Virtual Canada Day 2020

On Jul 1, 2020, at 8:54 PM
"Just finished the story tellers and their amazing stories.
Enjoyed it very much.
Thanks for sharing it for the public. . . . 

I also told a friend in Barrie about it. She was even more enthralled by the stories as she has moved around Canada more than I have and her daughter lives in Australia.  Hope there will be more to come.   Anne 

Virtual Canada Day 2020 on YouTube 

". . .  .you looked at the camera in such a way that you made me feel you were really seeing me . . .
Hi Beve,
Thanks so much for alerting me to the Guelph Guild event on YouTube. What a mix of stories! I have to say, I think you were the most engaging. You looked at the camera in such a way that you made me feel you were really seeing me, and your natural style was just lovely. Brava. (I don’t think I’ve ever seen your hair that long. Is that thanks to COVID restrictions or have you let it grow on purpose? Either way, it looks really nice. My hair has been far less cooperative.)
The Guild did a good job of getting some Indigenous and Black involvement. I wonder if some of the Black Heritage group will be interested enough to join the Guild?"
MaryE ()e-mail. July 2, 2020)

". . . wish I had been able to get there more often . . .

Thank you Brian Holstein and all the story tellers and volunteers. I wish I had been able to get there [Tea 'n' Tales] more often but what that tells me is I had a busy, productive and wonderful summer as I know did all those who participated in Tea 'n' Taies. . . .

~ Phil (Facebook Post. August 27, 2019) 

". . .  drift off into a special place 

Thank you for the awesome experience you create on Friday morning at the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park.  You the guild and the story tellers transform the gardens into the Enchanting Gardens/Forest each and every Friday.  The feeling of relaxation, tranquility, and stress free environment is created. The community has a place to meet for a hour and drift off into a special place created by you.  The ice tea and coffee provided by the Enabling Garden is greatly appreciated as well.  I look forward to Friday morning each and every week. Thanks.
~ JudyLee (August 3, 2019)

". . . we will come again.

Hans and I very much enjoyed our outing to the Enabling Garden this morning to listen to two very different story tellers. Be assured that we will come again.
~ Martha (August 2, 2019)

 ". . . following a long tradition begun by Indigenous peoples....

Tea’nTales has been a wonderful Friday morning ritual, every summer for us.  We love to hear stories told on the banks of the Speed in the company of like minded people. We are always mindful that we are following a long tradition begun by indigenous peoples and we are grateful that the Guild maintains this activity with the added conveniences of coffee and a sound system. 

~ Bruce (August 1, 2019)

". . . special time not to be missed."

The Guelph Guild of Storytellers on Friday mornings in Riverside Park-listening, laughing, learning, singing, relaxing along the river in the Enabling Garden.  It's a special time and shouldn't be missed.  
~ Heather (July 24, 2019)

Launch of Tea 'n' Tales 2019 with James Gordon and Brian Holstein June 28 
From a regualr listener:

"Having enjoyed the entertainers of Tea 'n' Tales for many of these 12 years, I can only say that they get better And better. We listened , we sang and even wiped away a few tears during Brian’s story of Anzac Day and his rendition of Waltzing Matilda poem and song. So glad to be part of it again. A most perfect morning."

~ Ann  (June 28, 2019)

Ann Estill

  Love is in the Air for Ann Estill - (1931 - February 2019)

Ann Estil

We were deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Ann Estill on February 23, 2019. Ann was much loved in the storytelling community of Guelph.

Ann was an active member the Guelph Guild of Storytelling (GGS) for some years and then continued as an integral part of events:  Tea "N' Tales (the weekly summer telling in the Enabling Garden) and Tales From the Hill (the monthly telling at the Civic Museum).  Ann was to be the featured teller at the Civic Museum on February 6, 2019, and when a winter storm forced its cancellation, she readily agreed to tell her love-themed stories on May 1. 

Ann had a big heart and was generous to a fault. It is telling that the morning Ann was found in her home, she was scheduled to participate in a workbee at her sons’ Danby Appliances to package food items to be shipped to Syria.

That same morning the community newsletter, TreeTalk, arrived and as usual, it contained a story by Ann.  Ann is credited with nurturing a love of writing and the Newsletter features many contributions shaped through her Memoir Writing Group over the past seven/eight years .

Brian Holstein, a fellow member of GGS, concludes his tribute to Ann on GGS’s Facebook with, “The life of Ann Estill is a wonderful story. Sadly, the final chapter has been told.”

"Ann Estill, along with her late husband Don were community leaders and great friends of the University of Guelph."Recognition at UoG

Re: History Haunts: Ghost Stories of Guelph (Octber 24, 2018)

"Hi Sya and History Haunts gang,
What a successful evening and a pleasure working with all of you. . . .. I know we all had a great time. Thank you everyone for lending your considerable talents to create this fabulous evening.
Perhaps this is something we should continue next year!
. . . ."
 Val Harrison | Supervisor-Visitor Experiences, Guelph Museums
Culture, Tourism and Community Investments, City of Guelph
T 519-836-1221 x 2773

Re: Tea 'n'Tales 2018
"I am so pleased with the calibre of tellers, the appreciative attendance, the laughter and of course, the financial pleasure of receiving donations to help both of our organizations!"

