Northeast Tarrant

Tarrant group tells classical stories with personal twist

Roy McGee tells the story of Burr Rabbit and Burr Fox.
Roy McGee tells the story of Burr Rabbit and Burr Fox. Star-Telegram

Members of Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers entertained adults and children at Saturday’s Tales at Twilight at Grapevine’s Nash Farm on Saturday.

But the story behind the group that spins the yarns is a story in itself.

“I grew up with stories and I love telling them” said Liz Covington, 76, a professional storyteller and one of a dozen members. “It’s so much fun to share experiences. You never know where a story is coming from.”

Covington likes to tell the classics sprinkled in with a little bit of personal vignettes.

“If you feel it, the audience is going to feel it, too,” the septuagenarian said.

Tales at Twilight is one of four events the group puts on at Nash Farm annually — the others are their appearances at Spring into Nash in April and the Annual Fall Round-Up in October, as well as their most popular “Bewitched by the Barn” the Saturday before Halloween.

Often, they will wear costumes; Covington wears a pioneer period costume and cooks at Nash Farm for some performances.

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.

“Any organization or entity that wants a storyteller, we go,” Covington said.

On Saturday, storytellers were Sandra McGee and Deb Ann Allison. They spoke from the yard of the Nash Farmhouse.

The local guild has about a dozen members.

“It’s just something that bonds,” Covington said. “It’s just people getting together.”

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 tagstory@yahoo.com. Their website is www.tarrantguild.org.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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