Storyteller Harlynne Geisler
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Annual Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris, IL Northlands Storytelling Network, regional storytelling organization for Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Features details on Northlands' storytelling conference, held annually the last weekend in April.
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The University offers storytelling courses. Call 217-333-3280 for additional information.
Group storytelling and coaching at the local access cable studio in Addison, Illinois on the third Friday evening and the fourth Tuesday evening of the month (7-9 p.m.) Warm feedback and encouragement. No cost to attend. Receive a videotape of your story and feedback for a nominal fee. For more information or directions, contact Debra Lane at, or (630) 789-0464.
Intergenerational Storytelling An intergenerational program linking elders with school-age children is up and running in McHenry County. Illinois Storytelling, Inc., RSVP, Illinois Department on Aging, and VISTA are partners in this innovative program. Grandparents, elders, and interested others attend storytelling workshops. Jim May, professional storyteller, instructs workshop participants in the art of storytelling. The three hour workshops allow those attending to reminisce about such topics as home remedies, farm life, WWII, and a myriad of other topics. The workshops are held on Wednesday mornings from 9-12 once a month at the Nippersink District Library, 5418 Hill Rd., Richmond, IL. If you are
interested in attending these free workshops, call Judy Challed at (815) 344-3555.
Events for Illinois incl. July's annual Illinois Storytelling Festival:
Fox Valley Folklore Society The Fox Valley Folklore Society homepage features events, links, storytellers, and organizations in Chicago and nationally.
For Storytelling Guilds, Festivals, and Venues of Illinois, click here. incl. st. in workshop held in Chicago
To receive a monthly email of Illinois events, contact Gene Gryniewicz
Storytelling at the Prairie Center The festival is held in the Spring. Prairie Center Arts Foundation. Schaumburg, IL 847-923-3608

Upcoming Events:

The IL Storytelling Festival Board Members are happy to invite you to a storytelling festival on Sunday, August 14, 2006. It in the same place as the old festival (well, in the lot where we used to park), it's a bit cozier (one fantastic tent), it's a bit shorter (one day instead of two) but it will be just as good as ever. Come on out and share a great day of storytelling!
Please see below for the press release information. We're sending this release to everyone on our storytelling email address lists and we would appreciate if you would do the same. Spread the word! Spread the word! It's Storytelling Time! We hope you get this invitation a thousand times from a thousand friends!
Edie Armstrong, Linda Gorham, Scott Mor, Jane Stenson, Val Wallace, & Megan Wells
BRIEF:On Sunday, August 14, Illinois Storytelling Inc. presents a one tent all day storytelling event featuring international guest Patrick Ryan of London and fifteen outstanding Illinois storytellers at Horse Fair Park in Spring Grove, Illinois.
DETAILS: Fire Chief Rich Tobiasz, of the Spring Grove Fire Department, hosts a fundraising steak fry on Saturday, August 13 in beautiful Horse Fair Park and shares his tent with Illinois Storytelling Inc. for a Sunday of stories.
From 11 AM until 6 PM on Sunday, August 14, storytellers fire up the imagination. This family enriching event takes place in tents attached to the pavilion in Horse Fair Park, on Richardson Road, just north of Route 12 in Spring Grove, Illinois.
Tellers include three featured in the first festival of 1982: Patrick Ryan, Beth Horner, and Jim May (founder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival). Also sharing their talents are Illinois favorites Edie Armstrong, Jim & Karen Decker, Lucinda Flodin, Linda Gorham, Leanne Johnson, Dan Keding, Nan Kammann-Judd, Marilyn Kinsella, Gail Permenter, Jane Stenson, Greg Weiss, and Megan Wells. Special guests include Rich Tobiasz, Spring Grove Fire Chief, and the Memory Makers, a group of senior storytellers well-known in the McHenry County area for bringing life stories to schools and to the community. Also telling will be Illinois Storytelling Board Members Scott Mor and Val Wallace.
Stories include local fire history, personal tales of humor and pathos, vibrant folktales, dynamic legends and sing-along stories. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $25 for families, and $5 for children 6 -12.
The proceeds, and any donations, will help Illinois Storytelling Inc. produce the Illinois Storytelling Festival in 2006. Nationally recognized for excellence, the Illinois festival is a three-day event with several storytelling tents.

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