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Telling in the Mausoleum

This was another "think outside the box" storytelling gig...

I was invited to perform at a museum benefit at a mausoleum. This might seem like an unusual setting, but in this case it worked very well. The room had enough space to seat 80 people comfortably, and we did our staging on a big staircase. I was there with five others, each one portraying a specific person, while I told stories to bridge their lives.

There was enough interest in the community that we did six shows, five of… Continue

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

Earth Hour/Lights Out

On Saturday, March 29th 2008, the lights went out. Not in a bad way, but deliberately, people turned off at least some of their lights, at least some of their gadgets, just to see what would happen. Even the Google website changed on that day, turning dark to celebrate the event. In some places, there were events to get people out of the house, to keep them from electrical temptations.

In our community, at least, this event was perfect for storytelling. The weather was cool but not… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 10:33pm

Telling Stories "outside the box"

One of the things that I like to do is to tell stories to people in unusual settings. I have realized that many people have forgotten that stories aren't just for children. Worse, they think of storytelling as something that only occurs in a library or a school. So, whenever possible, I bring storytelling to other settings...museums, parks, even a cemetery [I told the stories of some of the Civil War veterans buried there, and got a very good response from visitors at an event that was… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:22pm on September 22, 2008, Dusty Skye said…
Nick! ::blinks wide-eyed and grins:: Imagine that! Look where we run into each other! Just joined and was gazing through a few discussions, only to find you involved! I should have guessed!
At 9:43pm on August 31, 2008, Debra Olson-Tolar said…
Hey, NIck! Yes, you caught that . . . I'm no longer at AVC. They offered an incentive to get some of the long-time employees to leave, so I left! On to new things.
At 3:38pm on April 28, 2008, Nick Smith said…
Yes, the Folk Alliance Region West [FAR-West] conference this year should be a good one. Even though it is aimed primarily at musicians, rather than storytellers, there are a lot of practical workshops, and a lot of networking opportunities. Folk Alliance, in theory, covers music, dance and storytelling. In practice, not enough storytellers have joined it. I have found it to be more businesslike than NSN, and wish the two organizations would cooperate more. The Folk Alliance national headquarters is in Tennessee, in Memphis.
At 5:55pm on March 28, 2008, Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller said…
Great story... er.. a.. reality. What is the Library's name and what city is it in? This is a great and wide spread type of story. Each has common characteristics, but each has story... er.. Ghost has their own unique charms. Do you have a Photo of Nellie Russ (either in life after) and a photo of the library? My I see them?
Isn’t this fun?
At 3:06pm on March 19, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear Nick:

So you figured how to load your picture. Wonderful! Now you can load more pictures by clicking the "Photos" tab.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
At 9:27am on March 18, 2008, Patti Christensen said…
Hooray Nick. glad you came to play.....we're in need to some good history around here. Hope to see you soon. Patti
At 1:50am on March 18, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear Nick:

Welcome to the site.

Do you have a particular culture or country that fascinates you more so than the others with their stories? What is one of your current storytelling projects?

I noticed that your website has a picture of you. Are you able to copy/upload it to this place so people can remember you better?

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
At 10:50pm on March 17, 2008, Tom Taylor said…
Hey, Nick, Welcome!

You will find this a most remarkable site - one that will surprise, delight, inform and challenge you.

A growing collection of excellent storytellers, some old pros, some newbies, but all with the passion that most of us share.

As both a teller and a librarian (correct?), you will have much to share with us, and I look forward to your input.

Do you work mostly with the younger children (grades 1-6), or the older kids? If you work w/ both, which do you find more rewarding, and/or more challenging?

Anyway, we're happy that you have joined us, and, again, Welcome!


At 9:59pm on March 17, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
Hello Nick

Welcome to the gang. Lots of good stuff going on in the Discussions, and the forums are snappy too. Don't find what you like? Start one of your own... there is lots of good stuff here.


Welcome and have fun



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