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Photo of Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi’s eclectic mix of folktales, literary tales, myths and tall tales enables her to tell stories to all manner of audiences, both young and old, in libraries, churches, retirement homes, schools, conferences and festivals.

She finds the experience of sharing stories through the spoken word to have a profound power to enlighten and educate and conducts storytelling workshops for adults and teachers. Through her school residency programs, she helps children to tell and write their own stories. Lorraine particularly enjoys combining art and story in unique hands-on workshops for children and adults. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

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2024 Peace Tales Banner

Stories have a way of settling into your mind and heart. The vivid images in stories offer insight and a way to frame life’s experiences.

Lorraine Karen and Ron at Saint Joseph's

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth believe in the power of stories to delight, inspire, educate, and enlighten. They have teamed up with dedicated fellow storytellers Jonathan Heiles, Muriel Horowitz, Mary Platt, and Ron Sopyla to present Peace and Hope: Tales For Our Times, a series of story concerts in the Hudson Valley.

The storytellers thoughtfully select stories that they love and believe in. The variety is wonderful and includes personal stories, traditional fairy tales, literary tales, and stories from various faith traditions. The positive images in these stories offer a balance to the oftentimes negative narrative we encounter in our daily lives and show us that, indeed, peace and joy, hope and tolerance, and triumph over adversity are possible.

In 2023, Peace and Hope: Tales For Our Times story concerts were held at St. Joseph’s in New Paltz, Old Dutch Church in Kingston, Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinebeck, St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon, and The Reher Center in Kingston.

In 2024, all the above places have joyfully welcomed us back!  In fact, the Reher Center put us on their calendar and then asked us to come!

Schedule follows:

April 7th at 2:00PM – Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (

Peace and Hope Stories, Old Dutch Church 4-7-2024


April 28th at 2:00PM – St. Joseph’s Church, 34 S Chestnut St, New Paltz, NY (

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Jonathan Heiles and Karen Pillsworth


September 22nd at 2:00PM – St. John the Evangelist’s Church, 35 Willow Street, Beacon, NY ( )


October 6th at 2:00 PM – Linwood Spiritual Center, 50 Linwood Road, Rhinebeck, NY ( )


Nov. 17th at 2:00PM – The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, 99-101 Broadway, Kingston, NY ( )


We seek to add more….

Let the Stories Begin!

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