They will be telling tales this weekend at the Gulf Franklin campus of Gulf Coast State College.
The second annual Shells & Tales event brings the magic of storytelling March 8-9.
The event gets underway 4 p.m. ET Friday when Panama City humorist Pat Nease and Tallahassee’s Robyn A. Rennick will host a workshop Friday to cover storytelling basics.
The course in public speaking is meant to remind attendees that everyone has a story to tell and provide the basic skills to help take theirs to the next level.
On Saturday a 6 p.m. ET cheese-and-wine event will be held to feature local storytellers and live music.
Nease’s journey to become what she refers to as a “professional liar” started in her youth when she told silly stories to her younger brother.
From there Nease went onto teaching and found stories to be an amazing way to develop comprehension in the classroom.
She cleverly used her method of storytelling to teach her students the state capitals.
“Using stories, children held onto the information I taught,” said Nease,
Outside of Florida, there’s been a large interest in storytelling events, some drawing attendance of over 10,000 people, Nease said.
Nease is on a mission to bring that same passion to Northwest Florida.
“The hunger is there for stories. The audience is growing,” she said.
She’s not wrong.
In fact, last year’s Shells & Tales was standing-room-only by the time it was over.
Coastal Community Association Treasurer Brooks Jones, who was instrumental in the organization of this year’s Shells & Tales, said the event is unique.
“It’s something that makes this area special,” he said.
Proceeds from the event benefit the CCA, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society.