Celebrate spring with Warm Stories and Hot Cider!


Posted 3/7/18

Get ready to shake off that post-winter frost and grab a hot mug, as the Cleveland Storytelling Guild brings you Warm Stories and Hot Cider this Friday at First Presbyterian Church.

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Celebrate spring with Warm Stories and Hot Cider!


Get ready to shake off that post-winter frost and grab a hot mug, as the Cleveland Storytelling Guild brings you Warm Stories and Hot Cider this Friday at First Presbyterian Church.

Storytelling Guild Program Chairman Judy Baker said the idea for Warm Stories came about because a former guild member felt the group needed an additional program each year. At the time, the only events it held were Ocoee Story Fest and Tellabration, and the best open slot for a new event was toward the end of winter.

“We started at the old Northside Presbyterian Church, where we held it there for several years,” Baker said. “We also had it at the public library for a few years, and have recently moved it to First Presbyterian.”

Running for nearly 18 years, Warm Stories will feature five tellers this year, including one person performing poetry, which is not typical for the event. The storytelling tradition usually involves tales being told without strict structure or from written material.

“Having less tellers allows us to put more spotlight for longer times on our tellers,” Baker said. “If we have six or seven tellers, we are limited to what you can hear from each of them.”

Citing the desire of people to escape from their normal, stressful lives, Baker believes that Warm Stories will allow its attendants a temporary sanctuary where everyone can relax and have a great time. She says it will be a good chance to “let you hair down” and allow the storytellers to warm your hearts.

The guild and Baker are incredibly thankful to First Presbyterian Church allowing them to hold their event in its sanctuary, and she says the church has been very kind throughout the years in holding the event there.

“We try not to bounce around with our venues, so as not to confuse attendees,” Baker went on to say. “This will be a cheap date that is family friendly, and I encourage everyone who attends to get in touch with their oral traditions.”

Stating how children are more and more attached to their phones and less experienced in simple conversation, she stresses the importance of events like Warm Stories.

She stated that Ocoee Story Fest, featuring Adam Booth as its teller, was a success last month and she wanted to sincerely thank the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce for funding his visit.

The storytellers for this event will be Sarah Lord, Bruce Hopson, Pete Vanderpool, Owen Duncan and Judy Baker.

The guild believes that those who hear their stories will remember their own personal stories, and go tell their own families.

“Everyone is a storyteller and everyone has a story to tell,” Baker said.

Hot cider will be served to all attendants. Admission is free, but donations are always gladly accepted. Warm Stories begins at 7 p.m. Event organizers hope that Clevelanders will come out and shake off the cold to welcome spring!


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