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Name:Adkins, Frankie
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Address:P.O. Box 295
City:Honea Path
State:SC
Zip:29654
Telephone:864-992-0965
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Email:fadkins@charter.net
Bio:Frankie Adkins, retired school librarian, and National Board Certified Teacher began storytelling as a Girl Scout earning her Storyteller badge. She is a lifetime storyteller and particularly enjoys telling American Indian stories, Appalachian folklore, ghost stories, and original legends and stories she has researched and written.

During the holiday season Frankie doubles as Mrs. Santa Claus, telling Christmas stories and leading sing-alongs. She also has Christmas cookie decorating parties.

As Regent of her DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter, and US History Chair for the SC Children of the American Revolution, she is very experienced in American history stories and presentations, as well as South Carolina history.

Frankie is Past President of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild (NCSG) and past Upstate Representative of the South Carolina Storytelling Network (SCSN). She has performed as a Regional Teller at the NCSG FallFest at Brevard, NC, at the SCSN Storytelling event at the Newberry Opera House, and at numerous schools, libraries, and festivals.

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Name:Bartlett, Lona
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Address:4501 Easthaven Dr.
City:Charlotte
State:NC
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Telephone:704-568-9389
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Email:lonabartlett@att.net
Website:lonabartlett.com
Bio:Lona Bartlett is a puppeteer, storyteller, performance artist and educator. She has been involved with multimedia productions and her puppet creations and scripts span to four continents. She teaches workshops and performs at schools, libraries, conferences, churches, festivals, corporate and special events.

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Name:Baxley, David
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Address:807 Bibury Ct.
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29414
Telephone:843-412-2674
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Email:baxleydg@att.net
Website:www.davidbaxleystoryteller.com
Bio:David is a (True Life and Tall Tales) storyteller for all ages. He is a native of SC. David writes and tells stories of his childhood until current times. His stories include his family, friends and acquaintances. You will be entertained and enlightened by David’s stories. You will laugh out loud and some times you will cry. You will always want to hear more. He studied storytelling at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. You are invited to read some of his stories on his website.

Check out his second website: http://www.tragedyatthepond.com

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Name:Becker, Becky
Company Name:Becky's Box Puppets
Address:1745 Heritage Park Rd.
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29407
Telephone:843-766-4844
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Email:becky@beckysboxofpuppets.com
Website:www.beckysboxofpuppets.com
Bio:The magical world of the humble little puppet is where I like to explore my world and others. Since starting with simple shows in 1980 at the Charleston Museum my efforts continue and happily I continue to connect with others through the random bits of fabric and paint. My stories are geared to children and their families.

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Name:Bristow, Thom
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Address:208 Middlesex Road
City:Columbia
State:SC
Zip:29210
Telephone:803-772-9458
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Email:tcbristow@thomtells.com
Bio:I have been telling stories since High School. Humor and a little bit of guitar music are always added to my program. With a Masters Degree in Social Work and a PH.D. in Educational Psychology I discovered that Storytelling is of great value in teaching and in Social Work practice. I even had the opportunity to teach Medical Doctors in training to be Child Psychiatrists how to use storytelling in therapy with children.
I have explored the power of storytelling in many settings. It is a teaching tool and an aid in therapy. In today's world it can be an important aid in communication. All of our elected Officials need to develop storytelling skills and stop their lying! I would love to do some workshops for this group!

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Name:Chaplin, Millie
Company Name:The Princess of Possum Corner
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City:P.O. Box 4
State:Harleyville
Zip:SC
Telephone:29448
Tollfree:843-462-2137
Email:princessofpossumcorner@yahoo.com
Website:www.milliechaplin.com
Bio:Born and reared in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Millie loves to share stories from all cultures. She uses the dulcimer and sometimes the audience to tell her stories. Millie loves to sing the old traditional songs that children of old grew up hearing. You might hear Jacktales along with an Anansi Tale. Millie believes in “fun for all”. Find me on Facebook!

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Name:Clarkson, Wright
Company Name:StoryGuy
Address:4833 Addison Drive
City:Charlotte
State:NC
Zip:28211-3059
Telephone:704-770-0530
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Email:Storytlr99@aol.com
Website:www.storyteller.net/tellers/wstoryguy
Bio:Wright Clarkson is a nationally renowned storyteller, musician, and teaching artist. He delights in sharing with people of all ages. His interactive style utilizes folk and world musical instruments, and costumes to engage audiences in folk tales, fractured fairy tales, ghost and history stories, Jack and Grandfather tales, trickster and wisdom tales, and original and song stories. He performs in schools, teaches artist residencies for pre-schools through high schools, and conducts workshops for business, community and non-profit groups.

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Name:Clary, Margie
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Address:782 Piccadilly Drive
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29412
Telephone:843-795-3061
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Email:mwclary@knology.net
Website:www.bookstorytell.com
Bio:Margie Clary has been a professional storyteller since 1988. She is a retired educator, having taught Kindergarden-College level. She taught The Art of Storytelling at the Citadel 1988-89. She tells stories from all Genres. She often tells Low Country tales and legends based on history of South Carolina. She is a published author of five children’s books and three adult books. She has been on the SC Arts Commission since 1992 and is available for school visits. She is obtainable for workshops on the storytelling and the writing connections.

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Name:Davin, Janice
Company Name:Magic Words
Address:5225 Cane Creek Rd
City:Waxhaw
State:NC
Zip:28173
Telephone:(704) 843-4559
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Email:janice@janicedavin.com
Website:www.janicedavin.com
Bio:Storytelling saved Janice Davin’s career as a teacher and maybe her life. During 35 years in the classroom, she used stories to calm savage beasts, subdue mutinies, and make the curriculum memorable. Currently Janice provides programs for schools, after-school programs, churches, organizations, and retirement communities. She performs at festivals and provides workshops for other tellers. Janice earned a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a M.A. in Oral Traditions from the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Janice received National Board Certification in 1997. Janice has a current NC Teaching License.

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Name:Davis, Don
Company Name:"Dandy Don"
Address:1012 Brickhouse Rd
City:Florence
State:SC
Zip:29506
Telephone:(843) 731-5023
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Email:dandycandy@juno.com
Website:www.dandydonmusic.com
Bio:Like any baby-boomer born in the 50's, Dandy Don Grew up watching the adventures of his western heroes on Saturday morning TV. Many hours were spent in front of the old black and white Philco watching Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, The Lone Ranger, as well as the B-western serials with Hopalong Cassidy and Gene Autry. Of course the evenings were filled with Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, Wagon Train and numerous other TV westerns.

After many, many years of participating in various genres of music and performing arts, Don returned to his love of cowboy music and the nostalgic sounds of the old west. Every performance will take the audience back into the days of yesteryear and the Saturday matinees; a time when a man's word meant something and a handshake sealed the deal.

Each performance includes classic cowboy & western music, family friendly jokes with a tall tale or cowboy poetry thrown in for good measure. Most cowboy songs are really stories set to music, a timeless combination that will entertain all...Good Clean Family Entertainment!

Don has performed primarily in the Southeast USA but has traveled most anywhere to share his craft, even overseas.

Be honest... Would You Rather Be A Cowboy?

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Name:Davis, Rebecca
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City:Greenville
State:SC
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Telephone:864-689-1025
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Email:rebecca@heresthejoy.com
Website:www.heresthejoy.com
Bio:Rebecca loves telling stories about the great works of God so that many more people can be inspired to trust in the mighty Savior, Jesus Christ. These days, the stories Rebecca tells are true ones taken from her new series of books, Hidden Heroes, about the great works of God around the world. To view a slideshow version of one of the stories she tells, access the storytelling page of her website, www.heresthejoy.com/storytelling.

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Name:Droge, Mary
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Address:16 Charing Cross Road
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29407
Telephone:843-402-9840
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Email:storymoves@aol.com
Bio:Mary has performed nationally and has taught workshops, master-classes, and school residencies. She is an approved artist for the South Carolina Arts Commission Roster and the featured storyteller for children’s programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. In her multicultural story programs, she uses the wisdom of folktales to bring fresh perspectives to the challenges of today’s world. Themes are uplifting and non-violent and include songs and movement games that involve every member of the audience.

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Name:DuPont, Patricia
Company Name:DuPontCares A Million Mobile Museum
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City:Ridgeland
State:SC
Zip:29936
Telephone:615-538-7668
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Email:dupontcares@gmail.com
Bio:Dr. Patricia H. DuPont is a lifelong learner who has a BA in Education, a MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Theology. Dr. DuPont objective is to utilize her skills in creative marketing, project management, grant writing, and public service to provide a winning edge in making a profound difference serving mankind using storytelling. Dr. DuPont has served in the corporate arena as Executive Secretary, Director, Trainer, Community Liaison, and Volunteer on Library Board. Dr. DuPont is an innovative, motivator and founder of local organizations to meet the need of the community.

