George West Storyfest

Dobie DichosDobie Dichos

Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie

"Any tale belongs to whoever can best tell it!" J.F.D.

A night of campfire cooking, booksigning and Texas authors' reading from the works of the master South Texas storyteller (Live Oak County born and raised).

Proceeds to benefit restoration of the
Dobie-West Performing Arts Theatre, George West, TX

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Storytellers

DeCee Cornish

Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish is Texas born and was raised in “Fifth Ward,” Houston.  At the age of eighteen, Cornish joined the military.  For over a decade, he spent year after year living among the peoples of the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia, Australia, Alaska, and the desert tribes of the Southwest.  He attended colleges and universities worldwide, such as Prairie View A & M, the Universities of Guam and Alaska, The University of Maryland at the Philippines and at Japan.

Cornish also works with at-risk kids, mostly preteens and teenagers, using stories to teach and motivate.

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Gayle Ross

Gayle Ross

Gayle Ross is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and a direct descendant of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee during the infamous “Trail of Tears.”  Her grandmother told stories, and it is from this rich Native American heritage that Gayle’s storytelling springs.  During the past twenty-five years, Gayle has become one of the best-loved and most respected storytellers to emerge from the current surge of interest in this timeless art form.

Gayle has appeared at almost every major storytelling and folk festival in the United States and Canada, as well as theaters and performance arts halls through out the U.S. and Europe, often appearing with some of today’s finest Native American musicians and dancers. 

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Sheila Starks Phillips

Sheila Starks Phillips

Sheila Starks Phillips was born in Amarillo, Texas and loves all things Texas. Since graduating from Texas Christian University, Sheila has worked as a first grade teacher, bookkeeper, office manager and, most notably, a Zookeeper at the Houston Zoological Gardens.

Sheila's storytelling career was launched in 1990. She is presently on the Traveling Artists Roster of Texas Commission on the Arts. She has been featured in festivals around the country including a performance at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. In 2006, Sheila was the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center. She is a three-time winner of the Houston Area Liars' Contest.

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Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle

An Oklahoma Choctaw, Tim Tingle is a renowned concert performer, an accomplished author, and a popular keynote speaker. As a storyteller, he delivers lively historical and traditional stories, accompanying himself on the Native American flute and singing Choctaw songs to the rhythms of a whale skin drum. From 2002 to the present, Tingle has performed a traditional Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle's Annual State of the Nation Address at the tribal gathering in Tushkahoma, Oklahoma, a Choctaw reunion that attracts over thirty thousand people.

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Authors

Jan Jarboe Russell

Jan Jarboe Russell

Jan Jarboe Russell is a journalist and author, having published magazine articles in a number of publications including the San Antonio Express-News, Texas Monthly, Slate, The New York Times, and s. She is the author of Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson, published by Scribner’s in 1999. In addition, she is the co-author with Linda Pace of Dreaming Red, Creating ArtPace, published in 2003, the story of an artist residency program founded by Pace that is located in San Antonio. Russell lives in San Antonio.

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Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski has been writing about Texas and Texans for four decades. A former cab driver and staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine and one-time reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, he has authored and co-authored biographies of Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan, collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas Mountains, the Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park, all published by University of Texas Press.

His 2008 book Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, published by Little, Brown, was recognized by The Friends of the TCU Library in 2009 with the Texas Book Award for the best book about Texas written in 2007-8.

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Nan Cuba

Coming Soon!

Rick Casey

Rick Casey

Rick Casey came to Texas from St. Louis in 1964 to attend St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He became editor of the student newspaper, which led to a summer internship at the San Antonio Light and to a career.

His experience as a reporter includes two years as a Washington correspondent, and nearly a year traveling the country in a camper finding and writing feature articles for the lay-owned National Catholic Reporter. Before returning to Texas for good in 1984, he lived in eight cities and worked as a freelancer (with articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek and the Baltimore Sun), and as a reporter and night city editor for the Seattle Times. He was the editor of two San Antonio city magazines, SA and San Antonio Monthly.

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Mr. Lonn Taylor has cancelled his appearance due to a sudden health issue. Although his illness is not life-threatening, he has been advised not to travel for a while. Mr. Taylor assures us he will be with us at the 4th annual Dobie Dichos in 2014.


Musical Performers

Grady Lee

Grady Lee

Grady Lee has been playing professionally for five decades. Grady began his musical career playing folk music in clubs around Houston. Following several years of working as a single act, Grady began playing country rock music with his band the Parking Lot Pickers. Grady and the band worked the dancehalls and clubs in the Houston area. This group played together for about ten years, and Grady still works with some of his old band mates.

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About Us
History of Storyfest
Press Releases
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Storytelling
Storytellers
Texas State Liars Contest
Cowboy Storytellers
Ghost Stories
Storytelling in Schools
Sacred Stories
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Events
Dobie Dichos
Community Breakfast
5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk
Red Wagon Parade
Live Music
Classic Car Show
Street Dance
Food & Craft Booths
Living History
Children's Area
Laser Show
Memories of Elvis
BMX Show
Catch Tank

Galleries
2013 Then & Now
2012 Video Gallery
2012 Dobie Dichos Videos
2012 Picture Gallery
2011 Video Gallery
2011 Dobie Dichos Videos
2011 Picture Gallery
2010 Video Gallery
2010 Picture Gallery


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