Join us at the Durham Arts Council on Sunday, April 15 from 2 - 5 p.m. for the 5th Annual Durham County Storytelling Festival! It will be a day full of laughter, excitement, and the rich oral tradition of storytelling, not to mention music, puppets, bilingual stories, and more! Featured storytellers include Vicky Town, Jon Sundell, Lona Bartlett, and Paperhand Puppet Intervention! Storyteller ReVonda Crow will serve as the Emcee for the event. There will also be a Sock Puppet Extravaganza!, Storytelling Workshops, MadLibs, Refreshments, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!
In 1998 Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s directors Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger met and began a collaboration of epic proportions. Since then, 20 years ago, they have been using papier-mâché, cardboard, bamboo, your old house paints, cloth, and other assorted junk (treasure to us!) to create incredible giant puppets, masks, shadow plays and spectacle performances for all ages. They continue to tell stories, beat drums, sew cloth, get sweaty, push boundaries and carry heavy things to help make the world a better place. Paperhand’s parades, pageants, and award winning performances aim to be an inspiration, a call to action, and a celebration for everyone to enjoy!Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Lona Bartlett is a performance artist, storyteller, puppeteer and educator at schools, libraries, conferences, churches, festivals, corporate and special events. Degrees in education and a small town upbringing in the Catskill Mountains open a gateway to a long list of presentations. No matter the genre, whether folktales, fairytales, puppets, or personal stories, Lona loves bringing excitement and insight to stage and classroom.Lona Bartlett
Through five decades as a professional storyteller and folksinger Jon Sundell has proven himself to be an outstanding interpreter of folk tradition. In nearly half of the United States, as well as several countries of Europe and Latin America, he has performed for people of all ages and backgrounds, in Spanish as well as English. His bilingual, multicultural repertoire runs the gamut from tall tales, legends and myths to animal tales, wonder tales, cante fables and wisdom tales. The stories are interwoven with songs accompanied on guitar, banjo, autoharp, and mountain dulcimer, creating a varied program that easily maintains the interest of any group. His warm, personal style and engaging use of singalongs quickly puts an audience at ease and draws them in to participate in a sense of shared adventure.Jon Sundell
Vicky Town is an interactive storyteller, writer, and teaching artist who has been delighting audiences with her unique blend of physical comedy, improvisation, and love of language since 1988. From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the Kansas prairie to the city of Philadelphia------Vicky has shared stories that warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. She is a two time winner of a Parents’ Choice Award and two regional awards from the Philadelphia area. Her book, The Runaway Pumpkin Pie Man, from Pelican Publishers is ranked number eight on Good Reads Best Halloween Picture Books. For more information visit www.vickytown.comVicky Town
ReVonda Crow comes to the Durham County Library Storytelling Festival with a varied background in storytelling. She has told at the festival, for the Durham Library, 2 years in a row. She has told in various other venues, including libraries, schools, storytelling and music festivals, the Blowing Rock History and Art Museum, as well as, the Storytelling and Folk Festival in Sneem, Ireland. Her experience also includes being the storytelling instructor for the Watauga County Arts Council’s children’s arts camp, and storytelling for the Our State Magazine winter event at Chatola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC in 2016. ReVonda is very pleased to be Emceeing the 2018 festival, and is excited to be a part of this wonderful festival once again.ReVonda Crow
Sunday, April 15
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
Main Stage (PSI Theater)
All events appropriate for all ages.
1:55-2:00 ~ Welcome in PSI Theater ~ Emcee ReVonda Crow
2:00-2:40 ~ Vicky Town, Storyteller Extraordinaire
2:40-3:20 ~ Jon Sundell, Bilingual Storyteller and Folksinger
3:20-4:00 ~ Lona Bartlett, Storyteller and Puppeteer
4:00-4:15 ~ Break/ Raffle Drawing
4:15-4:55 ~ Paperhand Puppet Intervention
4:55-5:00 ~ Closing in PSI Theater
Activity Room (Duke Power Rehearsal Hall)
2-5pm ~ Sock Puppet Extravaganza!, Storytelling Workshops, MadLibs, Refreshments
Durham Arts Council, Inc.
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
Your best bet for parking is across the street from the Durham Arts Council in the parking deck on the corner of Morris and Morgan Streets called Durham Centre Parking Garage Civic/Arts Center Parking. There are entrances on both Morgan and Morris Streets. Parking is free on the weekends.
From Chapel Hill:
The 15-501 way...
Take 15-501 North to I-85 North. Exit on Gregson Street going South (to the right). Go down Gregson for about 12 blocks and turn left onto Main Street. Go down Main Street to the third light and turn left. This is Morris Street. The Durham Arts Council is immediately on your right.
The 751 way...
Take 751 (Hope Valley Road) north to University Drive. Turn right onto University. After approximately two miles, just past the Lowes grocery store on the right, University splits into Duke Street and Lakewood Avenue. Turn left onto Duke Street. Take Duke Street to Main Street and turn right onto Main. At the second light, turn left. This is Morris Street. The Durham Arts Council is immediately on your right.
The I-40 way...
Take I-40 West to 147 North, the Durham Freeway. After approximately 5 miles, take the Duke Street exit (one way, North). Go three blocks to Main Street and turn right. Go down Main Street to the second light and turn left. This is Morris Street. The Durham Arts Council is immediately on your right.
The 70 way...
Take Highway 70 West to I-85 and take the Gregson Street exit going south. Go about 12 blocks on Gregson to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street. Go to the third light and turn left. This is Morris Street. The Durham Arts Council is immediately on your right.
From Points West:
Take I-85 North to the Gregson Street exit. Travel south for about 12 blocks until you get to Main Street. Turn left onto Main Street. Go to the third light and turn left onto Morris Street. The DAC is immediately on your right.
From Points East:
Take I-85 South to the Gregson Street exit. Take Gregson Street south and go for about 12 blocks until you get to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and go the third light. This is Morris Street. Turn left and the DAC is immediately on your right.