Tea 'n' Tales 2020. What was to be an exciting season.
SIGH-GH-GH. THE SEASON WAS CANCELLED.
“How did Tea ‘n’ Tales 2020 unfold this summer?” It wasn't to be in real-time. The season we'd enjoyed for twelve years in a row was canceled. The memories of those years! Over 100 listeners, the majority seniors, sipping iced tea or freshly brewed coffee, sitting on rocks and lawn chairs clustered in the shade of trees along the river, enthralled as they listen to the magic of stories by talented invited guests. That, of course, not possible strung out with two-meter distancing.
The summer was barren without Tea ‘n’ Tales but then all events, such as Guelph’s beloved annual Hillside Summer Festival, Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, and Elora Music Festival, all canceled for this season. Guelph's rich summer arts life diminished indeed!!
In the idyllic setting of the Enabling Garden, storyteller Donna McCraw
captures the listeners with the power of story (July 20, 2018) See the featured guest tellers who would have delighted 100+ listeners at this summer's Tea 'N' Tales.
"What is Tea 'n' Tales?"
Every Friday morning in the summer, there's excitement, anticipation, and a buzz as people gather in the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park in Guelph at 10:30 in the morning. Some listeners arrive more than 30 minutes early to get their favourite spot, greet friends' arrival, or just luxuriate in a peaceful setting.
This is the successful collaborative project between the Enabling Garden and GGS that was launched in 2007.
(Photo captures Brian and Trevor planning Tea 'n' Tales 2018)
Since then people have gathered in ever-increasing numbers in the sublime setting of the Enabling Garden nestled along the Speed River to listen to stories.
During the summer, on Friday mornings at 10:30, we have a one-hour program consisting of performances by local and invited tellers, some accompanied by music or puppets. Listeners bring their own chairs or sit on rocks and benches.
Although the events are, freewill donations are graciously accepted and shared between the partners. These donations have allowed, amongst other things, the GEG to purchase necessary items to enhance their programs and covered the operating expenses of GGS.
There is limited seating provided, so audience members are strongly encouraged to bring their own chairs and to arrive early to ensure the best view. Iced tea and lemonade are prepared and served by GEG volunteers and in addition, the first 30+ people who bring their own mugs will be treated to a free coffee; organizers do not provide any disposable cups.
Each session begins with an acknowledgment that this beautiful garden stands in ancient Indigenous land and that today Guelph and surround continues to be blessed with a strong community of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit descendants who have much to teach us.
Total attendance at Tea 'n' Tales 2018 was 1168
Another delightful morning spent at Riverside Park with Guelph Storytellers!
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