Tea ‘n’ Tales 2022

The summer storytelling event series was back IN PERSON IN TWO WAYS
Guelph Enabling Garden
& Guelph Guild of Storytellers were thrilled to invite listeners back to hear favourite tellers share their tales.
1.   10:30 AM every Friday from June 17 – Sept 9, 2023
Our audience came early: 
got their spot, met friends and neighbours, were welcomed by music, enjoyed a complimentary coffee/ (compliments of Planet Bean), and iced tea - (had to bring their own mug), - Always a lovely buzz of anticipation. . . . ..

2.  TWO FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS: 2:00 PM Saturday afternoons on August 13.
They were fun and interactive events for the whole family. A wonderful opportunity to greet beloved Robert Munch. Followed by free lemonade.

"The Enabling Garden is a unique venue for gathering and sharing song and story. The natural amphitheater is inviting.  The listeners are welcoming and attentive.
It is the perfect place and you,
[Brian and Trevor], work to make it so.   ~ J&P C June 2022

From July 15 featured teller June Brown: "I was still riding high after the telling yesterday; it was such a rewarding experience as the setting was wonderful and the audience so receptive. The bonus was all the goodies we got afterward in our gift bag. The chicken tenders at Woolies were the best I have ever had and I spent my gift certificate and more at the Books Shelf. " ~ June July 16, 2022.

"Wonderful to have such a great turnout. We are so fortunate to have storytelling under the ash tree. It truly is a "Guelph thing"   ~ BW July 1, 2022

Click here to see the Rogers TV story at #Guelph Life about the Enabling Garden and the Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) and the plans for the upcoming sixteenth Tea 'n' Tales 2022

June 17, a beautiful Friday morning to launch Tea 'n' Tales
                   Guild member Don Conibear

Don on June 17

There's added excitement in leaving the virtual world behind this summer and returning to in-person storytelling in the renowned idyllic setting of the Guelph Enabling Garden in Riverside Park (689 Woolwich St N).

We've followed the same successful formula, and expanded this year to thirteen Friday mornings, June 17 to September 9. The audience starts gathering half an hour before the program starts at 10:30 - - to get their favourite rock or chair spot, chat with friends and neighbours, be charmed by Guelph budding musicians, and enjoy a free coffee, (compliments of Planet Bean), or cold drink (bring your own cup), and sometimes a cookie treat brought by a listener.  Over sixteen years the event has grown in popularity to audiences that sometimes exceeded 140 people on a given Friday.  
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and shared 50/50 between the Enabling Garden and GGS.
What a pool of wonderful talent. Below are those scheduled 2022 tellers, listed in calendar order. They come from Elora, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Brampton, Toronto, Burlington, Mississauga, Bowmanville, and even the state of Wisconsin, in addition to members of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.
Masks are encouraged but not required.


James Gordon July 1July 1, James and Brian charmed the audience of 147 keen listeners. 

Brian July 1





TnT June 24 2022On June 24, Cecilia Vizcaino, Paul & Judy Caulfield charmed us! (over ninety listeners)
"Hi Brian and everyone!
Thank you so much for such a beautiful event! That place is magical and you guys make it even more special! Great chat at the pub too! It's nice to be in person again!
Hoping to see you all soon!               ~  Cecilia Vizcaino

          Astrid - violin TnT June 24 2022Beautiful violin music to welcome arrivals.

Charmed by Brenda's stories at the Tea 'n' Tales launch on June 17                         
                                                              Schedule of 2022 Tellers:

Brenda Byers June 17, 2022Jun 17: Don Conibear, Brenda Byers 

Jun 24: Judy & Paul Caulfield, Cecilia Vizcaino 

Jul 1: James Gordon, Brian Holstein 

Jul 8: Adwoa Badoe, Sya VanGeest

Jul 15: June Brown, Anna Kerz 

Jul 22: Lynne Torrie and Mary Baldersaro  

Jul 29: Susan Ida Boucaud, Kait Taylor 

Aug 5: Sarah Abŭsarar,

Aug 12: Beve Matson, Elizabeth Matson 

Aug 19: Donna McCaw, Maria del Carmen Ordonez 

Aug 26: Heather Whaley, JennyQ 

Sep 2: Jay Wilson, Brad Woods

Sep 9: Norman Perrin, Rusty Dougherty 

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Tea ‘n’ Tales 2022

Paul TnT June 24 2022The summer storytelling event series was back IN PERSON!
Guelph Enabling Garden
& Guelph Guild of Storytellers were thrilled to invite listeners back to their favourite garden to hear their favourite tellers share their tales.
10:30 AM every Friday from June 17 – Sept 9, 2022

Click here to see the Rogers TV story at #Guelph Life about the Enabling Garden and the Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) and the plans for the upcoming sixteenth Tea 'n' Tales 2022

Tea 'n' Tales have added two family-friendly events on Saturday afternoons of July 23 and August 13 from 2:00 to 3:00. with the same hospitality of cold drinks by the Enabling Garden's Trevor Barton.