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Name:Eister, Lisa
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Address:P.O. Box 55
City:Clemson
State:SC
Zip:29633
Telephone:864-653-4932
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Email:lisaeister@bellsouth.net
Bio:Lisa Eister is a native of South Carolina with roots in the Appalachian Mountains. A certified educator, Lisa performs before school, festival and community audiences of all ages. Her concerts feature folktales, traditional Appalachian tales, historical stories, personal stories woven from family and mountain lore, as well as narratives based on the real life experiences of WWII veterans. In July 2011, Lisa performed at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta. She is founder of the Clemson Area StoryTellers Guild.

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Name:Ellingwood, Rodger
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Address:4461 Summerlin Place
City:Rock Hill
State:SC
Zip:29732
Telephone:803-324-4560
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Email:elling@comporium.net
Bio:Rodger’s personal humorous stories have an ironic twist. He has an appreciation for day to day events that he turns into interesting and amusing stories, to which we can all relate. Rodger has a Masters of Education and enjoys working with teachers who want to increase the storytelling presence in their classroom. He performs various programs that include Christmas, Valentine’s, churches and senior citizens.

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Name:Ferguson, Kali
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Address:1122 River Oaks Ln
City:Charlotte
State:NC
Zip:28226
Telephone:(919) 451-1445
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Email:kali@kaliferguson.com
Website:www.kaliferguson.com
Bio:You will be energized, entertained and educated after attending Kali Ferguson's bilingual cultural programs. You'll participate in stories, poems, dances and songs from Latin American, African and African American traditions. You'll travel with her (and her signature map) around the world as she shares stories, poetry and dances that celebrate and teach about life, and even body rhythms that celebrate her own childhood. You'll learn a little Spanish on the way, too!

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Name:Fowler, John
Company Name:Hairy Toe Productions
Address:278 Berry Road
City:Boiling Springs
State:SC
Zip:29316
Telephone:864-216-5578
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Email:hairytoeproductions@juno.com
Website:www.hairytoeproductions.com
Bio:A bona fide storyteller and award winning old-time musician with family ties to the Southern Appalachian hills, John has over 25 years of experience in sharing his talents at festivals, gatherings, libraries, in classrooms and performance halls from coast-to-coast. On the stage his presentation are a blast of creative energy articulating time, place and people involving humor, music and realistic characters. John tells southern folktales, Jack & Grandfather Tales, stories of haunts, untruths and family yarns weaving music and history. His programs have been called "a natural stepping stone that leads to our past". A recipient of the SC Folk Heritage Award.

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Name:Fulton, Faye
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City:Charlotte
State:NC
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Telephone:704-421-3220
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Email:ffulton50@gmail.com
Website:www.fayefulton.com
Bio:Faye comes from a family of storytellers and has a lifelong love of story. She has lived in several countries and has traveled all over the world. She is fascinated with different languages and different cultures. She tells multicultural, diversity, and educational stories for all ages and inspires people to do their best by sharing stories of meaning and value.

In addition to being a Storyteller, Faye is a Professional Speaker and a Communications Trainer. She has conducted workshops in all fifty states in the corporate environment as well as the educational environment.

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Name:Goodman, Linda
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City:Waxhaw
State:NC
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Telephone:(804) 687-6341
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Email:happytales@aol.com
Website:www.lindagoodmanstoryteller.com
Bio:Author/Storyteller/Playwright Linda Goodman, an Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, draws on her roots to create a magic world where fantasy and ordinary heroes come together to entertain and inspire. She also tells traditional tales using a wide array of voices to make characters come to life.
She has performed nationwide and been published in the Chicken Soup and Stories for the Heart Series. Her one-woman show and book, Daughters of the Appalachians, has also been performed as a play by theater companies in California, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Her CDs include Jessie and Other Stories and Bobby Pins, the recipient of 3 Storytelling World “Winner” Awards.

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Name:Hawkins, Suzette
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Address:264 Crosson Street
City:Leesville
State:SC
Zip:29070
Telephone:803-960-6827
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Email:suzettehawkins@gmail.com
Bio:I’m a native of Sumter, South Carolina, can readily remember hearing family stories at my grandmother’s not knowing at that time that storytelling would become such an exciting and important part of my life. I began storytelling in 1982 after attending NAPPS now know as the National Storytelling Festival.

I view storytelling as a traditional art form, which can promote literacy, imagination, and moral values. The stories I love to tell are stories that touch people, that makes them think beyond themselves, historical stories, myths, legends, fables, ghost stories, new and old from around the world. My repertoire ranges from humorous tales to ghost stories, and other tales that lead the listener through a gamut of emotions.”

