July 26, 2019

Free Storytelling Events to Celebrate Schoolhouse of Wonder’s 30th Anniversary


Schoolhouse of Wonder’s 30th Anniversary


Nationally Renowned Storyteller
Raymond Christian

Winner, National Story Slam
Eight-Time Champion, The Moth Story Slam
Featured Storyteller on NPR, Snap Judgment, and the RISK! Podcast

Storytelling is an integral part of Schoolhouse magic.

And has been from the very beginning.

Please help us celebrate 30 years of service as we say a heartfelt  thank you to families in Durham and the greater Triangle area by offering two storytelling events on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Both events are FREE but space is limited. Please reserve your spots today.

Stories from The Outside: Three Storytelling Workshops For Young People

Save the Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Location: The Learning Center at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver Street in Durham

Cost: Free!  

Ages: 5-8, 9-12, 13-17

Register: Yep, the workshops are free – but let us know you’re coming by registering here

In honor of our 30th anniversary, Schoolhouse of Wonder is delighted to host three free storytelling workshops led by master storytellers Ray and Tiffany Christian.

The three concurrent workshops are designed for three different age groups with relevant activities and instruction at each level.

All groups will explore personal stories based on the concept of “Outside,” a theme that will mean something different to each participant.

Free lunch provided for all participants. Just pack your imagination and come with us on a storytelling adventure!

Please RSVP by September 10 or call us at (919) 477-2116.  At that time, please let us know if you/your participant has any food allergies of which we should be aware.

One participant from each age group will be asked to share their story on stage later that night at S’More Stories: A Live Storytelling Event for Families.

S’More Stories: A Live Storytelling Event for Families

Save the Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM 

Location: West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC  27704

Cost: Free!  That said, donations are most welcome – and will support Schoolhouse of Wonder’s mission of creating kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures.

Register: Yep, tickets are free – but let us know you’re coming! Sign up here

5:30 p.m.
All you need is a chair or blanket and a picnic supper. We’ll have a community potluck table set up for any dishes or treats you might want to share. After dinner, just relax or try your hand at one of our classic Schoolhouse of Wonder camp activities, such as tomahawk-throwing, primitive fire-making, or whittling! No storytelling event would be complete without a bonfire, so we’ll light one as our evening begins.

7:00 p.m.
Mayor Steve Schewel will kick off our main event, which boasts a great line up of performers featuring award-winning, nationally renowned master storyteller Ray Christian, along with other local storytellers.

8:30 p.m.      
After all the tales are told, it’ll be time to gather around the bonfire for a bedtime snack of a freshly toasted s’more. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary than by spending it outdoors with you!

Participants will be entered to win
a FREE week of Schoolhouse of Wonder camp* 
(a $300 value!)

*Must be present to win.

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Extra Credit: Share YOUR Schoolhouse of Wonder story now through August 31st and receive $5.00 off at our Camp Store!


Ray Christian escaped the urban slums of Richmond, VA by joining the United States Army at 17. Here he served in a number of capacities and assignments at home, abroad during peace time and in combat, primarily as an Infantryman and Paratrooper, where he retired after 20 years of service.

Following retirement, the combat-decorated veteran went back to school and earned a BS in History, MA in Public History, and an EdS in Education Leadership. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education, where his dissertation research explores the relationship between parental behavior and academic success among African American students.

Ray also teaches part time at Appalachian State University, the courses “The Souls of Black Folks”, an examination of African American social culture, and “Storytelling Life in the Narrative” a course that explores the historic and contemporary use of storytelling and oral history in America.  

Ray has shared his stories on the Moth Main Stage in the US and Canada. His stories have appeared in Readers Digest (One of the Best Stories in America Edition) and have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and the RISK podcast. In addition, as a competitive storyteller Ray is a 8 time Moth story Slam Champion, and the winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. Ray also has his own podcast “What’s Ray Saying”.

Source: https://pickathon.com/2018/03/imagine-series-ray-christian/


Tiffany Christian, PhD, wears many hats: Community organizer, church lay leader, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, amateur chef, missionary, and actor/director. Tiffany pulls from her work in education and social work to co-facilitate storytelling workshops with Ray, her husband of 22 years. Of all her adventures, she takes the most pride in her role as matriarch of the Christian Clan, having a total of 7 children (bio, step and in-law) and 4 grandchildren.