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Noon Rotary Club gets spooky
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Captivating storyteller Diana Hague mesmerizes the Rotary Club crowd Thursday in McMinnville.

Storyteller Diana Hague shared an assortment of scary tales of the mysterious and macabre to entertain Noon Rotary Club members on Thursday.

Hague is a Murfreesboro resident who co-founded the Boro Tellers around 20 years ago. This seven-member group of amateur and professional storytellers uses folklore and convincing narratives about “real” encounters of the other-worldly kind to offer a compelling experience for their audience.

In the last two weeks in October, Hague volunteers at night in the popular walking tour of reportedly haunted houses, cemeteries and other venues in and around downtown Murfreesboro. The Haunted Murfreesboro tradition is now in its 14th year and continues to generate Halloween-time excitement for audiences of all ages.

According to Hague, the tour lasts around an hour and cost $5. The money is used to bring in professional and international storytellers so when the Boro Tellers volunteer their services to other organizations and agencies, they don’t have to charge the organizations for the professional storyteller.

After sharing engaging tales of an ominous lady in black, a woman who swallowed a snake, and death of fly man, several Rotary Club members wanted to know her storytelling secrets.

“What do you think is the most important element in telling a good story?” asked Rev. Tommy Vann.

Answered Hague, “I think you have to have a really good beginning and you have to know how you are going to end it. If you don’t capture their attention at the beginning, you are not going to get them back and nothing can ruin a good story more than ‘The end’ or ‘They lived happily ever after.’”

When asked if there is some kind of training for aspiring storytellers, Hague immediately credited MTSU for excellent storytelling courses.

“There are so many uses for it and getting people at ease with public speaking,” explained Hague. “Every single person in this room has a story, whether you know how to tell it or not.”

If you’re interested in hearing Hague’s stories, they will broadcast next week on public radio WCPI 91.3.   The program will air at the usual times for WCPI’s ‘’Focus” series Tuesday at 5 p.m., Wednesday at 5 a.m., Thursday at 1 p.m., and Friday at 1 a.m.