Shepherdstown resident and multiple-award-winning storyteller Adam Booth has started a live storytelling concert series. Speak: Shepherdstown Story Series will feature storytellers from around the country in concert for adult audiences (mature children are allowed). Events will take place in the Community Club (War Memorial Building) at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month from October through May. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available by phoning 304-886-9481.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Speak will present Adam Booth telling original contemporary Appalachian stories. Booth is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest and recipient of the National Storytelling Networks J. J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant to work with Lakota and Kiowa storyteller Dovie Thomason. His first CD received honors at the 2013 Storytelling World Awards and his second CD was released in September of this year to critical praise.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12 Speak will present Ellouise Schoettler of Maryland. A professional teller of twenty years, Schoettler is frequent performer at the Capitol Fringe Festival. She is the former ERA campaign director of the League of Women Voters and a collage and textile artist with international record. For Speak she will present Finding Gus, a family genealogical story that uncovers the life of her grandfather from farm upbringing to college football hero under the coaching of John Heisman at Clemson University.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10 Speak will present Slash Coleman of New York City. Known for his PBS special The Neon Man and Me, Coleman recently published his first book entitled The Bohemian Love Diaries. Coleman is a nationally-known teller, relationship advice blogger, and regular contributor to Psychology Today.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14 Speak will present Megan Hicks of Philadelphia. Hicks is a multi-faceted teller of tales with a range including personal story, historical tales, stories of strong women, and fairy tales. Her recordings have won awards and nods from Parents Choice, NAPPA, and the Parents Guide to Childrens Media Award. In addition to telling, Megan is an origami swami and found-object artist.
The February Speak show brings two Maryland storytellers together for a program entitled Mother/Daughter. Fanny Crawford will tell the story of finding her mother Miriam and exploring their anything-but-typical relationship. Susan Gordon will tell Dancing Down Darkness, a series of stories celebrating the life and challenges of her daughter Liz who died of a heart attack in her mid-thirties.
To purchase tickets or for more information, please phone 304 886 9481.