VirtualiTEA 'n' Tales: Summer 2021 Season:

VnT 21 poster

Tea n tales aug 2017 BeveMatson

The summer 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19

This is the pre-COVID-19 format, which we will continue when we come together again.  Summer Friday mornings at 10:30, rain or shine, listeners gather to hear stories in the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park. What a sublime setting to listen to stories! There is excitement and buzz around the successful collaborative project between the city's  Enabling Garden and the Guelph Guild of Storytellers. Free-will contributions are shared 50/50 between them.
This past year a quality portable sound system was purchased and tested.  The Guild is looking forward to enhancing the listening

VirtualiTEA 'n' Tales 2021

"The summer storytelling event series was back in 2021, in a slightly different format!
Guelph Enabling Garden & Guelph Guild of Storytellers
were thrilled to present  VirtualiTea ‘n’ Tales.
Many joined us online the summer of 2021 to hear favorite tellers share their tales.

Find details on: http://www.enablinggarden.org/

VnT 21 poster

So many accolades about VirtualiTEA and Tales 2021:

Thank you for a great season. Looking forward to the longer season next year.
~ Karen.  September 3, 2021

Incredible stories all season long. Thank you so much!! I have loved every story and every moment.
~ Keri. September 3, 2021

I am grateful for the online presence of this event, I am only able to attend because it is virtual. Thank you ever so much for all the hard work you put into it.
~ Stephanie. August 27, 2021

Wonderful Brian. A huge thank you to Trevor and the wonderful partnership. Thank you Teghan. What a great team. And to you wonderful listeners and tellers!!~
~ Sya. September 3, 2021
Wonderful stories Sya. Your telling transported me to another place of listening. Thank you from Ottawa.
~ Joan. September 3, 2021
As always your tales were spellbinding. Thank you Sya.
~ Anna. from Toronto September 3, 2021

Such a heartwarming story, Brian. Many pieces I relate to personally, like fresh cheese, a ride on the back of a dirt bike. Many thanks. Bittersweet ending and all, truly special.
~ Stephanie. (September 3, 2021

Thank you so much for your stories today Sya and Brian. And thank you to everyone for a summer full of wonderful tales. I’ve so enjoyed my Friday mornings here!
~ Annemarie. September 3, 2021

What marvelous tales, June. Evocative and emotional. Thank you ever so much.
~ Stephanie. August 27, 2021
[June] "What a beautiful story. I love the way that you tied it to your own experience."
~ Lynn. August 27, 2021
June, every one of your stories was wonderful - I especially liked your reminiscence of your mother, and the handfish punch line made me laugh out loud!
~ Betty. August 27, 202

Ahhh...lovely memory. Now, what happened to the black coat with the mink collar? 🙂
~ Brenda. (August 27, 2021

[Don} "Powerful tension between the excitement of seeing the puffins and the looming danger of the cliffs.
~ Lynn. August. August 27, 2021
Thank you, Brian, Teghan, June, Don, and everyone involved with the making of this incredible event. I look forward to it all week.
~ Stephanie. August 27, 2021

Wonderful stories, such good telling. Fabulous.
Listening from Ottawa

~ Joan. August 20, 2021

Such great storytelling. Loved the poems. Thank you, Jay!
~ Louise. August 13, 2021

Anna, I was glued to the screen during your tellings. What incredible stories.
~ Sheri. August 13, 2021

A wonderful program today from both tellers and our host Brian. Thank you so much!
~ Stephanie. August 13, 2021

June in Toronto. It was a wonderful morning - so enjoyable.
~ June. August 13, 2021

Fantastic! I loved seeing/hearing you tell together :)
~ 'Purple Vegan" August 6, 2021

Thank you for such compelling stories. This hour went by so quickly because the stories were so compelling. A benefit of zooming for storytelling.
~ Joan. July 30, 2021

Ladies, what a marvelous set of stories. All of them were beautifully told.
~ Anna. July 30, 2021

My first time coming to this event. Fabulous. Thank you.
~ Joan. July 30, 2021

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Tea 'n' Tales 2020. What was to be an exciting season.


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!!

Enabling Garden Storytelling on July 29 with Donna McCaw

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. 

Trevor and Brian discussing details for Tea 'n' TalesThis is a 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 its surroundings continue 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  

The 2018 season of Tea ‘n’ Tales is now history; a pleasant experience for us to remember throughout the winter months.
And it was a remarkably successful season: we had record crowds; a season when no one audience was less than 100; a season where we saw six incredible tellers make their debut – and a wonderful impression – at the Guelph Enabling Garden.
 May you visit that Garden again.
                                                                                                                                     ~ Brian Holstein: Tea ‘n’ Tales 2018

Another delightful morning spent at Riverside Park with Guelph Storytellers! 
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       ~ Barbara

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