2nd Annual Big Bull Shake Liar’s Contest at Young’s Jersey Dairy

The audience laughed heartily, often in disbelief, as one storyteller after another told their Lies and Tall Tales. Each story came to that point where the listeners knew for certain
that their legs had been pulled. Just how and when that happened was the thrill of it all.
The Big Bull Shake Liar’s Contest is part of Young’s Dairy Small Town American Celebration BBQ Weekend, held on July 4th, in the big picnic shelter. It is hosted by the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners: Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf, Harold Wright and Jonatha Wright, emcee.
This year the youth qualifying round was held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Asa Chen, Devon Chen, Grace Homes, Tori Huxley and Windom Mesure participated with original stories.
Each one was a winner as the audience cheered. Asa, Devon and Grace were chosen to compete in the final youth event, that began at 5:00 PM. In this final round, Asa Chen
won a full year of Young’s Ice Cream and a Golden Trowel with his first place telling of his story, “The Scratch.” Devon Chen came in 2nd with his telling of “My Cat, Bob.” He won a $20.00 Young’s gift certificate and the Silver Trowel. Third place went to Grace Homes for her telling of “Dragons.” She won a $10.00 Young’s gift certificate and the Copper Trowel. The Trowel’s are symbolic that these winners can keep on ‘shoveling’
those big bull shake lies--as are the shovels awarded the adult winners.
It was so exciting to see all the storytelling talent we have with our youth of Greene and Clark counties!
The Judges for the Youth Qualifying Round were Dave Davis, Sylvania, Ohio; Martha Gardin, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Brian Hickam, Toledo, Ohio. Final round judges were Maria Booth and Michael Cannon of Yellow Springs, and Dan Young, of Young’s Dairy.
Seven storytellers competed in the Adult Qualifying round held 2:00 to 4:00. We heard stories about skunks, Japanese Shamen, family characters and famous relatives, Donkey eggs, house sitters, misunderstandings, and more. Our emotions had a roller coaster ride!
The competitors were Megan Bihn from Atherns, Ohio; Adele Browne, Logan, Ohio; Dave Davis, Sylvania, Ohio; Timothy Fultz, Athens, Ohio; Stephen Hollen, Beavercreek,
Ohio; Linda Parsons, Clifton, Ohio; and Brian Victoria, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Megan Bihn, Stephen Hollen and Linda Parsons competed for the title of “Big Bull Shake Liar” during the 6:00 to 7:00 final round. Linda Parsons won 3rd Place, receiving a
$10.00 Young’s Gift Certificate and the Copper Shovel for her ‘tragic’ but hilarious tale of crisis at the Fairborn July 4th celebration earlier in the day, caused by her wrapped leg and crutches. Megan Bihn came in 2nd as she personalized a classic story about Mule Eggs. Her body language and facial expressions were delightful. Again the crowd roared
in laughter.
The Big Bull Shake, 1st Place winner was Stephen Hollen. His masterful job of fooling and delighting us was truly a sight to see. His story was inspired by his recent family genealogy search and finding that some of his relations were on the wrong side of the famous Wright family of Dayton! He won a year of free ice cream in the form of a $100.00 Young’s gift certificate, and the Golden Shovel.
Judges for the Adult Qualifying Round were John Booth and Eric Wolf, Yellow Springs, and Lisa Holmes, Springfield. The final Adult Competition judges were: Maria Booth, Michael Cannon and Cheryl Smith, all of Yellow Springs.
We members of the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners want to extend a hearty and heart felt thanks to Young’s Jersey Dairy for sponsoring this event, to our great audience, ourjudges and especially to our storytellers who participated in this year’s Big Bull Shake
Liar’s Contest!

 

 

 

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PROGRAMS WORKSHOPS UPCOMING EVENTS PAST EVENTS

June 15, 2016, 12:30 to 1:10; 1:25 to 2:15, "Traditional Japanese Tales," Jonatha and Harold Wright, Antioch College, McGregor Hall, Japanese language Classes 2nd and 3rd year.

May 14, 2016, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, Arts Alive Story Slam: "Life's Sudden Twists and Turns," Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 97 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

May 7, 2016, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, "1300 Years of Japanese Poetry in One Hour," Ohayo-Ohio Symposium, Antioch College, Harold Wright, Yellow Springs Art Council Gallery, 97 Corry Street, Yellow Spring, Ohio.