Trevor Barton (Chair of Enabling Garden 2018)

"Dear Sya,
Thank YOU very much for all your lovely tales. It was a real treat for us all and a great way to usher in the Fall. I received many compliments from our guests after the event, specifically in regards to your captivating stories! A lot of folks were excited to learn about the Guelph Guild of Storytellers for the first time and are keen on attending Tales from the Hill over the winter months.
We hope our small contribution [$50] can help to keep the craft of storytelling alive!
When the photographs from the event are edited I will make sure to send them your way and cc Jenny.
Thank you once again and see you all very soon at the Guelph Civic Museum.

Fan-Ling re: Fall Equinox 2018 potluck event in the barn of Zocalo Organics Farm,

'It was lovely to be part of Tea 'n Tales this year.
There are not a lot of dedicated spaces for storytelling!  . . . Tea 'n Tales offers the rare chance to tell longer stories to a group of people who are there because they really want to listen!'
- Lynne Torrie (Tea 'n' Tales July 13, 2018)

"Paul and I would like to thank the Guelph Guild of Storytellers for organizing Tea ‘n’ Tales – such a wonderful event for seniors. We have enjoyed the Fridays in Guelph this summer. The stories and music have been excellent. We appreciate the time, energy, and enthusiasm it takes to put on such an event! And, as performers, we appreciated the attentive listening audience."

~ Judy and Paul Caulfield (Tea 'n' Tales. August 24, 2018)

"Tea N Tales which takes place at Riverside Park each Friday during the summer months is an unrivalled success of volunteerism and community. Each week at the Guelph Enabling Garden, different storytellers spin yarns which are listened to by 100 or more attendees of all ages - children with parents, parents with grandparents, grandparents with grandchildren. This use of the gardens is wonderfully inspiring, for many people who come to be healed of whatever ails them: loneliness, aches and pains, something missing from their lives - maybe just a need to be a part of a company of listeners enjoying a fine park, fine weather and community. Thank you to all the volunteers who understand that stories unify us and when we are in need, heal us."                  

~ Phil Allt (Guelph City Councillor)

"On Friday, August 10, I told at the Guelph's Tea n' Tale's festival. I was very pleased to be invited back for the second year and eager to return. Telling at the Guelph Tea n' Tales, is a truly special experience. The audience is large, a diverse audience but consisting mostly of seniors living in seniors homes. They return each week, enjoying a morning of tales, music outdoors in a beautiful park. With such an audience and setting it is difficult not to tell well. The storytelling community in Guelph are warm and welcoming. I will be returning again, before the season ends, this time as an eager listener." 

~ Sarah Abusarar (Tea 'n' Tales August 10, 2018)

"It’s an idyllic setting for a beautiful event. People come out, and they listen intently. They look like flowers in a garden. 
With the audience so engaged in the storytelling and the music, we can really expand on the intros or stories behind the songs. The Storytellers have come up with a great formula here."

~ Tannis Slimmon (Tea 'n' Tales June 29, 2018)

"Here at the Guelph Guild of Storytellers, I get my “dress rehearsal”. They say a bad dress rehearsal means a good show and to a point, that’s true. There comes a time when a story is ready to be told, but the storyteller knows the first time out there will be weak spots; mistakes have to be made, that’s how we learn. This is where I can do that, in complete comfort. For me, Stories From The Hill at the Guelph Civic Museum during autumn, winter, spring, is the dress rehearsal for the performance at Tea and Tales on the banks of the Speed River in summer. What an amazing organization; a place where you can tell and listen to good stories, well told!"

~  Jay Wilson (Tea 'n' Tales August 3, 2018)

"The setting for our Friday morning meetings is indeed a beautiful one. We sit in a beautiful forest glade surrounded by tall ash trees. Their leaves  move slowly in the wind as a variety of birds pass overhead. Through the leaves one can see sunlight glinting on the waves of the Speed River. All this provides a beautiful backdrop for the variety of excellent  tellers with which we are entertained."
~ Heather Akin (Tea 'n' Tales. Appreciative listerner)

"Tea ’n’ Tales has been a favourite  enduring weekly tradition in Riverside Park for the past 11 summers. How lovely it is to sit by the river in the idyllic Enabling Gardens listening to stories and songs by talented storytellers and songwriters from near and far. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and the Guelph Enabling Gardens for creating this special experience and ensuring it is accessible to all!" 

~ Cathy Downer, (Guelph City Councillor)

"What a wonderful opportunity to hear stories outdoors, in the peaceful and beautiful Riverside Park. An excellent sound system ensured that everyone could hear….and they were enthusiastically hanging onto every word! Friendly volunteers made everyone feel comfortable and welcome."

~ Lynn Torrie (Toronto Teller)

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