Story Crossroads: The Newsletter (Vol. 3, Issue 2)

Published: Wed, 08/09/17

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

Volume 3, Issue 2
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 or organization 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 grassroots event that features 15 professional story artists as well as 50 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 3rd Annual Story Crossroads Festival is on May 23, 2018 with daytime sessions at the Murray City Park (495 E. 5300 S., Murray, UT) and the evening concerts at the South Jordan Community Center (10778 S. Redwood Rd., South Jordan, UT).  Then, with an invitation extended across all borders, World Story Crossroads launches 2022.  
Latest News
House Concerts - Past and Future (June-August)
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We are coming upon our 17th House Concert as part of the Fundraising Series through Story Crossroads.  In June, Laurie Allen told the serious mixed with the fun with Americana stories.  In July, Steffani Raff shared the metaphors of life learned through many of her family members.  We look forward to Wendy's storytelling sitcom where she compares her family to the Brady Bunch.  We are thrilled for this series to continue during the summer.  

Upcoming House Concert:

Not Quite Ready for Prime Time:  A Storytelling Sitcom

Friday, August 11, 2017, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Hedman Home
4835 Sunset Park Lane
West Jordan, UT  84081

RSVP:  Call/text Rachel Hedman at (801) 870-5799 or email [email protected]

Wendy Gourley – Story Artist & Playwright

When Wendy’s widowed mom with four children, married a widower with four children, she envisioned that her life would play out like the Brady Bunch—her favorite show. She soon learned that her family had a much bigger and messier grid than the Brady’s and there was no housekeeper in sight. Wendy will provide the hijinks, you provide the laugh track.

Let us know if you would like to host a house concert.  Email [email protected]

2nd Annual Youth Teller Reunion
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We were thrilled to see some of our youth tellers at Boondocks.  For some youth, it was their first time at the reunion.  We did have some youth tellers who told for the 2016 as well as the 2017 Story Crossroads Festival.  They are now our veterans welcoming the new.  Once part of the Story Crossroads family, these youth are always part of it and can come to the annual tradition no matter if they told the current year.  We appreciate the support from Boondocks to have such an exciting place to meet.  Special thanks to Jim Luter for helping to make it fun, take pictures, and tell a story for the group.

3rd Year in a Row...Thanks to WESTAF, NEA, and UDAM
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We are delighted that for a third year in a row, we are receiving funding from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UDAM), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Tour West and the On Stage Utah grants.  This allows us to bring in May 2018 Denise Valentine from Pennsylvania who does cultural and historical pieces including telling stories as Sojourner Truth.  Denise Valentine specializes in The past years let us bring in Christopher Agostino from New York, who merged visual arts with storytelling, and Mara Menzies from Scotland, who does Scottish/Kenyan theatrical stories.  Thank you!

Field Trip Reservations Starting in August 2017 for May 23, 2018
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Each year we have many students from elementary to high school who attend our annual Festival in May.  We had some schools that wished to be able to reserve as early as August before the next Festival...and so we will!  Due to demand, we are limiting reservations to one or two sessions of the 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am morning sessions with an optional interactive/hands-on session with the art at 10:00am, 11:00am, or Noon.  At least one sit-down story session is needed before doing an interactive/hands-on session, if desired.  You can submit your request through clicking here to our online form.  

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

Featuring:  Utah Humanities

Funder for 2016 & 2017 Story Crossroads

Utah Humanities


Utah Humanities has made it possible for more people to enjoy Story Crossroads through Spanish, ASL, and Audio Descriptions interpretations.  In 2017, Story Crossroads launched "The Language of Story" Academic Series that delved into visual languages and.  This partnership with Utah Humanities as well as the Utah Valley University and the South Jordan Arts Council made it possible to film and create a professional piece to share for the general public.  Then the people in attendance and beyond can enjoy the insights through the roughly 1-hour presentation featuring Dr. Dale H. Boam.  We are also thrilled whenever Jodi Graham, Grants and Outreach Coordinator, makes an appearance.


Find out more the impact that the Utah Humanities has had for Story Crossroads and the community members by reading more at our blog (click below). 