May 6, 2016, 8:30 to 10:00 PM, "Antioch College's Student Exchange with Kyoto Seika University," Jonatha Wright, Sikes Home, 120 Edgefield Dr., Yellow Springs, OH.

May 4, 2016, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Ohayo-Ohio Japanese Symposium, Antioch College, "The Japanese Tea House: Mud, Thatch and Learning," Harold Wright, Foundry Theatre, Antioch College.

May 3, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Ohayo-Ohio Japanese Symposium, Antioch College; "Japanese Tales," Jonatha and Harold Wright, Yellow Springs Art Council Gallery, 97 Corry St. Yellow Springs, Ohio.

April 16, 2016, Evening Ghost Story Concert, Ohio Storytelling Conference, Highbanks Metropark, Columbus, Ohio; Jonatha Wright, Harold Wright and other featured tellers.

April 16, 2016, 2:30 to 3:30, "Telling It Like It Was: Personal Stories From Our Recent Past," Ohio Storytelling Conference, Highbanks Metropark, Columbus, Ohio. Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners.

February 13, 2016, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, Arts Alive Story Slam: "Love and Courtship-Gone Right, Gone Wrong," Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 97 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

December 17, 2015, 12:00 to 1:30 PM, "Personal Stories from Japan," Harold Wright, Yellow Springs Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

December 4, 2015, "Some Sweet and Some Spooky Stories Just for You," Apple Creek Third Grade Students, Apple Creek Ohio. Closed Event.

November 20, 2015, 6 to 9:00 PM, "Japanese Storytelling and Sea Sushi," Mudlark Pottery Studio and Fine Art Gallery, 256 Main St., Florence, KY 41042, (859) 282-1300. Dinner, storytelling and artist talk, $45.00 per person

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2015; 7:30 to 10:00 PM; "When Scarecrows Creep and Night Crows Screech," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners. These stories are followed by the Haunted Wagon Ride.

October 28, 2015, 6;30 to 7:30 PM, "Goblin Tales with a Twist," geared for families with young children, Trailside Museum, Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

October 14, 2015, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, "Spooky Tales," geared for families with young children, Trailside Museum, Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

September 30, 2015, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, "Fun Fall Folktales," geared for families with young children, Trailside Museum, Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

September 26, 2015, 7 to 9:00 PM, Storytelling/Drumming program on Water Conservation, benefit for Yellow Springs' Community Solutions, Glen Helen Building, Vernay auditorium.

September 19, 2015, 9:00 PM, “Terrifying Tales for a Long, Dark Night,” Apple Creek, Ohio

September 16, 2015, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, "Final Days of Summer Fun," geared for families with young children, Trailside Museum, Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

May 7, 2015, 6:00 PM, "Tales that Bind Mothers and Daughters," Mother/Daughter Banquet, Bellbrook Ohio Presbyterian Church, 72 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook, OH 45305.

March 23, 2015, 12:15 PM, “Stories of Strong and Inspirational Women,” P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) of Dayton, Centerville, Ohio.

March 15, 2015, Flying Mouse Farm, Sugar Shack, “Maple Syrup Stories by the Pond,” 3:00 PM, Tecumseh Land Trust Benefit event

February 27, 2015, 7:00 PM, Montage's, 527 S. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. Storytelling and Story Reading, Poetry Reading from our books: Spine Tingling Tales of Old Japan, Flesh Crawling Tales of Old Japan; Haiku, Triku, Tanka and More; Story of Japanese Poetry vol. I and II.

December 8, 2014, 6:40 to 7:40 PM, “The Art of Storytelling” Gabrielle Civil’s Storytelling Class, Antioch College, Theatre Building, closed event.

December 3, 2014, "Some Sweet and Some Spooky Stories Just for You," Apple Creek Second Grade Students, Apple Creek, Ohio. Closed event.

November 13, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Alice Robrish Gallery, 412 Dayton/YS Road, Yellow Springs, Book Signing/Storytelling/ Story Reading by the Wright's from their new book, Flesh Crawling Tales of Old Japan. Also Sherraid Scott, whose wood block prints illustrate the stories in this book, will demonstrate the art of wood block printing, and Bill Felker, demonstrating journal making. Books and prints will be displayed, many are for sale.

October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, 31 and November 1, 2014; 7:30 to 10:00 PM; "When Scarecrows Creep and Night Crows Screech," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners. These stories are followed by the Haunted Wagon Ride.

