Last updated: November 17. 2013 8:28PM - 354 Views
By Wendy Wood

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MOUNT AIRY — The weekend before Thanksgiving thousands of people around the world gather in small towns, big cities, living rooms and fellowship halls to enjoy an evening of storytelling. Since its beginning in 1988, Tellabration! has grown into one of the most impressive collective vents in the history of modern storytelling revival.

J.G. “Paw Paw” Pinkerton, its founder, believed storytellers are able to reach around the world and across all generation to remind everyone of their common humanity.

Tellabration! will be hosted again by Surry County’s Storytelling guild, Imagine That! Storytellers, and will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Mount Airy Public Library. There is no admission charge.

“We have some brand new tellers this year,” said Vicki Byrd, guild president. “We encourage everyone to try their storytelling wings and it is exciting when those wings take us to new and different places.”

This year’s tellers include Byrd, Revonda Crow, Misty Hagwood, Terri Ingalls, Dick Olchak, Su Olchak, Stephen Potorff and Vicky Town. Town’s CD of “Spooky Tales, Vol 1” with Bill Wood is the recent winner of a 2013 Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award.

The guild meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Mount Airy Public Library and all are welcome to attend.

“We encourage tellers but also love to have folks who just want to come and listen,” said Ingalls. “The guild was formed to encourage new tellers and for seasoned tellers to work on new material. As one of our founding members, Mike Lowe, used to say, ‘not everyone is a performer, but everyone is a storyteller.’”

For more information, contact Byrd at 874-7379 or Ingalls at 351-3806. Tellabration! is a trademarked program of the National Storytelling Network.

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