Scottish ballads with a North Carolina flavor, spoons as instruments instead of eating utensils, myths and folktales, tomboys and princesses … you can hear all of the above and then some on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi at the 5th Annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival.
When we bill the festival as a way to “get back to your roots,” we mean every word of it. The stories the tellers perform at the Main Street and River Campus tents touch on your own memories, and all of sudden you’re in your grandma’s kitchen watching her roll out dumplings, or you’re on the banks of the pond with your dad, two bobbers floating in the still water. The stories transport you in every sense, and it is truly an experience beyond measure to share with your loved ones.
We are very proud of the fact the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival is fit for all ages. How many events can you enjoy alongside your kids and your grandparents? Without one set suffering through a cartoon they’d like to erase, that is! The storytelling festival gives you a weekend to sit back and soak in stories at an unhurried, leisurely pace. We know that you’ll create memories you’ll hold close as well as some stories of your very own.
Maybe I haven’t convinced you that you should come and experience the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. I personally didn’t grasp the power of storytelling until I saw one of our tellers from the Evening of Ghost Storytellers on Oct. 14, 2011, perform at a local high school. I was transfixed, and so was the entire room of 16-18 year olds. My experience has been that once you take in the art of storytelling done well, then you’re hooked for life! So many of our fans come back year after year after year. One time was all it took for storytelling to touch a chord.
So, come share the experience of storytelling at the 5th Annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival and start a tradition. Kim Weitkamp, Sheila Kay Adams, Dan Keding and Jennifer Munro as well as Jessica Carleton and Larry Brown will perform Friday, April 13, Saturday, April14, and Sunday, April 15, 2012, in historic downtown Cape Girardeau.
Check out CapeStorytelling.com or give us a buzz at 800-776-0068. We’d love to tell you all about our storytelling festival. Pre-registration pricing ends April 12, 2012, so secure your tickets today and we’ll see you this soon.
Written by Stacy Dohogne Lane, director of public relations, Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau