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3 Reasons to Attend Connecticut Storytelling Festival

Only three reasons? It is hard for me to choose three reasons to attend the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, but here I go.

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http://www.connstorycenter.org/festival.htm

1.) 2016 Festival Headliner Tim Lowry; is funny, interesting, educational, and a general character, a historical speaker bringing history to life! http://www.storytellertimlowry.com/

Well that is a mouthful, but you will see Tim is hard to explain in a couple words. He will offer performances and a workshop. I plan to be front and center for both! I’ve seen Tim here at Connecticut Storytelling Festival, quite a few years ago. Then I saw him perform at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, all I can say is WOW! http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/

2.) Workshops, did I mention workshops? There will be many to choose from, choosing is the hard part! I learn something at every one I take. I meet the most interesting people in the workshops. Often I am stretched to think in new ways, to look at age old topics in a new light, to further develop a skill. Workshops, something for everyone!

3.) Community, It is hard to describe but there is a community feeling as the sea of people follow the tides out of one performance and into the next workshop. The buzz in the air of excited conversations is electric. One table will hold a cluster of educators there to learn how storytelling impacts literacy. Another table a couple of storytellers sit close catching up on performance and family news between events. In the hall old and new friends slowly meander the tables of vendors wares offered. Music seeps from one room and draws late comers to the door and into the seats at the back of the room. People sway and sing along, or are swept away in the mood of the music and story, they look to one another, those they shared the magical journey with.

I have to stop now, I said three reasons, but there are so many more! Check out the website, but really, you just have to come to understand. Registration is open on the website. http://connstorycenter.org/festivalRegistration.htm

Would you like to be my guest? Do you want to come to the festival and enjoy performances, workshops,  socialize, visit the vendors and silent auction? Would a weekend to learn more skills to use as a museum docent help you? Are you a classroom teacher wanting to use story in education? If you have never been to the Connecticut Storytelling Festival held at Conn College in New London, CT.  this is your chance. In the comments area tell me why you want to go. I will be choosing one person to visit the Connecticut Storytelling Festival as my guest. It might be you! You might become a part of the community, take a workshop, enjoy the performances and soak up all that Storytelling has to offer. I will make my decision on March 1, 2016, register today I can always refund your fee.

Prompt July 4 Family Stories

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50 Objects 50 Stories, Connecticut Historical Society

  Connecticut Historical Society had a great idea! They have a new exhibit that highlights 50 varied objects from Connecticut, along with the story of the object. The objects themselves are a varied lot, they range from a Space Suit to a Revolutionary period diary of State Hero Nathan Hale and on to a Pepe’s… Continue Reading

Ancestors at Sea

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What Does Your Family Sound Like?

Every family has a certain playlist. That constant background music or noise that is seldom acknowledged. When I was a teen I babysat for a family, it was a no TV house, the constant background there was classical music piped softly to every room. It was a serene household, but I always had to fight… Continue Reading

Ties to a Shipyard Story

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Revolutionary Family Stories

From “The British are coming , the British are coming”, to  “We the people”, the time of the American Revolution spun a great many family stories. Some of the names, faces and characters are well known from our history lessons. Many are unknown and buried in  a couple of centuries of dust.      To unearth… Continue Reading

The Patriot Gave Everything – Focus on Family Stories

Are you aware of the thousands who died for the cause of America, not in battles of our Revolution, but as prisoners of war held by the British under the most horrific of conditions. Their story is mostly forgotten, their lives given to the new nation undervalued by history, unserved by classroom text. The stories of… Continue Reading