October 19, 2014, 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Book Signing/Storytelling/ Story Reading by the Wright's from their new book, Flesh Crawling Tales of Old Japan. Also Sherraid Scott, whose wood block prints illustrate the stories in this book, will demonstrate the art of wood block printing. Books and prints will be displayed, many are for sale. This event is at the Yellow Springs Art Gallery, back space; 111 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

October 22, 2014, "Haunting "Tales from Near and Far," campfire concert for Oak Farm Montessori students. Closed event.

September 2014, 9:00 PM, “Terrifying Tales for a Long, Dark Night,” Apple Creek, Ohio

August 29, 9:00 to 10:00 PM “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” Apple Creek, Ohio

June 6, 2014, 8:00 to 9:00 PM, “By Your Request,” Paradise Heaven Resort, Midway,
Utah.

May 10, 2014, 6:30 to 9:30 PM. "Why Oh Why Ohio? Why did I come? Why do I stay?" YSAC Community Gallery, 111 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio. YSTS: Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf, Harold Wright and Jonatha Wright.

April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM “Appalachian Favorites,” Vale Community Campfire, Yellow
Springs Ohio.

February 3, 2014, “Maple Syrup Stories,” 2:00 PM, Tecumseh Land Trust Benefit at
Flying Mouse Farm, Yellow Springs.

December 5, 2013, 10:30 to 11:15 AM, “Introducing Tandem Telling,” Gabrielle Civil’s
Storytelling Class, Antioch College, Glen Helen Auditorium.

October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2013; 7:30 to 10:00 PM; "When Scarecrows Creep and Night Crows Screech," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners. These stories are followed by the Haunted Wagon Ride.

October 7, 2013, 11:30 AM, “Classic Scary Tales,” Dayton College Women’s Club.

September 20, 2013, 9:00 PM, “Spooky Tales for a Long, Dark Night,” Apple Creek, Ohio.

May 2013, date to be announced, “If It Ain’t True, It Ought to Be!  An evening of Tall Tales. Apple Creek, Ohio.

March 23, 2013, 1:00 to 3:00 PM “Remembering the Dayton Flood and Other Water Stories" Programs for children.  Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton, Ohio.

December 21, 2012, 1:00 PM, “Bitsy Beaver Goes to Europe and Other Tales,” Provo River Nature Preserve, Midway, Utah.

September 21, 2012, 5:30 to 7:30, Literacy Foundation of Springfield, “Never Underestimate the Power of Stories,” Old Springfield Library, Springfield, Ohio.

October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2012; 7:00 to 10:00 PM; "When Night Owls Screech and Spiders Creep," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners.

October 27, 2012, 12:15, 1:15 and 3:15 PM, “Celebrating Nature, Fall and Halloween,” Open House Celebrating Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Vernay Ecological Institute, formerly know as the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH.

September 20, 2012, 2:00 PM, “Classic Tales,” Northridge High School Class of 1949 Reunion, Party Room, Rob’s Restaurant, 705 Arlington Rd., Brookville, OH.

September 14, 2012, 9:00 PM, “Spooky Tales for a Long, Dark Night,” Apple Creek, Ohio.July 12, 2012, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, “Tales of Flight and Fantasy” Summer Camp at Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, 9772Diagonal Road, Mantua, OH, 44255.

June 30, 2012, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, NSN Regional Concert, Cincinnati Marriott at River Center, Cincinnati, OH.

June 8, 2012, 9:20 AM to 10:40 AM, "Special Stories for Special Times,"Camp Phoenix for Children Experiencing Bereavement, St. Paris Park.Grace Lutheran Church, Springfield, Ohio.

May 18, 2012, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, “Stories of Flight,” Timberland Kindergarten and Pre-School, Northridge Schools, Dayton, Ohio.

May 5, 2012, 8:00 to 9:30 PM, OOPS Conference Evening Concert, one of Ohio Featured Tellers: Harold Wright, Mt. Vernon, OH.

February 24, 2012, 2:00 to 3:00 PM, workshop, “Developing Character in Our Characters. R.E.A.C.H. Out Dayton, Sinclair Community College.

January 6, 2012, 6:00 to 7:00 PM, “Seasonal Tales.”  Storytelling for residents and their families, Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, 9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua, OH 44255

October 13, 2011; 7:30 to 9:00 PM, “Terrifying Tales for Adults” with Dinner/Dessert at the haunted Buxton Inn, Granville, Ohio.

