Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Story: Seed of Creativity and the National Storytelling Conference

The 2013 National Storytelling Conference is in Richmond, Virginia this year and it looks like there will be something for everyone!

The SIG (Special Interest Groups) YES, HSA (Healing Story Alliance) and the PRO (Producers and Organizers) are the day before the Master Classes and main conference workshops, which begins on August 1- 4 so don't forget to check out those separate links.

There are offerings for beginning to experienced storytellers, teachers, and those who work in the healing arts. The conference is always a wonderful time to learn, reconnect, network, and reinvigorate your storytelling, teaching and healing soul.

Outside of the hotel there are many exciting venues to visit so plan to come early or stay late! I offer a few stories and informational sites to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful city. Looking forward to seeing you there!


American Folklore - Folklore from Virginia; a Pour quoi Tale and two ghost stories await.

On to – Real Life Stories From the Richmond Area “The story of the Richmond-Petersburg Region during the Civil War is one of struggle, courage, perseverance and strength. From generals and prisoners to spies and enslaved Americans, the most compelling aspects of the American Civil War are seen through the personal stories of those who lived it. Visit the Richmond-Petersburg Region to learn about real people whose life experiences were forever transformed by this pivotal point in American history.”

The Center for Children’s Books - The Folklore Tradition of Jack Tales – Interesting insights to the Jack Tales. “When the Jack Tale cycle migrated from Europe to North America, Jack became an “Americanized farmboy-hero Jack.” (Guiterrez, 85) The first record of Jack in the United States appears before 1800 in Virginia where these tales were “handed down from generation to generation from time immemorial” (Kercheval 1902, 285-86 as quoted by Lindahl (McCarthy 1994, xvii))

OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO! – Everything you need to know about Richmond; business, transportation, maps, tours, cultural events and more. – Read about eighty-two different activities in Richmond, including museums, theater, landmarks, etc., and how other visitors have rated them.

Virginia Historical Society - The Story of Virginia, an American Experience
“This award-winning exhibition interprets 16,000 years of Virginia history from the earliest artifacts of Native Americans to Virginia at the beginning of the 21st century. This online version allows you to explore the galleries through a new virtual tour.” - "... a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage.Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s rich Folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community." – Another site to help you plan your trip, including restaurants that cater to groups, discount coupons, and a free visitor’s guide.

TRAVEL TIPS - Airline Baggage Fee Chart - 3-1-1 Carry on Rules and more helpful travel information at this link. – Just key in Richmond, VA in the search box and some wonderful deals will appear. I used this when I was in TX for the San Antonio Conference and saved 50% off dinner at a beautiful, local restaurant. Just make sure to read the fine print, i.e. available dates and any restrictions before you hit the purchase button.   

Karen Chace 2013 ©
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