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Fall is an exciting time, as it brings with it a cherished and much anticipated tradition, Tellabration--Storytelling for grown-ups! For 31 years this celebration of storytelling and song has been taking place in the south-west corner of Connecticut. From its beginnings there, it has spread across the country and the globe to become a world-wide festival.

Here are the details:

What: Storytelling for grown-ups and kids who can listen as grow-ups. A fantastic evening of live entertainment, guaranteed!

When: Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 PM.

How: Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets, please contact Glenn Harper at 203-559-9349 or email or order online at

Where: The United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, CT

Who: We have 5 fantastic storytellers:

• Phyllis Blackstone

• Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

• Jonathan Heilis

• Carolyn Stearns and

• Alanna Harper a 5th grade student teller from Newfield Elementary School.

We also have music from Connecticut State Troubadour, Kate Callahan

Why: This concert is a celebration of storytelling as both a contemporary adult form of entertainment and as a living, breathing connection to our past. But it is also the primary fundraising event for the Connecticut Storytelling Center's educational outreach programs. Here is a quote from their website:

"The storytellers donate their performances. All funds raised help to support The Center's mission to strengthen the bonds of our state's culturally and economically diverse communities by building a network of storytellers and listeners. Providing performances, workshops, and educational programming in an ever-widening circle of venues, we seek to preserve and perpetuate the ancient art of storytelling. “

In case you don't know about Tellabration, let me give you a little background. Tellabration was the brainchild of Connecticut storyteller J. G. Pinkerton, who conceived the idea as a way to re-introduce grown-ups to the pleasures of storytelling as entertainment. In 1988, the Connecticut Storytelling Center sponsored six Tellabrations in the state. Tellabration's success in Connecticut led some other states to follow suit the next year, and in 1990, Tellabration expanded nationwide. We are THE original one, started by J. G. Pinkerton!

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