September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2011; 7:00 to 10:00 PM; "When Night Owls Screech and Spiders Creep," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners.

September 23, 2011, 8:00 to 9:00 PM, "Spooky Tales for a Long, Dark Night," Apple Creek, Ohio.

July 25, 2011, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, “Classic Tales.” Summer Camp at Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, 9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua, OH, 44255

June 11, 2011 12:00 & 2:00 PM, The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, Live at the Story Tree! NW corner of Mills Lawn School, during the Yellow Springs Street Fair 

June 30, 2011, "Special Stories for Special Times," Camp Phoenix for Children Experiencing Bereavement, Springfield, Ohio.

May 11, 2011, "Classic Fairy Tales," Timberlane Kindergarten and Pre School, Northridge Schools, Dayton, Ohio.

April 25, 2011, 2:00 to 3:00 PM, “Fun Tales for Everyone," Partners for Community Living, Adult Group Homes, Montgomery Co.

April 17, 2011, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, Appalachian Tales, Yellow Springs Unitarian Fellowship.

April 15, 2011, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, StoryBox Treasure Hunt, Yellow Springs Branch of Greene Co. Library System, 415 Xenia Ave. Yellow Springs, Oh 45387.

April 5, 2011, 10:00 to 10:30 AM, "Little Pink Fish Stories," told by Jonatha, as found in her books by the same title: vol. I & II. Southeast Local School District, Wayne County, OH. The preschool at Apple Creek Elementary School.

April 1, 2011, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, "Comedy Night: Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone," with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; Clifton Opera House, Clifton, OH.

March 28, 2011, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, “Classic Tales.” Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, 9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua, OH, 44255

March 18, 2011, "Kent State Ashtabula English Festival," for 7th and 8th grade students; Kent State Campus, Ashtabula. Workshops with Jonatha and Harold Wright, 9:00 to 9:55 and 9:55 to 10:45; Performance, "Tales of Ohio," 12:30 to 1:45 PM

March 12, 2011, The Yellow Springs StoryBox Returns! There will be a celebration performance by Jonatha and Harold, and Dr. Kevin Cordi (who conceived of the StoryBox concept 15 years ago). They will tell some of the stories the box gathered around the world these last two years since it was launched. 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Yellow Springs branch of the Greene County Library system, 415 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH, 45387

December 19, 2010, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, “Favorite Stories of Jonatha and Harold Wright,” a private event at the home of Macy and Roger Reynolds, Yellow Springs

October 31, 2010, 10:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight, "Fright Nite:  Terrifying Tales for Adults," with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinner; Clifton Opera House, Clifton, Ohio.  Suggested donation $7.00 per person.  Stories are more terrifying as the night goes on, and our lights are extinguished, one by one, until DARKNESS!

October 29, 2010, 1:30 to 2:30 PM, "Ghosts and Goulish Tales from the US and the World: Contrasts and Comparisons." Charles I Lathrem Senior Center, Kettering, Ohio.

October 9, 2010, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00 PM, The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, Live at the Story Tree! NW corner of Mills Lawn School, during the Yellow Springs Street Fair. Drop by and Listen, Free.

October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2010; 7:00 to 10:00 PM; "When Night Owls Screech and Spiders Creep," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners.

July 4, 2010, Liar's Contest at Young's Jersey Dairy, 3 to 4:00 PM Children's Liars' Contest; 4:30 to 6:30 Adult Liars' Contest and the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners. This is part of Youngs "Small Town American Celebration BBQ Weekend."

June 23, 2010, 10:30 AM, "Water, Water Everywhere: Ohio Water Ecology Stories," Yellow Springs Library.

June 18, 2010, "Special Stories for Special Times," Camp Phoenix for Children Experiencing Bereavement, Springfield, Ohio.

June 12, 2010 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00 PM, The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, Live at the Story Tree! NW corner of Mills Lawn School, during the Yellow Springs Street Fair. Drop by and Listen, Free.

May 17, 2010, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, “Two Thousand Years of Tales from Japan,” Fairborn Branch of the Greene Co. Library. Open to the public.

May 4, 2010, "Classic Fairy Tales," Timberlane Kindergarten and Pre School, Northridge Schools, Dayton, Ohio.

April 23, 2010, 3:00 to 5:00 PM "Classic Tales," Eagle and Dove After School program, Springfield, Ohio.

