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NEAR and Far Storytellers (Hosted by Jim Harriman and Carolyn Stearns)

March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center is reminiscent of
a bygone era of a venue perfect for home grown talent. Harvard Square was the scene for a revival of folk music in the 1950s and
1960s. Among those performing in the coffee houses were: Tom Rush, Bob Dylan,
Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Peter Wolf (later the lead singer for the J. Giels
Band) and even Pete Seeger. They were able to hone their craft and their inimitable
styles at these small intimate venues.

The NEAR and Far Storytellers would like to provide this same opportunity
for storytellers in the area to practice, rehearse, play with new stories, old standards
or just share ideas. Every second Sunday of the month we convene at the Buttonwood from 3-5 PM, offering a truly open mic
opportunity with no rules or restrictions. It is an atmosphere of sharing and
inclusiveness. Afterwards, a headliner regales the audience with stories that help
define the teller and listeners.

On March 11th, we would like to encourage the many talented storytellers of
Connecticut to take advantage of this heart-warming stage. As the featured teller, Jim
Harriman will be presenting a recent composition entitled Giovanni Giuseppe
D’Ignati, a story of bullying, strength and hope. A portion of this story was debuted
this past fall and was a catalyst for many comments and observations. Join us to
support, review, critique or make suggestions!

– Jim and Carolyn


Jim Harriman: Jim is a retired professional dabbler, who once was a middle school language arts teacher. Besides being a parent and grandfather, he is a storyteller, writer, story coach, actor, director, playwright, and literacy workshop leader. Many of his stories are about the fascinating characters, both real and imagined, who he has met over the years. Many of the plays he has written are about unlikely friendships and interconnectedness.

Jim has been an active member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center for nearly thirty years. Basically, he loves a good story, whether he’s telling it or listening to one of the vast number of excellent tellers around us.

Carolyn Stearns: Carolyn Stearns Connecticut Storyteller is also a public service announcer. Her voice is heard at many New England venues including Cowboy Mounted Shooting, The New England Donkey and Mule Club shows regularly schedule Carolyn Stearns as announcer, as does the Guilford Fair. The Lippitt Morgan Horse Show in Tunbridge, VT. and Connecticut’s Brooklyn Fair have used announcing services.

Carolyn’s official website: http://www.carolynstearnsstoryteller.com/

Their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NEAR-and-Far-Storytellers-197283876991691/




March 11
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm