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EVERYONE WELCOME

Hear storytellers offer a more "soul-full" approach to their stories. A heartfelt morning of "feel-good" stories, songs, and humor. A peaceful way to close-out a busy weekend.

Church of Christ ~ George West, TX

Sunday ~ November 6, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Doug Elliott

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. For many years made his living as a traveling herbalist, gathering and selling herbs, teas, and remedies. He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C. He is the author of five books, many articles in regional and national magazines, has recorded a number of award winning albums of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, and the History and National Geographic Channels.

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Donna Ingham



Donna Ingham is an award winning tale teller and author from Spicewood, Texas. She has written six books and produced five CDs and performs as a professional storyteller all over the country. A recipient of the 2007 John Henry Faulk Award selected by the Tejas Storytelling Association and the 2015 National Storytelling Network ORACLE Regional Excellence Award for the South Central Region, she also has the dubious distinction of having been named the Biggest Liar in Austin seven times and the Biggest Liar in Texas three times. She is on the Touring Artists Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts.
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Sheila Stark Phillips
Sheila Stark Phillips 

Sheila Stark Phillips

Sheila Starks Phillips was born in Amarillo, Texas and loves all things Texas.With a BS degree in Elementary Education from TCU with a focus on children’s literature, it was only natural that she was drawn to storytelling.She began telling professionally in 1990 after having worked as a first grade teacher and a Zookeeper at the Houston Zoo.

Sheila has been on the Traveling Artists Roster of Texas Commission on the Arts.She has been a featured teller at the Texas Festival, the George West Storyfest, the Squatty Pines Storytelling Retreat, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and performed 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 and again in 2010.

A lover of tall tales, Sheila is a four time winner of the Houston Area Liars’ Contest and was declared the Best Liar at the Texas Storytelling Festival in 2013.

Author of one children’s book entitled The Eggstra-Ordinary Surprise; Sheila has produced three CDs and collaborated on an additional two.

Sheila was the recipient of the 2005 John Henry Faulk award,the most prestigious award given in the name of storytelling in the southwest.She has lived in Sugar Land, Texas for the past 36 years and is Sugar Land Proud!


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Consuelo Samarripa

Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage as an author and through the performing art of storytelling. She conducts workshops for children and adults, other customized presentations offered like keynotes, after dinner speeches, and special venues, like Literacy Nights. Consuelo's distinctly relates her Mexican heritage with its important historical multicultural influence. Her unique storytelling style in programs includes multilingual blends woven in multicultural folktales, folklore, legends/myths, personal and historical stories. Props, musical "noise" makers, and special costuming with shawls enhance her presentations. Her repertoire of varied life experiences and perspectives, as a native and foreigner, relates with audiences of all ages.
As an author her story of the "Passage of Scotland's Four" is included in the 2007 Texas Folklore Society Anthology Folkore in Motion, Texas Travel Lore.
Her book "Barrio Princess" (2014) by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers is available in paperback, hardback, and Ebook.
She also offers keynotes and workshops for both children and adults.
Selected to Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster since 2000.

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