Author Archives: carolynstearns

Get Out Your Paint Brushes!

Get Out Your Paint Brushes!

The Nov. 21 Hartford Courant Newspaper alerted me to an interesting article posted by Donna Larcen in the Arts section. ( dlarcen@courant.com ) There will be an art contest to reproduce a Lincoln Portrait painted in 1890 by John Denison Crocker. The painting hung for many years in City Hall at Norwich,Ct. that is until… Continue Reading

Metro – T riders take stage to tell their MBTA tales

Metro – T riders take stage to tell their MBTA tales

In Boston this past slam was all about who rides the T ! It happens daily as thousands and thousands board and recede like the tide to the other world. So unremarkable that oblivion might better be the name. Then every now and again a ride becomes so noteworthy it becomes a story. Read the… Continue Reading

Christmas Spirits

Christmas Spirits

Getting ready for the Holidays? Plan an evening of pure entertainment with Carolyn Stearns Storyteller performing my original epic piece “Christmas Spirits”. Marlborough Tavern http://www.themarlboroughtavern.com/ will host a telling on Saturday December 18, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 for the performance but call and get your dinner reservations in and come enjoy the… Continue Reading

A Singing Breadbox

A Singing Breadbox

This Months feature performers Atwater -Donnelly on Nov 13, 2010 The venue St. Paul’s Valley St Willimantic, Ct Photo of Tom Callinan – A Breadbox Feature in the past In the Community: The Breadbox www.breadboxfolk.orgA community showcase mic held monthly to benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Vallety St in… Continue Reading

The Importance of Livestock

The Importance of Livestock

The Importance of Livestock On Sunday Oct 24, 2010 at 12 noon The Willimantic Congregational Church will host a lunch follwed by a storytelling to benefit www.Heifer.org The public is welcome at the Valley St. Willimantic Church for this program. I will share stories of animals and inspiration appropriate for all ages. Questions www.carolynstearnsstoryteller.com or… Continue Reading

What Gives ?

What Gives ?

What Gives when your plate is full? I realized my blog was what I could let go of as I became immersed in the down to the wire prep for our church 300th anniversary. This was no ordinary event but a historic research, writing, musical, timing, editing, and scripting and performance to encompass the church… Continue Reading

” Mistakes Were Made”  review or family checklist?

” Mistakes Were Made” review or family checklist?

Mistakes Were Made, Bill Harley Live ( with adults) The afternoon was quiet. The rain passed by and the sun was out and the orange and yellow leaves falling. I was settling a summer long office move into new quarters. The new office arrangement includes a CD player. My family left for a afternoon of… Continue Reading

Seacoast Fringe Festival

Seacoast Fringe Festival

Will you be coming to Portsmouth, New Hampshire or will you miss a great event? October 8, 9, 10, 2010 is the new and exciting Seacoast Fringe Festival. www.seacoastfringefestival.com The venue list is being formulated and will be posted on the website soon. The crew aboard the Fringe Festival committee are busy matching the wide… Continue Reading

Move over John Wayne, look out Clint Eastwood

( rider: Tim Stearns) What did you accomplish over the weekend in 16 seconds? In cowboy mounted shooting, the fast action rodeo type equine sport 16 seconds is a good run. For the Ct. Renegades State Championships Sept 18 & 19, 2010 Cowboys and Cowgirls from all over the Northeast descended on Enfield, Ct.’s Round… Continue Reading

In Awe of Learning

In Awe of Learning

I hope to be in awe of learning my whole life, how about you? There are so many things new to learn and discover. We get complacent in life so easily and miss opportunities. I hope to feel as excited as my Granddaughter is to learn something new. Seeing places through her eyes is like… Continue Reading

Tune In and Then Go Out

Tune In and Then Go Out

This weekend you will want to be outdoors with me! Ct. Outdoors Radio with Suzanne Thompson will tell you all about it. So tune in your dial early to hear about the A-MAZE-ING Story Slam outdoors, all natural and on the air in 3 – 2- 1 Hi, This is Carolyn Stearns and Suzanne Thompson… Continue Reading

Donkeys Just Wanna Have Fun!

Donkeys Just Wanna Have Fun!

Coming into the ring for your viewing pleasure the obstacle class for donkeys. Let’s see how our exhibitors have trained their donkeys to work their way through the obstacles. Then there will be the riding and the driving classes. Yes, they let donkeys drive but it has to be an automatic…….. well couldn’t resist the… Continue Reading

What is a Lippitt Morgan Horse?

What is a Lippitt Morgan Horse?

A weekend of memories, reunion, celebration and horses, weekends don’t get much better than that. I was at the Lippitt Country Show in Tunbridge, Vt. After the quiet peaceful drive over roads I have not travelled in many years I passed familiar scenes, a dairy with its own covered bridge and the place where the… Continue Reading

A-MAZE-ING Give A Donkey an Ice Cream Cone

A-MAZE-ING Give A Donkey an Ice Cream Cone

Summer was soooo boring for Jassper and Tabasco, just green grass …. and more green grass. Jassper and Tabasco needed a DAYCATION! Their owner understood when they told him. After work one day they were loaded in the Corn Pro Trailer to go on a Daycation trip. How Excited Jassper and Tabasco were. They were… Continue Reading

A Gem – Michael Parent cassette

A Gem – Michael Parent cassette

This spring when the trees were fully blooming and the wind came warm off the sea for the first time in months, I was in New London Ct. My annual trek to the Ct. Storytelling Festival http://www.connstorycenter.org/festival.htm I was there to gather in the warmth of story, the exuberance of new and renewed friendship ,… Continue Reading

Blind Faith & Cowboy Church

Blind Faith & Cowboy Church

This is the essence of a Cowboy Church program I presented at the Northeast Regionals of Cowboy Mounted Shooting at Three County Fairgrounds on Aug 8, 2010. I love the fact that cowboy mounted shooting has cowboy church preceding many Sunday competitions. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is one of the fastest growing equine sports. 1880’s clad… Continue Reading

Taste Of Summer

Taste Of Summer

What does summer taste like? Like the ice cream cone these girls lick at the Tolland County 4-H fair. www.4-hfair.org/tolland/county.html . It certainly tastes like a trip to the Uconn Dairy Bar and the Jonathan Supreme mounded up in a cup and drizzled with chocolate fudge syrup. The Uconn cows got up early to make… Continue Reading

In The Vault We Found……..

