The members of Florida’s Black Dirt Storytelling Guild (BDSG) are still together and swapping stories after almost two decades. The Florida Public Library, located at 4 Cohen Cir. in the Village of Florida, will hold its 18th Annual Tellabration! on Sat., Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Library.
The afternoon performance will be produced by members of the Guild. The BDSG has met monthly at the Library since its organization following the first successful Tellabration! in 2000, which attracted a group of residents interested in pursuing storytelling for fun, inspiration and profit. This year’s Tellabration! is entitled Stories We Remember and will include a variety of personal and family stories, folktales, legends, memoirs and local history.
The event is sponsored by the National Storytelling Network (NSN) based in Kansas City, MO. Guild founders Madelyn Folino, Eileen Stelljes, Anne Hanson and Maria Martinez will share stories at this year’s café style event. In addition to veteran Guild members, Tellabration! will feature special guest storytellers from the community.
Barbara Horvath, a Guild member from Warwick, will return to share a Thanksgiving story about family. Audience favorite Leslie Collins, who writes stories for the Warwick Valley Dispatch about his English childhood and his world travels, returns as well. Ron Kamrowkski, a lifelong Florida resident, will be a first-time teller, sharing his memories of Florida through the years. Ken Karnas, a veteran storyteller from Sussex, NJ will deliver unforgettable tales.
Anyone interested in performing is invited to sign up by calling Folino at 651-7659 as soon as possible. Stories should be no longer than seven minutes. Tellabration! is a family program. Children who are school age and up are invited to attend, accompanied by an adult. Admission is the donation of one canned or non-perishable item per person for the Florida Community Food Pantry.
Following the performance, everyone is invited to enjoy a potluck supper. To sign up for this program, register online at www.floridapubliclibrary.org by clicking on Event Calendar. To sign up for the potluck supper, send an email to Maria Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-7659.