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 email@example.com, 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The 2018 festival will feature Regi Carpenter, known for her family stories and award-winning personal narrative of mental illness Snap!; Lyn Ford, a fourth-generation Afrilachian teller of “home fried” tales; Andy Offutt Irwin, a Georgia humorist and balladeer; Michael Reno Harrell, a gifted songwriter known for his Appalachian grit and wit; and Rev. Robert Jones, Sr., a multi-instrumentalist and historian of the African American musical tradition. Links to their websites can be found on our home page and on our 2018 festival page (under "about" on our home page).
The festival has undergone tremendous growth over the past three years, so much so that we can no longer fit into the venue we have been using at Young Harris College. Union County Schools has graciously offered us their beautiful new Fine Arts Center for the 2018 festival. It has theater-style seating for 900, plentiful parking, and many other perks. So, we're moving 10 minutes down the road to Blairsville. With this change will come exciting opportunities for expanding our community outreach programs. Please get in touch with us via email@example.com to learn more, and stay tuned for more information about our new venue.