Tellabration, a celebration of storytelling, will be Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Student Center at Cleveland State Community College, as in the past.
However, new for this year will be a Sunday event at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library.
Baker said the guild decided to have a second show at the library after seeing how good the community room would be for such an event. They also saw it as a chance to give members of the community more than one chance to attend. Baker said the afternoon event at the library gives those who do not like to drive at night or who can’t get to the Saturday night gathering a chance to participate.
“It’s (storytelling) not just for kids. ... It’s way too much fun to have just for kids,” Baker said, commenting that people of all ages enjoy listening and telling stories.
The event will feature stories by the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. Baker said the event does not have a theme and will feature a variety of stories. The storytellers have a rehearsal so they can plan the stories in a good order. Even though some of the same people may share stories at both events, Baker said that the stories will be different.
The event is fee, but donations will be accepted.
Tellabration is an international event that started in 1988.
“Stories have been told (in an organized setting) on every continent except Antarctica,” Baker said.
The Cleveland Storytelling Guild meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the library.
During each meeting storytellers share stories and then are given the opportunity to get critiques from the other members of the guild. Baker said the guild first offers compliments, then asks questions, then offers suggestions, if the storyteller wants them.
“Everybody is a storyteller — you maybe just don’t think you are,” Baker said.