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Founded in 1994, the Frogtown Storytelling Guild is based in Toledo, Ohio. The purpose of the guild is the preservation and perpetuation of storytelling, and the promotion of the art and  craft of storytelling. Our members include tellers at various skill levels, as well as people who simply enjoy listening, and/or support the gentle art of storytelling.




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Are you a storyteller? Do you want to become a storyteller? Do you want to improve your storytelling skills? Do you just like to listen to storytellers?

Then come to our once monthly meetings to share a story or simply to listen. Open to budding storytellers, professional storytellers, natural-born storytellers, and shy storytellers (i.e., people who'd rather listen to storytellers than tell a story).

Our Monthly Meetings Are Held on the 2nd Saturday at
Reynolds Corner Library
4833 Dorr St, Toledo, OH 43615
Time: 9:00 am–11:00 am
Phone: (419) 259-5320

Upcoming Meetings
{To Be Announced}

November 4, 2016 (Fri)
Tellabration! 2016
with featured storyteller
Risa Cohen

Maumee Indoor Theater
601 Conant Street
Maumee, Ohio 43537
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10.00 each and
available at the door 
or from Guild members.

Risa Cohen is an actor, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (New York, NY) and a Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Bank Street College (New York, NY). While at Bank Street, Risa took classes in storytelling from the award-winning author, folklorist, and storyteller Nina Jaffe. From then on, she fell in love with the art form. She teaches Music and Literacy at West Side Montessori (Toledo, OH). Every day, she tells stories to her students. However, her storytelling is not limited to the children in her classroom. She has entertained audiences with her stories in a variety of settings such as libraries, schools, and theaters. Her first stories were retellings of world folk tales. She then began pairing traditional stories with original songs with the plan to write music that sounded as if it came from the same part of the world of the story’s origin. However, every song she wrote always sounded like American folk music. “I’m a ‘folkie’,” Risa admits. More recently, Risa has added personal stories to her repertoire. Risa lives in Toledo, OH with her husband and two sons. 

At Tellabration! 2016, there will also be a raffle of a lovely handcrafted glass art piece, courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), and a give-away of storytelling games, courtesy of CheckMate Games and Hobbies (6725 W. Central Ave., Toledo, OH).

Please come for a most enjoyable evening!

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What Is Tellabration!? A celebration of storytelling in all its facets. Scroll down to learn about Tellabration! and see scenes from past Tellabration! concerts! 

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Interested in joining Frogtown Storytelling Guild? Membership is only $25.00/year!

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 Do you need a storyteller

for your event?
Many of the Frogtown Storytelling Guild members are available!

Please view the Storytelling Guild Members' information below to learn more details.

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 Want to see scenes from our past Tellabration! concerts?
Click on a link below: 
          Tellabration! 2015
          Tellabration! 2014
In 1988, the first Tellabration! concerts were performed at six locations in the state of Connecticut. J. G. Pinkerton, the originator of Tellabration!, envisioned the event as a way of fostering and maintaining the art of storytelling. It was a great success and in the following year Tellabration! concerts soon spread to other states. In 1990, Tellabration! became a national event with the help of the National Storytelling Network. Its popularity continues to spread and now thousands of storytelling groups worldwide produce Tellabration! concerts in November. By sponsoring Tellabration! concerts, the goal of the Frogtown Storytelling Guild is to provide enjoyable performances that leave the audience feeling lighthearted and, more importantly, with a deeper appreciation for the power of story.



Frogtown Storytelling Guild Members: 



     Marion Hallauer

Phone: 419-690-4992

Humorous stories and ghost stories as well as historical tales for young adults and grown ups. Contact Marion to discuss a fee. 

Glenda Garrison   
Phone: 419-350-1454
Glenda tells humorous accounts and personal narratives to any audience willing to laugh! Contact Glenda to discuss availability and fee.



Tari Miller     

Phone:  419-279-1771 (cell) 

E-mail: thereMll6@att.net

A teller of tales for the young at heart, Tari tells folk tales, tales of wisdom, character and humor. Contact Tari to discuss a fee.



Regina Patrick
Wisdom  and other tales. Regina is currently unavailable for telling stories but plans to resume soon.  


Odessa Rowan 

Phone: 419-537-0021 or 419-277-0591

E-mail: orowan@sbcglobal.net

Stories for all ages include a variety of moral, humorous and traditional tales as well as book reviews and themed programs. Contact Odessa to discuss a fee.



 Ken Solo   

Phone: 419-537-0021 or 419-277-0591

E-mail: rowric@hotmail.com

Stories for all ages including humorous stories, traditional tales and tales with a moral or a twist. Contact Ken to discuss a fee.

Ken Wielfaert

Phone: 419-475-7818

E-mail: kwielfaert@aol.com

Fun stories for everyone.  Ken enjoys writing and storytelling and has told stories in classrooms, nursing homes, around campfires and for family gatherings.  Contact Ken to discuss the repertoire and fee.


**The Frogtown Storytelling Guild does not endorse or guarantee the performance of individual members.  
Members have different levels of experience and ability,
and varying specialties.
Please interview your teller. 

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