2013 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival features favorites

Published: Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

In addition to Davis, Carmen Deedy, Bil Lepp and Syd Lieberman, festival organizers have invited back Barbara McBride-Smith, Ed Stivender, Andy Offutt Irwin, Liz Weir and Laura Pershin Raynor, along with new tellers such as Geraldine Buckley (a former minister, radio DJ, television newsreader, food critic and men's prison chaplain from the United Kingdom), Josh Goforth and musician/storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris.

Goforth will be giving a free concert at Riverwoods in Provo on Aug 28 at 7 p.m.

The main part of the festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Saturday, Aug. 31, with all of the storytellers in rotation on Thursday in the "Look Who's Talking" segment, "Bedtime Stories" at the canyon park Friday evening and "My Favorite Stories" at the SCERA Friday, followed by "Shivers in the Night" in the canyon.

Saturday evening, the storytellers will share "Laughin' Night" and "The Last Laugh" funny stories. (See www.timpfest.org for schedule details.)

Some tellers will share stories that include history highlights from the Civil War, the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement.

Youth storytellers will be featured on Saturday morning and with seasoned tellers on Friday and Saturday.

Deedy, Lieberman, Stivender and Barbara McBride-Smith are teaching workshops focused on storytelling.

The theme of the 2013 festival is "Everyone Has a Story."

If you go:

What: Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Where: Mount Timpanogos Park, Provo Canyon and SCERA Center for the Arts Outdoor Amphitheater, Orem. Parking in the canyon is limited. Free shuttle buses will be available.

When: Aug. 29-31

Cost: Varies, family tickets available. Single events, $8.

Website: www.timpfest.org

Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with more than 35 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.

Email: haddoc@deseretnews.com

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