Members of Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers entertained dozens of adults and children at Saturday’s Bewitched by the Barn at Grapevine’s Nash Farm.
But the story behind the group that spins the yarns is a story in itself.
“It’s a way to carry on the history in oral tradition before there was TV, the Internet and everything that’s worldwide now,” said Jaye McLaughlin, 69, a professional storyteller and president of the club that has about 20 members. “It’s just the way people used to communicate and tell news and entertainment and tall tales.”
Bewitched by the Barn is a free annual family event features stories that become scarier as the night progresses.
Guests enjoyed free popcorn, s’mores and apples with caramel dip.
The group has been telling tales for more than 15 years, beginning with their “Tales by the Rails” when they started at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad train depot.
They have appeared at other sites throughout the city, including in the gazebo in Historic Downtown Grapevine, but have now made their main home at Nash Farm.
The city’s Nash Farm offers a glimpse of what life was like on the farm more than a century ago, even though Nash Farm is located on 5.2 acres several blocks from downtown Grapevine.
Places they have shared their gift include schools, museums, veterans organizations, libraries, genealogy groups, women’s and other retreats, church groups and others.
On Saturday, storytellers were DeCee Cornish, Gary Whitaker, Sandra McGee and David Claunch. They spoke from the yard of the Nash Farmhouse.
The group meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Barnes and Noble at 861 N.E. Mall Blvd. in Hurst. They can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is www.tarrantguild.org.