Storytellers in the news!

Denise McCormack was touted for her wonderful skills this past summer in The Southsider, South Side Bethlehem’s online neighborhood news.  McCormack has done numerous storytelling events on Bethlehem’s Southside, and she spread the word about the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild’s activities and skills. You can read about McCormack herself, and the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild’s Family series, in this informative article.  Click here. Larry Schardt, an LVSG member, was interviewed by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writer’s Group last March.  How {Read More}

Ghosts and Ghouls and Tales of Terror!

Hearken all! The storytellers are on the prowl. They will haunt your local libraries and area festivals to send shivers up your spine with awful tales! Once again, the Lehigh Valley Storytellers will send out their members, alone or in pairs, to visit areas as far flung as The Emmaus Public Library in the western Lehigh Valley and Barrett Paradise Friendly Library in the Poconos amd all places in between. Check our calendar in the sidebar on the right to {Read More}

School Days, school days, good ole golden rule days!

Did you keep a summer journal?  Do you have stories from the long, hot summer days?  School has started in some areas.  Let’s hope families head back with a whole portfolio of tales to share with people they have missed all summer.  If you “just stayed home”, you might need to be creative about your summer exploits.  Most teachers don’t ask kids to write about “What I Did this Summer” anymore.  You can, though!  You can go through your memory {Read More}

Summer Time and the Stories Come Easy

School will soon be out.  Families will pack their bags and head off to the (insert YOUR favorite vacation destination HERE).  Amusement parks will spill over with children and teens chasing down thrills as if their lives depended on it.  Municipal pools and rustic swimming holes alike will ring with the sounds of splashing and laughter.  Late night picnickers will gather around backyard fire pits to roast marshmallows and to tell stories.  You can make up your own wild backyard {Read More}

Haunted Love

Love stories are huge business. Romance novels, romantic movies, love songs – especially love songs – dominate the media. Unrequited love that spans centuries, the curtain that shifts, the spectral bride in the mirror, ah, those stories draw us in. The dangerous obsession, the lover who becomes an oppressor, these stories add the spark of fright to the mix. Many of us are haunted by “the one that got away”. Some have suffered more for love than they should have. {Read More}

Family Series returns!

The annual Family Storytelling Series returns to Godfrey Daniels on February 3 at 2 pm – weather permitting! Karen Maurer will tell stories that are strictly “For the Birds”. Karen brings songs, stories and even a craft to her performances. There is something for every age at the Family Storytelling Series. Ingrid Bohn is up next with Knuckleheads, Noodleheads, and Tall Tales. Listeners will feel a lot smarter after listening to the goofy antics in the tales that Ingrid spins. Ingrid {Read More}

Holiday Tales

Storytellers never take a holiday.  If our mouths are busy eating or singing or brushing our teeth, we are watching and listening and gathering the threads for a newly woven story.  The Winter holidays are absolutely the best time to pull together stories.  So much is going on!  We learn so much about our cultures and our families and ourselves in the way we handle all the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Keep your ears open for {Read More}

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Frightful Nights all over the Valley

Forget pumpkin spice.  The only pumpkins we’re interested in are Jack-o-Lanterns, those glowing grimaces designed to scare evil spirits on the Eve of All Saints’ Day – Hallow E’en.  The History Channel shares the story of Stingy Jack – supposedly the first maker of jack-o-lanterns.   Imagine trying to carve a face into a potato or a turnip!  Those were the very first jack-o-lanterns.  Praise be for pumpkins and their cavernous insides.  Flickering candles cast shadow faces on the walls as {Read More}

Love Stories – the Art of the One Person Show

Themed programs are a storyteller’s bread and butter.  Schools request stories about kindness, for example.  Churches want stories about faith.  Sometimes, the teller finds stories that fit so well together that she (or he) creates a one person offering that has to find an audience. Nationally known tellers, like Jay O’Callahan have been commissioned to create full 90 minute programs for community celebrations or notable anniversaries.  O’Callhan’s “Pouring the Sun”, a story program about growth and change in Bethlehem Steel, {Read More}