I am a Hungarian-American with a deep love for my ancestral homeland. I know the rich storytelling traditions and wish to share them with you at the sites connected with these legends, myths, and histories. My family comes from the historic city of Eger which will be our base for our cultural tour. My many cousins who live there are involved in the cultural life of the city. I promise you a delightful week, filled with lively storytelling, beauiful scenery, interesting museums, some of the best vineyards in Europe, a thermal spa tradition dating from Hapsburg and Turkish rule, tasty traditional foods, and vibrant music from both classic and folk traditions.
I was born of immigrant parents, and heard my first stories from my Slovak mother, and my father's mother from Hungary. And though I tell tales from around the world, I am a traditional teller both in my style of telling, and in my choice of traditional folktales, myths, and legends for my repertory. I am not an actor, nor a writer, but a traditional Storyteller shaped by my Central European cultural heritage.
I have been telling stories professionally for many years, and have been honored as a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. Over the years, I have narrated stories in many settings -- to as many as 5000 people in American convention halls. I have also spun tales with a few snow-bound Canadian Ojibway over a shared hunter's stew. I have woven stories for the storytelling Irish in their own land -- by the sight and sweet smell of an Irish cottage turf fire. And, most importantly, I have shared favorite stories with my nieces and nephews here at home.
I received my doctorate in the performing arts. My dissertation was on the craft & philosophy of storytelling. I was a university professor, before creating Storyfest Journeys with my wife Mary Jo Kelly Wilhelm.