Twenty-First Annual Big South Fork Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival Scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013
Contact: Howard Duncan , 423-286-7275
Contact: Effie Houston, 423-569-9778
The twenty-first annual "Haunting in the Hills" Storytelling Festival will be held Saturday, September 21, in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area at Bandy Creek. The day's events will feature storytelling, craft demonstrations, workshops and sales of craft items, afternoon storytelling presentations, an open stage for local and student tellers and performances of dulcimer and bluegrass music. A new feature this year will be interpretive talks presented by Big South Fork National Park Rangers. The day will culminate with the much anticipated evening storytelling session.
As in previous years, storytellers will visit many area schools in the week before the event. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful experience of seeing a professional storyteller perform. They will be encouraged to work with their teachers to develop their own stories to present during the open stage session on Saturday.
The climax of this year's festival will again be the night of ghost stories. Four storytellers from around the country will present their best ghost stories beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A series of "not-too-scary" stories will first be presented for the young or the faint of heart. These will be followed by very scary stories for those brave enough to stay.
Everyone is invited to spend a special day at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a flashlight and a blanket or chair for seating on the ground. Food will be available for sale through on site vendors as will craft items. Parking for the event will be in the field across the road from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center. Bring the entire family and plan on spending the day to enjoy all of the activities.
For further information about the event or for directions to Bandy Creek, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or park headquarters at (423) 569-9778. The storytelling festival is scheduled on Eastern Time. There is no charge for the event.
Did You Know?
Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.