
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  The Creativity Workshop in New York
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  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
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  Golden Story Circle
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  The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song
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  The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song
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  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
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Dec 1st, 2014 (Mon)
  OKC Tellers Guild Meeting
State: Oklahoma

Discover, explore, and practice the art of storytelling in this fun group meeting the first Monday of the month (except for holidays) at Wesley United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. All styles of telling and every genre of storytelling will be covered, special events planned to promote storytelling, and opportunities to practice and improve skills available to all. Attendees will be linked to events and organizations in the broader storytelling and arts community.

7 p.m.
Admission  Free

1401 NW 25th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (NW 25th and Classen Blvd.)

405-307-0962
marilynahudson@yahoo.com
www.okctellers.blogspot.com

Dec 3rd, 2014 (Wed)
  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
State: Massachusetts

Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike is held every Wednesday at The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn MA. It is hosted by storyteller Tony Toledo who gives every speaker a story and a lucky coin at the end of their words. We start at 7:30 pm till 10ish. Each person who wants to speak gets 5 minutes at the microphone. Tony stands up when all the sand in the five minute hour glass is done. At five and a half minutes he is walking toward the speaker. At 6 minutes he will slide his tongue in your ear. We are a free speech zone with a three word cussing minimum. Storytellers, poets, comedians,singers, community activists and just plain ranters are all welcome. Each week has a Featured Performer who goes on at 8:30 PM for half an hour. The hat is passed to get gas money so the feature can get home. See you at Speak Up.
Time(s) 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission Free, pass the hat for the feature.
Location - The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA 01905
Contact Phone 978-921-4628
Contact Email  ToledoGoat@aol.com
Event Website www.facebook.com/walnutstreet

Dec 3rd, 2014 (Wed) -- Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
  The Creativity Workshop in Dubai

The Creativity Workshop teaches individuals in all disciplines ways to develop their unique creativity  and use it in their lives and work. The Creativity Workshop achieves this through a specially designed series of techniques  in creative writing, memoir, free-form drawing, collage, and storytelling. The Workshop helps its participants to: tap into their innate creativity,  get over creative blocks,  use memories to spark the imagination, and develop a daily practice to accomplish these goals.  4 and 5 day classes (taught in English).

10 AM to 1 PM
Hotel Marina Byblos, Dubai, UAE
+1.212.203.3252
admin@creativityworkshops.com
http://www.creativityworkshop.com/dubai.html

Dec 4th, 2014 (Thu) -- Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
  Brain Freeze-The Uncalled for Trio
State: Tennessee

featuring Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp and Andy Offutt Irwin
Thursday, December 4 • 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 5 • 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 6 • 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
The Uncalled for Trio, featuring Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, and Andy Offutt Irwin, returns to celebrate their 5th anniversary, offering fresh stories and good cheer to take you through the holiday season.
Tickets are $20. Call (800) 952-8392, ext. 221 or (423) 753-2171 for tickets or more information. Seating is limited, (and usually sells out quickly), so be sure to reserve your seat soon.

2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Admission  $20.00

International Storytelling Center
110 W Main St
Jonesborough, TN 37659

(800) 952-8392
customerservice@storytellingcenter.net
http://www.storytellingcenter.net

Dec 4th, 2014 (Thu)
  The Grapevine in Takoma Park
State: Maryland

Old-fashioned newfangled storytelling, featuring storytellers Renée Brachfeld, Mark Novak, and Granny Sue (Susanna Holstein), hosted by Noa Baum. Celebrate the timeless art of the bards with stories of all kinds — truths and myths and everything in between! Sponsored by the City of Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission.

7:30 – 8:30 PM
Free ($10 donation suggested)

Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

443-535-3185
timtales@verizon.net
https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineStorytelling

Dec 6th, 2014 (Sat)
  Breaking Up Christmas told by Sheila Kay Adams
State: Indiana

Sheila Kay Adams is a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and claw hammer banjo player from the mountains of North Carolina. Adams was taught the great Appalachian ballad tradition by her great aunt, who would sing the centuries old ballads to the girl one line at a time until Adams knew the songs by heart. Adams' beautiful, evocative ballads tell rich stories through rhythm and pitch as well as lyrics. Her music has appeared in films including The Last of the Mohicans and Songcatcher, for which she also served as technical advisor and singing coach. Don't miss this rare glimpse into the timeless world of Appalachian traditional music and stories.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
$20/Advance, $25/Door, $15 with high school or college ID

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W. Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

317-576-9848
Ellen@storytellingarts.org
http://www.storytellingarts.org/101.html

Dec 7th, 2014 (Sun)
  Tellabration
State: New Jersey

TELLABRATION, a Benefit Storytelling Concert and Workshop presented by the Garden State Storytellers League in sponsorship with the Eastern District of the National Storytellers League and in arrangement with the National Storytelling Network, will take place on December 7, Sunday, at the Hamilton Township Library (1 Justice Samuel Alito Way). TELLABRATION will “Celebrate NJ's 350th Anniversary through Stories and Songs about NJ” (for adults and young adults). All proceeds will be donated to the Patrick Biddulph Foundation for Leukemia Research and the Hamilton Township Library Trust Fund.

