Story Crossroads: The Newsletter (Vol. 1, Issue 6)

Published: Fri, 12/04/15

Story Crossroads: The Newsletter
I have a story.  You have a story.  We all have stories.

November 2015
Volume 1, Issue 6
What to Expect
Know the traditions for each newsletter.
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Some traditions include:
*  Latest News of Story Crossroads
*  Cap's Off to You! (people profiles who use story)
*  Story Video (created or loved by us)
*  Story
*  Story Game (inspired by different cultures)

About Story Crossroads
What is Story Crossroads?
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Story Crossroads is a free grassroots event that features 50 professional story artists as well as over 80 community members telling for the main stage event.  Youth, community, and seniors will be taught through free storytelling residencies at libraries, schools, and other venues by certified story-teachers in preparation for this celebration.  Bilingual and cultural performers combine arts to bring the stories forward for the audience.  Enjoy stories told with ancient technique while simultaneously enjoying newfangled approaches to these traditions.  The 1st Story Crossroads launches April 15-16, 2016 at the Viridian Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Then, with an invitation extended across all borders, World Story Crossroads launches 2022.  

Latest News
1st of the House Concert Fundraising Series...December 11th
Julie Barnson
Our first of many house concerts will feature Julie Barnson with "A Haunted Victorian Christmas" for adults.

Take part in this bi-monthly fundraiser house concert series and expand your experience as a person who loves the creative arts.  Storytelling itself could be new to you or this may be an art form celebrated daily in your home.  No matter your experience with storytelling, house concerts can be intimate and relaxing or intense and elaborate depending on the host.  Story Crossroads provides the professional storyteller who then performs at your house concert with superb delivery and flair.

When:  Friday, December 11, 2015 --  7:00pm-8:30pm
Where:  Jordan Villas Clubhouse, 9339 S. Jordan Villa Dr., West Jordan, UT
Hosts:  Jim Luter and John Adams
RSVP:  Call Jim Luter at (801) 652-0375 or email
Suggested Donation:  $10.00+/person though any adult welcome
Books and CDs also available for purchase
Refreshments Served

Interested in being a host?  Like to perform for an hour of speciality and polished story material at a house concert?  Like to know about the next house concert to enjoy?  Email
Sign-Ups for The Tellable, Edible Art Project...Any Moment
Bad Dog Arts
Indulge in a world of creation through stories, food, and visual arts of six different countries.  Any moment now and we will have sign-ups available for youth to sign-up for an 8-week program for free.  Preference is given for low-income or foster families.  

These sign-ups will be on the Bad Dog Arts website, a nonprofit group with whom we are partnering for this merging of art forms.  

By the end of eight weeks, youth will discover their own heritage stories after being inspired by the techniques and inspirations from the Navajo, the Tongans and from the countries of Thailand, Sudan, Greece, and Colombia.  A grand exhibit will be held at the Glendale Library where youth strut their stuff on stage, share incredible edibles, and guide others in the journey of their artworks.  Some stories and pieces developed will also be showcased at the Story Crossroads Festival.  

We are grateful to the Salt Lake City Arts Council for supporting this project. 

Premiere of Story Blasting in Connection with Kick-Off Events
Story Blasting

Living next door to each other does not mean you know your neighbors.  You might guess some things from what you see or hear…but otherwise, neighbors can be full of mystery.  Then it sounds like you need to do some Story Blasting.

What is Story Blasting?  Glad you asked.  We have not done Story Blasting yet…but we will on Thursday, January 7, 2016 before the Kick-Off Events starting January 11, 2016.  It will be a fun way to spread the word about Story Crossroads while getting to know our neighbors better.

Story Blasting is a bunch of people telling 1-3-minute stories from door-to-door in the neighborhood after fliers were delivered ahead of time so neighbors expect these stories.  The fliers also invite neighbors to share their own 1-3-minute stories after listening to the stories.

Feel free to email with your interest in Story Blasting as a program or for you to participate in as an individual or group.

See this description as well as tips on how to Story Blast below.

Cap's Off to You
Celebrating your way of using story

Featuring:  Joan Effiong

Wife, Mother & Educator from UT​

Joan Effiong
Joan Effiong told stories for many years and then decided to give back even more to the community.  While at the Storyteller Check-In desk at the Weber State University Storytelling Festival, Joan approached me and asked if there was anything to do to help.  She knew all the hard work that went into running a festival.  I gladly recommended her with the Festival Board.   There was also a storytelling event that I brought my children and she welcomed them as if we all knew each other for forever.  My children soaked in her love and I sat back and smiled at feelings felt in that room.  Joan inspires me in who she is as a storyteller, a community member, and as my friend.

