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Kalamazoo Valley Museum Hosts 8th Annual Storytelling Festival: Growing Stories

Kalamazoo Valley Museum staff have announced this year's lineup for the 8th Annual Storytelling Festival. The festival runs on February 7 and 8 with two days full of world-known professional storytellers who will capture hearts and take visitors on a journey beyond words.

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Media Contact Bill McElhone
Kalamazoo Valley Museum Director
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Kalamazoo Valley Museum Hosts 8th Annual Storytelling Festival: Growing Stories

Kalamazoo Valley Museum staff have announced this year's lineup for the 8th Annual Storytelling Festival. The festival runs on February 7 and 8 with two days full of world-known professional storytellers who will capture hearts and take visitors on a journey beyond words. Growing Stories, this year's theme, includes family stories that grow from one generation to the next, stories that sprout from another, tales that connect people like vines, and stories to entertain children and adults alike. Authors, publishers, and storytellers come together to help grow stories during this event.

The festival opens up Friday night during Art Hop, February 7 at 6 p.m. Hear author, radio journalist, and storyteller Joe McHugh perform with his wife, Paula McHugh, a rich trip through history called The Time Travelers. Using stories, music, and images of original artwork inspired by American folk songs, the two help audiences travel through time. Learn of colorful characters, including frontier trailblazers, Civil War soldiers, gold seekers, medicine show pitchmen, and many more.

Allison Downey returns to the Festival at 7 p.m. with her own blend of music and stories. As a singer-songwriter, writer, and educator, she brings a unique personal experience to her music and stories that goes deep and moves the heart to a new level of warmth and understanding.

A vendor fair will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, with Michigan authors, educators, and gardeners. Mama Edie, percussionist, speech pathologist, and storyteller, takes to the stage at 11 a.m., sharing stories on "The Vines That Hold Us Together." Pulling from her rich African Native American background, she will share through music, sign language, and in Spanish and English. Kelvin & Co. will be at the museum with barbecue sandwich box lunches for purchase, for those who plan to stay the whole day.

New this year is a Storytelling Panel at 12:30 p.m. with Joe McHugh, Randy Pearson, Jenifer Strauss, and Judy Sima. Visitors may bring their lunches into the theater while the panelists share how to become a storyteller, where inspiration comes from, techniques to share stories, and the brain development behind oral stories. There will also be a time for questions and answers.

Donna Marie Todd weaves stories of family and gardening full of humor and imagery at 2 p.m. Back by popular demand, Adam Mellema takes to the stage at 3 p.m. His energy and depth know no end, and his stories will leave listeners wanting more. Arif Choudhury closes the festival at 4 p.m. He is a professional storyteller, comic, and filmmaker who shares stories of growing up in a Bangladeshi-Muslim family in the suburbs of Chicago. His stories examine the lighter side of ethnic and religious identity, diversity, multiculturalism, and assimilation.

"Everyone is invited to come discover how stories can bring us together, help us grow, and define who we are individually and as a community," said Museum Program Coordinator Annette Hoppenworth.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees.

 

SOURCE Kalamazoo Valley Museum