Join us at the Durham Arts Council on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for the Fourth Annual Durham County Storytelling Festival! It will be a day full of laughter, excitement and the rich oral tradition of storytelling. Featured storytellers include Vicky Town, Ken Corsbie, Kali Ferguson, Henry Vogel, Cynthia Moore Brown, Bobbie Pell, E Gale Buck, John Sundell, and ReVonda Crow. There will also be refreshments, crafts, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!
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
Cynthia Moore Brown has been an acclaimed performer and educator for over three decades in North Carolina, the South, and Europe. She has a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood, Art, and Child Development. She has been writing since childhood. Her consulting, performing, and teaching keep her on the go. She is the star of stage, television, & radio. Her stories are frequently on NPR WFDD. *Cynthia was recently featured on the Discovery Channel’s Destination American “Monsters & Mysteries” series. She was interviewed about one of her signature folktales, “Lydia” . The program continues to run . * She retired after 30 years of being a librarian, then a K-5 Art Specialist and now performs, does her art, and travels. * Cynthia uses her many talents to bring texture to her down home Southern style. * She is co-founder of the NC Storytelling Guild and a festival organizer. * She is also a popular seminar leader and motivational speaker for business, community, and education. * She is the author of Ghosts and Pirates of the Carolinas’ book and E-Book. She is the author too of Folktales & Ghost Stories of NC’s Piedmont, and Folklore and Food & Pirates & Ghosts of the Carolinas’ Coast with Theresa Bane . All three of these are her folktales. Her CD: GHOST STORIES FROM THE GRAVEYARD is popular fans.Cynthia Moore Brown
If you fused the meanings of Kali in Sanskrit and Swahili, you would get the fierce black one who is a force of time. A spider-scientist of story, Kali has been known to reach into the cosmic darkness (where all tales begin) to pull out pattern, plot, movement, and song. Kali Ferguson is a bilingual storyteller, songwriter, cultural educator and poet living in her hometown of Charlotte, NC, after much world travel. Whether she’s breathing life into folktales or singing original Spanish lyrics, Kali passionately shares cultural literacy by sharing the traditions of Africa in the Americas. ¡Escucha! ¡Escucho! Call and response, moon mirroring sun: Kali’s warm energy and interactive performances initiate audiences into her web. You will be black bear, wind, ribbon strands, and kernels of talking corn when you let her stories whisk you away from the mundane world. Since 2004, this former Spanish teacher and “Swiss Army Knife of Culture” (with her nimble use of myriad creative expressions) has performed and taught throughout the Southeast. Shapeshifter that she is, you may know her from the stages of the Mint Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, AmericaSpeaks, Johnson & Wales University, and countless other venues. You may know her as the recipient of Creative Loafing Charlotte’s “Women Who Rock” Award or a North Carolina Arts Council and NOLOSE grantee. But never forget she’s made of the elements, a storm sitting on your windowpane, a griot with an armful of myths and melodies.Kali Ferguson
Originally from Guyana, worked throughout the English speaking Caribbean - radio, television, print media, stage. Living with his wife in America since 1996, originally in Long Island, NY and for the past five years in Chapel Hill, NC . A recipient of nine awards for his professional work in Guyana and in Caribbean. His stories draw from the spirit of his Caribbeaness, whether in the islands or in North America. His repertoire includes personal experiences here and in the Caribbean, folk tales, literary story, oral/aural poetry performance, stand up comedy.For the past twenty years, Ken has told at the Cayman islands Giimistory Fesstival". He has also told at the monthly Cornelia Cafe Storytelling (Manhattan) for it's first fourteen years. He has four CDs, and appears more than fifteen times in YouTube videos. Ken was both a popular theatre actor/director/designer in his homeland, Guyana, and within the Caribbean Islands.Ken Corsbie
Henry Vogel is a regionally-renowned storyteller with a lively and energetic delivery. He tells original stories as well as traditional folk tales. His favorites include "noodlehead" stories, funny stories, and stories with a twist. When the sun goes down, he can just as easily call forth ghosts and ghouls from the flickering light of a campfire. A former professional comic book writer and current science fiction novelist, Henry naturally took to making up stories for his son. As his son grew older, Henry was invited to share those stories in school classrooms. Finding his stories were entertaining to people who weren't related to him, Henry decided to take a crack at telling stories professionally. He's been at it for twelve years and is having the time of his life.Henry Vogel
Gale Buck is a writer, storyteller and musician. He used stories for years in his presentations of the traditions of Scotland and performances of the Great Highland Bagpipes, but was first labelled "storyteller" by Santa during a presentation of tales from The Magic of Christmas. Gale has published three books about the true Magic of Christmas and is winner of The Bold-Faced Liars? Showdown and The South Carolina Liars? Contest. Santa Claus once told Gale, "I hate to ask you a question because you always answer with a story."Gale Buck
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
For over 30 years, Bobbie Pell has shared her love of story with audiences of all ages through written works, storytelling performances and workshops. Her speciality area, Celtic folklore and traditions, focuses on faerie lore, ballads and archetypical myths. She also tells world folk and fairy tales filled with universal truths to show how Story explores the human heart. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Outdoor Environmental Education followed by three Master's degrees: Library Science, English Literature/Composition and Creative Writing [MFA-terminal]. She continues teaching creative writing, ballads and folklore workshops for John C. Campbell Folk School, Road Scholar (Montreat Conference Center, Lake Junaluska Conference Center), and Celtic Arts at University of North Carolina at Asheville. Bobbie enjoys all forms of writing, believing that the power of the written word releases the soul. To audiences and readers, she offers quality work and imaginative adventures!Bobbie Pell
ReVonda Crow grew up in Caswell County, NC, and her family history,in NC, goes back to before the Revolution. She has lived in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains for almost 30 years. She received her BA, from ASU, in anthropology. ReVonda has told stories in various venues including the Storytelling and Folk Festival in Co. Kerry Ireland. ReVonda loves stories, and believes everyone and everything has a story to tell. Her favorite tales to tell are ghost stories, legends, folk tales, and stories with a twist.ReVonda Crow
Saturday, April 1
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
Main Stage (PSI Theater)
All events appropriate for all ages unless otherwise noted.
9:55-10:00 ~ Welcome in PSI Theater
10:00-10:25 ~ Henry Vogel
10:30-10:55~ Cynthia Moore Brown
11:00-11:25 ~ Ken Corsbie
11:30-11:55 ~ Vicky Town
12:00-12:25 ~ Jon Sundell (Bilingual)
12:30-12:55~ E Gale Buck
12:55-1:00 ~ Closing in PSI Theater
Children's Stage (Duke Power Rehearsal Hall)
10:30-10:55~ ReVonda Crow
11:00-11:25 ~ Bobbie Pell
11:30-11:55 ~ Kali Ferguson (Bilingual)
Children's Craft Area (Duke Power Rehearsal Hall)
12:00 - 1:00 ~ DIY Tote Bags, Color Your Own Disguise Masks, Decorate your own Slap Bracelet, Tattoos, and more!
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.