S’more Stories:
A Live Storytelling Event for Families


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

Save the Date:  Saturday, September 14, 2019

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 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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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/