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About the Storyteller 

                       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."                                                                                                           



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