As the chapter of summer begins to close, it is time again for the storytelling festival. On this 12th year we have decided to expand what storytelling means to us. Not only do we value the oral storytelling tradition, but we believe that all other forms of storytelling are important to the legacy of stories. To reflect this, we are calling our celebration “The Story Festival and More!” Sept. 14, 15 and 16 is the weekend to save on your calendar. Our primary storyteller is Darrin Crow, but there is much more to enjoy: a musical, historical tellers, and a performance by Channel 8’s Eric Hanson.

Thursday night typically includes Dinner and a Story, but this year we are offering a special event. This event we are calling Dessert and a Show. With Eric Hanson performing, the board decided it would be prudent to allow for a larger audience with such an exciting opportunity. For this reason, it will be held at the Story Theater rather than Fairview Lodge. To make it more affordable, the event is providing dessert during an intermission. The event is only $10 and also includes performances by our featured teller, Darrin Crow, and special guest Tom Milligan.

Speaking of performances, on Friday night there will be a musical performed by the Judge Story theatrical group called “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” For those not familiar with the musical, it is a comedy surrounding six quirky competitors and three adults just as quirky running the Bee. The show has been featured on Broadway, and typically involves audience participation, and comedic ad lib. As usual, our featured teller, Darrin Crow, will be performing in the Roland-Story schools during that day.

Saturday will include workshops by Crow or you can enjoy listening to historic tellers throughout the downtown area. As you visit each of the tellers, you may learn some little-known history of Story City. On Saturday night, the creepies and crawlies come to life at the Fairview Lodge. Scarier stories and more horrifying tales are sure to chill your bones. More details to come on these events in future articles.

As you can see, the storytelling festival hasn’t changed too much, but it certainly has much more to offer! The storytelling festival committee is proud to bring the art of stories to everyone in our community. Stories are timeless and the festival is a way to educate people about history, cultures and music all while being entertained. Join us this September for this important festival!