Valerie Vaughn, known as "NJ's Troubadour," is the featured storyteller and folk singer at the storytelling concert (3:00 pm, $10) and will perform her original NJ folk songs about NJ's people, history, folklore & environment. Ken Galipeau, NJ storyteller, story singer and recipient of NSN’s 2014 Service and Leadership Award (Mid-Atlantic Region), is the featured presenter at the storytelling workshop, “New Jersey in Story and Song” (1:00 pm, $20-includes concert). Galipeau will tell and sing stories about NJ and demonstrate various strategies for audience engagement and participation. He will perform his original story/song “New Jersey – The Garden State,” which highlights NJ symbols, facts and history. Also featured at the storytelling concert are GSSL storytellers Denise McCormack and Maria Spillmann.

Registration is encouraged…but walk-ins are always welcome…
*Information about “NJ350” may be found at www.officialnj350.com

Storytelling Workshop at 1:00 pm; Storytelling Concert at 3:00 pm
Admission  $10 for Storytelling Concert; $20 for Storytelling Workshop and Concert

Hamilton Township Library
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Way
Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

609-890-3378
englearnr@aol.com
gardenstatestorytellersleague.org

Dec 9th, 2014 (Tue)
  Ozark Storyteller's monthly story swap
State: Arkansas

Ozark Storytellers will hold its monthly story swap in the White Oak Auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center. The auditorium is in the Administration Building at the center. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

Tellers are invited to bring stories from their family, their personal history, tall tales or folk tales. We are an informal, family-friendly group; please keep that in mind when you choose your stories to share. The story swap will go in a round robin format, so everyone who wishes to gets a chance to share their tales.
Listeners are as welcome as tellers.

The Ozark Folk Center State Park was created in Mountain View, Arkansas to perpetuate the crafts, music and lore of the Ozark region. The unique stories of the area and its people are part of that lore. The Ozark Storytellers monthly story swaps are held the second Tuesday of every month at the center. Call Jeanette Larson at 870-269-3851 for more information.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission free

White Oak Auditorium, Ozark Folk Center State Park, 1032 Park Avenue, Mountain View, Arkansas, 72560

870-213-5083
jenonthefarm@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/OzarkStorytellers

Dec 10th, 2014 (Wed)
  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
State: Massachusetts

Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike is held every Wednesday at The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn MA. It is hosted by storyteller Tony Toledo who gives every speaker a story and a lucky coin at the end of their words. We start at 7:30 pm till 10ish. Each person who wants to speak gets 5 minutes at the microphone. Tony stands up when all the sand in the five minute hour glass is done. At five and a half minutes he is walking toward the speaker. At 6 minutes he will slide his tongue in your ear. We are a free speech zone with a three word cussing minimum. Storytellers, poets, comedians,singers, community activists and just plain ranters are all welcome. Each week has a Featured Performer who goes on at 8:30 PM for half an hour. The hat is passed to get gas money so the feature can get home. See you at Speak Up.
Time(s) 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission Free, pass the hat for the feature.
Location - The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA 01905
Contact Phone 978-921-4628
Contact Email  ToledoGoat@aol.com
Event Website www.facebook.com/walnutstreet

Dec 11th, 2014 (Thu)
  John McCutcheon - "Christmas in the Trenches"
State: Tennessee

Folk musician John McCutcheon, hailed as “one of our country’s best songwriters” by Pete Seeger and the “most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard” by Johnny Cash, will perform two December concerts in Jonesborough for the International Storytelling Center.

These seasonal shows will feature McCutcheon’s recording “Christmas in the Trenches” as this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the WWI truce that the song commemorates.

Both shows will take place Thursday, December 11, in the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall on ISC’s downtown campus, one at 3:00 pm and the other at 7:30 pm. Tickets are just $20 and are expected to sell out quickly. Call 423-913-1276 to reserve your tickets.

3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Admission  $20.00

International Storytelling Center
110 West Main St.
Jonesborough, TN 37659

423-913-1276
customerservice@storytellingcenter.net
http://www.storytellingcenter.net

Dec 12th, 2014 (Fri) -- Dec 14th, 2014 (Sun)
  The Creativity Workshop in New York
State: New York

The Creativity Workshop teaches individuals in all disciplines ways to develop their unique creativity  and use it in their lives and work. The Creativity Workshop achieves this through a specially designed series of techniques  in creative writing, memoir, free-form drawing, collage, and storytelling. The Workshop helps its participants to: tap into their innate creativity,  get over creative blocks,  use memories to spark the imagination, and develop a daily practice to accomplish these goals. 4 and 5 day classes (taught in English).

10 AM to 1.30 PM
Adelante Studios, New York, NY
+1.212.203.3252
admin@creativityworkshops.com
http://www.creativityworkshop.com/newyork.html

Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
  Storytelling at Scandinavia House
State: New York

“The Legend of the Christmas Rose” and "Carpenter Andersen.” Julie DellaTorre and Rolf Stang are back with delicious Holiday stories from Norway and Sweden.

