Do you love to listen to a good story on a cold night? Come to "Tellabration," an international celebration of Story with professional Storytellers from the Two Rivers Storytellers Professional Guild, Nov. 23, from 7-9 p.m., at the 4th Street Theater, 216 Fourth St., in downtown Des Moines, adjacent to Java Joes.
For only a $7 admission fee, audience members can sip coffee, hot chocolate or even beer from Java Joes as featured teller Bettie Jane Bibler from Granger takes the audience on a journey with her portrayal of folktales from diverse cultures. Singer, songwriter and storyteller Mike Zahm, from Fort Dodge will make you tap your foot and laugh with his Woody Guthrie style of telling. Dan Bagley (ChooChooDan) from Nevada, will put you on a train to a distant city through his rendition of life on the railroad. Pat Coffie from Waverly will have you rubbing your back after a hard day’s work on the farm tossing hay into the wagon while John Prater from Newton, and Denise Frank from Polk City, enchant the audience with tales of life in distant lands and hikes of great distances. Native American Eugene Fracek will play the drum and tell stories from the Native American Tradition.
Emcee Maureen Korte will talk about the importance of stories in today’s society and how tellers study culture and travel worldwide to find that perfect tale.
Two Rivers Story Spinners is a nonprofit education society dedicated to the perpetuation of storytelling worldwide. They meet every fourth Sunday of the month in Classroom A of the Des Moines Playhouse at four o’clock.
For more information e-mail Moekorte@cs.com or call 515-321-9581. Admission is $7 at the door.