Our festival is made possible each year by an amazing group of volunteers who welcome visitors and serve as our set-up crew, emcees, door monitors, registration helpers, and marketplace salespeople. We're in need of some additional volunteers for the 2019 festival, and we'd love to have you join the team. Volunteers typically work a 2-4 hour shift and in return receive a free weekend pass to the festival, a spiffy t-shirt, a great time, and our heartfelt gratitude. If you'd like to volunteer, please send us email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the volunteer form on the website. Thanks!
On April 14 (the day after the festival), Leslie Shelley, a north Georgia native who has been telling stories for more than 40 years, will present a storytelling workshop especially for caregivers. Leslie strongly believes in the power of stories to bring hope, encouragement, and healing. She has helped many people learn about the healing power of sharing your experiences. Participants will experience how storytelling can enhance their quality of life by giving them an outlet to express the challenges and joys of providing care for others. Caregivers from all walks of life are welcome. This will be a small, supportive, and confidential group experience. The workshop is free. Childcare will be available.
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On April 11 (the day before the festival), Bobby Norfolk, an award-winning storyteller and educator, will present a free workshop for area teachers on how to use storytelling to engage even the most apathetic of learners.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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 email@example.com.
Come see us at the Business Expo at the Towns County Recreation Center from 4-7PM on September 27! We'll have drawings for festival tickets and GMSF merchandise, information on our upcoming events, and more!
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.
Also, you'll find a selection of photos from the event on the 2018 festival page on our website. Enjoy!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll contact you about your quilt. Thanks!
If you'd like to pre-order this year's festival t-shirt, you can get one through http://2018gmsf.eventbrite.com. The shirts will be charcoal (dark heather gray), and the design is a storyteller under a tree against a sunrise. Please place your order by March 15th. We'll sell extra shirts at the festival, but supplies may be limited.
There is a picture of the shirt design on our 2018 festival information page.
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.
You can take advantage of discounts on 2018 festival tickets by signing up early (by March 1st). Save $5 on a one-day general admission ticket and $7 on a two-day ticket. Additional discounts are available for seniors, and as always, tickets for students 18 and under are free. To reserve your festival tickets, go to http://2018gmsf.eventbrite.com.