Elizabeth Ellis is coming to our area!

You're in for a real treat in just three weeks! On December 1, nationally-touring storyteller Elizabeth Ellis will present an afternoon concert of joyful and often moving stories related to Christmas and the holiday season. The event will be held at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, NC from 1-3PM. This family-friendly concert will be free of charge thanks to a grant from the Moss Memorial Library. Elizabeth Ellis’s appearance is also being supported by the Arts and Spirituality Ministry at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, and the regional Mountain Area Storytellers Circle.

Elizabeth Ellis will be teaching a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC from December 2-8, 2018. Please see the Folk School website for additional details on the class. The Mountain Area Storytellers are providing a scholarship that covers tuition and lunches for one local recipient. For information on the scholarship, contact Kanute Rarey at 502-525-7272 or kanutetells@gmail.com.

What a joy it was!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 festival! Whether you took part as a teller, volunteer, sponsor, or audience member, you helped to make the festival possible. Please read our wrap-up report with pride, knowing that you enabled people to come together and experience the power and beauty of connecting with others through sharing stories.

Click here for the report in PDF form.

Also, you'll find a selection of photos from the event on the 2018 festival page on our website. Enjoy!

Stories in Fabric

Calling all quilters and quilt lovers! One of the highlights of the festival each year is our display of quilts made or owned by folks from our area. If you'd like to contribute a quilt to this year's display, please send us an email message at info@gamountainstoryfest.org, and we'll contact you about your quilt. Thanks!



Festival Schedule and Lodging Deals

If you'd like to begin planning your festival visit, click here for a draft of the event schedule. We're still adding and fine-tuning, but this should get you started. We'll post an updated schedule when it is finalized. You can also find the schedule, links to ticket sales, and more information on the 2018 festival page on our website.

For those of you looking to stay overnight or for the full weekend, we have some lodging options to recommend:

1. The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge (15 minutes from the festival venue) has reserved a block of rooms for festival-goers at $99 per night plus taxes and fees. Reservations will be accepted based upon availability up until March 12th. To reserve a room, call 706-896-2262 and identify yourself as coming for the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival. 

2. The Seasons Inn in Blairsville (5 minutes from the festival venue) offers a regular low rate of $60 per night plus taxes and fees. For reservations, please call 706-745-1631 or 800-901-4422 Monday-Saturday 8AM-10PM.

We will post other lodging options and deals as they are confirmed.


Giving Tuesday

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. 

Please consider participating in Giving Tuesday by donating to support the festival's community outreach programs. As always, we will be giving free festival tickets to students 18 and under and offering discounts to seniors. Additionally, this year GMSF will offer a very special class on storytelling as a form of healing for veterans and their families, who can attend at no cost. Acclaimed teller and facilitator Regi Carpenter will lead this class and join Lyn Ford, Michael Reno Harrell, Andy Offutt Irwin, and Rev. Robert Jones for two days of telling and workshops at our 2018 festival.

This is what your donation can do:

  • $10 pays for a student to attend the festival
  • $50 helps pay for Braille copies of the festival's program
  • $100 helps pay for our sign language interpreter for the festival
  • $150 pays for a veteran to attend the special class
  • $200 or more helps us continue to bring in first-rate storytellers to teach and delight

Free Workshop for Veterans

Regi Carpenter, a professional storyteller who has presented therapeutic workshops throughout the United States, South America, and Asia for hospice organizations, hospitals, veterans, cancer treatment centers, and bereavement organizations, will offer a workshop titled “Using Traditional Folk and Fairy Tales to Elicit Personal Stories and Coping Strategies for Veterans.” The workshop will help veterans express their own stories and develop coping strategies for responding productively to confusion, depression, loss, and the challenges of re-entry. Many stories from the world’s folk and fairytale traditions explore these issues, and research supports what storytellers have long intuited: when hearing a traditional story, veterans more readily articulate their feelings and are prompted to create coping techniques that build resilience and resourcefulness. This interactive workshop will combine listening, writing, and discussion. Through working with a traditional story and their own stories, participants will clarify conflicts and self-defeating beliefs; identify coping solutions; and discover action steps toward desired outcomes. Through this process, participants will be empowered to develop a sense of belonging, a capacity for personal reflection, healthy emotional outlets, and a livelier imagination. Moreover, they will learn to create meaningful social bonds by practicing listening and speaking skills.  

This workshop is FREE OF CHARGE for veterans. It will be held April 15 from 2:00-5:00PM in Blairsville, Georgia. Workshop participants will also receive free tickets to the 2018 festival.

Please contact us at info@gamountainstoryfest.org to sign up.