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(Tea 'n' Tales 2020. A sneek peek at the exciting upcoming season.)

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museum logoTales From the Hill: 2020
CANCELLED: April storytelling at Civic Museum.
Hopefully, topsy turvy times over by May 6, when we can give you a warm welcome back to the Civic Museum. 

~ CANCELLED -  April 1~   FEATURED TELLER, Judy Caulfield with GGS members ~  

Wednesday, April 1 from 7 to 8:30 at the Guelph Civic Museum

A favourite storyteller in Guelph is our April featured teller, Judy Caulfield. Judy has delighted us with folk and fairy tales, personal stories, Canadian stories and music stories. Judy  along with her partner Paul, has been a favourite teller at our summer Tea'n' Tales. Read about Judy at Tea 'n' Tales,  July 2019. (BTW: we're happy to announce that Judy and Paul are confrimed for Tea 'n' Tales 2020 on July 10.) 
Included in the Tales From the Hill program are GGS members.

The first day of April , April Fools Day, suggests themes of human folly, foolishness, hubris.

Be assured of a warm welcome and a fun evening with listenig friends.

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As always, with all GGS events, it is free. There is the usual hat on display for freewill donations to defray the operating costs of the Guild and we're saving for a sound system to accommodate the hearing needs of our growing audience at the summer Tea 'n' Tales in the Enabling Garden in Guelph's Riverside Park.

Youth and adults are invited to be part of this warm welcoming community of tellers and listeners in monthly Tales From the Hill. Do you want a try your teling voice?  Link to the Open Mic page and register. 

The evening ends with chats around hot cider, cheese and cookies.




Our Story

Tea and tales openingThe Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) was founded in 1984 by a small group of Guelph authors and tellers. Now, decades later, it continues to champion storytelling with the same spirit of love for the spoken word and desire to share stories to entertain, to engage and to teach. From the beginning the search was for adult audiences to share and nurture the ancient art and to encourage tellers of all levels. For years, members regularly got together to build and polish stories, often around a theme, to plan programs for the year, and to organize an events calendar. Currently a core group of seven members stand on the shoulders of these originators and proudly continue the tradition of monthly planning meetings to organize group events. In addition, we're excited to offer regular monthly tutoring evenings, starting this fall, (Sept 2019), for *members. (annual membership $10) (for email inquiries.)   

In addition, individual GGS members respond to requests for telling in senior homes, schools, churches, Scouts / Guides, birthday parties, community events, etc.  
Guelph is recognized for its vibrant, rich arts identity and diversity. GGS is proud to make a contribution to that rich tapestry. 

Currently GGS continues its two main series during the year, summers in an outdoor setting (Enabling Garden), fall/winter/spring in a museum (Guelph Civic Museum). 

SUMMER: Tea "n" Tales continues its decade+ partnership with the Enabling Garden, a weekly Friday morning summer telling on the banks of the Speed River. (See Events for details.)

TnT crowd 2 2018

~ 2019 - Friday mornings10:30 to 11:30. June 28 to August 30 at Guelph Enabling Garden ~ 

Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) and the Enabling Garden are proud to announce the 2019) Tea 'n Tales roster. Now in its 12th year, Tea ‘n’ Tales is a free summer-long storytelling series of performances, held in the idyllic setting of the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park. Over the 11 years the event has grown in popularity, with audiences that sometimes exceed 150 people on a given Friday. 
Click here for details and the exciting roster of 2019 tellers
Press Release at posted on Guelph Today.
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tales from Hill 2018 19Over the years GGS hosted tellings in various venues including The Boat House, Guelph Public Libraries, The Book Shelf - each with a legacy of fond memories.

GGS is delighted that the Guelph Civic Museum has become a permanent home for the free monthly evening storytelling from September to June, every first Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. It's a privilege to be a part of the rich array of programs and services that the Civic Museum provides. 

Open mic is a regular feature at these monthly event. It's a warm, welcoming community of tellers and listeners, ideal for new tellers to test their wings. Guests are invited to register their story in advance. In addition, we end the evening with a social time around a table with light refreshments - cider, cheese/crackers and sweets add a warmth.  

GGS appreciates the collaborations, including the advantage of piggy-backing on the Enabling Garden and Museum's social media presense and their generous sponsorship that allws these storytelligevents to be offered free of charge. (freewill donations gratefully accpeted.).

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GGS links with local groups who also offer events, workshops, concerts, and directories of individual tellers. Some of these groups are: Storytellers Canada-Conteurs du Canada, Burlington Storytellers’ Guild, Storytelling Toronto

"In the same way that hammers and saws
are useful tools to build houses,

stories are useful as tools
for thinking about the world.
~The Cow of No Colour (N. Jaff & S. Zeitlin. Holt 1998).

About GGS

Please visit the About us for more information about who we are, our philosophy and to meet the talented individuals involved in both organizing the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and telling stories.

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We want to see you at our next event!

Every Friday morning at 10:30am throughout the summer we tell at the Enabling Garden at Riverside Park. Please join us for our hour of performances by local and invited tellers as well as several local musicians.

During the non-summer months, please join us at Guelph Civic Museum on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 7pm for a featured teller and an open mic.

For more information on these events, please visit our Events page.


Join Us

We would love to have you as a part of our Guild family. We are always looking for individuals to join us in any capacity. For more information click here or email us at guelphstory@gmail.com.

 There is a membership fee of $10.00. Members get personal business cards, are invited to participate in our monthly planning meetings and volunteer in operating tasks and events.

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