11:00 AM
Admission free

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, NYC, NY

212-260-3674
regina@reginaress.com
www.scandinaviahouse.org

Dec 13th, 2014 (Sat)
  "Create Your Story" Writing Performance Institute with Minton Sparks
State: Tennessee

Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. Minton believes that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history. After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to your own story.

During this 3-hour writing and performance workshop, you will focus on the questions “Where are you from?” and “How does where you are from inform the definition of who you are?” while writing your own stories, exploring your family tree, studying storytelling techniques and learning from Minton's own work and experience. Minton will then guide you through using your stories to create various poems, pictures and performances.

No writing or performance experience necessary. Visit www.mintonsparks.com/workshop to register. Space is limited to 20 participants. Please register by Friday, December 5th, so we can get a final count of attendees.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission  $125 (register at www.mintonsparks.com/workshop)

Scarritt Bennett Center
1008 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

402-212-9137
maddison.sinclaire@gmail.com
www.mintonsparks.com/workshop

Dec 17th, 2014 (Wed)
  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
State: Massachusetts

Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike is held every Wednesday at The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn MA. It is hosted by storyteller Tony Toledo who gives every speaker a story and a lucky coin at the end of their words. We start at 7:30 pm till 10ish. Each person who wants to speak gets 5 minutes at the microphone. Tony stands up when all the sand in the five minute hour glass is done. At five and a half minutes he is walking toward the speaker. At 6 minutes he will slide his tongue in your ear. We are a free speech zone with a three word cussing minimum. Storytellers, poets, comedians,singers, community activists and just plain ranters are all welcome. Each week has a Featured Performer who goes on at 8:30 PM for half an hour. The hat is passed to get gas money so the feature can get home. See you at Speak Up.
Time(s) 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission Free, pass the hat for the feature.
Location - The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA 01905
Contact Phone 978-921-4628
Contact Email  ToledoGoat@aol.com
Event Website www.facebook.com/walnutstreet

Dec 18th, 2014 (Thu)
  Golden Story Circle
State: Colorado

Come tell a story, rough or polished.
Get suggestions (if wanted) & praise.
Or just listen.    All are welcome.
Hosted by Lev Ropes & Kate Lutz

6:00 PM
Free

Jefferson Unitarian Church
14350 W 32nd Ave
Golden, CO 80401
One mile west of I-70/Youngfield/32nd intersection

303-278-0177
levropes@comcast.net

Dec 19th, 2014 (Fri) -- Dec 20th, 2014 (Sat)
  The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song
State: Massachusetts

Welcome the Winter Solstice with haunting legends of light, evergreen traditions and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional songs and music. Featured stories include the beautiful Scandinavian tale “Legend of the Mistletoe,” a humorous English Wassail story, and the poignant Greek Solstice legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace.” Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event. Traditional refreshments, including a Wassail Bowle, will be served.

8pm
Admission $25

Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-4335
dedge@livingmyth.com
http://wintersolstice.brownpapertickets.com/

Dec 24th, 2014 (Wed)
  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
State: Massachusetts

Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike is held every Wednesday at The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn MA. It is hosted by storyteller Tony Toledo who gives every speaker a story and a lucky coin at the end of their words. We start at 7:30 pm till 10ish. Each person who wants to speak gets 5 minutes at the microphone. Tony stands up when all the sand in the five minute hour glass is done. At five and a half minutes he is walking toward the speaker. At 6 minutes he will slide his tongue in your ear. We are a free speech zone with a three word cussing minimum. Storytellers, poets, comedians,singers, community activists and just plain ranters are all welcome. Each week has a Featured Performer who goes on at 8:30 PM for half an hour. The hat is passed to get gas money so the feature can get home. See you at Speak Up.
Time(s) 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission Free, pass the hat for the feature.
Location - The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA 01905
Contact Phone 978-921-4628
Contact Email  ToledoGoat@aol.com
Event Website www.facebook.com/walnutstreet

Dec 31st, 2014 (Wed)
  Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
State: Massachusetts

Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike is held every Wednesday at The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn MA. It is hosted by storyteller Tony Toledo who gives every speaker a story and a lucky coin at the end of their words. We start at 7:30 pm till 10ish. Each person who wants to speak gets 5 minutes at the microphone. Tony stands up when all the sand in the five minute hour glass is done. At five and a half minutes he is walking toward the speaker. At 6 minutes he will slide his tongue in your ear. We are a free speech zone with a three word cussing minimum. Storytellers, poets, comedians,singers, community activists and just plain ranters are all welcome. Each week has a Featured Performer who goes on at 8:30 PM for half an hour. The hat is passed to get gas money so the feature can get home. See you at Speak Up.
Time(s) 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission Free, pass the hat for the feature.
Location - The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA 01905
Contact Phone 978-921-4628
Contact Email  ToledoGoat@aol.com
Event Website www.facebook.com/walnutstreet