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2007 Press Releases



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Contact:  Mary Elsass, media liaison

               (740) 703-8100

              mmelsass@horizonview.net

 

or           Bill McKell, festival spokesman

              (740) 703-8289

              bill@billmckell.com

                                                                                                                                                                                

For Immediate Release

 

Nation’s top artists to entertain at Storytelling Festival

New this year: Popular musicians join the event

 

CHILLICOTHE, OH (September 4, 2007) Several of the nation’s most highly acclaimed storytellers will be joined by popular bluegrass musicians in the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival.  These performers are expected to draw fans from around the state and beyond to the two-day event, September 7-8, at the Majestic Theatre in historic downtown Chillicothe.

 

Performers: Renowned national talent

  • Donald Davis, the nation’s master storyteller, says he ‘just absorbed’ tales from his Appalachian mountain family of storytellers.  He has shared fairy tales, scary tales, silly tales and true-to-life stories as a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World's Fair, festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the world. 

     “…his stories often left listeners limp with laughter at the same time they struggled with a lump in the   

      throat."  -- Wilma Dykeman, The New York Times

 

  • Bil Lepp, West Virginia’s five-time “Biggest Liar” titleholder, award-winning storyteller and author, tells original stories that will bring a smile to the face of even the most ill-humored person. Published in books, national magazines, and recorded in CD collections, Bil’s tall tales evolve into “awe-inspiring cathedrals of flapdoodle and bull,” says Duke Divinity Magazine.

                   “ Lepp is a side-splittingly funny man" - The Smithsonian Center for Folk Life

 

  • Barbara McBride-Smith, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “2001 Teacher of the Year,” is acclaimed for her uptown/down-home Greek myths, post-modern folktales, unforgettable Biblical tales and her on-the-edge family stories. A school librarian, seminary professor and moonlighting storyteller, she has authored several books and tapes, and has performed in Ireland, Greece and Turkey, and at the International Storytelling Festival in Washington, D.C.

 

  • Tim Tingle, devoted to preserving the Choctaw heritage, is a sought-after speaker and storyteller and an award-winning author of Native American fiction and folklore. His book, Walking the Choctaw Road, is based on interviews with tribal elders. Tim has completed 10 tours of Germany for the U.S Department of Defense, performing for children of military personnel, and has performed as a featured storyteller in festivals covering a thirty-state area.

 

Performers: Acclaimed regional artists

  • Barbara Eady specializes in African Freeman -American folktales and fables, church folklore and African-American literature. Combining chants, poetry and song, she often invites her audience to participate in the actual telling of the tale. She performs at schools, universities, festivals, national conferences, libraries, churches, family celebrations, museums, and on radio and television.

 

 

 

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  • Kevin Cordi listens everywhere he goes.  He keeps an ear to the ground so that he can hear the stories of America and beyond. And as a Fulbright Scholar in 2001, he told stories and conducted workshops in England and Japan.  Currently, Kevin serves as the Co-Director of the Columbus Writing Project and is a Ph.D. student at Ohio State University where he teaches and studies the role of narrative in teaching many disciplines through story drama.

 

  • Bill McKell, best known for his campfire tales, is Chillicothe’s own professional storyteller.  Bill has been creating and telling stories most of his life – in high school, college, 20 years as a scout leader, and now in performances for schools, churches, and business events throughout the Midwest. Inspired by special people and experiences in his own life, Bill’s stories appeal to all ages.

 

 

New this year – MUSIC!

  Thanks to a grant from the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, live music will be featured throughout the festival.

 

Friday evening  -- Willie Ruggles & The Bluegrass Disciples, a popular bluegrass gospel quartet, will perform in half-hour intervals throughout the evening schedule.

 

Saturday daytime –  Rich Lewis, folk rock artist, entertains  audiences between tellers’ performances.

 

Saturday evening-- Death by Banjo, a conflagration of musical styles fueled by intense, driving 5-string banjo, will close the festival with a two-hour, outdoor evening concert.

 

ART -  The Chillicothe Art League will discuss an display information about their organization.

 

Outreach

As in previous years, the festival’s outreach to community is highlighted with a full day of storytelling performances for area school children. More than 1,000 students and their teachers will be treated to the free Friday performances.  And free Saturday tickets will be given to non-profit organizations serving children and families in need. “Generous grants and donations enable us to share this wonderful art and entertainment with folks who otherwise might not be able to enjoy our festival,” says Bill McKell, a festival founder and performer.

 

Events

Friday performances for schools are open to all ticket holders. Other concerts for the public will be staged Friday evening, Saturday daytime and evening at the historic Majestic Theatre in downtown Chillicothe.  Also on Saturday, “Story Swap” will be staged under a tent top in the Majestic Courtyard. This “open microphone” event is for everyone, especially amateurs, who wish to tell their own stories. Festival visitors are encouraged to share their favorite tales in this fun, informal event.

 

Tickets

Tickets, affordably priced for one-day or two-day attendance, can be purchased in advance at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, 45 E. Main St., or by calling (740) 702-7677 or 1-800-413-4118. Prices will rise slightly after September 1.  Tickets also are available at the Majestic Theatre during the festival. For sponsorships, schedules, ticket prices, orders and more information, visit our website: www.SOstoryfest.com.

 

 

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SOfunny, SOscary, SOentertaining … SOstoryfest!”

Contact:  Mary  Elsass, media liaison

               (740) 703-8100

              mmelsass@horizonview.net

or           Bill McKell, festival spokesman

              (740) 703-8289

              bill.mckell@horizontel.com

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             August 23, 2007                                                                       For Immediate Release

 

Storytelling Festival tickets on sale

Reduced rates available through Sept. 1

 

Tickets are on sale now for the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival, September 7-8, in downtown Chillicothe. The fourth annual storytelling event is expanding this year to include bluegrass and folk music entertainment. 

 

Acclaimed national performers will be joined by regional storytellers at the Majestic Theatre.  Reduced prices are available for all tickets purchased b September 1.  At early rates, family-affordable prices range from $5 (child) and $10 (adult) for a one-day pass to a $35 two-day pass for an entire family.  After September 1, all prices will increase slightly.

 

Friday daytime school performances are open to all ticket holders. Alternating concerts by storytellers and bluegrass musicians, will be staged for the public Friday evening, Saturday daytime and evening at the historic Majestic Theatre in downtown Chillicothe.  Also on Saturday, “Story Swap” will be under a tent top in the Majestic Courtyard. This “open mike” event is open to all – amateurs and professionals - who wish to tell their own stories. Festival visitors are encouraged to share their favorite tales in this fun, informal event.

 

Music will be featured at intervals Friday evening and daytime Saturday, ending with a 2-hour bluegrass concert Saturday night.

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, 45 E. Main St., or by calling 1-800-413-4118. During the festival, tickets will be available at the Majestic Theatre. For sponsorships, schedules, ticket prices and orders, visit our website: www.SOstoryfest.com.


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