Stories in the Valley

The third Wednesday of each month during In The Tradition

Charles Kiernan of the Lehigh Valley Story Tellers Guild presents tales told by a variety of guest story tellers as well as interviews and other features with the goal of keeping the art of story telling alive. This monthly feature airs during In the Tradition.

Thomas Egan: Finding the True Pot of Gold

May 3, 2018

The fun of Saint Patrick’s Day is still lingering in the air. I have some Guinness I haven’t finished drinking. Why don’t you pour yourself a stout, sit back and imagine you are in a pub and let Thomas Egan entertain you with an Irish tale. Local storyteller Thomas Egan, a member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, is also a professor of Irish history and one who enjoys sharing these Irish tales. Here is a story recorded at the Parkland Community Library in North Whitehall in 2012 entitled Finding the True Pot of Gold.

Jay O Callohan: Tulips

May 3, 2018

I am going to declare that spring is here, although its grasp on pleasant weather is a little tenuous. I noticed in my sister’s flower garden the tulips are starting to push up from the ground, bring to my mind a Jay O’Callahan story entitled Tulips.

Ingrid Bohn: Why Beetle is Beautiful

Apr 3, 2018

I think of February as the bottom of winter, the only hope for spring being the crocuses. The ground hog has not been encouraging this year.

We need a break. Guild member Ingrid Bohn is going to tell us a story from the steaming rain forests of the Amazon. Her story is called Why Beetle is Beautiful. Image that warm sun and let it penetrate your body, down to your toes. Here’s Ingrid.

That was Ingrid Bohn.

Donald Davis: Selling Potatoes

Apr 3, 2018

I have for you tonight, Donald Davis. Davis is one of the premiere American storytellers. He specializes in what are called personal stories. In the personal story the teller is the subject of the tale, but not really. The actual story is something deeper.

Here is Donald Davis from his Father was a Wise Old Man collection, this particular tale is call Selling Potatoes.

That was Donald Davis.

Ingrid Bohn: Slops

Mar 27, 2018

Today’s show features one of the Guild’s tellers, Ingrid Bohn. Ingrid says she fell in love with entertaining people with story and song at an early age. Her storytelling has been enriched by her involvement with community and interactive theater. Her repertoire includes folk, fairy, and literary tales. The adjective that best describes her is “animated.” She is a delight to watch in performance, but her animation comes through, even on the radio. Here is what I mean.

This is Ingrid telling an Irish tale called “Slops.”

Olivia Merriman and Jeromy Evans

Mar 27, 2018

This evening I am going to play for you two stories from past winners of the past Youth Storytelling Shorytelling Showcase.  The first is Olivia Merriman, one of the winners of the 2009 competition, followed by Jeromy Evans, the 2004 grand champion. Please enjoy.   

Kathy Long: the Pedlar of Swaffham

Mar 13, 2018

The Children's Winter Series at Godfrey Daniels is now in full swing. Our next event is this coming Sunday, January 20th, at 2 pm. Our teller for the show is a regional favorite, Kathy Long. Folk tales are a natural extension of Kathy's thinking. When telling such tales as the Pedlar of Swaffham the there is an undercurrent of feeling that she is telling her own personal story. Perhaps that's a little difficult to describe, and much easier to listen to.

Here is Kathy with the Pedlar of Swaffham:

Jay O'Callahan: Politics

Mar 13, 2018

Given the political season, we have decided to give you a political story. This is a piece by Jay O'Callahan which we have edited down, not because of content, but to fit into a 15 minute slot. So with no further adieu, here is Jay O'Callahan and Politics: That was Jay O'Callahan.

Dan Kedding: Fiddle

Feb 21, 2018

Halloween is not far off. The guild has two scary story events, which I will tell you about after our good friend Dan Kedding gets you in the mood with a dancing fiddle.

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild holds its Storytelling Circle at Godfrey Daniels at 7 East 4th Street in Bethlehem on the second Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 pm (except the month of August). Come and listen to stories or try out a story yourself. We are a friendly audience and the event is free.

Well, that’s all for now, have fun and keep a story in your heart.

Tim Jennings & Leanne Ponder: King and the Thrush

Feb 21, 2018

In this episode of Stories in the Valley Charles Kiernan interviews Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder

Friday is the Story Fusion Festival at the Northampton County Community College. And our headliners are Jennings and Ponder. They are storytellers from Vermont, and I, for one, am looking very much to hearing from them. As a matter of fact I called them earlier today and asked them this question. What can our audience expect to hear on Saturday night when you are doing the vampire princes?