Story Video of the Month
This video is actually part of a television series that airs on Tuesday nights and will now and during the month of September.  It is called "Story Matters" with different themes and featuring six different professional storytellers.  You can stream episodes after they air through BYU TV's website, which requires viewers to create a free account to watch or the BYU TV app on streaming devices.  This filming was made in conjunction with BYU Broadcasting, Kaleidoscope Pictures, and Timpanogos Storytelling.  Click on the image below to create your free account to watch.
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 the 3rd Annual Story Crossroads Festival is on May 23, 2018 with daytime sessions at the Murray City Park (495 E. 5300 S., Murray, UT) and the evening concerts at the South Jordan Community Center (10778 S. Redwood Rd., South Jordan, UT). 
Story of the Month

Artwork by Rowan North, [email protected],

The Enormous Nose, from France
One day a king laughed at a large nose of an enchantress.  She placed a curse on the king’s baby son with an enormous nose and this son would continue to have such a nose until the son realized how absurd it was to have it that size.  The king figured that by the time his son learned to walk, the boy would recognize the largeness of his nose and the curse would be lifted.  Thus, no cause for alarm.  This baby, whose name was Andre, was so adorable even though his nose covered half of his face.  The Queen’s ladies insisted that Andre’s nose was not so large.  From then on, the Queen was not worried.  Yet, people avoided telling stories about heroes with short noses.  Some servants pulled on their noses to make them longer.  No one could stand next to the prince if their noses were shorter.  Pictures around the palace only featured those with long noses and soon Andre felt it was a mark of beauty to have a large nose. 

By the time the prince was 20, it was time for him to marry.  Portraits painted of potential princesses were brought before Andre.  One painting caught his eye that featured Princess Rosebud.  He thought her lovely except for the tiny little nose upon her face.  The servants and courtiers laughed at Princess Rosebud’s small nose, as it was habit to look down upon small noses.  When Andre heard the laughter this time, he banished those servants and courtiers from the castle.  It spread throughout the kingdom to not make fun of Princess Rosebud’s small nose.  Andre asked for Princess Rosebud to come to his palace so he could marry her and her father consented.  Before Andre could kiss Princess Rosebud’s hand, the enchantress with the large nose appeared, took the Princess, and both disappeared.
The prince promised he would search the whole world until he found Princess Rosebud.  He mounted his horse and left his kingdom for the first time.  As the prince traveled, he noticed that the people of each village always talked about his large nose.  He assumed the people were jealous of his large nose and continued his search.  Years passed in this way.
The enchantress had hidden Princess Rosebud in a crystal palace deep in a remote part of the world.  Eventually, Andre came upon this castle.  He looked up and saw the image of Princess Rosebud through the crystal walls.  His heart swelled and he looked around for something to break through the crystal walls.  He made a crack, and the princess tried to stretch her hand through it.  The prince thought he might at last give her hand a kiss.  Yet, try as he might, he could not get close enough to kiss her hand due to his large nose being in the way.  For the first time, the prince said, “I must admit that my nose really is ridiculously big!”  When those words were spoken, the crystal walls splintered.  The enchantress appeared and said, “It took you so long to realize your nose is way too large.  Only when your nose got in the way of what you desired most did you finally see the truth!”  She vanished.  The prince’s nose returned to a normal size had the curse never been uttered.  He married Princess Rosebud and always listened closely to the flattery from others while balancing it with the truth from a handful of honest souls.  He became a wise ruler with guidance from his Queen Rosebud.

Artwork by Rowan North, [email protected],

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Story Game of the Month

Enormous or Small
​​​​​​​Inspired by story "The Enormous Nose"
Geared for Ages 8+

Sit in a circle except for one person sitting in the middle.  One person switches between saying "enormous" or "small" as one person in the circle starts a story.  Each person in the circle adds a couple lines or so.  At any moment, the person in the middle of the circle can say "enormous" or "small."  Then that happens, whoever is telling the story must have a part of their story include something enormous or small or suddenly becomes enormous or small.  For example, if in the middle of the story someone says, "The two mice ran to the hole...." and then the person says "enormous" then the person telling that portion of the story could add something enormous such as "but the hole was so enormous that the cat chasing them could run inside the wall, too" or it could be "but the cheese the mice had eaten earlier made their stomachs so enormous that they could not squeeze through the hole."  Everyone in the circle must tell at least a couple times before the story can end unless you have a classroom-sized group playing the game.  You can switch who is in the middle of the circle to say "enormous" or "small."

Funders of Story Crossroads
​​​​​​​We appreciate funding from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UDAM), the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership (NSOUL), the Utah Humanities, the Utah Valley University, the South Jordan Arts Council, the City of Murray-Cultural Arts, Synergy One Lending-Suzanne Hudson, Rachel Hedman and many generous individuals who have made things possible.
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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West Jordan, UT  84084