In The Vault We Found……..

The phone call came a couple months ago from Wisconsin. The caller, Laura found my name on the town website listed as the Cemetery Sexton and she was searching for records. On a long quest to follow her family genealogy she soon discovered the Mayflower Society and how to trace back and show your roots… Continue Reading

Outstanding In Your Field

Outstanding In Your Field

The award night, the glittering lights, anticipation, a heart pounding scenario. To be recognized among a group of peers for a performance of standout quality and dynamic proportion, yes Award Night is a momentous occasion. Just who will be filling the audience and what is their take on your big moment. Around here it is… Continue Reading

Dedication and Insanity Meet pt. 4 Daybreak’s Story

Dedication and Insanity Meet pt. 4 Daybreak’s Story

We had nothing left to do but load the horse and drive back, except….Daybreak hates horse trailers has a history and a no I won’t load, game on his agenda. Here on this back road on the Mass. New Hampshire border I do not want to be part of a 3 hour loading event. Our… Continue Reading

Dear God, Let It Be A Horse!  pt.3

Dear God, Let It Be A Horse! pt.3

Dear God, Let that sound of a snapping twig be from our horse Daybreak not a BEAR! The night is so dark I turn the little squeeze light in the direction of the sound, nothing. I walk more, “Daybreak”, I call out softly, hoping if it’s a bear he doesn’t like voices and will leave.… Continue Reading

Dedication, One Step From Insane

Dedication, One Step From Insane

That lump, you see it on the tailgate? Well that’s me, and I ended up sleeping there. I have to say it wasnt really sleep the body just stopped functioning. It had been a long day of announcing at our cowboy mounted shooting competition. I was also cheering on my son Tim and his horse… Continue Reading

Event Planner – That’s Me

Event Planner – That’s Me

Among the items listed on my resume should be event planner extroidinaire! In the job description of “Mom” there is a whole section on planning, the usuals being birthday parties and sleepovers, vacations and family holidays. Each deserving the remembrance as either incredible or awful, and usually it was unforseen circumstances that brought on the… Continue Reading

Saddled by: Susan Richards – Book Review

Saddled by: Susan Richards – Book Review

I just finished a great read! Saddled by: Susan Richards (isbn 978-0-547-24172-2 ) What a good way to kick off summer, by reading a book that keeps you enthralled until the last page. You understand that it was the title and the absolutley elegant horse head on the cover that made me pick it up.… Continue Reading

Lanes Stadium

Lanes Stadium

The seats are filled and the fans are spirited as the double header settles in to game two. Having gone extra innings to break a tie it will be interesting to see who has the staying power as the two teams return to the field of story with their lineup. First up to bat and… Continue Reading

Storytelling a Team Sport

Storytelling a Team Sport

Red Sox or Yankees? Uconn or U. Tenn? Does it matter? Mass Mouth ( http://www.massmouth.ning.com/ ) or the Moth ( http://www.themoth.org/ ) no not in storytelling or really in sports. We can choose who we follow and root for, we just need to pick our game and be enthused. Put on your Storyteller t-shirt and… Continue Reading

A-MAZE-ING Story Slam

A-MAZE-ING Story Slam

Yesterday I drove the winding Boston Turnpike ( Rte 44) which boasts many improvements since George Washington traveled it. Finally turning off to the northeast I headed in the direction of Thompson , Ct. www.thompsonct.org I came up to the green now shaded by the ginat trees and went along one side past the library… Continue Reading

MyLITV.com – The Island Long Riders cowboy mounted shooting club Long Islands Best Videos Politics and Local News

MyLITV.com – The Island Long Riders cowboy mounted shooting club Long Islands Best Videos Politics and Local News Here is a great look at what I do a lot of announcing for. There is a tiny segment where you can hear me. This is a great sport filled with great people. Will be back out… Continue Reading

Geneology of a Storytelling

Geneology of a Storytelling

Aetna, of Hartford, Ct., the insurance giant, has a huge auditorium at the home office. Yesterday ( Saturday May 8, 2010) I brought my Connecticut Stories to the Aetna 39 rs, their Retiree Group. The theatre lighting, railed balconies, carpeted main floor and huge stage behind me made for the perfect setting for sharing old… Continue Reading

Sky racers

Sky Racers 5/9/09 Carolyn Stearns I went out walking tonight as one storm was chased from the sky on the steeds of another. I paused at the gate to the meadow and watched. There across the western horizon monstrous black clouds mounted and with their golden rims sparkling, went skittering northeast as if in the… Continue Reading

Instant Summer

Instant Summer There I was today freezing in the barn. It was 50 degrees but the wind was whipping itself around and in the north door and I was tired and grumpy and cold. Cold that is the word and as I watched the very bubbly and optimistic weather forecast I was amazed, it will… Continue Reading

March Roars In

March came roaring in like a lion last night. I lay in bed listeneing to the roar. I could hear trees crackle and barn doors creak in the fierce wind and thought about all the animals out in the barn listeneing. It must seem even louder to them. There is a certain comfort in knowing… Continue Reading