Ray Mendenhall comes from a long line of storytellers and characters. He has sung songs and told stories most all his life, some of them were even true. In 2000, Ray
became more deeply involved in Storytelling as a performance art. He's been telling
stories in many public arenas ever since.
Ray Mendenhall has told stories across North Carolina and in venues
in South Carolina and Kentucky. He has performed at festivals, schools, civic clubs, dinner meetings, professional associations, church gatherings, and numerous public libraries.
He has performed at State Fairs in North Carolina and Kentucky. In 2009, he won first place in the "Boldface Liars' Showdown" in Laurinburg, NC. He has won gold, silver and bronze medals in the North Carolina State-wide Senior Arts Performance Competition as solo performer and first place in local storytelling events in North Carolina and Kentucky. Ray has written, spoken and led workshops on storytelling for children, youth
and adults. Storytelling and the Storytelling tradition is close to his heart. He has been
heard to say, on more than one occasion, "coming to storytelling for me was like coming home. It is a place where I truly live."