Through my storytelling I hope to enrich the lives of both children and adults.

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Name:Hiatt, Joada P.
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Address:509 Tryon Street
City:Greer
State:SC
Zip:29651-1145
Telephone:864-877-4626
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Email:ahiatt509@aol.com
Bio:"We didn't have television. We told stories," explains Joada who has been a storyteller all of her life. She learned the art from a grandmother who passed on stories she had heard ad a child. Joada can find a story for just about any occasion, and if she can't, she'll make one up. She also conducts workshops for children and adults: the art of storytelling, preservation of family stories, and writing your own story.

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Name:Hilliard, Theresa
Company Name:Mama Doonk Gullah Stories
Address:PO Box 80523
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29416
Telephone:843-364-3064
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Email:mamadoonkgullah@aol.com
Bio:I was born on Edisto Island and reared by my Gullah Grandmother whose only language was Gullah as was mine in my early years. The Gullah culture is a unique culture disappearing with the baby boomers if it is not shared and passed on to our youth. I am committed to keeping this important time in history alive through sharing the experiences I gained living and learning from my grandmother, Mama Doonk, whose voice I emulate while telling my stories. I am a SC Arts Commission Artist in Residence and I have told stories at the SC State Museum, the Charleston Museum, Brookgreen Gardens, Gibbes Art Gallery, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival, Spoleto Children's Festival, the MOJA Arts Festival, Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston and Dorchester County Schools and many other venues.

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Name:Hoal, Alan
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Address:225 Heidinger Dr.
City:Cary
State:NC
Zip:27511
Telephone:919-607-0993
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Email:alan.hoal@gmail.com
Website:www.thehoalstory.com
Bio:Alan is a highly energetic and animated storyteller who has taken home numerous storytelling awards. He travels throughout the United States telling stories at festivals and retreats as well as at colleges, secondary schools and libraries. Alan has also shared his talents at church, corporate and civic events. He has a diverse repertoire from the hilarious, to the frightening, to the heartwarming and inspirational. These stories are tailored for audiences of all ages. Alan's animated style and familiar themes draw his audiences into his tales as they experience the stories’ events alongside his colorful characters.

Alan’s school programs are specifically designed to focus on core curriculum and state essential standards in the areas of Language Arts, History and Social Studies. Alan can custom design his programs to meet your specific goals and objectives.

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Name:Holloway, Suzy
Company Name:Suzy's Puppets at Penn's Place
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City:Greenwood
State:SC
Zip:29649
Telephone:864-223-7292
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Email:wosce@aol.com
Bio:I am owner of Suzy's Puppets at Penn's Place, Greenwood, S.C. There we have story and music and activities for children - all as an effort to give a cultural boost to those who lack enrichment.

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Name:Hudson, Lane
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Address:211 Teardrop Trail
City:Seneca
State:SC
Zip:29672
Telephone:864-903-1430
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Email:originallane@yahoo.com
Bio:“Stories remind us that after the game, the king and pawn go into the same box,” Lane says, “because we laugh and cry together.” His inspirational stories reflect the foolishness and wisdom of life because” he says, “bad decisions can make good stories”. Drawing from a lifetime of rich experiences, he’s been a textile worker, hot tar roofer, door-to-door salesman, drama producer, radio announcer, newspaper columnist, and corporate communicator and trainer. An excellent after dinner and motivational speaker, Lane teaches public speaking and creative writing at a S.C. Upstate Technical college. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communications.

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Name:Hurst, Hawk
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Address:16 Halsey Street
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29401
Telephone:home 843-577-2821, cell 843-819-3789
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Email:hawkhurst@bellsouth.net
Website:www.HawkHurstFlutes.com
Bio:Hawk’s stories offer a fresh perspective of how ancient cultures came to respect and appreciate the diversity of each other and the natural world around them. Hawk’s creativity, in his stories, music, and artist in residency programs, are oriented to emphasize positive, uplifting attributes. An nine time recording artist and the author of two children’s books, his performances are suitable for all age groups! He is a member of both the SC Artist Roster & SC Storytelling Network, as well as, the NC Storytelling Guild. Hawk’s interactive programs are perfect for ‘In School Field Trips’, and he offers unique ‘Storytelling Residencies’ for elementary and middle school students, as a certified Stories for Life instructor.

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Name:Jaffe, Lynn
Company Name:Tellers of Two Cities
Address:3540 Carnoustie Drive
City:Martinez
State:GA
Zip:30907
Telephone:706-860-7536
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Email:ljaffe4@comcast.net
Bio:Lynn Jaffe has been entertaining folk since she was 7 years old, from puppets to theater to storytelling. She personifies her characters as she tells folktales and humorous life stories.

