Telling Stories Outside Your Culture Workshop

Rob Aptaker provides guidelines for telling the essential stories from other cultures in this part of the Story Circle Workshop series.  The workshop will be held at Godfrey Daniels on May 10th at 6 pm and will be followed, after a short break, by the monthly Story Circle at 7:30 pm.  This event is Free.

Rob will cover the following concepts;

  • When you borrow something valuable from someone, treat it with more care than you would with your own valuables.
  • The importance of checking in with people from the cultures whose stories you’re borrowing.
  • Where creativity and inspiration DO have their place.
  • Pointers from traditional teachers.
  • Q & A to follow.

Robin Reichert – Critters and Creatures

Robin Reichert weaves the wonders of the natural world into everything she does.  Gather round as she shares the adventures of critters of all kinds.  Robin will tell her tales at Godfrey Daniels Listening Club (7 E. 4th St., Bethlehem, PA 18015) on March 19th at 2 pm.  Her stories will surprise, delight and enlighten listeners of all ages.  Cops’n’Kids will hand out FREE books.  Children ages 5 and under attend for free.

This event is part of the Children Storytelling Series, a collaboration between the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild and Godfrey Daniels.



Fairy Tales EXPOSED with Chris Ochs

Everything You Know about Fairy Tales is WRONG – a talk by Chris Ochs.

“We’ll look at the origins, meanings and evolution of icons from fairy tales. Then compare them against their curious, funny and often GRISLY counterparts throughout history, smashing several childhood icons along the way.
FAIR WARNING – any children in the audience will be mortified, and may leave in tears.”
Parkland Community Library, March 7th, 2017 at 7 pm.  Free.

Stories of Friendship and Warmth with Larry Sceurman

Listening to Larry Sceurman’s tell stories is like sharing a cup of hot chocolate after playing in the snow.  His friendly manner is reflected in the stories he tells.

Join Larry at Godfrey Daniels, 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, Pa 18015, on February 19th at 2 pm.  He will delight you, warm you and guide you as he enfolds you in a hug of stories.

Admission is $4.50.  Children ages 5 and under attend for Free!

Fairy Tale Confidential

Mwahahahahaha!  Welcome to the Dark Side of Fairy tales. We ALL know fairy tales.  There is a quest, and a princess – or a damsel – and a hero, and a villain, and a struggle and, poof!, at the end everything works out.  And, they are sweet and innocent and innocuous.  Or, are they??

Spend any time on Fairy Tale Lobby, a blog hosted by LVSG member Megan Hicks and Mary Grace Ketner, and these “harmless” stories display the conflicted emotions of the psyche.  Charles Kiernan, LVSG Coordinator, posts an in depth monthly examination of Grimm’s tales, on his Fairy Tale blog.  Fairy tales may have been our ancestors answer to psycho therapy, since these stories delve into all the neuroses and abominable behavior of human existence.  These stories also guided and counseled our forebears with examples of problem solving and shining virtue.

If you hope to learn more,LVSG story lover member, Chris Ochs, will offer his talk, “Everything You Know About Fairy Tales Is WRONG”, at various Lehigh Valley libraries in March.  Check our calendar for times and places.  Note:  Ochs’ talk is NOT for young children.

Native American Tales with Rob Aptaker at Godfrey’s

Rob Aptaker tells stories of the Native people of the Eastern Woodlands, including the story “How Bear Got his Short Tail” and “How Turtle Got a Long Neck”.  Join him as he chants, drums and tells stories of winter magic, and heroes .

This event will take place at Godfrey Daniels Listening Club, 7 E. 4th Street at 2 pm on January 15th, 2017.  Admission is $4.50.  Children ages 5 and under enter FREE.

Christmas Blarney Show

McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub announces its second annual Christmas Blarney Show on December 6th, at 7 pm.  Dennis Boyne, an LVSG member and the guiding light behind Lehigh Valley Story Slam will be part of the festivities.

The event includes dinner, stories and music, all with an Irish Christmas vibe.  The cost is $35 a person.  Click here to purchase tickets.

Halloween! Whitehall Public Library

Charles Kiernan will tell stories at the Whitehall Township Public Library on Halloween night.  Are those chills you have running up and down your spine?  On October 31st at 7 pm, prepare to be scared.

The Whitehall Township Public Library is at 3700 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall, PA 18052.  Call 610-432-4339 for details.

NJ Storytelling Festival

The New Jersey Storytelling Festival boasts 40 New Jersey storytellers, including LVSG’s own Ingrid Bohn, Judy England-McCarthy, Denise McCormack, MaryAnn Paterniti, Megan Hicks, Robin Reichert and Oni Lasana.  Don’t miss the morning workshops or the story slam, including the famous Lightning Round.

The event is held Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey on September 18th, 2016.

Mark Twain Reflects

Charles Kiernan will channel America’s favorite storyteller when he presents “Mark Twain Reflects” at Elias Church 1806, 212-214 S. 5th  Street, Mifflinburg, PA. 17844 at 7 pm on September 17th.

Kiernan’s remarkable storytelling, his close physical resemblance to Twain, and his sense of humor will all be on display at this event.