Barberville Jamboree Storytelling Tent
November 2-3, 2019

Storytelling Schedule and Biographies

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.
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.
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 Lyn 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 -- TellemTall (Eric) 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.
taluga.jpgKate Taluga Kate Taluga shares traditional and Creek (Mvskoke) stories which describe the rich culture of Florida. An Apalachicola Creek storyteller from the Creek community near Tallahassee, Florida, Kate has studied plant medicine with Mvskoke elders and western herbalists. She is a favorite speaker at Herbal Conferences where she uses her stories and her knowledge of Florida’s healing plants to promote holistic health and a non-toxic environment.
moore3.jpgLowell Moore -- Lowell Moore's professional life has included pastoring churches, working as a psychotherapist, a mental health counselor, and a school counselor. He has enjoyed writing poems and prose, story telling, singing and playing his mountain dulcimer. He won the Florida Storytelling Association State Liars contest in 2005 as well as numerous other awards. Audience stimulation is one of his greatest loves.
haugen.jpgLydian Haugen Lydian is a very busy 8th grader focusing her time on flute and piccolo performing with the Ft Clarke MS Symphonic Band & Jazz Band as well as the Gainesville Flute Ensemble (community flute choir). She's a member of the Ft. Clarke REACH Language Arts Program and attends advanced math, science and history classes. Outside of this you can find her studying taekwondo twice a week for the physical challenge as well as self defense skills.
anderson2.jpgNancy Anderson is a retired elementary teacher with twenty seven combined years in Volusia County, FL and West Virginia. Some of her favorite things are two grandchildren, friends, cats, dogs, and gardening. From her home in Deltona, Nancy Anderson writes short stories and transforms them into spoken word performances.
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 Rose van der Berg is a professional storyteller who weaves quirky characters, interaction and songs into personal and folk tales that amuse and uplift all ages. Email:
deernshafer.jpgTerry Deer & Suzie Shaeffer -- both individual storytellers with many years of experience, perform together as the Kaleidoscope Storytellers. They have been featured tellers at schools and libraries throughout central and north Florida and at public events such as "Ghosts in the Gardens," at Leu Gardens in Orlando and the Cracker Storytelling Festival in Bartow. Using a variety of techniques, including puppetry and audience participation, and with a repertoire of stories drawn from many cultures, they offer a lively and memorable storytelling experience.
terry.jpgVGO Philip Terry tells the stories behind the historic music he plays. He performs and does historic impressions for museums, libraries, and history events. Many of his stories are personal. He studied and played music with the legendary musicians of the 60s through 80s: Nehemiah Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Eddie (Son) House, Booker T. Washington White, Rev. Gary Davis, and E.M. (Mother) Scott. In 1981, VGO and F. (Fritz) Kirsch formed the 97th Regimental String Band. They played Civil War music all over the United States and showcased in Branson, Mo.
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.