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Tall Tales, True Tales

KentuckyLiving Magazine , September, 2004


“Let me tell you a story ...”

With these words—whether uttered in a library, on a front porch, or at a storytelling festival—comes an anticipation that makes the heart beat just a little faster.

Storytellers tell the experiences of others, of their own, as well as legends, tales, and myths that go back centuries. It is a way to pass on family history, moral values, and traditions, says Gaylord Cooper, a storyteller and antiques dealer. It’s a way to spend an enjoyable few minutes—or hours.

Kentucky folklorist Mark Brown says,

"Human beings need to be heard and appreciated. Storytelling achieves this."

Betsy Fleischer of Harrodsburg, who has taught storytelling to her gifted grade-school students, says,

"Stories give hope and solutions."

Nearby Storytelling Festivals and Locations:

Corn Island Storytelling Festival
Louisville, Kentucky
September 16-19, 2004

Cave Run Storytelling Festival
On the shore of Cave Run Lake
Morehead, Kentucky
Sept. 24-25, 2004

32nd National Storytelling Festival
Jonesborough, Tennessee
October 1-3, 2004

Kentucky Folklife Festival
Location to be announced
Sept. 15-17, 2005

International Storytelling Center
Live Daily Storytelling Events
116 W. Main St.
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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