Once again, fans of old-fashioned story telling will flock to Pine Community Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for Tellabration.
Tellabration is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. Its originator, J. G. Pinkerton, envisioned this international event as a means of building community support for storytelling. In 1988, the event was launched by the Connecticut Storytelling Center in six locations across the state. A great success, Tellabration extended to several other states the following year, and then, in 1990, expanded nationwide under the umbrella of the National Storytelling Network.
In 1995, for the first time, there was a Tellabration in Japan. By 1997, there were Tellabration events on every continent but Antarctica.
The event in Pine includes a meet-and-greet and dinner with the guest storytellers, followed by an evening of lively Arizona tales.
The seating for the dinner is limited and costs $25 per person. It starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. in the community center dining room, featuring a menu of pork tenderloin, German potato salad, Caesar salad, a side vegetable, roll and sorbet. To make a dinner reservation, call (928) 476-6427.
The evening of storytelling is at 7 p.m. in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall and will showcase the talents of Don Doyle, Doug Bland, Victor McCraw, Liz Warren, Dee Strickland, Dustin Loehr and Dorothy Anderson.
Admission to the storytelling event alone is $5 per person.
Proceeds will benefit the Pine Strawberry School.