A special thank you to the Storytellers of New Mexico for your help and support of our event.

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  • Friday, October 13
  • Saturday, October 14

A Free EventFriday, October 13

Berg Park

Storytelling

  • 9:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Registration for school groups is required

Totah Theatre

Bedtime Stories

  • 5:30 – 6:15 pm

Ghost Stories

  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm

A Free EventSaturday, October 14

Berg Park

Storytelling

  • 9:30 – 3:00 pm



Totah Theatre

Finale

  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm

 

The Tellers

Sam Payne

Sam Payne Sam Payne

Sam's fill-the-room stage presence, craftsmanship, and his soaring tenor voice have established him as a favorite with audiences and critics alike. Payne has brought his stories and songs to halls in Canada, Bulgaria, Tokyo, and from coast to coast in the United States, including the Will Rogers Auditorium in Dallas, Texas and the Kennedy Center in the nation's capitol. A regular performer at the Weber Storytelling Festival, he's been featured at other festivals large and small, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and on the Exchange Place stage at the National Storytelling Festival.

He's shared stages with rock legends Foreigner and Toto, and with pop superstars Air Supply and Marie Osmond. Sam has authored publications for children, with a regular readership of more than a million elementary school students. He co-directed the "Soundcheck Series," an artist development program for independent songwriters, and currently hosts "The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories," a national radio show on the art of storytelling, broadcasting daily on BYU Radio.

Watch Sam telling "Pencil Neck"

Kim Weitkamp

Kim Weitkamp As the redheaded child of exhausted parents, Kim grew up enjoying the role of the middle child. Allowed to roam free in the heart of Amish Country, her imagination was ripened by a life lived outdoors. Now she enjoys the role of being one of the most sought after storytellers and speakers in the country.

In her work as a humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter, she has taken home a full armload of awards and recognitions. She has worked on and created successful peace projects including the Peace by Piece Project in collaboration with the Taubman Museum of Fine Arts

Watch Kim telling "The Lap"

Doug Elliott

 
Doug ElliotDoug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. For many years made his living as a traveling herbalist, gathering and selling herbs, teas, and remedies. He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival.

Watch Doug's promotional video

Lyn Ford

Lyn FordLyn Ford is a fourth-generation, award-winning Affrilachian storyteller, a nationally recognized workshop facilitator, and a published author. Lyn is also a Thurber House mentor to young authors, a teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center (OSBCI), and a grandmother of ten. Lyn’s 2015 book, Hot Wind, Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts is also a creative-writing resource; Lyn’s fourth book (written with storytelling friend, Sherry Norfolk), Boo-Tickle Tales: Not-So-Scary Stories for Kids, was published and nominated for an Anne Izard Award in the spring of 2017.

Watch Lyn performing at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival

 

Michael Reno Harrell

Michael Reno HarrellIt was just natural that Michael Reno Harrell would become a storyteller, because it just comes so naturally to him. His style has been described as being “like a breakfast of butter and molasses on a warm biscuit… Southern, easy and sweet.” It’s Southern alright. It couldn’t be anything else considering Michael’s Southern Appalachian roots. But, his stories reflect events and histories common to all. And “easy” is as good an adjective to describe Michael’s style as any. His personal experience based stories certainly are easy to listen to. And easy depicts his style of telling as well. He gives his audience space to absorb and to savor… and to laugh!

Watch Michael Reno Harrell performing "Remind Me Why I Came Into This Room"

The Youth Storytellers

Gabriela Gonzales

Gabriela GonzalesGabriela Gonzales is an upcoming 6th grader at Mesa View Middle School. Gabriela enjoys dance and takes classes at the Sycamore Park Community Center. Her favorite color is orange. Her favorite television show is Cupcake Wars. Please welcome Gabriela

Isabela Gonzalez
Isabela Gonzalez

Isabela Gonzalez is a 7th grader at Mesa View Middle School. She is involved in Student Council at school. Isabela loves to ride bikes and do ballet. Put your hands together for Isabela!

Hannah Wiebe
Hannah Wiebe Hannah Wiebe is a native of Farmington, NM and attends school in Durango, CO. She fell in love with books at a young age and has always enjoyed reading out loud to her family. Her hobbies include horseback riding, trap shooting, and spending time outdoors. Her favorite book is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Let’s give Hannah a round of applause!
Chloe Degner
Chloe Degner

Chloe Degner is in the 7th grade. Her hobbies are reading, crafting, and soccer. Her favorite color is yellow and her favorite food is chicken alfredo. Please welcome Gabriela!

Julia Comer
Julia Comer

Julia Comer is a third-grader and has been telling stories since she could talk and often tells stories to her grandparents.  Some of famous fairy tales are her favorite stories to tell and you can often find her curled up with her three dogs, her cat, and her rabbit.  Julia likes to sew, knit and crafty stuff.  She plays the violin and piano and her favorite place to visit is the beach.

Isabel Sheesley
Isabel Sheesley

Isabel Sheesley is a 2nd grader at Ladera Del Norte Elementary. She is 8 years old and loves to draw and paint. Her favorite color is sky blue. Isabel also loves the outdoors and she likes to roller skate. Her favorite book series is Geronimo Stilton. Let’s give Isabel a round of applause!

Josephine Sheesley
Josephine Sheesley

Josephine Sheesley’s favorite author is Ron Roy who is the author of the popluar Mystery Series that includes, A to Z Mysteries, Capital Mysteris and Calendar Mysteries. Her favorite animals are horses and tortoises. She likes to read, rollerblade and run. During her spare time, she likes to practice for her part in Annie. Josephine likes to build with Legos and puzzles. Her favorite part of the school day is music and library. Her mother volunteers at the library too. Please welcome Josephine!

Alexandria Sheesley
Alexandria Sheesley

Alexandria Sheesley likes to sleep, read, roller blade, play with her sisters and spend time with her family at home. She enjoys doing math and doesn’t have a favorite book because there are so many good ones! Put your hands together for Alexandria!

Bria Cohen
Bria Cohen

Bria Cohen is a 12 year old 7th grader at Hermosa Middle School.  Bria likes to walk her two dogs named Sally and Lola.  Bira is a volunteer at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter where she enjoys having the opportunity to work with the animals at the shelter.   Bria is also a baker and she loves to bake treats for her family.  She also enjoys photography and when Bria is older, she wants to be a doctor because she wants to be able to help others.  When Bria story tells, she likes to tell storys from funny books.  This year will be Bria's third year participating in the festival.

Max Coleman
Max Coleman

Max Coleman is a 6th grader at Farmington Family School. He love to read and enjoys books by the author, Mo Willems. He also loves short stories like the one he will share with you at the Storytelling Festival.