April 20, 2010, 7:00 PM, "Strong Women: Infamous and Inspiring," Orrville, Ohio, Mother's Study Club Banquet.

April 19, 2010, "Tales from the Japanese Creation Mythology," 1:30 PM, Yellow Springs Shakespeare Club, YS Senior Center.

April 18, 2010, 10:45 and between 1:00 to 3:00 PM, "Ecology Stories," Fifth Annual Green Fair:  "Respect Life, Restore Earth, Renew Spirit," Akron, Ohio, Unitarian Universalist Church.

April 15, 2010,  2:00 to 4:00 PM, Return of the StoryBoxes Celebration, Jonatha and Harold Wright, "The StoryBox Story, in Tandem," Ohio State Student Union, Columbus, Ohio.

April 9-11, 2010, "Eco Storyteller's Retreat," Yellow Springs Tale Spinners and US Eco Tellers, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

March 15, 2010, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, “Love and Courtship Stories: 1900 through 1991,” Fairborn Branch of the Greene Co. Library. Open to the public.  

March 20, 2010, two performances: 1:00 and  3:00 PM, “Fun Tales for Everyone," Partners for Community Living, Adult Group Homes, Montgomery Co.

March 26, 2010, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, "Tall Tales for the Adult Audience," with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; Clifton Opera House, Clifton, OH.

February 8, 2010, celebrating the books of children's author, Patricia Polacco, with Mills Lawn Elementary School, assemblies for the students.

Month of January 2010, various performances of Ohio and Ohio Appalachian Tales, "The Big Read," town of Hamilton, Ohio, reads and celebrates John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, Hamilton, Ohio. January 27th, 12 noon to 1:00 PM, at the Egghead Cafe, 221 High Street, Hamilton, open to the public. January 28th, 1:00 PM, Berkley Square, Hamilton, Ohio.

November 30, 2009, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, “Woodchips and Quilt Scraps: Four Generations of Family Tales,” Fairborn Branch of the Greene Co. Library. Open to the public.

November 7, 2010, "Fabricating Fabulous Fibs and Fables" workshop, The Kentucky Storytelling Association 6th Annual Kentucky Storytelling Conference at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY

October 10, 2009, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00 PM, The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, Live at the Story Tree! NW corner of Mills Lawn School, during the Yellow Springs Street Fair. Drop by and Listen, Free.

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2009; 7:00 to 10:00 PM; "When Night Owls Screech and Spiders Creep," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners.

September 18, 2009, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, "Fright Nite: Terrifying Tales for Adults," with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; Clifton Opera House, Clifton, Ohio.

September 5, 2009, "Love and Marriage, American Style, 1900 through 1991," Wedding Reception, Canton, Ohio.

July 18, 19 and 20,  Jonatha and Harold Wright in concert, Japanese Stories, as part of the Opening Celebrations of the East Wing of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Friday, July 17, 2009, 5 PM and 7 PM
  • Saturday, July 18, 2009, 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 19, 2009, 1 and 3:30 PM

Jonatha and Harold Wright appeared July 17, 18 and 19, 2009, at the Cleveland Museum of Art's East Wing Opening Events, to tell traditional Japanese Tales near the ceramic installation of Toshiko Takaezu's Moon Suite. Photo by Jim Lang.

July 4, 2009, Liar's Contest at Young's Jersey Dairy 3 to 3:30 PM Children's Performance; 3:30 to 4:00 Adult Challenge Winners compete for prizes; 4 to 4:30 PM YSTS Liars, 4:30 to 5:00 PM The Grand Liar from Hamilton, Ohio, Rick Carson. This is part of Youngs "Small Town American Celebration BBQ Weekend."

June 13, 2009, 10:00 to 10:30 AM, 11:00  to 11:30 AM, 1:00 to 1:30 PM and 2:00 to 2:30 PM, Stories Under the Mills Lawn Story Tree, Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, Yellow Springs Street Fair, Ohio.

June 19, 2009, 9:55 to 10:30 "Stories of Adversity and Triumph," (younger children), 10:30 to 11:05 (older children), Camp Phoenix, Community Mercy Hospice, Springfield, Ohio.

June 20 and 27, 2009, 3 to 5 PM. Liar's Challenge, to choose contestants for July 4th Liar's Contest. Sponsored by Young's Jersey Dairy and the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, YSTS (Jonatha and Harold Wright, Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf and Shane Dickey). First and Second Place winners will compete on Independence Day 2009. Adults to age 16.

