Barberville Jamboree Storytelling Tent
November 4-5, 2017

Storytelling Schedule and Biographies

scroggie.jpgAnn Scroggie, a retired college speech professor, was raised in East Tennessee, but it was in Florida that she became a story convert just 14 years ago. Since that time she has moved from the college campus to the neighborhood of stories and has traveled wherever stories take her--from Gainesville to Israel and Bhutan and even back to East Tennessee to earn a master's degree in storytelling. Believing that "stories bring us together," Ann has created interactive workshops and performances for babies, kids seniors and businesses. "Everybody has a laughing place, a crying place and a quiet place. My task is to guide them to that safe place of imagination."
backintyme.jpgBackintyme uses the art of storytelling and the emotion of music to illuminate the history and folklore of Florida and the United States. The banjo and folk percussion instruments playing 19th century music transport audiences back to another time when life was different. Frank & Mary Lee Sweet do banjo, bones and spoken word with Chuck Spano on washboard, and Ron Spencer on bass.
davis.jpgBennie Davis and Darlene Powell perform with their Florida Swamp Cabbage band. While playing guitar and singing songs, Bennie sometimes just has to share a story that is meant to tickle your funny bone and put a smile on your face. When you smile, Bennie smiles, and the next thing you know, the whole world is smiling!
fell.jpgBetty Fell just wants to have fun telling favorite family stories, legends and historic stories. She plays the recorder in Early Music Consort and is one of the Historic Women of St. Augustine, Storytellers of History.
brennan.jpgBill Brennan, Psychotherapist, Trauma Specialist and Certified Addiction Professional, has experienced the healing power of storytelling personally and professionally for 36 years. A Florida resident for 24 years, originally from New York City, Bill enjoys exploring the inner and the outer world with his imagination and his Black Labrador Retriever.
schustik.jpgBill Schustik has traveled all over America gathering songs and sowing legends. The tools of his trade include a magnificent baritone voice, a keen sense of drama, a colorful array of folk instruments, and a deep abiding love for traditional American lore.
kastle.jpgChris Kastle's songs and stories have been described as "exquisite" and possessing " powerful imagery". Her performances are a rich blend of original works and those drawn from folk tradition. They captivate, entertain, and transport people of all ages. She presents traditional and original songs using guitar, fiddle, penny whistle, mandolin, and drum. Her spoken word repertoire includes personal, traditional, and original material. Her presentations for children and families are delightful. On occasion, Chris also creates whimsical and endearing puppets for use with younger audiences. For more information, click here.
fussell.jpgDavid Fussell, a fifth generation Florida Cracker and fifth generation Wiregrass Georgia Cracker, tells yarns and rhythms of Cracker life through personal experiences and learned lore of Florida's past. With wit, wisdom, humor, and laughter the Cracker South comes alive, fifty years of storytelling from the front porch.
leithauser.jpgDavid Leithauser is a computer programmer, inventor, and overall science geek. He got into storytelling because he realized that if he did not find an excuse to get out of the house, he would turn into one of those super nerds that cannot drive a car, communicate without a keyboard, or step into the sunlight without exploding. He prefers stories that are either humorous (mostly based on his own bizarre life experiences) or teach an important lesson (that you will probably never be able to figure out from the story).
thompson.jpgDeborah Lynn Thompson, a native Floridian, is a vibrant storyteller and explorer of cultures, philosophies and nature. Her life experiences include living in Alaska, Argentina, India, New Zealand and Africa. All real experiences; one story may be about a Civil War reenactment, one may be with an alligator in the Everglades, or floating in a tube down the Itchetucknee River. Another story may be learning to drive in Alaska or celebrating a birthday in Kenya. Deborah currently resides in a lake-side cottage in Keystone Heights, Florida.
hoeppner.jpgEric Hoeppner was born in Boston. He performs as Tellemtall. He has spent his life; well from the time he turned four, trying to become a Florida Cracker. He accidentally fell into the web of storytelling; with encouragement from Ada Forney he became totally entrapped. Tellemtall weaves erratically through the minds of a 7th-grade science teacher, a lost pirate, a kid growing up in 1960s Florida, a handyman MacGyver-ing his way through life's mechanical puzzles, and even a 19th century camp cook. Look out, folks. This is as true as it gets.
forney.jpgJerry Forney -- Jerry Forney's storytelling talents include the creation and illustration of original children's stories and songs. He is an artist, writer, storyteller, and mentor. Jerry embraces spirituality and metaphysics in all aspects of his personal and creative life.
byrnes.jpgKaye Byrnes has been sharing stories with children and adults since 1996. Her repertoire of folktales, fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and classic literature along with original and historical stories is carefully crafted for listeners of any age.
haugen.jpgLydian Haugen has been a storyteller for five years. She is an honors student at Ft. Clarke Middle School where she is president of Student Council. She plays the flute and ukulele. She is also a gymnast. Lydian says that storytelling makes her think and lets her be different people and learn about different cultures.
ellis.jpgMolly Ellis is a 2015 National Youth Storytelling Torchbearer. Seven years of festival performances, drama productions, and Thespian competitions have kept her busy winning awards. A Senior honors student in the Arts Conservatory Program at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Molly enjoys competitive archery in her spare time.
mcdonald.jpgNorm McDonald Being born outside a sugar sand Florida town, absurdly called Bagdad, has made it easier to smile about the myth and irony of life. Carrying on Grandpa McDonald's invitation with "Let's have a tune" connecting terra firma with what's Out, THERE! "Most dangerous man in folk music."
giachetti.jpgPeter Giachetti believes well told stories have changed the world and continue to do so. He pushes the envelope using a unique selection of literary stories with a twist from personal experience. Telling his stories in the first person, they often end with an unexpected surprise.
gant.jpgRay Gant is retired after 47 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory at Cape Canaveral. He is an active member of Toastmasters International, where his interest in storytelling and story writing began. In 1997, at the encouragement of fellow Toastmaster and Storyteller Ada Forney, he joined the Sandcastle Storytellers Guild. Ray's stories have been known to bring a tear to the eye and laughter to the belly. Although some of his stories are from the world of make believe, some are from the realities of life with, perhaps, a sprinkle or two of embellishment.
vanderberg.jpgRose van der Berg involves audiences in telling stories that amuse and uplift. She believes there is a lot of love in this world trying to get out; and that sharing stories plants and grows seeds of connection and caring. She uses storytelling and improvisational theater in her work as a personal development trainer. Her lively playshops create safe, fun spaces where people can laugh and feel nurtured while learning skills to deal effectively with the challenges of everyday life. She is a member of the National Storytelling Network and the Healing Story Alliance. You can contact her at
moore.jpgWinston Moore is an Oklahoma native whose travels have taken him far. Though he has many personal stories to share, he specializes in the recitation of poetry, especially that of Robert Service. He is a long-standing member of both the Ocali Storytelling Guild in Ocala and Sandcastle Storytellers of DeLand. For the past 15 years Winston has lived on a ten acre spread in Fort McCoy.

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