Save the Date: 31st Annual Texas Storytelling Festival in March 2016


31st Annual
Texas Storytelling Festival

March 10 – 13, 2016
Denton Civic Center
Denton, TX

Featuring Rev. Robert Jones, Minton Sparks, Eldrena Douma, and Antonio Sacre.

Rev. Robert Jones is a nationally known and featured storyteller, whose stories combine elements of music, humor, along with emotion, fact and fiction to convey the truths found in our shared culture.

Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and her intoxicating gift for storytelling. She paints word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows like the back of her hand.

Eldrena Douma is a Native American storyteller. A Pueblo Indian, her experience as a storyteller began at a very young age on both the Laguna and Hopi tribal lands. Today, she travels throughout the United States, inspiring students and adults to listen, think, and read through stories of her personal experiences filled with wisdom and humor.

Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring storyteller, writer, and solo performance artist. He draw from an extensive repertoire that includes folk tales, myths and legends from around the world, focusing on Spanish-speaking countries.

Storytelling day concerts for adults and families. Evening story concerts for adults and children, ten and up.

Workshops for storytellers, teachers, librarians, councilors, parents, and members of religious institutions.

Free storytelling concerts for the public: Ghost Stories, Sacred Stories and Saturday family and youth activities.


For more information or to register,
(940) 380 – 9320

February 15 – Deadline for early bird registration. Save $35!
Single Concert Tickets are $10 at the door. Some events are free to the public.

Tejas Storytelling Association
P.O. Box 2806
Denton, TX 76202

(**Events with sign language interpreters for the deaf.)

Thursday, March 10
Ghost Stories “Witches’ Cauldron” (progressively scarier)**

Friday, March 11
Storytelling Concerts
Opening Concert of Featured Tellers**
The Original Recipe: Folk Tale Telling
Breaking Bread with Old Friends: John Henry Faulk Recipients
Regional Recipe: North Meets South/ South Meets North with Rev. Robert Jones
Rising Stars featuring 5 tellers from Affiliate Guilds
Evening Concert with Featured Tellers**

Other Events
Workshops all day
Story Swap
Sweet Retreat Ice Cream Social
Mini-World Music Dance Party!
Friday Nite Lite Dinner or Supper on Your Own

Saturday, March 12   
Storytelling Concerts
Family Concert**
Liars’ Contest: Bittersweet Taste of the Truth (Overcooked)**
Haute Cuisine: New Voices in the Kitchen
Fringe Storytelling Concert
Evening Concert with Featured Tellers**

Other Events
Kids Day Activities
Story Swap
“Just Chewing the Fat”: Talking Tales with Tom McDermott and friends
Talespinner Dinner and Silent Auction

Sunday, March 13
Labyrinth Walk
Master Class— Selecting and Mixing the Perfect Storytelling Ingredients    with Chef Antonio Sacre
Sacred Tales Concert**
Closing Concert with Featured Tellers**

Free Storytelling Concerts and Events for the Public
Thursday, March 10
7:00 pm – Ghost Stories “Witches’ Cauldron” (progressively scarier)**

Saturday, March 12
9:00 am – Family Storytelling Concert**
10:30 am Kid’s Day Activities: Meet the Tellers, Art, Stories, Workshops, Story Swap, and Lunch
3:15 pm – Fringe Storytelling Concert (Women’s Building)

Sunday, March 13
9:30 am – Sacred Tales Storytelling Concert**

Research Stew: The Spice that makes the Difference – Jaye McLaughlin and Fred Peters
Is the Ghost Story Dead? – Loren Niemi
Songs of Praise and Protest – Rev. Robert Jones Sr.
History, Mystery, Monsters & Myth: Stories and Science of the Earth’s Movements – Linda King Pruitt
Cooking Up Some Family Stories – Antonio Sacre
Burn Through Your Story – Minton Sparks
A Conversation with Eldrena Douma
Just Enough to Sign a Story – Nancy Simpson