Storytelling

It's what we are.

Storytelling is human nature. Stone Soup aims to build community by nurturing and promoting the performance art of storytelling, which can be spoken word, art, poetry, music, entertainment or conversation. Everyone has a story.

Festival

It's what we do.

The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival is held annually every April in downtown Woodruff, SC with storytellers from across the country. There are events for every age group. We are the Official Storytelling Festival of South Carolina.

Stone Soup at MUSE 134

It's where we are.

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.

News and Updates

2019 New Voices

Congratulations to the New Voices for 2019! As you can see this is a diverse group of storytellers from all over the country. The New Voices will present in two different sessions on Saturday, April 27th at 10:00 – 11:15 AM and 1:30 – 2:45 PM. Both sessions will be held at the Woodruff Community…

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Featured Tellers Selected for the 2019 Festival

The Stone Soup board members reached a consensus and asked the following 2018 New Voices to return as Featured Tellers for the 2019 festival: Tony Marr, Sam Pearsall, Jeff Doyle and Karen Pillsworth. Congratulations! We’re excited to hear the stories they will tell! Stone Soup selects Featured Tellers from the pool of New Voices from…

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MUSE 134 is open!

If you get the chance come poke your head in the door at 134 South Main Street, Woodruff, SC. You won’t believe what Tom (Davies) has done with the place thanks to a lot of hard work and a little help from his friends. There is some major mojo going on! MUSE 134 is the…

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2019 Festival Date – April 26-28

April 26-28, 2019 Save the date, circle it, tell all your friends because the week after Easter is going to be story telling heaven in Woodruff, SC in 2019. We hope you will make plans to join us for a spectacular weekend of activities. Lots more details to come to stay tuned.

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Spotlight

Regi Carpenter

Regi Carpenter

Reg Carpenter has been bringing songs and stories to audiences of all ages for over twenty years throughout the world. Regi has toured her solos shows and workshops nationally and internationally. Regi will be beginning the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival days with stories in Spartanburg on Wednesday, April 25, from 7-8:30pm at the Main Headquarters of the Spartanburg County Public Library. Regi will perform SNAP! the true tale of her severe mental illness as a teenager and her journey back to reality. Regi will facilitate two workshops on Thursday. The second workshop,The Power of Storytelling in Clinical Care and the Nonprofit Sector, will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 1-4pm and is open to healthcare professionals and nonprofits. Please contact us for information. Regi will entertain us with stories throughout the festival with stories and bits from her memoir, “Where There’s Smoke, There’s dinner: stories of a seared childhood” and tales of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent. Regi will give voice to multi-generations through her tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump. Her stories will leave you longing for more. Regi has received many awards, including the Storytelling World, Parent’s Choice and Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award. Regi has been featured on Sirius Radio, Apple Seed Radio, The Moth and NPR.
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What Others Say...

"Storytelling is a lost art and one that our future generation [should] learn."
- Stone Soup at MUSE visitor

"It was a fantastic festival. So many great stories and tellers, such passion and dedication and SUNSHINE."
- New Voice participant, 2018 festival

"Really enjoyed seeing my kids eyes glued to something other than TV!"
- Ghost Story Series attendee

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