Tellabration: An Evening of Storytelling set for Saturday
by BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
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The Cleveland Storytelling Guild will be presenting Tellabration, An Evening of Storytelling, on Nov. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, located at 433 N. Ocoee St. in Cleveland.

Local and regional storytellers will be sharing some of their best stories in this event which will be enjoyed by the entire family. Folk tales, traditional tales and personal stories will be told.

Stories begin at 7 p.m. This event is a free gift to the community; however, donations will be gladly accepted so that the Guild may continue to have storytelling concerts for many years to come.

Tellabration is a worldwide celebration of the art of storytelling, and is observed during the month of November

The founder of Tellabration, J.G. Pinkerton of Connecticut, envisioned Tellabration as a means of building community support for storytelling. Debuting his first event in 1988, the celebration of storytelling has since spread to every continent but Antarctica.

Facilitated by the National Storytelling Network, this event is celebrated each November, and has been celebrated here in Cleveland since the early 1990s.

This year, seven local and regional tellers will be sharing some of their best stories in this evening suitable for the entire family. Those sharing in this storytelling concert are:

— Bruce Hopson brings high-level energy to each of his performances. A real crowd favorite, Hopson shares stories of growing up on a farm in Georgia — some of which will leave the listener thinking, “Did that really happen?”

— Pete Vanderpool brings stories that are sure to tug at the heartstrings. His gentle humor and good grace are evident in his folk tales, traditional stories and personal stories. Any resemblance to a certain well-known figure are purely intentional.

— Steve Daugherty relishes infusing his stories with music, and is an accomplished musician. Beware, though, he sometimes has a habit of pulling his audiences’ legs. So just relax, and play along as he shares.

— John Cantrell is new to the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. A native of Cleveland, he brings an insight to his personal stories of “how it used to be here back when I was growing up.”

— Owen Duncan comes to us from Decatur. His relaxed, easygoing style will remind his audience of days gone by, when sitting on the porch and spinning yarns was family entertainment.

— Bobbye Schroeder is a retired school teacher currently living in Red Bank. Her Southern charm and grace bring a certain warmth to any story she tells.

— Judy Baker has shared stories in various settings and festivals, including the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival, the Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Festival and the Storytelling Festival of Carolina. She tells folk tales, traditional tales and tales straight from the community of Sand Lick.

Mark your calendars for other upcoming storytelling events in Cleveland. Warm Stories and Hot Cider will be held on Jan. 10, 2014, also at First Presbyterian Church. Stories begin at 7 p.m.

Ocoee Story Fest, now in its 19th year, will be held Feb. 7, 2014, at the Museum Center at Five Points with featured international teller Lyn Ford.

The Cleveland Storytelling Guild meets monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Community Room of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library on Church Street. Stories begin at 7 p.m., and the public is always invited to come and listen.

To learn more about Tellabration and the National Storytelling Network, visit