By Nicole Collins
Woodruff-based nonprofit, Stone Soup Storytelling, is hosting a virtual storytelling event on Sunday Nov. 22 to honor veterans.
The virtual event, Veterans Unfiltered Stories, will feature two storytellers, Jim Rentz, a retired chaplain and counselor who grew up in Woodruff, and Tony Marr, a master storyteller living in Jonesborough, T.N. Shelly Roehrs, who served in the National Guard, will emcee the event.
“We welcome everyone,” says Karyn Page-Davis, president of Stone Soup Storytelling. “Although, some of the stories may be quite graphic for young people. Parents and general listeners should be aware of the unfiltered approach that the stories demand.”
Even though his presence at the November event will be virtual, award winning speaker and storyteller Tony Marr is no stranger to Stone Soup. He was one of the featured tellers at the 2019 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival and also a New Voices contestant at the 2018 festival.
The virtual event will be hosted on ZOOM on Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. Event information and registration is available on the Stone Soup Storytelling Facebook page. Tickets cost $5 or whatever donation amount you can give to support Stone Soup.
This is the first of several virtual events Stone Soup plans on holding over the next few months leading up to the annual festival in April. Page-Davies hopes that the 2021 Stone Soup Storytelling festival on April 23-25 will be “live and in-person in downtown Woodruff on our Main Street stages.” The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival is the official storytelling festival of South Carolina.