The Storytelling Sims – Wayne and Jane Sims

Saint Johns, Florida


Phone: 904-823-7969

Email: [email protected]

Weblisting: National Storytelling Network or Asheville Storytelling Circle online.

In the Media: World War II StoriesSt. Johns Riverkeeper Cruises


Wayne and Jane Sims are Humorists, Historians, and charming Tandem Tellers who entertain with tales drawn from Tradition, Legend, Lore, Literature & Life.  Primarily they tell stories of Florida. Many are true, and others that ought to be.


The result is 25 consecutive years regaling listeners with humor at the renowned Florida Folk Festival in White Springs and 15 years stepping aboard St. Johns Riverkeeper Eco-Heritage cruises as “America’s First Travel Writers,” William Bartram and Constance Fenimore Woolson.  As Humanities Scholars they perform historically researched programs: “All’s Fair in Love & War,”the love story of Florida’s Confederate General Edmund Kirby-Smith and his bride Cassie Selden, and bring forth World War II nostalgia with “Holding Down the Homefront: Shortages, Submarines, Saboteurs, & War Bonds.” They enjoy celebrating the romance of America’s Oldest City with “Ancient City Tourism: 1870 – 1940” and stories about how it all started, along with tales of “St. Augustine’s Scoundrels,” characters and crooks.  One of their most popular library programs is “When Florida Was The Wild West” featuring vignettes concerning Cracker cattle barons, ranchers and cow hunters.  Other special programs include “Swamp Cabbage Chronicles” and “Legends & Tales of Florida.”


Their story journey includes hundreds of performances before library, retirement community, festival, and special event audiences from Carolina’s Blue Ridge to Florida’s “River of Grass.”


Age Groups:  Adult Audiences; Senior Adults; Family Audiences; High School/Young Adult; Middle School; College.


Story types:  History; Humor; Literary; Original; Tandem Tales.


Workshops:  Organizations; Storytellers; Secondary & High School Students.


Programs available: afternoon or after-dinner; suitable for small theater venues.