"Just a quick THANK YOU for participating on Saturday [at the children’s storytelling event]. I am looking forward to seeing you again in August."

Niska Gazlay
Community Relations Manager
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, July 30, 2009

Dear Mary Lou,
The Alliance for the Arts would like to thank you for being the presenting storyteller at our first Art and Books event “Fantasy and Fairytales.”
Your contribution to this event made it a success with around 250 children and families attending. It is through supporters such as you that we can continue to integrate arts and culture into the every day lives of our youth. Thank you for participating!

Scott Guelcher,  Education Director   Lydia Black, Executive Director    March 20, 2009

Dear Ms. Williams:

Thank you so very much for presenting at our Young Authors Conference last Friday. The kids really enjoyed learning about character development thfough storytelling. They especiall y enjoyed trying to create their own fractured fairy tale. The teachers learned a few things that they will be using in their classrooms.
The Young Authors Conference was indeed a wonderful experience for our students here at Michigan International Academy. Thank you again for sharing your time and talent with our students. You helped make this a memorable event for our fourth graders. 

Debbie Thornton
On Site Coordinator Young Authors Conference
Michigan International Academy, April 10, 2009

"MaryLou Williams is a joy to work with. She headlined many of the Open Mic presentations held monthly in southwest Florida. Our audiences, which included people from all walks of life, just loved her storytelling. Most had never experienced original material written and performed for adults, but they immediately bought into her unique presentations characterized with humor, charm, poignancy and her own inimitable style. Equally important, however, is the level of professionalism she brings to all her endeavors. She is generous with her time and talent and is truly supportive of others in their creative pursuits."

Marge Phelps, Producer of Open Mic Night at the LA Cafe in Lehigh Acres and member of Gulf Coast Writers Association, June 2009

"On behalf of the Longshore Lake Women's Club, I would like to thank you for your fabulous performance of your Fractured Fairy Tales on January 8th.  You held the audience spellbound with your stories.  You were wonderful."

JudyTeddy, Vice President of the Longshore Lake Women's Club January 2009

"Thank you so very much for another outstanding program of stories. They were just fabulous and you brought them alive before our ears and eyes! You, by far, elicit bravos and praise from our members, above all other excellent programs."

Joyce Remling, Daughters of the American Revolution March 2008

"Thank you for a wonderful Valentine program last night. The residents have been ranting and raving about your program! Thank you again we look forward to having you back again soon!"

Sandy Steinbach, Activities Coordinator, Terracina Grand, Naples, February, 2008

"I would like to emphasize our pleasure and admiration of your performance last evening... We look forward to hearing you again."

Bob Albright, Presbyterian Retirement Association of Fort Myers, November 2007

"Your performance for the Fort Myers Woman's Community Club at the Royal Palm last Thursday was spell-binding. I will look for opportunities to recommend your services to other groups."

Ruth Condit, Fort Myers Woman's Community Club, January 2008

"The Happy Bookers want to thank you for a delightful hour of storytelling. Your fractured tales were spirit raisers, thought provoking and giggle producers."

Flo Morris, The Happy Bookers Book Club, January 23, 2008

"We just want to thank you again and tell you how much we enjoyed your story telling last evening at the Fort Myers library. When it comes to storytellers, you are the creme de la creme!"

Ann & Dick Fitzgerald, East County Regional Library Lehigh Acres, April 2007

"Thank you so much for sharing "The Monkey's Paw" with the group at the Reading Festival. Very spooky! Great job!

Marilyn Graham, Manager of Public Services, S. W. Florida Reading Festival, 2007

"I just wanted to thank you again for coming to Terracina Grand at the beginning of the month. The residents thoroughly enjoyed listening to your stories. They mentioned that you will be stirring up some new stories in the near future. When you do, please let me know, as we would love to have you back!"

Sandra Smiertka, Activities Coordinator, Terracina Grand, June 2006

"Your program was superb! I don't recall our having had a more fascinating and fun program at D.A.R. - and I'm sure you noticed - our members loved every minute of your spellbinding stories! You gave us a fresh insight into the art of storytelling."

Joyce Remling, Daughters of the American Revolution, October 2006

"Dear Ms. Williams,
You recently held a Storytelling Concert at the East County Regional Library that was met with great success. The reviews were excellent and we would like to have you back! ...Please let me know if you are available. . .Thank you and we are looking forward to another performance."

Jenny Seftas, Librarian, East County Regional Library, December 9, 2006

"Mary Lou Williams, Storyteller, held her audience spellbound at the February 8 meeting. She presented a storytelling concert where she dramatized five stories, all united by the overall theme of love."

March 2007 issue of Friends Forum, News letter of Friends of Lakes Regional Library

"Mary Lou Williams gave us a fabulous performance of her Fractured Fairy Tales. The ladies were all so enthusiastic about Mary Lou's storytelling, that we decided on the spot to definitely have her for more storytelling at future events."

The Tea Times, Spring 2008, The Quarterly Newsletter of The Ladies' Tea Guild, Fort Myers Chapter

"Thank you for your April 15 letter enclosing the proposed Valentine's Day program to be held at Island Walk. Your storytelling is mesmerizing and I am anxious to be entranced by the stories you weave once again ...Looking forward to this event."

Bonnie McNeill, Activities Director Island Walk, April 18, 2008

"Dear Ms. Williams,
Thank you so very much for the delightful program which you presented to the Continental Women's Club on Thursday, May 1, 2008. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed the two tales that you so skillfully wove. Your expertise in storytelling is a delight for all that hear you."

Ruth Sills, Vice President, Continental Women's Club, May 3, 2008

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