Have you heard a good story, lately? Well, have we got some stories for you!
On the weekend after Labor Day, several nationally known storytellers will be joining regional and local storytellers here in Chillicothe, Ohio for the 9th annual Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival. The festival starts on Thursday evening with a special “meet the tellers” concert.
Four of our six tellers this year are back by popular demand. Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned liar (winner of many liars contests with his hilarious contemporary tall tales) from West Virginia who is one of the country’s most popular tellers. Carmen Deedy also returns to our festival with her humorous and poignant stories of growing up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia. Donald Davis is the patriarch of America’s storytelling revival. His warm and wonderful tales have endeared him to audiences everywhere he performs. Geraldine Buckley appeared here two years ago before storming onto the national stage. Her British charm and keen wit captivated our audiences before they captivated the country. With tellers like Geraldine, our festival has earned a reputation as a “launching pad” for national talent, featuring excellent tellers before their excellence has become nationally recognized. We anticipate that to continue this year as we get to hear the amazing stories of Sheila Arnold and Octavia Sexton.
Don’t miss this opportunity for your students to learn, laugh and be educated through the power of cultural and personal stories. Fourth through Eighth grade classes are welcome to join us in Yoctangee Park during the day on Friday. Our tellers will also be performing at several area schools when they’re not on stage in the park on Friday. And we anticipate that SCOCA will again be broadcasting our tellers as a part of their distance learning offerings that Friday. And, of course, we hope your students will bring their families and join us for stories Friday evening and on Saturday. They will, we’re sure, be especially interested in the ghost stories at the Majestic Theatre Friday night.
Thanks to a grant we received this year we are able to again offer 2 FREE weekend passes to the festival to educators. To take advantage of this offer, please fill-out the online coupon at http://www.sostoryfest.com/coupon . Enter the word “educator” in the “Coupon Code” field. Since we can hold your tickets for you at the gate if necessary, this offer is valid through the end of the school day on Thursday, September 6.
We hope you will make use of this coupon yourself so that you can not only enjoy a wonderful weekend of entertainment, but can learn first hand how storytelling might be incorporated into your classes as well. On the festival website, there are “curriculum connections” for how storytelling can be used and how it addresses the Ohio Academic Content Standards Benchmarks. If you can’t attend yourself, feel free to let someone else in your family attend in your place.
Concert performances featuring all of the tellers will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings “under the stars” in a tent at the Pump House Center for the Arts. Performances by individual tellers will be held throughout the day on Friday at local schools and at the Pump House followed by ghost stories in the Majestic Theatre. Saturday the fun continues all day at the tent at the Pump House. Many people attend the Thursday or Friday evening performances for an excellent overview of each teller so they can decide which tellers they would like to see during the day on Saturday. The Saturday evening concert features a wonderful encore performance by each of the tellers. The complete schedule for the weekend is available at http://www.sostoryfest.com/ in addition to other useful information about the festival.
If you need overnight accommodations, please check out http://www.visithistory.com/ <http://www.visithistory.com/> or call our visitors bureau at 740-702-7677. It’s a great festival at a reasonable price, so please encourage others to join you.
During the day on Friday, thousands of local students will (and even classrooms around the state will be connecting through the distance learning network) hear the storytellers. If you would like to make arrangements for your class to attend the festival, please contact: Peggy Riggin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-772-8344.
Thank you for all you do for students and we hope to see you there!