Storytellers Weave Their Magic

Ellwood City’s 11th Annual Storytelling Festival on Sat. Sept 15th, featured five professional storytellers, horse drawn trolley rides, balloon animals, games, wandering minstrels, cookies, popcorn and cotton candy!

I realized after scheduling their appearances, that this year all of our storytellers were men. That happened by chance not design, but it warmed my heart to see the energy and love that these men put into their efforts to entertain our kids and their families! Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate of West Virginia, mesmerized the group with his charming demeanor and flawless delivery. Alan Irvine’s Louisiana drawl always adds a subtle hint of mystery to his stories and draws the adults into his tales, too. Tim Hartman is an irrepressible kid-magnet, changing his facial expressions and voice to suit his characters, and tripping over his stool to make the kids laugh. He left us all wanting more! Ronald MacDonald followed him. What an amazing storyteller he is! The kids hang on his every word. And finally Bill Pate, musician extraordinaire, finished the evening with ghost stories around a bonfire. First we howled along with his version of the Werewolves of London. Then, he passed out rhythm instruments and had the kids marching around the fire to the beat of his drums, the flames flickering on their faces.

Storytelling touches a primal chord in all of us. This last Saturday for one afternoon and evening, texting, iPads, and TV were abandoned for a performance art as old as man himself. We sat beneath a cloudless fall sky, under arching tree branches, and listened to five amazing men. Finally, as the sun went down, jackets were buttoned up, as the temperature dropped and everyone gathered around the bonfire as the flames flickered and crackled. It was an amazing day and I am so glad I was part of it!

About fairysockmother

I am a Harper Voyager, UK author. Among Wolves, the first in an adult fantasy trilogy was released 2015. Grim Tidings followed in 2016 and Before Winter concludes the series in 2017! I have 19 traditionally published children's books including: the Abby and the Book Bunch series and a 2 Readers' Theater series both published through Magic Wagon, a division of the ABDO Group, at My first picture book, "The Christmas Cats" was released by Pelican Publishing in 2011. I have reviewed YA material for VOYA magazine for almost 28 years. Follow me on Twitter as FairySockmother and visit my website:
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3 Responses to Storytellers Weave Their Magic

  1. Bill Pate says:

    Nancy – I’ve been honored and privileged to have been a part of this wonderful festival for the past seven (?) years. It’s been a high point of my year, every year!
    Thanks so much for your vision and amazing organizational skills.

  2. Great story, Nancy! I wish I could have been there. I love to watch storytellers in action – live and in color. Blessings!

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