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Storytelling fest features free programs

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Lucinda Breeding

The Texas Storytelling Festival opens Thursday, March 8, and features some free events throughout the weekend. 

The opening concert, the Boot Hill ghost story concert, is free. The 7 p.m. concert is suitable for all ages, but the concert typically includes creepy and disturbing tales and some jump scares. 

On Saturday morning, the McKinney Street School Show-and-Tell Family Concert is free. Tellers will offer stories for all ages. The concert starts at 9:30 a.m. Free family and kids activities continue through 1 p.m. Saturday. The Fringe Concert from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday is free, too. 

Two Sunday programs are free, starting with the 8 a.m. labyrinth walk moving into the 9:30 a.m. Sacred Tales concert. The Sunday morning programs are serviceable alternatives to Sunday morning church services. The labyrinth walk is a sort of walking meditation open to all ages and abilities, and Sacred Tales touches on universal questions and spiritual yearnings. 

The festival will be at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., with some programs taking place at the Denton Woman's Club Building, 610 Oakland. The event is presented by the Denton-based Tejas Storytelling Association

Tickets are available at the door. 

Individual event prices:

$10 Concert or Event

$15 Workshop

$50 Master Class

$12 Friday or Saturday Lunch Box and $25 Saturday Dinner

Storytelling Festival Schedule

Storytelling events

*Sign language interpretation included

Thursday, March 8

7 to 9:15 p.m. - *Boot Hill ghost story concert. Free.

Friday, March 9

9 to 10:30 a.m. - *33 in Little D Opening Concert of Featured Tellers

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Stories North of Ordinary Concert

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. - Lunch and Story Swaps with Judy Allton

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. - John Henry Faulk Concert; Talk of the Town Side Show "Ashton" with Adam Booth (in Denton Women's Club Building, 610 Oakland.)

2:30 to 3:45 p.m. - Two Chairs Telling - Conversation and Stories

3:45 to 4:15 p.m. - Chocoholic Frolic - Treats from Wiseman's House of Chocolates of Hico, Texas

4:15 to 5:15 p.m. - Rising Stars Concert featuring favorite tellers from our guilds. Free. Talk of the Town Side Show: "Country Girl, City Girl" with Beth Horner (Women's Club Building, 610 Oakland.)

5:15 to 6 p.m. - dinner break; Tejas Storytelling Association membership meeting, with board president Richard Nash

7 to 7:30 p.m. - Musical Mayhem with Tom McDermott

7:30 to 10 p.m. - *Quakertown Theatre Concert of Featured Tellers, with Presentation of Marvin Brown Volunteer Award and Special Services Award

10:05 to 10:20 p.m. - After Hours Musical Celebration

Saturday, March 10

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - *McKinney Street School Show-and-Tell Family Concert. Free.

10:45 to noon - Liars contest, kids' day activities, affiliate guild meeting and lunch

Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Pizza on the Patio for Kid's Day participants and their parents; lunch and story swaps with Judy Allton; continued affiliate guild meeting and lunch;

1:30 to 3 p.m. - True Life Urban Legends Story Slam with Shayne Larango and Paul Normandin

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. - City Limits: Fringe Concert. Free.

5 to 7 p.m. - Talespinner Dinner and Silent Auction

7 to 7:30 p.m. - Musical Mayhem - Tom McDermott, silent auction ends.

7:30 to 10 p.m. - *Saturday Night at the Talkies with Featured Tellers;Presentation of John Henry Faulk Award

Sunday, March 11

8 to 9 a.m. - Labyrinth walk. Free.

9:30 to 11 a.m. - *Sacred tales concert. Free.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - *closing concert with featured tellers.

Workshop schedule

Friday, March 9

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Workshop A: "The Wild and Wacky World of Fractured Fairy Tales" with Marilyn Kinsella

2:30 to 4 p.m. - Workshop B: "Developing Your Five-Minute Story" with Paul Normandin; Workshop C: "Science: Tell It Like a Story" with Fran Stallings

Saturday, March 10

9 to 10:30 a.m. - Workshop D: "Talk, Talk, Take-away"with Tim Tingle; Workshop E:"Start with the Truth: Then Stretch It" with Donna Ingham

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Workshop F: "Playful Creativity" with Laura Packer; Workshop G: "Walking to find Poems and Stories" with Loren Niemi

1:30 to 3 p.m. - Workshop H: "So You Want to Be a Storyteller" with Sheila Starks Phillips; Workshop I: "Cinematics in Storytelling" with Adam Booth

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. - Workshop J: "Collaboration: How Great Teams Are Made" with Beth Horner; Workshop K: "Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Social Justice" with Sheila Arnold Jones

Sunday, March 11

8 to 11 a.m. - Master Class with Beth Horner for intermediate-advanced tellers: "Powerful Story Presentation: A Coaching Master Class" in the Denton Women's Building, 610 Oakland. Admission requires separate ticket.

FEATURED IMAGE: Dolores Hydock, an actress who riffs on food fads and true love, tells a story of the her neighbors and their kids at the last concert of the 32nd annual Texas Storytelling Festival in 2017, at Denton Civic Center in Denton, Texas. Tomas Gonzalez/DRC.