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WOW this summer went by so fast!!  It is hard to believe the leaves are turning glorious reds, yellows, and browns as the last warm days of summer start to fade but fall is upon us!

And with fall brings lots of opportunities to hear stories!  I am so excited about my up-coming Calendar as I will be performing at festivals and events all around Western PA.  Come see me at Citipark’s Alphabet Trails and Tales or travel a little north to the Ellwood City Storytelling Festival and then in October at Beaver Tales in Beaver, PA.

With the changing leaves come other changes as well.  After a very successful 14th Annual Three Rivers Storytelling Festival I have passed the producer’s role on to Kate McConnell who is ready to continue building on the successes we have had over the last two years.  But I won’t be going far as I will remain on the Steering Committee as an advisor.

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Through storytelling you actually feel, taste, smell and touch the woods on a dark night or the spray of the sea as it breaches the prow of a ship. As you listen, you take adventures, feel what it was like to live in other places, and maybe even remember what it was like to be a kid again sitting around the fire listening to the stories of your grandparents.

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I love watching an audience be enveloped by a story - watching them travel with me through the landscape of words that create the images of the tale. It is so much fun to hold the listeners in my hands, watching them use their imagination to "see" the events unfolding. My audiences have enjoyed wonderful tales of the past, present, and future having moments of laughter, times when they might sigh, learned a moral, or even jumped in fright. Then I know I have done my job, I have taken them on that journey with me to fascinating places, helping them to understand what has gone before or seeing what the future may hold.

Before the written word much of our history, cultural traditions, morals and skills
were passed by word of mouth by the travelers, minstrels and bards traveling from town
to town.   My interest in storytelling slowly developed over the years as I volunteered in
my children's school, worked with scouting groups, and in the camping industry.  I hope I
have inspired my audiences’ imaginations, stretched their own creativity and helped them
to see history in a way they had never imagined.  

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