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  • From: "Klaver, Kristen" <>
  • To: 'Kathy Kraemer' <>,
  • Subject: RE: An idea for the future
  • Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 08:21:40 -0600

I love this idea. I could see this being Megaconference Jr. or at least
Megaconference Jr. 2.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kathy Kraemer

Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 8:30 AM

Subject: An idea for the future

Hello everyone,

I saw this posting below for a holiday storytelling event and another idea
came to mind for a future project. The idea is to do a storytelling
festival with all of our states celebrating their regional stories with a
specific common theme. It might be a way to tie all the states together.


Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 01:46:11 -0600
From: Patsy Partin



8:00 - 8:30 - Rabbi Ken Kanter (the Founding Rabbi of Congregation Micah
of Nashville,

Tennessee) - tells a Hanukkah story: "T'was the
night before what? A Great Miracle Happened

8:30 - 9:00 - Lynnie Mirvis - Three Hanukkah stories:

1) "The First Hanukah: A Festival of Lights" - the magic of the
Jewish oral tradition in the story of Hanukah, a celebration of
differences! She will light the Hanukah Menorah and tie it in to the

2)"The Potato Pancake Pan" - a retelling of a European folktale telling
what happens when greed turns a magical gift into a nightmare.

3) "Kayla and the Animals" - go on a journey with Kayla as she "seeks
her fortune to discover the golden Chanukah Menorah. (Based on a Jack
Tale , a version of this is found in Margaret Read MacDonald's Twenty
Tellable Tales.)

9:00 - 9:30 - Akiba Shabazz - a Kwanzaa story


A young African boy guides the family to commerce through the
thoughtful guidance of his father.


This colorful and imaginative story contrasts the behavior and the
rewards of the generous child and the selfish child.

9:30 - 10:00 - BRIAN HULL - "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry - The
magi were wonderfully wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the
manager. This story is the chronicle of two people who sacrificed for
each other the greatest treasures of their house. It is an exploration
of love and gift-giving that may cause you to shed a tear as you are
reminded how we should all give to the utmost especially during this
season of giving.

10:00 - 10:30 - LUNA KELONDRA - A Jewish folktale, "The Two Brothers"
(a well-known tale about two brothers who care more for one another than
for themselves) AND a Mexican folktale "The Story of the Most Noble
Story." (three brothers who try to do a deed noble enough to earn their
mother's only possession worthy to be handed down: a ring she inherited
from her mother)

10:30 - 11:00 - SHELLEY GOTTERER - Theme: Legends of Christmas.
Legends blend the natural world with the wonders of the Nativity
creating images of harmony and peace.

1) The Christmas Spider (Eastern Europe)

2) Legends of the Robin, the Nightingale, the Fir Tree, and Rosemary

3) Legend of King Solomon Gifts...a story about Solomon and the Queen of

11:00 - 11:30 - TESS CARLSON - HAROLD THE ANGEL - Harold the Angel is
an original story about a little girl who gets lost on Christmas Eve. A
gracious angel shows her the way home, and she learns about the true
meaning of Christmas!

11:30 - 12:00 - JOE KEENAN - "The Juggler of Our Lady" -Based on an
old story by Anatole France, it tells of a poor juggler who was ashamed
that he had no "worthy" gift to offer God on Christmas Day. He gave the
only thing he had: his ability to juggle. The story tells how that gift
was accepted.

12:00 - 12:30 - Chief David Bald Eagle - "A 1920s South Dakota
Christmas" - the story of Christmas in the 1920s, when he was a boy.
Dave Bald Eagle grew up on the plains of South Dakota, where there were
miles between one ranch house and the next. Christmas was the time of
year when everyone became a family by traveling to a central gathering
place to celebrate together. Dave's heartwarming story harkens to a
simple time in the 1920s when he remembers being a boy.

12:30 - 1:00 - ESTELLE CONDRA - "Hey You" - Two thousand years ago in
Bethlehem, there lived a boy who could not speak. Although Ezekiel was
his name, everyone mocked him and called him "hey you". One starlit
night as the world received a little boy, Ezekiel would discover his own
special gift.

"Hey You", is from her video, "Stories For Christmas Eve" suitable for
all ages


1) The rhyming story of Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (using visuals)
focuses on the magic of giving. 2) A true story from her childhood
called Sleigh Bells that will introduce the

3) story of The Polar Express, a story written by Chris Van Allsburg
about a boy who travels to the North Pole on Christmas Eve and learns
the magic of believing.

1:30 - 2:00 - JENNIFER WEEDMAN - "Wishes from the Heart of Christmas" -

1) One story is an Irish tale called "One Wish" 2) "The Tablecloth" is
a story about a Christmas miracle. 3) "The Three Wishes" teaches you
that you better be careful what you wish for because it might just come

2:00 - 2:30 - Vanderbilt University Chancellor GORDON GEE - reading
Polar Bear Express by Chris Van Allsburg; chronicles the adventure of a
young boy who boards a mysterious train to the North Pole and learns a
life-long lesson in true belief from Santa.

2:30 - 3:00 - PATSY LAWSON - Patsy grew up in Hancock County
(Sneedville), TN which is home to the Melungeons, Bluegrass artists
Billy Martin and Doyle Lawson and the Greene-Jones Feud. She is an
Appalachian story teller and both of her stories are set in East TN
during the 1960's. 1) "The Melungeon Gift" story focuses on the
Melungeons who are a mysterious race residing in several Appalachian
regions including her home county. They were once declared Negro, then
changed to "people of color" and were denied the same basic rights as
African Americans. This story in particular is about Elijah, a Melungeon
farm hand, and his relationship to Patsy's family.

2) "The Christmas Quilt" - This story explores the daily routines of
rural Appalachia as they are defined by the seasons. I describe the
farm duties from each season, and give particular attention to the
winter quilt making tradition of Mama and Aunt Ruby.



Make memories for YOUR students by reserving one or more spaces today
for Holiday Storytelling Extravaganza on Monday, December 8 from 8:00
-3:00 CST. For more information, please visit:

Patsy Partin, M.Ed
Vanderbilt University
Virtual School
110 21st Avenue, S., Suite 850
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 322-6384


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