Debra Ballou, storyteller, writer, educator, and fellow traveler of the trails of life returns to the Corner House Inn’s Storytelling Dinner program on Thursday, Dec. 4th to share stories from various cultures. Debra’s wanderings lead her to fascinating places that provided life experiences in natural history and cultural history. Whether it’s from the peak of Mount Washington to the shores of Isle Madame off the coast of Cape Breton, from the glacier of Mount Marmalada in the Italian Alps to the canals of Venice, or from the fields, forests, lakes, and streams of New Hampshire to Mangrove Everglades of Florida, Debra always looks for tales to tell. These adventures, among many others, lend fuel to the imagination of this Eco teller as she continuously looks for the story of nature and nature in story.
For over 15 years Debra has been telling stories to audiences of all ages incorporating folktales, fairy tales, Native American stories, original stories, personal adventures, and poems. She often uses musical instruments, singing, and/or audience participation to enhance the experience. She performs in the expected venues such as retirement communities, schools, libraries, nature centers, festivals, Elderhostel programs, children’s camps, etc. and the more unexpected places like a car dealership waiting room, the deck of a ship, and a workshop on small business finance. Her recent journeys have kept her closer to home performing a variety of stories for Read Across America programs for schools and libraries in New Hampshire, including excerpts from Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.
Debra encourages others to explore the natural world and its influence on their cultural heritage by combining her background in biological science and environmental education with storytelling when she conducts workshops around the New England area. A member of LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling), she has served on their Board of Trustees including stints as President and Treasurer. Currently she serves as the coordinator and facilitator for the Seacoast Storytellers Guild, which is one of five Story Guilds in New Hampshire. Debra was the 2012 recipient of the “Gateways Award” from the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance because she “consistently promotes community, understanding, and appreciation through the oral tradition of story telling.” No matter where Debra Ballou travels she brings, from the mountains to the sea, Tales from the Heart.
Storytelling Dinners are held each Thursday evening at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich from late October through May. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and includes salad, entrée, dessert, coffee and glass of wine, along with great storytelling entertainment. The cost is $19.95 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or reservations contact the Corner House Inn at 284-6219 or online at email@example.com.