TT Winter Retreat

tenkillerThe Territory Tellers continues its tradition of hosting a free winter retreat for fellowship between longtime members, to get acquainted with new and potential ones, to provide opportunities to advance learning, to practice storytelling skills and to entertain the community. Please join us, whether you are familiar with TT and storytelling or whether this is all new to you.

Jan. 27-29, 2017

Tenkiller Lodge
26247 Highway 82
Keys-Park Hill OK

(At the Intersection of Highway 82 & Indian Road in Keys)

The retreat will begin at 3:30 on Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, and continue until 10:00 a.m.on Sun.,  Jan. 29. The events and workshops are free. Guests will pay for their lodge room and evening meals.

The schedule is detailed below, and you can also download a copy HERE.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, Jan. 27


Teresa Vail telling a story

4:30-6:00 p.m.
TT Festival Steering Committee Meeting

Table-Telling: Sit down at the table and enjoy this informal storytelling session where you can practice a story in an encouraging environment. Lodge Lobby. Hosted by Betty Perkins.

Dinner at Big Red Restaurant

Evening Concert: An evening of stories from Rosemary Czarski, Barbara Jones, Pat Kardaleff, Steve Kardaleff, and Chester Weems. MC: Liz Parker

lodge Saturday, Jan. 28

 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

TT Board Meeting

Story Games Workshop: Join workshop leader Shaun Perkins and have some fun with storytelling games in a fun group setting.

Noon-1:00 p.m.
Lunch/Story Swap: Bring a story of 5-7 minutes to tell or come to listen or both! Lunch provided by the Territory Tellers.

Finding Your Story and making It Your Own:  The purpose of the workshop is to help storytellers find which stories are right for them to tell and the steps to take to make the story sound original and personal to the teller. Facilitator: Tony Hardman


TT President Tony Hardman telling a story

Afternoon Concert: Enjoy an hour of stories from Lorie Carmichael, Tony Hardman, Liz Parker, and Shaun Perkins. MC/Host: Teresa Vail

Dinner at Big Red Restaurant

Ghost Tales Concert: Get scared and be scary at this concert. Special guest Cherokee storyteller Sequoyah Guess. Other tellers include Kareth Bodman Moore, Stephanie Scott and Bonnie Smith. Host: Chester Weems

 Sunday, Jan. 29

Breakfast: Egg casserole served by Dondi Rodgers, Sheron Rodgers & Connie LeGrange in the Event Hall

Weekend Story Round-Up: An informal weekend wrap-up activity during breakfast


Special Guest: Sequoyah Guess

New and old members will get a chance to tell a story or more to hone their skills and entertain one another.

A continental breakfast is included with the price of the room and is served from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.. Lunch on Saturday will be provided by the Territory Tellers free of charge. We will gather for Friday and Saturday night meals at the Big Red Restaurant across the street from the Lodge. Payment for your restaurant meal will be your responsibility.

 Click here for a Google Map with directions to the Lodge. To reserve a Lodge room, call 918-453-9000.tenkiller2

Tenkiller Lodge is in northeastern Oklahoma in a beautiful setting a few miles from Tahlequah and the beautiful blue waters of Tenkiller Lake. It is about 80 miles east and south of Tulsa. From the Oklahoma City area, it is about 170 miles east and easily reachable from I-40.

For more information about the retreat, contact Shaun Perkins, 918-864-9152 or at

TO REGISTER (this costs nothing–it’s just for our records)–please fill out the Contact Form below.