2017 MAINE STORYTELLING MUSTER

WHAT IS IT?

Started in 2014 by Storytellers Hope Lewis and Phyllis Blackstone, the Muster is intended as an annual gathering of all Maine storytellers, folks interested in storytelling and visitors from other states and countries.  The purpose is to provide an opportunity for storytellers to become acquainted, share information, swap stories and acquire some new insights along the way. 

WHEN IS IT?

Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:00-2:00 at the Pleasant St. Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St. Waterville, ME. Lunch is included. 

MAINE STORIES: THEN & NOW

The 2017 theme is MAINE STORIES, THEN & NOW.  Bring a Maine story to swap.  It can be historical or contemporary.  It can be true or not so true.  It can be about a place, person, event in Maine.  It can be about your feelings about Maine.  

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The 2017 Muster is a collaborative event with the Maine Historical Society which has a website entitled MY MAINE STORY.  Folks will be invited to share their Maine stories on this website.  

SHAPING YOUR STORY

Perhaps you have a great Maine story but need some help in shaping it into a tellable form.  If you are a novice teller, there will be a workshop to help you.  If you are a veteran teller, there will a small group coaching experience for you.

WHAT ELSE WILL HAPPEN?

YUMMY SNACKS & DELICIOUS LUNCH!  A final Storytelling Swap.  Time with old friends.  Meeting new friends.  

MUSTER CONTINUED

FUNDRAISING CONCERT

Because we storytellers like to give to the communities where we gather, we will do a fundraiser concert for a local organization on Friday night, Sept. 15, 2017.  You may wish to come to the area the night before to support the storytelling concert. 

COMMITTEE OF SEVEN

The 2017 Muster is being planned by a Committee of Seven.  They are: 

Phyllis Blackstone, Chair , Brunswick

Hope Lewis, LOONS, Seal Cove 

Judy Loeven, WOODS, Farmington 

Susan Dries, MOOSE, Windham 

Grace Van Tobel, At-large, Waterville  

Cathy Furness, At-large, Portland

Tilly Laskey, ME Historical Society, Portland 

MY REPERTOIRE OF STORIES

STORIES FOR CHILDREN

Tikki-Tikki Tembo

Legend of the Lady Slipper 

How the Stars Fell From the Sky 

Melinda Malice 

The Belly Button Monster 

Eat Your Peas Louise 

Three Butterflies 

Pepper Soup 

Caps For Sale 

Lion, Bear & Rabbit 

The Christmas Pint 


FAITH-BASED STORIES

The Wooden Sword 

The Wooden Bowl

A Bridge Built 

Mount Battie Tower 

The Ruby 

Helllo, My Name Is...............

Tiger's Wisker 

Bundles of Worry & Blessings

PERSONAL STORIES

Upon the Occasion of Being Locked in an Antique Shop 

Upon the Occasion of My Conception 

Upon the Occasion of Being Propositioned in New Orleans 

Upon the Occasion Of Being Sent to the Loony Bin 

The Great Dixie-Cup Cover-Up 

Three Gifts 

Only One Life 

What's in Your Cart?

Picnic At Bowdoin Pines 

Shake What Your Momma Gave You



STORIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Monkey Misery 

Truth & Story 

First Strawberries 

Then Mosquitoes Came..........

The Man in the Moon & Sweet Potato Pie

HEIRLOOM (Historical) STORIES

The 4-H Alaskan Cedar Tree 

Aroostook County Potato Harvest-Perspective of a Six-Year Old 

A Lumberjack's Joke 

The Precious Plaque

TEACHING STORIES

Buddy, The First-Grader 

Gertie Mae Johnson 

Myth of the Three Nice Ladies 

The Innocent Bystander 

Teaching Alex, the Adult Student

Lucy--A Coaching Story 

Novice Teacher Meets Parents 

Phonics--Do I Have to Teach it?