  1. June 27, 2009, 9 AM to Noon, Fibs and Fables Coaching for children who want to compete in the Challenge for the Liar's contest.
  2. June 27, 2009, 1 to 3 PM. Liar's Challenge as above, for children 15 and under.  The four winners will perform on July 4th.

June 6, 2009, 9 AM to 12 Noon, "Fabricating Fabulous Fibs and Fables" workshop, Young's World Headquarters, Young's Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

June 3 & 4, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, StoryBox Festival, Hale Hall, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

May 8, 2009, 3:00 to 5:30 PM, "Stories from Our Story Quilt," Eagle and Dove Academy, Central United Methodist Church, Springfield, Ohio.

May 7, 2009, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, "Stories from the Yellow Springs StoryBox," Yellow Springs Library, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
April 2, 2009, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, "Tall Tales for the Adult Audience," with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; Clifton Opera House, Clifton, OH.

March 20, 2009, "Kent State Ashtabula English Festival," for 7th and 8th grade students; Kent State Campus, Ashtabula. Workshops with Jonatha and Harold Wright, 9:00 to 9:55 and 9:55 to 10:45; Performance, "Tales of Ohio," 12:30 to 1:45 PM

February 31, 2009, "Kimono Exhibit and Celebration of Japan," Featuring workshops and programs with Jonatha and Harold Wright. Canton Cultural Center, Canton, Ohio.

February 21, 2009, "Kimono Exhibit and Celebration of Japan," Featuring workshops 10 AM & 2 PM, and concerts 12 PM and 4 PM, with Jonatha and Harold Wright. Canton Cultural Center, Canton, Ohio.

February 14, 2009, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, "Celebrating Couples," Stories about 'Couples' and 'Valentines,' Liberty Heights Interfaith Congregation, Mason Ohio.

February 6 & 7, 2009, Calvinist Retreat at Shaker Village, Kentucky. Feb. 6th, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, “Storytelling with Jonatha and Harold;” Feb. 7th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, “Storytelling Workshop with Jonatha and Harold.

December 13, 1:00 to 5:00 PM; Miami Valley Storytellers Christmas Party, 306 N. Winter St., Yellow Springs, OH. Bring a food dish and a story. What, no story? Then bring your listening ears and clapping hands.

November 13, 2008; 6:30 to 7:30 PM; "Harvest Tales: the Bounty of Storytelling," family stories with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; a benefit program for Glen Helen Nature Preserve; Glen Helen Bldg., Yellow Springs, OH.

October 3, 4, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, 2008, 7:00 to 10:00 PM; "When Night Owls Screech and Spiders Creep," Scary Stories at Young's Dairy, HWY 68. Clark County, Ohio; Featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners.

October 10, 2008; 7:30 to 9:30 PM "Fright Nite with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinner;" Clifton Opera House, Clifton, OH

September 30, 2008, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM; "Voices and Non-Verbal Techniques in Storytelling" Workshop. Montgomery County Family Service's Culture Fair.

September 23 and 30, 2008, 6:00 to 9:00 PM; "The World of Storytelling, Part I and Part II." Workshops on basic storytelling skills. Non Stop Liberal Arts Institute. This event is open to Non Stop students and the Yellow Springs community. Location:  306 N. Winter, Yellow Springs, OH

July 28, 2008, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM;  "The Yellow Springs Truth Commission's Storytelling and Open Microphone, Sam and Eddie's Open Books' Courtyard

July 24, 2008; 6:30 to 7:45 PM; "Cool Tales for a Summer Night," family stories with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; a benefit program for Glen Helen Nature Preserve; Glen Helen Bldg., Yellow Springs, OH

June 30, 2008, 8:00 to 10:00 PM; "Barefootin': Summertime Tales, featuring the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners;" Natasha's Cafe, Lexington, KY.

May 22, 2008, 6:30 to 7:45 PM; "Leap Into Spring: Tales of Growth and Wonder," family stories with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, a benefit program for Glen Helen Nature Preserve; Glen Helen Bldg., Yellow Springs, OH

May 7, 2008, "Water, Water, Everywhere: Ohio Water Ecology Stories," Children's Water Festival, University of Dayton; Dayton, OH

May 2 & 3, 2008; Workshop Presentation and OLIO, "Double Your Fun: Telling in Tandem;" O.O.P.S! Conference, Mt. Vernon, OH

April 25, 2008, 1:30 to 3:30; Highland Ohio Senior Center, AHSC's Project "Save Our Stories:" Story/Oral History Collecting/Taping

April 22, 2008; Yellow Springs Earth Day Celebration; 7:00 PM, Westminister Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH.

