Tellabration! is an annual world-wide storytelling event.  Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving storytellers gather in numerous places in many countries to spin their tales and listeners gather to appreciate this ancient art form.

In 2014 the town of Madison, Florida held its own event for the first time.  Local storyteller Wanda Violet pulled together the first local Tellabration! event and “B” O’Toole  of O’Toole’s Herb Farm provided the venue inside her Heartspace building.

O'Toole's Herb Farm, Madison, Florida
O’Toole’s Herb Farm, Madison, Florida

The Old Lady does love a good story!  From the comedic origin of turkey dressing to a legend about a dragon who learns how stories can heal old enmities, the Old Lady took them all in with open-mouthed wonder.

She particularly enjoyed Mattie Ann Barnes and Abby Ratliff, both young local ladies who are beginners but who already “get” this storytelling business.

Abby Ratliff
Abby Ratliff
Mattie Ann Barnes
Mattie Ann Barnes

Wanda Violet wants to start a storytelling group in Madison.  If this interests you email her at

Wanda Violet and grandson Joey
Wanda Violet and grandson Joey





2 thoughts on “Tellabration!

  1. THANK YOU! This is a sweet, well-written summary of our event. It was such a joy to meet you! Thank you for taking time and space on your own blog to recap our event.
    I look forward to when we can meet up again.

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