CHESAPEAKE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL - September 16, 2017
We are working on our date for 2018. Check back often!
NEW! - Check out the Photo Gallery for a slide show from 2017 and photos from 2016.
September 16, 2017! Our FABULOUS 2nd Annual Chesapeake Storytelling Festival with professional tellers
Come Party with Us!
Storytelling Festival. What's It All About?
Listen. Laugh. Cry! It's stories presented by Professional Storytellers for your entertainment.
Click here for a Preview of the 2017 Chesapeake Storytelling Festival!
NO! It's NOT about you. YOU DON'T tell your story (like you do to your spouse and friends!)
Wikipedia Definition of Storytelling
September 16, 2017. Come and spend a full day listening to national and local oral storytellers at inside venues of the Chesapeake College on Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore. Stories of adventure, history, and tall tales.
As you listen, you will be transported to places where memories and magic are captured and woven into tales that will make you laugh and cry. Come and live the imaginary!
We have some of the BEST storytellers in the country on our program, right here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland!
At this family friendly event, tellers and performers will entertain you with activities and music designed for adults and kids. An array of food vendors will be on hand with savory treats.
Mark your Calendars now for September 16, 2017.
Bookmark this site and check back often for photos from 2017 and for our date for our 3rd annual festival in 2018.
Bil Lepp – Bil’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. “Lepp is a side-splttingly funny man” – The Smithsonian Center for Folk Life. “Bil Lepp is one of the funniest men I have ever heard and what’s so amazing about Bil is that he makes you believe those wild stories he tells.” - Kathryn
Click for a short story by Bil.
Kim Weitkamp - Returning to us from 2016. “A voice like warm honey, impeccably comedic timing, and the ability to consistently write fresh new material” - B. Gilbert, Storytelling Arts Center for the Southeast. “Kim … studs her storytelling performances with bits of musical Americana that match the sweet and gentle tones of her narratives.” The Oregonian
Click for a short story by Kim.
Ed Stivender - In reviews of his performances, Ed Stivender has been called “the Robin Williams of storytelling” and “a Catholic Garrison Keillor”. Now, Ed -- Philadelphia native, Shakespearean actor, banjo player, teacher, theologian, Mummer, dreamer, juggler, and raconteur -- has put together a program in which he shares the techniques that have made him one of the most honored and sought-after storytellers of our day.
Click for a short video of Ed
Megan Hicks - As a 7-year-old kid, I remember considering three career paths that looked attractive - performer, writer, toy maker. I’m all grown up now, and I’m telling stories around the world, writing a lot of the stories I tell and, when I’m not performing, making art that people want to play with. I’ve realized all three of my life’s ambitions.
"After listening to...Megan, you'll understand the power of stories to move listeners to laughter, tears and everything in between." - Caroline Parr, Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Click for a short story with origami by Megan.
Megan will be leading a workshop on origami (click on the Event Info at the top of this page for more info).
Gwendolyn Briley-Strand - Ms. Briley-Strand returns to this year's festival portraying: Harriet Tubman - The Chosen One - a dynamic one-woman show that takes its audience on one of the many journeys Ms. Tubman took on the Underground Railroad. Her show celebrates the life of this great American who made her way to freedom, and then risked her freedom to free others.
New this year, Ms. Briley-Strand portrays Rosa Parks: Such A Time. Ms. Parks sat, so we could stand. This is a powerful one-woman play about Rosa Parks - not to be missed. Click for a performance promo of Harriet Tubman - The Chosen One, by Ms. Briley-Strand.
Brian Patrick Mulligan - Brian's portrayal of Ben Franklin shares fascinating "Behind-the-Scenes" stories of the forming of our nation. American History gets served up with a dash of humor as told by the wittiest of our Founding Fathers, Ben Franklin. HUZZAH! Click for a performance promo of Ben Franklin and the Great American Experiment.
Brian's portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt will stir up exciting stories of our 26th President - from Bear Hunts to African Safaris and everything in between. Click for a performance promo of Teddy Rosevelt: from Rough Rider to President.
Pat Jordan - Pat Jordan is a professional actor, playwright, and a director with a passion for history. She joins us portraying Clara Barton, who headed to the front lines of the Civil War taking supplies and nursing wounded soldiers. She earned the title of "Angel of the Battlefield." Clara later founded the American Red Cross.
For purchase of 10 or more group tickets, please call 410-758-2520 for prices.
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