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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Wayne & Jane Sims

The Storytelling Sims

Saint Johns, FL 32259

(904) 823-7969


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Wayne & Jane are Humorists, Historians, and Tandem Tellers devoted to the art of storytelling as an entertainment medium. Since 1994 they have brought joy and laughter to heritage & special event, library, retirement community and festival audiences from Florida's River of Grass to the North Carolina Blue Ridge.

"Dynamic!" "Pure Entertainment!" "Wonderful!" "A Delight!" "Love Your Stories!" "Great!" "Fascinating!" "Perfect!" "WOW!" "You Were Terrific!" "Magic!" "Love...your voices!" "Nice Husband-Wife Touch" "Most Creative" "Charming!"


Florida Folk Festival (23 years), St. Johns Riverkeeper Eco-Heritage Cruises (15 years), Gamble Rogers Folk/Music Festival, Theater of the Mind: Storytelling @ Limelight Theatre; Tellabration! @ Asheville Folk Art Center, Carolina Writers Conference, Putnam County Arts Council, Mandarin Museum of History, St. Augustine Historical Society, Amelia Island Historical Museum, Barberville Pioneer Settlement Jamboree!, Okeechobee "History & Culture" Humanities Scholars, Putnam County Sesquicentennial Celebration, et al.


"All's Fair in Love & War" - A "charming!" romantic visit with Confederate General E. Kirby-Smith and his bride Cassie Selden, the Belle of Lynchburg, VA, introduces you to the manner of their meeting, courtship, and marriage. Researched under auspices of Florida Humanities Council & St. Augustine Historical Society.

"A Trip Back in Time" - Gossip, Fact, & Lore from America's first travel writers: William Bartram, 18th C American naturalist & scholar of Florida's flora and fauna, and Constance Fenimore Woolson, 19th C American author and Florida winter visitor. This unlikely couple shares new perspective on Florida during the British Occupation and Post-Civil War / Pre-Henry Flagler eras. Researched in part under auspices of Florida Humanities Council & St. Augustine Historical Society.

"Holding Down the HomeFront: Florida During World War II" - "Entertaining . . . well organized ..." (Fernandina Observer). Attention grabbing narratives concerning Shortages, Submarines, Saboteurs & War Bond Drives during the 1942 US mobilization. Researched under auspices of Florida Humanities Council & St. Augustine Historical Society.

NEW IN 2016! "Ancient City Tourism: 1870 - 1940" - A tribute to the people and events which made St. Augustine a tourist destination for centuries. ". . . and on they came by water and land seeking Recreation, Romance, Rest & Restoration."

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Stories drawn from history, legend, lore, literature, and life.

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Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network, Asheville Storytelling Circle - Life Members, Florida Storytelling Association, Tale Tellers of Saint Augustine (FL) - Founding Members, 1993.