So enjoy the past, present, and future influences of storytelling in Joan’s life...
Story Video of the Month
Sam Payne is a story musician as can be appreciated with his piece "These Are My People."  Sam is also the Apple Seed Radio Show host that airs every Monday through Saturday at Noon (and rebroadcasts) through BYU Radio--a Sirius Satellite radio 143.

This video was created by Etched in Stone Productions headed by Sterling Elliott and assisted by Alex Aguila and Westin Cross.
If you or someone you know has a story video that you want us to see, then let us know about it and email us a link to it.  Who knows?  Perhaps we will be inspired to invite you to one of our Story Crossroads event?   Remember that our launch is April 15-16, 2016 at the Viridian Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Ivan the Cow's Son
Ivan the Cow's Son, from Russia
A king and queen struggled to have children for 10 years. The king asked throughout the kingdom regarding who would know the solution to his wife’s apparent inability to have a child. A peasant’s son told the king to catch a gold-finned pike with three silk nets and to serve them to the queen to eat. The queen, scullery maid, and a cow ate the fish and became pregnant with all three giving birth at the same time. The three boys looked alike and all were named Ivan. One was the prince and the king adopted the other two. They wished to see the world and competed with each other to determine which of them would be considered the eldest. Ivan the Cow’s son proved strongest and smartest in throwing a ball the highest and subduing a serpent. Upset at his brothers’ jealousy, Ivan the Cow’s Son returned home. The king imprisoned him for abandoning his brothers. The king released him when he promised to find and protect his brothers who headed into dragon country.

When Ivan overtook his brothers, he urged that someone stand guard while they slept for 2 nights. The first and second nights, Ivan the Cow’s son protected Ivan the Scullery Maid’s son and Ivan the Prince from a six-headed dragon and a nine-headed dragon respectively. For the third night, Ivan the Cow’s son pleaded that this time the other two brothers would stay awake instead of resting in the lands of the 12-headed dragon. The brothers dozed off, found their brother Ivan missing, and assumed him dead. They headed home. Ivan the Cow’s son healed, caught up with his brothers on the path, and chastised them. Ivan the Cow’s son suspected that the hut by the last fight held secrets. He told his brothers to travel ahead. Ivan the Cow’s son transformed into a fly and flew inside the hut. Baba Yaga returned home and the fly-Ivan learned that the three dragons were Baba Yaga’s sons. To Baba Yaga the daughter-in-laws revealed their plans to kill the three brothers: one would turn into a well, another into a garden, and the last into a hut—all as temptations to the brothers. Then Baba Yaga said she would turn into a pig and swallow the brothers if all those plans fail. Ivan the Cow’s son thwarted the plans, had Baba Yaga attacked by some nearby villagers, and vowed to watch over his brothers from then on.
Artwork by Joanna Huffaker
Customs and Traditions of Note in Russia:
*  Keep hands out of the pockets while talking or telling stories
*  Avoid making the "OK" sign, as it is rude
*  Using the word "Comrade" when speaking of Russians makes them cringe
*  Always take off your gloves while shaking hands
*  Never be late for any kind of engagement

Story Game of the Month

Worse!  Even Worse!
Inspired by Russian view of children’s stories (realism mixed with optimism)
Geared for Ages 8+
Many of the Russian stories tend to be grim, at least once a child has reached 8 years or older. There are still nursery rhymes and upbeat stories for the preschool-aged children. Yet, the Russians pride in showing how grim situations can be overcome in a realistic way. So for this game, you need at least two people. One person tells a few lines of a story. The other person or if there are other people could say “Worse! Even Worse!” at any time. When said, the story is paused and the storyteller makes the situation worse in the story. For example, someone could have said, “The boy traveled through the forest and…” “Worse! Even Worse!” “…and he found out that he forgot his matches at home to light his torch. Night approached.”  The next person continues the story and has to figure out a way for that problem to be overcome without using magic or unnatural methods. Someone, in this situation, could say, “He looked for two dry sticks, rubbed them together, created a spark, and lit the torch.” Another option could be, “He found a hollow tree to take shelter so he could see the path in the morning.”
Most pictures are taken by Steve Evans, our official photographer.  He is a photojournalist that travels the world.  He generously granted Story Crossroads permission to use his pictures.  You can find all of his images here:
Utah Storytelling Guild
Until we tell again,

Story Crossroads

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