Children Join the Storytelling Tradition It’s happening right now. Children in Madison County are thinking of stories. They are remembering, creating, and reenvisioning stories of their past or of someone else’s past. They are forming their own stories to submit to this year’s 3rd Annual Madison County Florida’s Tellabration!TM. We have invited children from all over the county to participate. They may submit their stories (in written form) by October 15. Then some of the best storytellers will be selected to tell their story at the Tellabration!TM on November 19 at O’Toole’s Herb Farm. Our past tellers have thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Here is whatRead More →

THEY’RE HERE! We are getting closer and closer to the 3rd Annual Madison County Florida Storytelling Tellabration!TM. More tasks are being checked off. More people are getting involved and helping. Now we are another step closer to the big day with this announcement:  Here they are – The tickets! You can go ahead and get your tickets in advance for $5 each (will be $7 at the gate). We will be happy to hold them for you at the door. Of course, remember, children under 12 get in free with a parent/guardian. But wait! These tickets not only permit you to hear some fabulous storytelling,Read More →

They are here! The first run of Rack Cards for the 3rd Annual Madison County Tellabration!TM have arrived, and we are so excited. Jim and I will be going around town and placing them at various offices and businesses. If you want some at your place of business, we will be happy to bring them to you. Just call us. It’s not too early to be talking about the Tellabration!TM and encouraging folks to save the date. So why not join our team and talk it up? Tell everyone you meet that we will be having a wonderful time there at O’Toole’s Farm, November 19,Read More →

Welcome to the Team, Five Acre Farm! One of our goals for this 3rd Annual Tellabration!TM is to provide a bigger venue and a bigger opportunity for the Youth Tellers of Madison County. We are making good strides in accomplishing that one, and we will update you in the next Producer’s Note. Another goal is simply to be bigger and better than ever! To do that, we will need support from the community. So we want to recognize the businesses, business owners, and individuals who are stepping up to help. Here is a big, “Welcome Aboard!” to Sandy Valladares and her Five Acre Farm forRead More →

All’s Quiet on the Tellabration!TM Front Well, one might think it’s quiet around here, but one would be wrong. The phone calls, the appointments, the signage, the meetings, the planning are all abundantly present in the lives of our team. We ordered the big sign that will span Range Street in downtown Madison a few days before the Tellabration!TM Just wait until you see it!! Student tellers are getting on board. We are recruiting them right now and will announce the final selection of Youth Tellers the first week of July! We will be meeting with the Tourist Development Council of Madison County to askRead More →

May 13, 2016 When Jim and I started this project, we had three main objectives: To bring storytelling to Madison County, To provide an opportunity for children to be able to perform stories, and To help bring more attention to our town and community. Truthfully, we didn’t realize how challenging it would be to accomplish number 2–get students to participate. Well, let me back up. The students are willing, but being able to get into the classrooms and talk to the teachers was the challenge. Teachers are so busy. No, really, they are. I have taught school and worked briefly for the local school system,Read More →

This weekend we returned from the 29th Annual Stone Soup Storytelling event in Woodruff, South Carolina. Like last year, it was a warm and receptive group of tellers and listeners. We heard tellers, young and old, from all across the country and many local South Carolina tellers. Regardless where you are or in what part of the country you may be, storytellers and listeners are undoubtedly the nicest folks around. Being a storyteller, I may be a bit prejudiced. But really, when you tell a story, people want to listen, they want you to succeed as a teller, and they want to connect with yourRead More →

Liberty Blair

We just returned from the Florida Storytelling Festival in beautiful Mt. Dora, Florida. It is an amazing event. The team there knows how to throw a “story-party”! The featured tellers were, of course, wonderful. The opportunities for people, young and not so young, to tell and hear stories were ample. Our own Youth Teller – Liberty Blair – was a scholarship winner to the event. She not only won accommodations and other gifts via her scholarship, but she also told her story on the main concert stage on Saturday night. She represented Madison County Storytelling in a grand fashion. We left the event, not just entertained,Read More →

     Yes, this website is about the storytelling in Madison County. Specifically we focus on the Madison County Florida Tellabration! which we have held for two years. We are in the midst of planning our 3rd annual one now.      How this event has come to be is a story in itself. Over the next few months, maybe we can give you some inside scoop on how Jim, my husband, and I started and produced it. Perhaps if we talk about how we did it, you will want to produce one in your town, too! So stay tuned.      We will talk about that here on the producer’s page asRead More →