Sunday, February 4, 2018

Wintertelling 2018

Pick up your ears!
Here's something worth listening to:

Wintertelling 2018

Friday, February 9th
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 East Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Wintertelling is an annual performance by members of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild featuring a variety of tales chosen by storytellers to entertain adults and teens. You may hear anything from folklore and fable to local legend and personal narrative.

The practice of sharing stories is a traditional way in many cultures to pass a pleasant evening in the cold, dark nights of late Winter. The members of the BSG have long enjoyed participating in this tradition.

After the stories, the audience is invited to stay for refreshments and conversations with the tellers.

The library will be closed during this event. Audience should enter through the Kirkwood Avenue doors, which will open at 7:00 pm.

This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Library. See you there!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A mess of beans

Now that it is full Summer in Indiana, the beans are coming in.
This has been a good year for beans, 
 lots of beans,
lots of meals with beans.
Doesn't that remind you of a story?
 Yes, that story - the one that starts out with them picking beans
and the little boy can't stand another meal of beans without meat....
Richard Chase called it "Chunk of Meat"
but we all know it as
"The Big Toe."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Two truths and a lie

At our seasonal meeting last week we were fortunate to hear a hilarious preview of some stories to be shared at this program:

McCormick's Creek State Park

Not going to say whether we heard truth or falsehood, but guarantee you will have a great time at this program!

Friday, December 16, 2016

The old storyteller

"He was beloved by all, and most of all by the children;
For he told them tales of the Loup-garou in the forest,
And of the goblin that came in the night to water the horses,

...And how on Christmas eve the oxen talked in the stable,
And how the fever was cured by a spider shut up in a nutshell,
And of the marvelous powers of four-leaved clover and horseshoes,
With whatsoever else was writ in the lore of the village."

from Evangeline
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Prelude to Halloween

Two Guild Storytellers made an appearance in Hope, Indiana, for their annual Goodies, Goblins and Ghost Stories event.
One of us sat in a dark tent where the audience shivered on hay bales and jumped when the Hairy Thing grabbed the little boy:
"What have you got those long sharp teeth for?"
The other one told on the band stand, 
where the audience helped call
 "Barney McCabe, Doodley Doo and Sue Boy"
 to defeat the witch.
It was a chilly, windy evening, but the costumed crowds enjoyed listening to some of our favorite seasonal tales.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Festival of Ghost Stories next Friday

Darkness falls on Bryan Park
in the evening chill a crowd gathers,
wrapping themselves in blankets and coats as they sip hot cider
and watch the glowing stage...
one by one, storytellers step forward
with seasonal stories...
spooky, gruesome, supernatural, even a little dark humor.
We've been gathering for over 40 years to share scary stories at the Annual Festival of Ghost Stories.

Come listen and shiver with us this year:

Friday, October 28, 2016
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Adults, young adults, teens;
Not suitable for younger children

A community event presented by Bloomington Parks and Recreation and sponsored by the Monroe County Public Library and the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. Rain location: Monroe County Public Library

Saturday, September 17, 2016

It's a Blue Ribbon --and that's the truth!

Indiana State Fair Liar’s Contest – by David Matlack

Part of me is morally opposed to storytelling contests. Contests determine winners and losers, and I believe that when a good story is well-told, there are no losers, only winners. But I understand the appeal of liar’s contests, and they are a great way to introduce audiences to storytelling and that great American art form, the tall tale.

So putting my ambivalence aside, I pulled out my best tall tale and headed up to the Liar’s Contest at the Indiana State Fair. August 7th was opening night of the fair, and the state fairgrounds were packed. A steady crowd was filling the seats at the Pioneer Village stage as I nervously signed up. It was good to see familiar faces. Ellen Munds, director of Storytelling Arts of Indiana, was ensuring a smooth event; and Celestine Bloomfield, retired school librarian and storyteller extraordinaire would be the emcee.

The contest was divided in to a youth division and an adult division, and Celestine alternated between the youth and us four adults taking turns on the stage. All of the children wrote their own stories, and while some did not quite grasp the finer elements of a tall tale, they all did an admirable job. Some were downright delightful. Among the adult stories, there were two fish tales. One was particularly well-crafted and well-told, but he evidently far exceeded the time limit and was severely penalized by the judges.

I am no stranger to state fair competition…as four time Wayne County 4-H horse and pony showmanship and equitation champion, the state fair was an annual August ritual. But I was always out-horsed and out-classed and I could do no better than third. This year, when the winner of the Liar’s Contest was announced, a blue ribbon at the Indiana State Fair was finally mine. But as I said above, there are no losers with good storytelling – everyone in attendance, whether in the audience or on the stage, was a winner that night.