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Name:Johnson, Martha Reed
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City:Florence
State:SC
Zip:29505
Telephone:(843) 992-0556
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Email:martha@marthareedjohnson.com
Website:www.marthareedjohnson.com
Bio:According to her parents, Martha has been telling tales from the time she could talk. She is one of five children raised in New England and now residing in South Carolina. She tells tales of travel mishaps from MA to CA, from Central America to Africa and everywhere in between. She shares with heart and humor stories of growing up in a family of crazy adventurers. Martha is a featured teller at the Storytelling Festival of the Southeast in Laurinburg, NC.

Martha is a middle school counselor with Florence School District 1 and uses storytelling in the classroom to encourage problem solving, creativity and character building.

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Name:King, Minerva T.
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Address:P.O. Box 12631
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29412-2631
Telephone:843-795-0076
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Email:minervaking@comcast.net
Bio:Minerva T. King has been performing as a multicultural storyteller, largely through the Arts in Education Program of the SC Arts Commission, since 1992. Specializing in African, African/American, West Indian, Native American, and Jewish folklore, she delights in engaging her listeners in her programs that are often augmented with music. She includes in her repertoire, stories based on history, including the story of her struggles for civil rights. Min is the librarian at St. John’s High School, and an adjunct professor at Trident Technical College. A nationally board certified librarian, in 2009 Min was named “Teacher of the Year” at St. John’s.

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Name:Leotta, Joan
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City:Calabash
State:NC
Zip:28467
Telephone:910-575-0618
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Email:joanleotta@atmc.net
Website:www.joanleotta.wordpress.com
Bio:Creating on paper with pen, with light as pen through a camera or onstage in performance, my artistic goal is always —to show the beauty of the ordinary and to encourage my audience.

I've published several books (fiction and non-fiction for adults,YA and children) and many short stories. I've received awards for my telling and stories. You can find my books on Amazon.com under Joan Leotta. I've written hundreds of articles over the years about topics as diverse as disability rights, health, parenting, food and travel. My blog at www.joanleotta.wordpress.com tells about my work.

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Name:Linsenmayer, Bob
Company Name:Singing Storyteller
Address:115 Ironwood Lane
City:McCormick
State:SC
Zip:29835
Telephone:864-391-2130
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Email:rlinsenmayer@wctel.net
Website:www.singingstoryteller.com
Bio:Bob Linsenmayer offers exciting, inspiring and fun-filled storytelling/music programs in schools, libraries and festivals. He tells stories with uplifting themes from around the world supported by his travels to over 65 countries. He plays 12-string guitar, jaw-harp, spoons, washboard and various other unusual folk instruments. Bob began entertaining audiences 45 years ago as a folksinger on the West Coast. He is listed on the South Carolina Artist Roster.

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Name:Lowry, Tim
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City:Summerville
State:SC
Zip:29485
Telephone:843-324-1366
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Email:timlowry@bellsouth.net
Website:www.storytellertimlowry.com
Bio:Telling stories of the People, by the People, and for the People. Appearing at festivals from Jonesborough, TN to New London, CT. Specializing in stories of American history and folklore as a teaching artist for more than a decade. Serving as a corporate trainer and keynote speaker. Mixing stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Western Frontier with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and a Ford Pinto station wagon!

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Name:Martina, Shiela
Company Name:Martina Publishing, Inc.
Address:PO Box 1216
City:Walterboro
State:SC
Zip:29488
Telephone:843-549-5286
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Email:shielamartina@yahoo.com
Website:www.ShielaMartina.com
Bio:Shiela Martina (Keaise) was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina.  She is the product of South Carolina Universities—Claflin, South Carolina State & USC-Columbia. Ms. Shiela's 15+ years as Children’s Librarian at the Colleton County Memorial Library gives her a chance to sing, act, and write on a regular basis. "Shiela Martina" is the pen (and preferred name) for her storytelling. Her favorite book is "Hannah and Dexter: The First Meeting". Just like her thought provoking books, Ms. Shiela uses storytelling and singing to illustrate the effects of working together, respecting differences, and accepting another’s opinions. Ms. Shiela has written 8 books.

