Producer’s Note #20 Hang On To Your Hats! We are in the final three weeks of preparation for the 6th Annual Story Festival. Things are looking up as: • more and more people are hearing about the festival, • more folks are contacting us for details, • advertisements are reaching new potential listeners, • students are practicing their stories, • the Friday night competitors are working on their stories, • the stage and chairs have been ordered, • civic groups are letting us join their meetings and invite folks, and • much more! Whew! By all appearances, this really will be one for the recordRead More →

Producer’s Note #19 A Little Help From Our Friends Do you remember the Fred Flintstone’s cartoon? It was a staple when I was growing up, and I loved it. One of my favorite images was when the job-site whistle would blow, Fred would get off work, jump in his car, and start his feet furiously running to propel that stone-aged car onto the road for home. Well, that is what Jim and I already feel like over here in Madison. The 6th annual festival is coming at us so quickly now, and are we excited! With our new location being in the expansive Madison CountyRead More →

Producer’s Note #18 Madison County’s 6th Annual Storytelling Festival Save the Dates! November 15-16, 2019 Let’s get this party – storytelling festival – started by reminding you to save the dates. The dates are important: This is the first year that we are not holding the event on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. For five years we have stayed true to that tradition, but this year we are easing back one weekend. Many potential listeners and tellers couldn’t make it to that weekend, so we listened. That’s why can mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, 2019. Notice that it is not “Save theRead More →

Today, Easter Sunday, while we celebrate our risen Lord, we mourn our loss. Our friend, Stuart A. Fenneman, left this world for her eternal home that was not made with hands, to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The graveside service was held out in the country at Lee. Having never been there, I followed directions to get to the little cemetery. So many cars were already parked there that I and quite a few others had to pull off the dirt road and walk a good way to the actual site. That was fine, as it was a beautiful, quiet stroll duringRead More →

We all have a favorite number, and this year it is FIVE. That’s right. This coming Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 17, 2018) marks our 5th Madison County Florida Storytelling Tellabration!TM. It doesn’t seem possible that we are already into our fifth year of planning, but we are. First, we have to tell you about an important update. Everyone enjoys the pastoral setting of a farm for our events, so this year we will again meet under a big tent on a farm. In fact, we will be just up the road a bit from our former location. Set your GPS for The Wally Davis Farm,Read More →

The Excitement is Building and the Clock is Counting Down!  So much has been happening that we have haven’t caught our breath long enough to keep you updated. Let’s do a quick bullet-point recap. Here we go. Our featured teller from South Carolina, John Thomas Fowler, is making his plans to be here and has let us know that he can’t wait to meet the friendly folks of Madison County! While here, he will be telling in two of our local schools on the next Monday! We have SIX schools participating on our stage. Get ready to be impressed, because ELEVEN, yes, ELEVEN student tellersRead More →

September 20, 2017 We Broke a Record! We are so thrilled to announce that more schools and school groups than ever before have signed up to join us this year. See if your school is on the list: Pinetta Elementary School Lee Elementary School Greenville Elementary Madison County Central School James Madison Preparatory School Madison Academy of the Arts Madison County High School Homeschoolers of Madison County   All of these schools and teachers see the value in storytelling for their students and will be helping them submit stories to our committee. We will be selecting our tellers from those submissions. We are so gratefulRead More →

Pinetta Elementary in Madison, Florida

Schools are on Board! When Jim and I started this endeavor, we laid out three objectives: To promote the art and tradition of storytelling here in Madison County. To do something good for our community that would bring not only more positive attention to it, but also would be an opportunity for economic growth. To provide an opportunity for the youth of this area to create stories and tell them on a stage, giving them a chance for experience in public communication. Well, we can guarantee you that the art and tradition of storytelling will be carried on here in Madison County by some amazingRead More →

Here and There Updates! 1. Jade Plummer – Jayden Plummer was the lead teller for the Youthful Voices Concert at the Florida Storytelling Association’s 33rd Annual Festival. Along with the other scholarship-winners, Jade thrilled the listeners with her tale “Terror in the Trough”. Moments like this come into our lives with work, and Jade did the work. She paid the price by writing and editing and telling and practicing. We are so proud of her. Congratulations, Jade Plummer. Previous Madison County winners of the Virginia Rivers Youth Scholarship have been Abby Ratliff and Liberty Blair. Madison County is proud of all three of you and ofRead More →

Our Youth Tellers are the Best! We had the best Youth Concert at our Tellabration!TM this year. We submitted some of them to the Florida Storytelling Association’s (FSA) Scholarship Competition and again, like the previous two years, one of our tellers was chosen for a scholarship.  I just thought you’d enjoy seeing the announcement FSA made about the winners: We will keep you posted as to Jade’s Journey at the FSA Festival in a few weeks.Read More →