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 14-16, 2020
LOCATION: Epworth By The Sea
Featured Storytellers: Shelia Arnold, Andy Offutt Irwin, Anne Rutherford, Donald Davis and Bil Lepp as Emcee
With a signature voice and interactive presentation style, Sheila has been creating images, moving emotions and inspiring minds for over 20 years. Ms. Sheila, as she is commonly known, is a storyteller, historic character presenter, Christian monologist, and actress among other talents. She has been a Manager and Theatrical Interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg and a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival. She has recently received the prestigious honor of being named a Research Fellow at Mount Vernon, the historic home of George and Martha Washington.
A perennial favorite of the Teller-In-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center he has been the Featured Teller 9 times. Early in his career Andy performed with a comedic troupe at Walt Disney World. Andy has been the keynote speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Viburnum Foundation on Family Literacy. As a storyteller/song writer he has received numerous awards, a Special Congressional Recognition from Rep. John Lewis and all 5 of his storytelling CDs have won Storytelling Word Awards. Andy is a humorist, musician, whistler and a walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects.
As a 2018 "New Voice" at the National Storytelling Festival Anne continues to make her mark in the storytelling world. Originally from Pennsylvania she now calls the Pacific Northwest home where she has been the 4 time first place winner of the Liars Contest at the Northwest Folklife Festival and the grand prize winner in the Northwest Tall Tale Challenge in 2016. She has been the Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center.
American storyteller, author and minister, Donald had a 20 year career as a minister before becoming a professional storyteller. He has recorded over 25 storytelling albums and written several books based on those stories. He has been a guest host of NPR's "Good Evening", a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World's Fair and festivals and concerts throughout the world. His promotion of the cultural importance of storytelling has led to Donald being dubbed "the dean of storytelling".
Recipient of the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award. Bil been featured 15 times at the National Storytelling Festival and also a featured performer at Comedy Central's Stage on Hudson in Los Angeles. He is a writer, author of 3 books, ten audio collections, and a novel.