John Schulz Living Room: Finding the living room

February 17, 2019 by John Schulz Finding the living room The first part of November, I started a series of living room posts by quoting Emmy Lou Harris who said, “With radio, television, and other intrusions, we have lost the living room, where people would gather to...

John Schulz’s Living Room: The Southern Balladeer

February 16, 2019 by John Paul Schulz Enhancing the movable living room. Andy Offutt Irwin is the second of two champion storytellers who will be coming to Rome, GA for the Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival. “…peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of...

John Schulz’s Living Room: The Wonder Bra of Storytelling

February 15, 2019 by John Paul Schulz Interesting visitors in the living room “Bil Lepp is the Wonder Bra of storytelling. He takes something small and insignificant and pushes it up into something real-l-l-ly big and mi-i-i-ghty interesting.”— Barbara McBride Smith,...

John Schulz’s Living Room: YoungTales

February 14, 2019 by John Schulz “You come to a point in your life when you really don’t care what people think about you, you just care what you think about yourself.” — Evel Knievel One of the things I admire most about the Rome, Ga. Storytellers...
Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Thank You To Friends of the Festival! The Debby Brown YoungTales program is possible through donations to Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild and admission fees for The Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival. The support of the sponsors and Friends of the Festival is...
2019 Festival Week Schedule

2019 Festival Week Schedule

2019 Festival Week Schedule Festival Events Rome City Auditorium  601 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161 Friday, March 15 8 p.m. Opening Night with Andy & Bil Saturday, March 16 9-11:30 a.m. Andy & Bil’s Workshop: The methods behind the madness! For storytellers,...
2019 Featured Teller: Andy Offutt Irwin

2019 Featured Teller: Andy Offutt Irwin

“Andy took me on a journey unlike any other, full of heart and gut busting humor all wrapped in a hauntingly, beautiful story. When it comes to originality Andy is a piece of the American storytelling puzzle that is not shaped like any other…” — Kevin Kling,...
2019 Featured Teller: Bil Lepp

2019 Featured Teller: Bil Lepp

“Bil Lepp is the Wonder Bra of storytelling. He takes something small and insignificant and pushes it up into something real-l-l-ly big and mi-i-i-ghty interesting.” — Barbara McBride Smith, storyteller   Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, Bil Lepp...
Sign up for the Big Fibbers Contest

Sign up for the Big Fibbers Contest

  Registration for the 2019 Big Fibbers Contest has closed! Buy your tickets to see the twelve finalists from five states vie for cash prizes. Will Melanie Knauff successfully defend her title. Will Denise Mount mount a comeback and break into first place? Will...
Join us for the Fifth Annual Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival

Join us for the Fifth Annual Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival

The Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild is proud to introduce the 5th Annual Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival and its educational component, the Debby Brown YoungTales Program. Our Big Fibbers Festival brings the best storytellers in the nation to Rome and draws...