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Carolyn Martino

Doria Hughes

Called "one of Rhode Island's most influential artists" by the Providence Phoenix, Carolyn Martino has been entertaining audiences for over twenty-five years as a storyteller, actress, writer and teacher.  With her unlimited energy and enthusiasm, she is a favorite at schools, libraries, festivals, senior groups, churches, corporate functions and community events throughout New England.

Aiming to delight, inspire and make your heart sing, Carolyn’s lively repertoire of world folk tales, literary and original stories, tales of wit and wisdom, songs and jokes is a celebration of this challenging, adventurous, tragic, comic, wonderful experience we call Life!   Called a "true Rhode Island treasure," Carolyn embraces her audiences with warmth, humor and style.   

Carolyn  has performed at the Jonnycake and Rhode Island Storytelling Festivals, Three Apples Festival  in Massachusetts, the Connecticut and Toronto, Canada, Storytelling Festivals,  and Storytelling Under the Stars in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
For over ten years, she has been part of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts statewide summer reading programs and has toured with her special holiday telling of The Nutcracker, specially commissioned in 1998 by the Providence Public Library in association with the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island.  Bella Notte, her adult program of Italian folk tales and personal reminiscences, has charmed audiences from Maine to Florida. 

Mike Harris

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Mike Harris has spent years collecting anecdotes and humorous stories drawn from his own personal experiences. For more than a decade, he has traveled across New England and Eastern Canada telling them to anyone who will listen. As he relates the trials and tribulations of growing up, you will laugh, smile, and even wipe away a sentimental tear as Mike shares the humor and heart found in everyday situations and mundane occurrences. His stories include:

• A touching look back at his daughter's high school graduation

• A look forward and back on the occasion of his 50th birthday

• The perils and pitfalls of communication between parents and their children and much more...

Mike Harris appeared in 2007, and is not scheduled for 2008.

Learnin’ Vernon

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This will be Vernon’s second Season at the Golden Raven

Learnin' Vernon personifies Maine culture through his tales of larger than life heroes and re-enactments of traditional and urban folk lore.  By drawing on voice characters, audience participation, laughter and drama, he provides an experience that will entertain and enlighten listeners of all ages. His stories often convey messages of diversity, hope and healing - messages that may touch you for a lifetime.

Vernon grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine where his love of stories began. As a parent raising his daughter Shanna in Orland he refined his tales at many a campfire. He is now an Airfield Electrician for the Portland International Jetport so he can support his storytelling habit. He lives in Westbrook, Maine with his wife Bobbie and their pet Daisy. He has been an Air Force medic, cook, custodian, mental health worker, electrician, volunteer firefighter, E.M.T. and a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. All of those experiences are reflected in Veron's tales. Every day a new journey begins and a new experience unfolds, and that is why he shall always remain a Learnin' Vernon!

To learn more and see videos of Learnin Vernon or his character Willey Phinedit the Maine storyteller, humorist, UnRegistered Guide and Tall Taleoligist visit www.lulu.com/tales

The Cox Brothers

The Cox Brothers Family Camp show will be performing at the Golden Raven Storytelling Circle in Union, Maine this Summer.

Vernon and Gray perform stories skits and songs during a campfire experience where "Strangers are treated like family and Families are encouraged to act a little strange."

Gray and Vernon Cox have performed their show at YMCA camps, for the Belfast Lion s Club, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, The Bucks Mills Rod and Gun Club, Patten Pond Camp resort, Shady Oaks Campground, and performed on Thursday nights at the Mount Desert Narrows Camping Resort in Bar Harbor Maine for 9 seasons.

Gray has 20+ years experience as an entertainer using music story and activities to entertain all ages. He is a Professor for the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor Maine and has been the featured speaker on thr subject of conflict resolution at events and conferences across the USA. He is also the author of The Ways of Peace: A Philosophy of Peace as Action.

Vernon has over 20+ years experience as a Storyteller which began in Libraries and around Scout Camp fires. As a lifetime Member of GSUSA he has served as an adult volunteer co-leader of a troop, facilitated low ropes challenge courses, and has developed and performed in special camp related events. Vernon works for the Portland International Jet Port in Portland, Maine and also has a solo Story telling career as Learnin Vernon teller of Legends, Lore, and a Whole Lot More!

This will be their second appearance at the Golden Raven so we really hope surrounding campers of all ages will come and enjoy this old time campfire duo.

If local campers help get the word out, these talented brothers might just return next season.

To learn more and see videos of Learnin Vernon or his character Willey Phinedit the Maine storyteller, humorist, UnRegistered Guide and Tall Taleoligist visit www.lulu.com/tales

To learn more about Gray visit www.coa.edu/graycox

Bob Reiser

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Bob is an expansive and joyous storyteller, teacher, and an award-winning author of books for children and adults. Accompanying himself with flute and drum, Bob brings warmth and wit to traditional and original stories.

