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MaryAnn Blue

MaryAnn teaches Spanish and coaches youth storytelling in the Lower School at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio. Mary Ann has coached thirteen National Youth Storytelling Torchbearers. She is also a leader in the Texas storytelling community, having served on the Tejas Storytelling Board of Directors and several times as Artistic Director of the Texas Storytelling Festival. Mary Ann is the 2012 recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Storytelling. She has been a featured storyteller at the Texas Storytelling Festival and PBS “Barney and Friends”. Mary Ann is a long time friend of the George West Storyfest and has been a featured teller a number of times.

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andy hedges

Andy is a songster, reciter and guitarist. His varied repertoire includes classic cowboy poetry recitations, obscure cowboy songs, dust bowl ballads, and blues. Andy taught himself to play the guitar when he was 14 and began collecting classic cowboy poems and traditional cowboy songs. He has released nine albums including four joint projects with songwriter Andy Wilkinson.In 2010, Andy won the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for Outstanding Traditional Western Album. His latest album, Cowboy Recitations is a collection of traditional and modern cowboy poems that Andy has picked up over the years. Andy lives in Lubbock, Texas with his wife and children.

"Andy Hedges makes no claim to being a cowboy but he has the cowboy spirit, integrity, and the heart that makes his music so undeniably real. Andy could very well carry on the traditions when all us old guys are gone. I'd feel assured in knowing the music of our great American West was in good hands."

- Don Edwards

"He embodies the future of the tradition." - Waddie Mitchell

"Andy is just the kind of artist I like. Deep into the tradition and carrying it into the future with his own voice." - Jim Rooney

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Darci founded American Lives™ in 2000, to bring history to life for students and museum visitors; to help them understand our culture, rights and responsibilities as Americans by exploring the lives of our predecessors. Darci started with Revolutionary Women, her original one-woman play about the American Revolution. Her company now offers a wide variety of historical programs, plus professional development, consulting and traditional storytelling.

American Lives™ features both Darci Tucker and her husband Terry Yemm. They are veteran museum educators with more than 50 years of combined experience teaching history at Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s premier living history museum.

Darci holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA. She is a playwright, actress and storyteller who performs her original, one-woman play, Revolutionary Women™, in schools across the nation. She literally wrote the book on how to portray people from history. She trains teachers and museum professionals to use storytelling and character interpretation as teaching tools, and writes history and literacy lesson plans. She tells stories at festivals across the country, created a character interpretation program at a TN university, and consults for museums and municipalities who want to improve their visitors’ experiences.

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