The Shells and Tales Storytelling Festival started out with a huge success at the Thirsty Goat last Friday night.

The Shells and Tales Storytelling Festival started out with a huge success at the Thirsty Goat last Friday night.  The Liar’s Challenge was the first of three events of the Festival. 

The Liar’s Challenge was sponsored by the Coastal Community Association.  This event drew in liars from as far as Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado and, closer to home, Panama City, Cape San Blas and Tallahassee. 

The first place winner was Paul Phelps from Colorado whose lobster tale kept everyone in stitches.  Wayne Garrett of Panama City was the second-place winner with his dog and the blasted pollen and Robyn Rennick won third-place with her story of duck hunting and marriage proposals. 

The Thirsty Goat rang with laughter from the 90-plus audience who were a combination of locals and winter visitors.  Other tellers who enthralled the listeners were VieVie Baird, Sharon Griffith, Pat Hardman, Don Rozhon, Andy Brostrom and Brooks Jones.

The Shells and Tales Storytelling Festival continues the weekend of Feb. 28-March 1.

“Wine, Cheese and Grown Up Stories”, a great evening of storytelling by professional storytellers, Pat Nease, Robyn Rennick and Bob Patterson, will be enjoyed at the Gulf Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College.  This event starts at 6 p.m. Friday with admission of $20 each or 2 for $35.  

Wine from Port Fine Wines and Spirits and a variety of cheeses from Sunset Coastal Grill will round out the evening.

A Basic Storytelling Workshop will be presented by the professional storytellers on Saturday morning, March 1, starting at 10 a.m. also at the Gulf Franklin Campus.   Tickets are $20 each and $10 for GCSC students.  If you are a grandparent and want to keep the family history alive, a teacher who wants to make history more exciting for your students, a Sunday school teacher or preacher who wants to make the bible come alive, or you just want to learn to spin a better yarn, this workshop is for you.

Tickets for all the events can be obtained at No Name Café, the Humane Society, or Gulf Coast State College.  Call 229-7799 for more information.  These events are partially funded by Gulf County tourist Development Council.