As an author of six books for adults and children, he has worked with Pete Seeger and the jazz drummer, Panama Francis. McFarland Press listed him among the "120 best contemporary English-speaking Storytellers." Dr. Morgan Hill (Brother Blue) calls him a "force of nature." For more information about Bob, visit: www.bobtales.com

Debra Ballou

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Debra Ballou has been a professional storyteller since 1995. Debra shares stories with audiences of all ages in libraries, nature centers, schools, coffee houses, camps for children, teacher workshops, university Elderhostel programs, and other special events. She has performed on “The Talking Stick” radio show at Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH and “Live” on Portsmouth Community Radio station in Portsmouth, NH as part of the “The Flying Trunk” storytelling program and on “Writers and Musicians in the Round”.

Some other venues include Tellabrations in Portsmouth, NH; Claremont Storytelling Festival, Claremont, NH; The Screening Room, Newburyport, MA; Brother Blue’s Open Mic Night, Cambridge, MA; and Conference on the Arts, Star Island/Isles of Shoals, Rye, NH. Debra performs as a featured teller each year for The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich, NH. For the past three years Strawbery Banke Museum requested her to share stories with their audiences for their Ghosts on the Banks and Candle Light Stroll programs. A member of LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling) since 1998, she served on the Board of Directors for three years and as President for one.

As a young girl Debra Ballou spent weekends on her grandparents’ farm listening to the stories her grandmother told. This New Hampshire native now tells stories to audiences involving the natural and cultural history of the world. Some stories include musical instruments, singing, or audience participation.

Debra has twenty years of experience educating people from various age groups about environmental topics. She has a B.A. in biology and M.S. in Environmental Studies. Her talents have led her to teach for the University of New Hampshire Sea Grant Marine Docent Program, Seacoast Science Center, Massabesic Audubon Center, Workshop in the Woods, and Great Bay Discovery Center. She encourages others to explore the natural world and its influence on their cultural heritage. As a naturalist and an educator she uses her storytelling and her great love of science together for all to enjoy. You can find out more information about Debra at debraballou.com

W. Kirk Avery

W. Kirk Avery

As storyteller, writer, and performer (SAG), Kirk remains committed to storytelling as a healing and expressive art. His stories emerge from his life experiences and are shared openly and with great care and respect for those gathered with him, whether it be larger stage or healing story circles. A war trauma survivor himself, he is patient and gentle, reflecting both his courage and compassion, kindness and understanding. In that spirit, his is a quiet and supportive human presence, a reminder that we each matter, that the darkest of past shadows might yet be transformed, once again, into life, renewal, even hope.

Kirk appeared in 2007, and is not scheduled for 2008.

NOMAD, Claire Bettlestone

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A storyteller who has worked all over the USA, Europe and in West Africa, Claire is a mother, teacher,and physician. She ran an art gallery in Africa, sending her artists and their art to Europe and America,has written for UNESCO in Paris, and was a professor at Yale University, University of Ibadan, and theUniversity of London in West Africa. She presents a pharmacopoeia of stories which entertain, amuseand inform. You designate any subject and she will present a well-rounded program. Dr. B is also adancer and musician who uses music, costumes, and slides where appropriate.

Doria Hughes

Doria tell stories from the Folk and Mythic traditions of the Ashanti, Chinese, Scandinavian, Native North American, Irish, Japanese, and French cultures. She loves to tell stories, and have been reading and telling them to children around the greater Boston/Cambridge area, primarily in schools and bookstores. She was a featured teller at the 2006 Three Apples Storytelling Festival in Bedford, MA. Doria has a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature and Anthropology from Oberlin College, and a Masters in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University Extension School. You can learn more about Doria at doriastories.com.

Jim LaChappelle

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Jim has been telling stories for over a dozen years to young and old alike. Stories are meant to be told and this guy can sure tell them and tell them he does.Jim specializes in folk and fairy tales from around the world. Journey with Jim from East Asia, to the Philippines, Africa, and back to North America. Jim tells tales appropriate from age 2 (The Name of the Tree) through to adulthood (The Heartless Giant) and will tailor his program to the needs of his audience. You can learn more about him at JimtheStoryteller.com.

Jim appeared in 2007, and is not scheduled for 2008.

Ken Galipeau

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Ken Galipeau, a storyteller for over 13 years, performs for people of all ages and accompanies himself on guitar, drum, and piano and sings a cappella. He is a collector of stories, songs and poems that touch our hearts and funny bone. He has performed in schools, libraries, church, storytelling festival, parties, and has been the featured storyteller at numerous Tellabrations in NJ including Crosswicks, Jersey Shore and Morristown. For over ten years he has presented a storytelling program at the NJ Storytelling Festival, and he can be found at various festivals, coffeehouses and concerts performing his songs and stories.

Ken appeared in 2007, and is not scheduled for 2008.