Where Stories Come to Life

WHY STORIES?

“Because stories matter.
Because stories have power.
Because stories have the power to change people.”

– Noa Baum

We all have a story.

We all need to be heard.

Mark Your calendars for 2023

Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

April 20 – 23, 2023

Pop-Ups are coming!

Jeff Doyle

Storyteller & Humorist

MUSE 134

in Woodruff, SC

 

Home to Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

134 S. Main Street, Woodruff, SC 29388

Storytelling & Music

Art Exhibits

Open Mic Nights

Pop-Up Events

Including Halloween on Main

Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

 

15 + 11 =

It’s Where We Are!

MUSE 134

In addition to the annual festival, Stone Soup hosts events that showcase the art of storytelling in the community. Many of these events are held at the headquarters of Stone Soup, MUSE 134 on South Main Street in Woodruff, SC.

Our MUSES may include: Storytelling, Poetry, Spoken Word, Music, Dance, Art, Exhibits, History, Conversations, Celebrations, Films, Educational Classes and more…

Tom and Karyn Davies

What Others Say

I sure wish someone in Woodruff would do more events like this on a regular basis.

Juneteenth In The 'Ruff Attendee

Really enjoyed seeing my kids’ eyes glued to something other than TV!”

Ghost Story Series Attendee

“This was such a nice enjoyable event for the whole community to come together and enjoy each other’s company.” 

Juneteenth In The 'Ruff Attendee

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Stone Soup Storytelling
Stone Soup Storytelling3 weeks ago
THE POWER OF STORY! Healing.
One of Stone Soup's favs, Regi Carpenter

Hey, September 8-10! Great line-up. Online available.

From Timpanogos Storytelling, a wonderful write up about one of our favs, Regi Carpenter written by Sharon Haddock. Regi Carpenter Tells Stories of Personal Growth
By Sharon Haddock

Regi Carpenter had a nervous breakdown when she was 16. But instead of defining her teenage years as discouraging and sad, it was instead a real turning point, Carpenter says. “It was very positive. It became a story of recovery.”

Carpenter, now 64, is not afraid to share very personal stories. “I heard somebody tell a personal story, so I went looking for the stories I could
share. I feel very alive when I’m telling my stories—the shared experience, the shared humanity. It’s fun,” she says. “I think we need to listen to stories. Here in the world, it’s what we can do to heal ourselves and give each other the opportunity to find joy and empathy.”

Carpenter is the youngest child in a “family full of contradictions—religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible” as she puts it, and “grew up in a small town on a big river with an undercurrent.” She describes herself as a ‘river rat.’

Regi has been telling stories professionally for more than 20 years. Her keynote stories remind listeners of the impact each person in the world has on others. Tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons, and drives to the dump give voice to multi-generational family life and feature people like her who grew up on the St. Lawrence River.

Carpenter, who was a featured teller at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival two years ago when the event was held online due to the pandemic, is excited about performing at the Festival “in person” for the first time.

Regi has received a variety of awards including the Parent’s Choice, Storytelling World, and Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Awards. Her story “Snap!” (the true story of her battle with severe mental illness) was a winner at the Boston Story Slam. She is the founder of “Stories with Spirit,” an initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and hope to grieving children and the caregivers who serve them in hospices, hospitals, and homes. She has taken her solo shows and workshops to theaters, schools, and festivals on the national and international stage. Please join us as we welcome Regi to our stage!

We love it whenever Regi drops by!
Stone Soup Storytelling
Stone Soup Storytelling1 month ago
What makes a good story?
Stone Soup Storytelling
Stone Soup Storytelling1 month ago
What an experience! What an exhibit! Thanks so much to Roderice's family for sharing his works and spirit with us.

Forever in our hearts. Thank you.

We hope that you took this chance to experience the art and stories of an exceptional man

Hours:
Wed: 9 - 2 pm
Thur - Sat: 3 - 7 pm
Exhibit runs through July 9

134 S. Main Street, Woodruff, SC 29388

See his work, celebrate his life, learn from his lessons. Remembering & Honoring TheMadddartist

#MADDDARTIST #StoneSoupAtMUSE134 #SpartanburgArtist #RemeberingAndHonoring

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