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Name:McCloud, Darion
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Telephone:803-553-2536
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Email:darionmccloud@gmail.com
Website:www.darionmccloud.com
Bio:Darion McCloud has worked with non-profits for over twenty years and has had long tenures with the Richland County Public Library and the Columbia Museum of Art. He has designed, initiated, and executed innovative programming such as Pigskin Poets, Griot Gathering and others. Darion also led the development of and is now the vice president of the Friends of African American Art and Culture membership affiliate of the Columbia Museum of Art.
He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Art Studio. He has shown work at the Atlanta Arts Festival, The Koger Center, Benedict College, Richland County Public Library and Trustus Theatre, among others. His work can be found in private collections across the country.

Darion is also a storyteller and has told for live, televised and radio audiences up and down the eastern coast for over fifteen years. A veteran of stage Darion is also the Founder and Creative Director of the NiA Company a multi-ethnic critically acclaimed theatre group where he also acts and directs. He is also a longtime company member with Trustus Theatre and the South Carolina Shakespeare Company.
Darion is on the SC Approved Artist Roster and has worked with many demographics as a performer and instructor.

Darion who is a Columbia, SC, native who resisted the tug of going elsewhere to stay home and work in his community. He has spent most of his adult life working with non-profits as an art professional by performing, educating, consulting and organizing art and art experiences in museums, prisons, theaters, libraries, schools, TV, the Internet and more.

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Name:Mendenhall, Ray
Company Name:Jolly Man Stories
Address:P.O. Box 579
City:Burgaw
State:NC
Zip:28425
Telephone:(910) 795-6656
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Email:rwmend@juno.com
Website:jollymanstories.com
Bio:Ray Mendenhall comes from a family of storytellers. Humorous stories and family anecdotes filled his youth. In 2000, Ray began storytelling professionally and has been telling in venues across North and South Carolina ever since. Following the "jolly man" tradition, he mixes amazing songs and whimsical stories into a celebration of the storytelling art. His infectious humor and easy style has engaged audiences in Festivals, schools and libraries, even at the North Carolina State Fair. He has won gold and bronze medals for music in the NC State Senior Arts Finals. In 2009, he won first place in the Bold-faced Liars Showdown in Laurinburg, NC.

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Name:Miller, David Joe
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Address:PO Box 6829
City:West Asheville
State:NC
Zip:28816
Telephone:828-808-1150
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Email:davidjoetells@yahoo.com
Website:www.davidjoemiller.com
Bio:Former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough, TN. Founder of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild. Dynamic storyteller on stage and successful workshop leader in corporate and educational settings. Previous audiences include Disney, World Bank, Library of Congress, Smithsonian, Shell Oil, Former Vice President Al Gore and hundreds of schools, libraries and festivals all across the nation. Toured extensively throughout the NC school system as a narrative writing consultant in elementary schools. Teaches narrative skills in medical schools and Fortune 100 corporations. Native of Jonesborough, TN, the Storytelling Capital of the World.

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Name:Newcomb, Cora
Company Name:Low Country Storytellers
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City:Beaufort
State:SC
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Telephone:843-597-2434
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Email:lowcountrystorytellers@yahoo.com
Bio:Celebrate the magic of storytelling with this gifted storyteller who has told stories to audiences of all ages throughout Southeastern United States engaging the senses and enchanting audiences everywhere she goes. Specialties include: Storytelling, curriculum development, and teacher training.

She sparks the heart and soul of everyone as they feel the wonder and excitement of her stories told with an energetic and charming style, keeping everyone spell bound from young to old. Her vibrant style fills the stage with historic, inspirational, anti-bullying stories, ghost tales and stories that reflect her life from the delightful village of Beaufort SC.

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Name:O'Connell, Angela
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Address:809 E. Main St., #614
City:Lexington
State:SC
Zip:29072
Telephone:(803) 530-4930
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Email:lexaoconnell@gmail.com
Bio:I realized the advantage of being a good Storyteller at a young age...because bad Storytellers get caught! I love telling to children and have enjoyed telling folk tales, original stories, and scary stories for close to 15 years. I have told at "So the Story Goes", "Augusta's Bakers Dozen", Edisto Island and Salkehatchie Stew Festivals, and while on mission trip in Honduras. I have told in elementary and middle schools throughout SC and once spent the summer traveling with the Colleton Bookmobile telling stories to all ages (including senior adults). I currently work in the children's department at my local library where I get "shhhhhh'd" frequently yet still manage to enjoy spinning tales to my patrons and coworkers!

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Name:O'Neal, Frances Lee
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Address:PO Box 983
City:Winnsboro
State:SC
Zip:29180
Telephone:(803) 635-3027
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Email:francesleeoneal@gmail.com
Bio:Teller of Old Tales, Tall Tales and Lies.

