Meet Our Storytellers

The Tale Tellers of St. Augustine performers run the range of personal stories, re-enactment based stories, original stories, humorous, serious and healing stories. You can find just the performer for your special storytelling events and needs. Many have their own websites you can visit.

Please note that Tale Tellers of St. Augustine provides this performance directory as a public service. The individuals shown below are current members of Tale Tellers of St. Augustine who have chosen to advertise their talents on this web site. Potential employers and/or sponsors are encouraged to check the references of any teller being considered prior to issuing a performance contract, and to be aware that fees vary widely. Tale Tellers of St. Augustine cannot make specific recommendations.


Frank & Mary Lee Sweet

Backintyme portrays living history in song and story. Programs include Civil War, Christmas, Fourth of July, Irish, Stephen Foster, Mary Lincoln, Mark Twain, Stories from Florida History, 19th Century children’s stories and songs. Customized programs upon request.


Natalie Beltrami

Natalie is an artist, actor, and storyteller. She believes our stories are the threads that create the fabric of our lives. When we reflect on them, we see the rich pattern of who we are. When we see them, we see we are all pieces of the same garment. Performances include Limelight Theatre shows, festivals and libraries. St. Augustine, FL 32086
Telephone:  (904) 797-6520  E-Mail:

Kathy Duffy

Kathy is a retired librarian who has found a new life through her interests in storytelling and medieval reenactments. Her storytelling repretoire ranges from lighthearted tales to grim and scary suitable for all audiences.  She is an accomplished teller at festivals around the country.
Telephone: 386-2834362   E-Mail:

Betty Fell

Tales – Old and New from Near and Far
Myths, Legends, Fairy Tales,
Tales from History and Family Happenings.
Over 10 years experience with Audiences Large & Small.
Let me tell YOU a story! Telephone: 904-471-0179

David Fussell

David Fussell, a fifth generation Florida Cracker and fifth generation Wiregrass Georgia Cracker, tells yarns and rhythms of Cracker life through personal experiences and learned lore of Florida’s past. With wit, wisdom, humor, and laughter the Cracker South comes alive; fifty years of storytelling from the front porch.
Telephone: 309-825-8482   E-Mail:

Margaret Kaler

Margaret tells traditional folk tales and myths, stories about history, stories from many cultures, and from her life here in St. Augustine. Her style is colorful, dramatic, and humorous! She also portrays many historic and literary women.  She is honored to be a featured Florida teller at the Florida Storytelling Festival in January 2019. Stories for all — 5 to 95.  Telephone: 904-377-7063 E-Mail:

Chris Kastle

Chris Kastle has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, and New Zealand.  Her three most recent CDs reflect her versatility as a vocalist, musician, songwriter, storyteller, and, at times, her background in traditional maritime and Celtic music. Her original works have been described as “exquisite” and possessing “powerful imagery”.   She accompanies her songs on finger-style guitar and occasionally fiddle, penny whistle, spoons, bodhran, and mandolin. Chris is a published author with two new books in 2014, an exhibiting visual artist, educator, and one-time Tall Ship sailor living in the historic city of St. Augustine. In 2015 she was presented with the Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Storytelling Association. In May of 2016 she posted a video of her song, El Faro, in memory of the crew.  For more information about Chris and her many talents please visit:

Kathy Kniery

Kathy is a recently transplanted Illinoisan.  After 30 years of serving in public and private schools as a library/media specialist and sometimes social studies teacher, she gave up cold weather and snow for sunshine and ocean breezes.  It was not a hard choice.  Now retired she is focusing on the favorite part of her former career:  storytelling.  Kathy is also learning more about her favorite hobbies, photography and graphic arts.

Retired educator and storyteller and a fan of the CUBS!  East Palatka, FL 32131
Learn more about Kathy at her website:
Telephone: 309-825-8482  E-Mail:

Annette Petrick

Annette Petrick hosts Consider This, a weekly show touching moments of reflection and inspiration through dozens of stories in a 90 second episode as broadcast on radio. Initially a prize-winning association management professional, Annette later became a consultant, speaker and strategist, working with trade associations and professional societies from Canada to California. For ten years, she wrote a 5 Minute Marketing column in Logistics Journal, published by the Transportation Intermediaries Association. Visit Consider This and listen.