April 20, 2008, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; "WKS 364: The Art of Storytelling;" 1 college credit seminar at Antioch University's McGregor College; Yellow Springs, OH. for more information: www.mcgregor.edu

April 15, 2008, 8:45 to 11:00 AM and 6:30 to 8:30 PM; Project SOS Volunteer Training Workshop: Gathering Oral Histories, presented by Jonatha and Harold Wright; Drama Classes, Meigs High School, Pomoroy, OH.

April 12, 2008, March 12, 2008, 6:00 PM; Campfire Stories, Friends Care Community Center, 150 E. Herman St., Yellow Springs, OH.

April 5, 2008, "Project SOS Stories," DAR of Highland County, Hillsboro, OH

April 4, 2008, 7:30 to 9:30 PM; "Tall Tales" with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; Clifton Opera House, Clifton, OH

April 2, 2008; Book Signing, "Spine Tingling Tales of Old Japan," with stories told by Jonatha and Harold; Japanese Traditional Dance, and art show of original book illustrations presented by the book's illustrator, Tico Sase; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

March 12, 2008, 6:00 PM; Campfire Stories, Friends Care Community Center, 150 E. Herman St., Yellow Springs, OH.

March 5, 2008; 10:30 AM; " Project SOS Stories," Sardinia Senior Center, Sardinia, OH

February 22 & 23, 2008; "Presentation: Development of a Storytelling Program on Ohio Water Ecology;" Environmental Storytellers Retreat, Shaw Nature Center, St. Louis, MO

February 12, 2008; 9:30 to 11:00 AM; "The Story of Japanese Poetry, a presentation by Harold Wright:" The Columbus Academy, Columbus, OH

February 7, 2008; 4:30 PM; "Famous, Fabulous and Infamous Ohioans," Cridersville-Otterbein Senior Center, Cridersville, OH

February 5, 2008; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Project SOS Volunteer Training Workshop: Gathering Oral Histories, presented by Jonatha and Harold Wright; Meigs County Library, Pomoroy, OH

January 19, 2008; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Project SOS Volunteer Training Workshop: Gathering Oral Histories, presented by Jonatha and Harold Wright; Southern State Community College, Hillsboro, OH; Highland County

January 24, 2008; "Tickle Tales to Warm Your Winter," a benefit concert for families by the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners; 6:30 to 8:00 PM, Glen Helen Bldg., Yellow Springs, OH

Nov. 26th Wandering Storytellers at Natasha's Bistro, Lexington, KY, 9:00 PM. Featured tellers: Jonatha and Harold Wright

October 13, featured storytellers at Jerseyville Festival, Shade Ohio Community Center

October 5, 2006, "Fright Night," Clifton Opera House, Clifton, Ohio, 7 to 9 PM; The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners

September 21, 2007, Book/CD Signing and Reading from "Haiku, Triku and More," Harold Wright; Sam and Eddie's Open Books, Yellow Springs, 7 to 9 PM.

September 22, 2007, "Water Stories of Ohio," Glen Helen Building, 7 to 8:15 PM; The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners

September 14-15, 2007: Tandem Storytelling Workshop, ‘Once Upon A Time” storytelling conference, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

September 16, 2007: Quilt Barn Stories, Champaign County, Ohio

August 5, 2007: Antioch University McGregor, ‘The Art of Storytelling, WS 364.’ This is an eight hour workshop, 8 am to 5 pm on a Sunday.

June 29, 2007: Hillsboro, Ohio, Senior Center.  Final Friday program

June 1, 2007: Seven Hills Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio

May 26, 2007: Riverblast Festival, in appearance with the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, Riverscape Park, Dayton, Ohio

May 19, 2007: Liar’s Contest, Hockhocking Festival, Nelsonville, Ohio.  Harold Wright won first place!

