Carrie Sue Ayvar comes to us from her home in Miami.
With the simplest of phrases, "Había una vez/Once upon a time" …her magical tales, In Spanish and English, take you on a wondrous imaginary journey. Her tales celebrate both the similarities and the differences of our culturally diverse communities.
Cheryl Floyd is our own Cajun Queen. She will regale you with tales from the Bayou and for true you better believe her. Whether it’s folktales from around the world, stories from her mentors or Cajun tales from her southern Louisiana roots, Cheryl loves to share humor, song and family fun with listeners of all ages.
Robin Schulte has been teaching, telling stories and working with students for over 20 years as a middle and high school English teacher and Drama director. It was in the classroom that she first discovered the dynamic art of storytelling, and she has been enthusiastically telling ever since. She is actively involved in the local storytelling community as a performer at schools, festivals and special events, and she is currently the President of the Florida Storytellers Association.
Our only Cowboy Poet in the mix of storytellers, Hank Matson performs original works and classic poems and cowboy stories all set to rhyme. He delights audiences with his humor and style. We like it when words rhyme; so does the Cowboy Poet, Hank Mattson. He will treat you to vignettes delivered in a country-western drawl that reminds you of the American cowboy humorist, Will Rogers.
Tamara Green lives and works in Tampa Florida. A storyteller, writer and performer, Tamara lights up an audience with her energetic stories. Her presentation is electric and often hilarious. Tamara is a sight to behold and a joy to listen to. She specializes in African, African-American, multicultural, personal and historical tales. She will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone.
Kaye Byrnes has been telling stories since 1996 to people of all ages in a wide variety of venues. She is a member of the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine, The Beaches League of Storytellers and serves as Director of the Florida Storytelling Festival. Kaye’s stories capture the imagination and heart of adults as well as children. Kaye’s is in demand all over the state of Florida as a workshop leader teaching the art and importance of storytelling.
Katie Adams is a nationally recognized, professional puppeteer and storyteller from Tampa, Florida, who loves to perform for children and family audiences.
In, 1999, Katie created her own company, Make-Believe Theater dedicated to entertaining, inspiring and enlightening young audiences. She does all the creative work for her original shows, including writing, designing, construction, and composing.
Katie tours with the Artist-in-the-Schools program through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and does character education puppet shows for Learning For Life.
Mark will show you how the Cracker Cow Hunter made camp and he will take you back to misty mornings with coffee over the campfire. He tells the story of the life of a cow hunter in olden days. He will also crack his whip if you ask him nicely!
Marc Alan McKinney (BigMac, The Tall Story Dude)
Born in 'Mid-air', over the Gulf of Mexico, BigMac's story tellin' began soon after the plane landed in the back waters of Alabama.
Born to a whiskey drinkin', card player Pop from West Virginia & a tiny yet beautiful pistol of a mother, also from the 'head o the holler', BigMac worked his way here from a career tellin' tall tales while serving his Country, with the U.S. Air Force. BigMac served his county proudly for 17 years, serving in Japan, Germany, and many of our states here...in America! Afterwards, he chose to become a teachin' member of society. He has taught college, high school math, middle school math, but his favorite subject is history!
Historical stuff, that's where the true love is, for this big Southern Gentlemen! So, grab a seat, put on your listenin' ears, and you just might learn a thing or two...and who knows...one, just might be true!
Madeline says her greatest joy is connecting with people through story – and that is exactly what happens when she takes the stage. She tells personal stories, laden with gentle humor, that are engaging and relatable. Her repertoire also includes folktales and some thrillers, which she calls “just plain creepy” stories.
Madeline has performed at The National Storytelling Festival Slam in Jonesborough, TN , The Florida Storytelling Festival, Northlands Confabulation in Wisconsin, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in South Carolina, The Cracker Storytelling Festival, The Gamble Rogers Festival in St. Augustine, Fl and other venues.
She has published four cds of stories and four cd’s of children’s music.
Pat Nease is blessed with an enlarged funny bone. Her sense of humor and lively style coupled with her array of folk, family, original, and bone-chilling tales have delighted audiences across the south and even cured a few, since laughter is such good medicine.
Helpful hint: If you are bringing a large group of students, please keep in mind that the venues are small. Most will not fit an entire class. Consider breaking your class into groups of 10-15 students.
We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support:
Friends of the Bartow Public Library
Polk Education Foundation
Florida Transport Service, Inc.
Friends of the Lakeland Public Library
Lilly O’ Tool & Brown, LLP
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Lake Wales Library Association
McBroom’s Stamps, Awards & Personalized Gifts
Sweet Ella's Produce - Lake Wales, FL