The Beaches League of Storytellers started on a stormy day at a tea party with storytelling in October 1982 among friends of Marjorie Harrell in Jacksonville. All present were interested in forming a storytelling league. A charter from the National Story League was received in 1983 with fourteen members. In 1989 the league hosted the Eastern convention with 225 delegates. On October 18, 2003 on the league's 20th anniversary and the National Story League's 100th birthday, a celebration was held at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. There were storytellers from both the Beaches League and the Northside Storytellers. Over thirty years the Beaches League of Storytellers has told stories in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey and all over North Florida. In 2008 the league held its first "Northeast Florida Gathering of Storytellers" at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. This was celebrated each year including our 30th anniversary in 2013. That fall due to a reduction in members, the meetings were moved to Pablo Towers in Jacksonville Beach, but in September 2014 monthly meetings are again held at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Over the years we have told stories in retirement homes, churches, schools, camps, parks, etc. and continue to do so when members are available.


The purpose of our group is to attract and support individuals interested in the art of storytelling, and its many applications, such as teaching, the ministry, entertainment, etc. We also promote the art of storytelling in our community at public events and special events.


Each meeting has a workshop, story telling, story games, coaching when wanted. Members have an opportunity to tell in public and are given a folder with print-outs from work shops held each month.


Betty and George Mills at the "Hamlet" retirement home in Oct. 2009 telling stories

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