May 18, 2007: Appalachian Unsung Heroes Awards Breakfast, Sinclair Community College:  Outstanding Arts and Humanities Award, Jonatha and Harold Wright

May 12, 2007: Asian Festival, AHAI, Wright State University

May 9, 2007: Children’s Water Festival 2007,  University of Dayton; Ohio

April 25, 2007: Multicultural Assembly, Lakota East High School, West Chester, Ohio

April 17, 2007: Storytelling With Children Podcast and Blog, Jonatha Wright:  Cross-cultural Storytelling.  Go to:  www.storytellingwithchildren.com

March 22, 2007: Lion’s Club, Hillsboro, Ohio

March 21, 2007: Speak Easy, Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by Storytellers of Central Ohio. Featured Tellers.  More information at:  www.socotales.org

March 3, 2007: Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, “Magical Tales.” Four stories: Peer Gynt, Firebird, Afternoon of a Faun and El Amor Brujo, brought to musical life and enhanced with storytelling

March 2, 2007: REACH Across Dayton.  AM session on Collecting Folktales for Telling.  PM Breakout Session:  Similarities and Differences in Japanese and American Stories and Storytelling.  Sinclair Community College

February 3, 2007; Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, “Magical Tales.” Four stories: Peer Gynt, Firebird, Afternoon of a Faun and El Amor Brujo, are brought to musical life and enhanced with storytelling. Read More:  www.springfieldsym.org

January 21, 2007: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs, 10:00 AM. “You Tell Me Your Story and I’ll Tell You Mine,” A discussion on Project S. O. S. (Save Our Stories) in Appalachian Ohio, March 2007 to March 2008

Nov. 2005 - 2006: Tellabration, Anderson Township, OH, sponsored by Greater Anderson Promotes Peace, “Japanese Stories” featured tellers,

October 30, 2006: “Fright Night," Clifton Opera House, Clifton, OH.

September 22 to 24, 2006: "Art of Storytelling" workshop, and concert; Women's Retreat at Camp Akita, Ohio

June 30, 2006: Deepwater Theater, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina; concert

August 5, 2006: DVD Release Party, "Pieces from Our Story Quilt," Underdog Cafe at The Emporium, Yellow Springs, Ohio

May 24, 2006: Miami Valley School, Dayton, Ohio; Appalachian stories and workshop

May 21, 2006: Berea Arts and Crafts Festival, Berea, Kentucky; concert

May 18, 2006: Barnes and Noble, Beavercreek, Ohio; featured tellers, Japanese stories

August 10 - 15, and March 9 - 14: Monroe and Noble Counties, Ohio. Intergenerational Storytelling Project: Ohio's Appalachian counties. Storytelling and Story Gathering

1996 through 2006: McGregor School, Antioch University, “The Art of Storytelling”

December 2, 2005: Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA), Santa Fe, NM, “The Story of Japanese Poetry,”  Visiting Professor, Harold Wright

November 6, 2005: St. Paul Lutheran, Smithville, Ohio, Stories for Katrina/Rita Relief

November 12, 2005: KSA Annual Conference; Greensboro, KY, workshops: “Use Poetry to Spice Up Your  Storytelling" and “Cross-Cultural Storytelling

October 31, 2005: Booth House Independent Living, Cincinnati, Ohio, “Ghostly Tales”

October 2005 and 2004: Fright Nite, Web Coffee House, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Spring  Semester, 1994 through 2005: Kyoto Seika University, Beginning English, “Japanese Favorite Folk Tales”

February 27, 2005: St. Paul Lutheran, Smithville, Ohio, Stories for Tsunami Relief

November 6, 2004: Tellabration, Winton Woods, sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild, featured tellers

November 4, 2004: KSA Annual Conference, Bardstown, KY, workshops: “Telling in Tandem” and “Telling  Japanese Stories”

October  1999 through 2004: Japanese Department Ghost Story Concert, Wittenberg College, featured tellers

September 21, 2004: Once Upon a Time Storytelling Conference, Ashland College, Ohio, workshop presenters, “Creating Bridges: Cross Cultural Storytelling

August 31, 2003: Highland County Fair, Ohio, Storytelling Concert Featured Tellers

1999 through 2004: Festival of Japan, Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, Ohio, Japanese Stories, Featured Tellers

The Kyoto Connection, an international performing arts forum, Kyoto, Japan, guest artists performing poetry 1987 through 2003, stories 1994 through 2003

1996: Bilingual Poetry Performance, Poet Tanikawa Shuntaro reading his original work and  Harold Wright reading his translations of these works, Kyoto Seika University