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Name:Page-Davies, Karyn
Company Name:Chair, Stone Soup Storytelling Institute/Festival
Address:380 Mary Hanna Rd.
City:Woodruff
State:SC
Zip:29388
Telephone:864-969-3330
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Email:stonesoupkp@aol.com
Bio:“Storytelling is our past, present and future. We listen. We learn. We tell.” A registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer and working in healthcare for over 40 years, Karyn realizes the ability that sharing stories has to teach and to convey compassion and empathy. Karyn is a grassroots advocate and serves on several governing boards for Spartanburg County in the arts, education, history, conservation, health and wellness and tourism. She and her husband, Tom, live on a farm in the Kilgore community near Woodruff. Karyn invites you to pour your passion into the “kettle”.

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Name:Parker, Brenda
Company Name:Lancaster Public Library
Address:313 S. White Street
City:Lancaster
State:SC
Zip:29720
Telephone:803-285-1502
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Email:brendaparker@comporium.net
Website:www.lanclib.org
Bio:Brenda Parker tells stories to young children, middle schoolers and adults. She uses story props, puppets, sound effects and sign language whenever possible. Brenda taught in elementary school for 10 years and has been a children's librarian now for 22 years. She is also a certified early childhood trainer.

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Name:Payne, Sylvia
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Address:1621 Nathanial Street
City:Newton
State:NC
Zip:28658
Telephone:828-465-1564
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Email:sylpayne@bellsouth.net
Website:www.storytraditions.com
Bio:Sylvia Payne comes from a background of Scots/Irish, English and German ancestry. She grew up near the foothills of the NC mountains listening to her mother tell family stories. A former children’s librarian, Sylvia has been telling stories and offering workshops for over 30 years. Through her animated style, her stories captivate young and old alike, transporting the audience into the depths of an imaginary world. Storytelling takes her throughout the southeast, where she shares family stories, folktales, history and stories that touch the heart.

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Name:Regan-Blake, Connie
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Address:P.O. Box 2898
City:Asheville
State:NC
Zip:28802
Telephone:828-258-1113
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Email:connie@storywindow.com
Website:www.storywindow.com
Bio:Drawing on her Irish heritage, Southern roots, and sense of humor, Connie tours throughout the US and abroad, telling traditional Appalachia Mountain stories, heroic adventures, literary tales, ghost stories and personal experiences to enthusiastic audiences of adults, families, and children. Her school assemblies are dynamic and educational and she is a sought-after workshop leader, keynoter and main stage performer. For over 30 years she has helped guide America’s storytelling revival both as a member of the famed Folktellers duo and as a solo artist. She has 5 award-winning storytelling recordings and is celebrated as a master storyteller.

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Name:Seeley, Judy
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Address:1120 Hamlin Rd.
City:Easely
State:SC
Zip:29642-9612
Telephone:864-855-6396
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Email:judy_seeley@hotmail.com
Bio:Judy Seeley loves telling stories. Through voice and gesture, she creates memorable characters for folktales, personal stories, and humorous tales. Judy hails from Illinois, spent nine years in Georgia, ten years in Pennsylvania and now lives in Easley, SC. She collected stories along the way and joyously shares them at schools, libraries, civic organizations, and clubs. Judy’s stories challenge audiences of all ages and backgrounds to recognize their common values, foibles, and joys.

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Name:Shuler, LaVerne
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City:Columbia
State:SC
Zip:29229
Telephone:803-865-9011
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Email:laverne_shuler@yahoo.com
Bio:I am an experienced Toastmaster and aspiring storyteller. I believe that stories are great tools for teaching, learning, and leading.

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Name:Stout, Linda
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Address:703 Serotina Point
City:Mt. Pleasant
State:SC
Zip:29464
Telephone:843-884-0116
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Email:tellstories@yahoo.com
Website:www.stories4life.org
Bio:Linda weaves folktales and imagination together to create story magic with audiences around the state. An educator and listed on the SC Approved Artist Roster, Linda is known for her interactive performances with children, occasionally using fanciful puppets. Passionate about using storytelling in the classroom and author of "Owning Their Words", Linda’s residencies center on Story Telling to Story Writing.  She presents programs for all ages, as well as workshops for teachers, seniors and child care workers.  A founder of the SC Storytelling Network and Editor of their newsletter, Linda is Director of Stories for Life in Charleston, SC.

