The 4th Annual St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival

February 16-18, 2019 at Epworth By The Sea

All You Need to Know About the 4th Annual St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival

Park your car! All storytelling sessions, your room, and meals are in this one location...the strikingly beautiful campus of Epworth By The Sea! Captivating tours and historic sites. Kayaking; paddleboard; fishing; golf; beautiful bike trails...and the ocean. Come early or stay late and explore the unspoiled natural beauty that is the Golden Isles of Georgia.

DATE: February 16-18, 2019
LOCATION: Epworth By The Sea
Featured Storytellers: Bil Lepp, Regi Carpenter, Donald Davis, Michael Reno Harrell, Andy Offutt Irwin, Emcee



Our Storytellers

Bil Lepp

Bil has been featured 13 times at the National Storytelling Festival, performed at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival and Comedy Central’s Los Angeles stage. He is an award winning storyteller, writer, author of 3 books, ten audio collections, and a novel. Adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances, Bil is a champion liar filing his stories with morsels of truth shedding light on universal themes.

Regi Carpenter

Recipient of numerous awards, Regi’s stories have been featured on Sirius Radio, Apple Seed Radio, The Moth and NPR. Her tales celebrate the glorious and gut wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York. Tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump give voice to the multi generations of family life in a small river town.

Donald Davis

A featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World’s Fair, festivals and concerts throughout the country and the world; Donald is a prolific author, producer of books and tapes. He has recorded 25 storytelling albums and been a guest host for the National Public Radio’s “Good Evening” and is a former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Association.

Michael Reno Harrell

This veteran storyteller, entertainer and award winning songwriter’s recordings top the American Music Association charts year after year. His stories and songs have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit”. He has been the Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center and a featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival. His performances could compare to his granddaddys’ pocket knife well warn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point.

Emcee:  Andy Offutt Irwin

Equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of Southern balladeer, Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler and a walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects.

Sunday Afternoon Activities

Stretch and Receive

Stretch and Receive

$5 fee per person

The most fun you will ever have sitting down! During class you will tap to the happiest tunes and enjoy making noise. Christina Godwin was the dance captain and company manager of production shows for Norwegian and Crystal Cruise Lines and has performed professionally with the Siegfried & Roy Show in Las Vegas. This class is enjoyed by both men and women.

Guided Beach Walk

Guided Beach Walk

$12 fee per person

Catherine Ridley is the VP of Education and Communications at One Hundred Miles, a nonprofit coastal advocacy organization with a mission to preserve, protect and enhance Georgia’s 100 mile coast. She is also currently the project leader of the Sea Turtle Project on St. Simons Island.

Historical Trolley Ride

Historical Trolley Ride

$20 fee per person

The 90 minute fun filled tour in a vintage 1930’s wooden trolley includes all the historical sites on the island including the Lighthouse, one of only 3 working lighthouses in Georgia; Bloody Marsh , site of the famous 1742 battle where the fate of the southern colonies was decided; Fort Frederica, colonial town and fort settled by General James Oglethorpe; Retreat Plantation and a walking tour of Christ Church.