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Chesapeake Storytelling Festival
by Dana Kester-McCabe

Belinda Cook of the Queen Anne's County Arts Council tells us about the 2016 Chesapeake Storytelling Festival.

Storytelling is as old as humanity. Since ancient times, people have been sitting around fires together telling tales. Sometimes they told the truth as they had experienced it; sometimes they regaled each other spinning outrageous yarns just to entertain each other. Before the written word history was passed down orally through such gatherings.

The tradition of storytelling is alive and well not only in all the media we consume but with inspirational performances like those you will be able to see at the upcoming Chesapeake Storytelling Festival April 29th And 30th.

Nationally acclaimed storytellers will include: Delores Hydock, Andy Offutt Irwin, Michael Reno Harrell, Ed Stivender, and Kim Weitkamp. Local storytellers will include: Delmarva Folktales and Legends by Ed Okonowicz, Harriet Tubman by Gwendolyn Briley Strand, Eastern Shore Folklore and ghost stories by Mindy Burgoyne, Chesapeake Oysters by Kate Livie, Black Captains of the Chesapeake with S. Torriano Berry, and a Waterman's Story Swap.

Most story sessions will run about an hour, so festival goers can hear several different performers. This two day event begins and ends with something called an olio where the guest storytellers give short samples of their repertoire. These will be an interesting part of the show in and of themselves. They will give people a preview of what they can see on Saturday or may be a chance to see a little of what they missed while hearing other story tellers that day.

Tickets are on sale now for the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival which will be held April 29-30, 2016 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mill, Maryland. Visit chesapeakestorytelling.com to find out more.