Telephone: 540-270-9016  E-Mail:

Joyce Sabato

Joyce is an accomplished storyteller, musician and educator. Her stories and songs reach a wide variety of age groups. Formerly President of Tale Tellers of St. Augustine and a board member on the Board of Directors for the Florida Storytellers Association,  Joyce is an educator now living in Massachusetts. She continues to be involved in storytelling associations and now serves as the Vice President of the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance and Event Coordinator.  From time to time, she performs in Florida and other states.
Telephone: 603-548-7268 E-Mail:

Rita Saker

Retired teacher and Librarian has entertained young and old alike. Her vivacious personality and way with words will have you sitting at the edge of your seat. With her bilingualism and sidekick puppets, Rita will keep you captivated with tales from around the world. Telephone: 904-325-2612 E-Mail:

Drew Sappington

Drew Sappington is an author and storyteller. He has worked a variety of odd jobs–at least they seemed odd to him. These include college professor, pest control guy, ward administrator in a mental hospital, researcher, bouncer at a teenage nightclub, fencer (hog-wire, not swords) and clinical psychologist. A member of the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine, he performs in theaters, at folk festivals and most anywhere people will sit still. He has published one textbook, forty articles in professional journals (including Psychological Bulletin and American Psychologist) and a few stories in publications that people actually read. He enjoys history and St. Augustine.

Telephone: 904-797-2025 E-Mail:

The Storytelling Sims
Wayne & Jane Sims

Humorists, Historians, Tandem Tellers
Telephone: (904) 823-7969   Email:

On the Web @ National Storytelling Network:
The Storytelling Sims: Wayne & Jane

Media Mention:
The Sims:
World War II Stories
The Sims: St. Johns Riverkeeper Cruises
Jane Sims: FSA Lifetime Achievement Award
Wayne Sims: Portrays William Bartram

Rose van der Berg

Rose van der Berg is a professional storyteller and award-winning teaching artist. She studied storytelling with Elizabeth Ellis and Viola Spolin’s theater game facilitation techniques and story theater with improv pioneer and co-founder of Chicago’s The Second City, Paul Sills. She’s often described as a gifted, dynamic teller and teacher.

Telephone: 407-462-3557   E-Mail:

Debra Weller

Debra Weller, Storyteller with guitar and song, presents interactive storytelling concerts. She has performed in many states and internationally. Through lively telling of participatory folk, original tales and folksongs, she engages and delights audiences of all ages.  Her work with children includes afterschool storytelling clubs and summer storytelling camps. For adults she presents workshops, seminars, docent training and living history, character development. She loves to help families write family history stories to preserve and bring memories to life. Debra can customize a program for a particular theme or holiday. Her repertoire includes performing as Mrs. Santa Claus at holiday events. You can find examples of her work on YouTube.

Telephone: 904-679-4066  Email:


Uncle Eddie and Robin

Uncle Eddie & Robin are a fun and quirky husband and wife duet, who pride themselves on their thought provoking lyrics and their tight two part harmonies. They hit the Florida music scene with a splash five years ago with their own genres of plunk rock, chant rapgrass, and beachgrass. “Not Your Typical Old Folkies”, they are dynamic and eclectic with a flair for the old and a taste for the new. Their energy belies their age, and the breadth of their life experience makes for a rich and rewarding musical experience. Facebook link:     and website:            

Telephone: 904-639-5538  Email:


With fond memories we remember our Tale Tellers of recent times past.

Eve Bates
Shirley Bryce
Joe Fell
M J Harris

Terri McConnell
Gail Pflaster

Gone But Not Forgotten

Colonel Mary Jane Harris, USMC

May 16, 1945 – April 12, 2016

“MJ” performed story at the Flagler County Library summer “Memories” program.