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Name:Taylor, Susan Douglass
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Address:PO Box 596
City:Winnsboro
State:SC
Zip:29180
Telephone:(803) 718-0575
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Email:susan@susandouglasstaylor.com
Website:www.susandouglasstaylor.com
Bio:Susan Douglass Taylor has been playing music since she was old enough to climb onto a piano bench. Recognizing her love for music, parents George and Clyde Douglass enrolled her in music lessons at an early age. She studied under well-known SC composers Ellen McMaster Nicholson and Nelle McMaster Sprott. Susan has played in Bluegrass and Folk bands since age 20. Recently turning 50, she discovered a love for songwriting. In June 2012, she released her first solo recording "Great Falls Road", a self-produced CD of 13 all-original songs featuring Susan's vocals, guitar and 5-string banjo playing. She is accompanied by some of the finest musicians in the country.

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Name:White, Elsie
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Address:6608 Cartwright Drive
City:Columbia
State:SC
Zip:29223
Telephone:803-786-5860
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Email:ewhite1289@aol.com
Bio:A retired educator from Columbia, SC, Elsie has been a storyteller for 17 years. She tells stories in churches, schools, festivals and wherever she is invited. Her repertoire includes humorous stories, fairy tales, grief stores, sacred stories and personal stories.

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Name:Willett, Claire
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Address:573 Tayrn Drive
City:Charleston
State:SC
Zip:29492
Telephone:843-860-9537
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Email:janustales@homesc.com
Bio:A vintage storyteller, Claire's love of Bible stories came from her NC Grandmother; but she treasures stories with humor, a twist or message. A featured teller in "Haunted History of Charleston," she is on the SC Artist Roster. She performs in schools, festivals, parks and libraries, and teaches at Elderhostel and College of Charleston. She is a charter member of SCSN, and a member of North Carolina Storytelling Guild.

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Name:Willis, Jessica
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City:Florence
State:SC
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Telephone:843-260-5431
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Email:suchastoryteller@hotmail.com
Bio:Jessica grew up in a family of natural storytellers and quickly learned to follow suit as soon as she could talk. Her interest cultivated by a steady diet of reading, PBS, and live performance, Jessica pursued a degree in Theatre. She discovered an affinity for working with children and adores her position of Outreach Storyteller at the Florence Library. It was through the Library that Jessica met Pat Feehan and Martha Reed Johnson, two important inspirations to begin telling to a wider audience. Jessica and Martha currently run a monthly Story Swap in Florence at the delightful venue, The Clay Pot.

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Name:Winkler, Deborah K.
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Address:2525 Labelle Dr.
City:Waxhaw
State:NC
Zip:28173
Telephone:509-460-9279
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Email:winklerdeborah@yahoo.com
Website:www.winklerdeborah.wix.com/storytelling
Bio:Deborah believes storytelling is the way to go! Together with Spin-A-Story Tellers in Buffalo, NY, then with the So They Say Storytellers in Richland, WA, and now with the Tellers of Two Cities, Deborah has traveled with stories. Being a listener and teller of stories at festivals, schools, Toastmasters, museums, libraries, and so forth, she has quickened her skills. She loves learning new stories to meet special requests. Using artifacts and props, Deborah appeals to both the visual and the auditory channels. Storytelling is simultaneously a social exchange and a one to one experience for everyone. So let’s go!

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Name:Zara, Car
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Address:
City:Charlotte
State:NC
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Telephone:(704) 540-1456
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Email:cara.zara@outlook.com
Website:www.carazara.com
Bio:Fitness instructor and motivational storyteller believes that the experiences of today’s kids are simultaneously unique, universal and timeless. Her original tale “How to be a Super Hero” gently offers the keys to unlock the “Super Hero” within us all by teaching that bravery in the real world of challenges, bullies, and the sometimes scary unknown luckily does not involve ‘leaping a tall building in a single bound’. Cara Zara performs at festivals, schools, libraries, corporate and charity functions throughout the Milky Way and is known by many children as the “Hula-Hoop Queen of the Universe”.

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Name:Zephyr, a fairy
Company Name:Wings & Whimsies
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City:Columbia
State:SC
Zip:29203
Telephone:803-518-7046
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Email:wingsandwhimsies@gmail.com
Website:www.wingsandwhimsies.vpweb.com
Bio:Marji Pulliam (aka Zephyr, a Fairy + Pearl, a mermaid) has spent her childhood hours weaving fantastical worlds and learning to bring those worlds to life as part of a children's theatre ensemble. Growing up to study theatre in college and tutoring school age children in writing skills, she tries to help everyone see the magic in their own world. Using a variety of props and music, she'll fly as far as her wings will take her from libraries, schools, churches, and festivals to birthday parties and beyond.

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