Bear on the Square
Storytelling at The Crimson Moon -- Hosted by Debbie Weston From
Saturday (4/20/13) 10 am
- Connie Chancey was raised in southern Appalachia. She grew up listening to the folktales her family and neighbors shared, which she now shares with her children and friends. Her favorite tales to share are ghost stories.
- Sandy Dillard is a storykeeper and has been listening to and sharing the stories of her four-generation Southern Appalachian family for as long as she can remember. “One of the great things about our Appalachian culture,” she believes,” is the laid back, relaxed attitude that provides the time and space to enjoy each other’s stories.”
- Steven Rhymer is a tenth grader at Westlake High School in College Park and was a 2013 youth teller at the Southern Order of Storytellers Festival. Steven brings a natural ability to storytelling through dance and sincere expressiveness.
Saturday (4/20/13) 3 pm
- Pat Shields enjoys playing music and spinning tales that are rooted in these southern mountains. Pat and his wife, Jan, are also potters and can be seen at their “Georgia Mudcats Pottery” booth at Bear on the Square selling their functional stoneware and decorative folk art.
- Esther Culver enjoys telling to all ages, whether you are one or 101, you will enjoy listening and moving to her stories. You never know if you will laugh or cry, relive a memory or experience something totally new.
- Breyanne Culver is a ninth grader at Towers High School in Decatur. She was a youth teller at the 2013 Southern Order of Storytellers Festival and also the 2012 recipient of the Youth Storyteller Award from NABS (National Association of Black Storytellers). In addition to storytelling, Breyanne is also an avid reader.
Sunday (4/21/13) 10 am
- Betsy Doty discovered the power of storytelling in 1990 in her work with homeless children, taking books and story times into Atlanta area family shelters. She has a deep wish to share sacred stories from many traditions with messages common to us all. With 20 years experience in live broadcast production, and a degree in theater and rhetoric, she particularly enjoys the spontaneity and interaction of story audiences.
- Hannah From is a homeschooled seventh grader from Cleveland. She was the recipient of the National Youth Storytelling Torchbearer award in 2012 and a youth teller at the 2013 Southern Order of Storytellers Festival. Hannah is enrolled in the Pick and Bow Traditional School where she plays clawhammer banjo and upright bass.
- Debbie Weston From enjoys telling stories to audiences of all ages. She tells folktales and personal stories, sprinkling music and movement throughout her programs. She will be the emcee for all three storytelling events during Bear on the Square.