Sixteenth Annual Storytelling Festival
Contact: Howard Duncan, 423.286.7275
The Sixteenth Annual "Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival will be held Saturday, September 20, in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The day's events will feature storytelling, craft demonstrations, workshops and sales, performances of dulcimer and Bluegrass music, afternoon storytelling presentations and an open mike for local tellers and student tellers.
The climax of this year's festival will again be the night of ghost stories. Ghost stories will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Four storytellers from around the country will present their best ghost stories. A series of "not-too-scary" stories will first be presented for the young and faint of heart. These will then be followed by scarier stories for the brave at heart.
In support of the Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival the Appalachian Arts Council will be raising money through donation boxes and a silent auction. This year’s silent auction will feature items from demonstrating crafters, local businesses and area artists. Bidding on auction items will begin at 10:00 a.m. and close promptly at 6:00 p.m. All monies raised through donation and through the silent auction will be used to support the Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival.
Neighbors and visitors alike are encouraged to come spend a special day at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather, bring a flashlight, a blanket for seating on the ground, and snacks or drinks. Vendors will be available on site providing food and refreshments throughout the afternoon and evening. Picnic facilities are nearby.For further information about the event or for directions to Bandy Creek, call the National Park Service Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or Park Headquarters at (423) 569-9778. The event is free to the public. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.
Did You Know?
Cumberland sandwort is one of several species of threatened and endangered plants found throughout Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cumberland sandwort only grows in the dry sandy soils of certain rockshelters found in and around Big South Fork.