Adult Program List
"Ellouise's stories are warm, witty, and beautifully told."
— Jon Spelman, Storyteller
Pushing Boundaries Politics becomes personal as Ellouise takes audiences where they can't go without her — a personal story of how a 1950's housewife morphed into a national ERA activist with a Madison Avenue idea. This personal transformation story told using something unexpected — traditional folklore elements. A stand-alone program that can vary from 60-75 minutes in length depending on your event needs, Ellouise also offers a bonus — a "Join the Conversation" audience Q&A.
Ordinary women from long ago become real-time role models for the rest of us as Ellouise shares stories of strong survivors throughout history. Flesh on Old Bones melds women's traditions, storytelling and unpublished historical documents spanning 120 years of American history. This New Front Porch Experience includes a lesson in story-gathering as Ellouise explains where and how to find clues to even more stories. Choice and number of stories can vary, allowing you to dictate program length to meet your event needs. 20 to 60 minutes.
Audiences reflect on life-changing moments as Maryland artist and storyteller Ellouise Schoettler shares her personal journey to the 1985 United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya. This was a trip she took with the American Album, a grass-roots art project representing hundreds of American women artists which is now part of the National Women's Museum permanent collection. Who knew a creative idea to raise awareness of women artists would become would become harrowing adventure punctuated by personal passage under African skies. Time permitting, audiences appreciate the Q&A opportunity Ellouise offers as a bonus. 60 minutes.
Letters written long ago do what they do best — give uncommon voice to individual lives — in this popular New Front Porch experience Ellouise weaves the vibrant fabric of women's lives through Amerian history. The fruits of long hours at the National Archives Program includes Ellouise's personal stories of writing letters to her father who was overseas during WWII, as well as letters she penned when she was shipped off to a boarding school in the third grade to escape a North Carolina polio epidemic. 30 to 60 minutes.
Yesterday's economic realities meant new-age "green" sensibilities as the New Front Porch takes on second hand clothes, intriguing thrift stops, sibling rivalry, revenge, quilts and mother-love in a salute to family ties. 30 to 60 minutes.
This popular program engages audiences by sharing entertaining family stories and the secret to finding their own stories the easy way. 30 to 60 minutes.
History goes to the beach. Personal stories of childhood summers during the 1940's Wrightsville Beach (North Carolina) while her father was oversees during WWII, this program includes storeis of black-outs, homefront concerns and a dramatic escape from a hurricane. 30 to 60 minutes.
Quilts do more than keep us warm. Their fabrics and patterns tell stories that connect us to our history. Stories about quilts and women who sew. 30 to 60 minutes.
Remember the old stories and the wise women who saved the day. Role models from old time stories. A collection of folktales featuring grannies and other smart women. 30 to 60
No front porch, old or new, is complete without a cast of family ghosts. And like those ghost-telling family moments, this program alters with the mood of the audience and their ability to listen fearlessly! A mixture of family lore, personal experience and gifts of family ghost stories by others who know Ellouise collects them. How about you... Is your family haunted like Ellouise's family? A touching haunting program. 30 to 60 minutes, depending on event time constraints.
Romance , suspense, villains and lovers. Nothing pink and plastic. Old stories still capture the imagination. 30 to 60 minutes.