Tall Tales and Humor Promised For Storytelling Festival
FOR RELEASE: Monday, April 15, 2002
CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063
or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
Award-winning tandem tellers and recording artists The
Storycrafters will host a Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 20, at Hudson
Valley Community College.
Jointly sponsored by Hudson Valley and The Junior Museum,
the event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Bulmer
Telecommunications Center at the college. Storytellers will come together to
share a variety of tales and to conduct workshops in their art. The event will
include workshops for adults and also for children accompanied by adults.
Admission is $8, or $5 for those under 14. Call 629-4TIX for information.
The Storycrafters specialize in creative
integration of ethnic musical instrumentation with their stories, often unique
retellings of world folklore.
Among the storytellers for the festival, Bahamas native
Derek Burrows will spin folktales, myths and legends from Africa, Bahamas,
Haiti, Jamaica and Latin America, accompanied by songs, mbira, drum, conch shell
and other instruments. Lower Hudson Valley storyteller Davis Bates will share
his tales "to get folks thinking and remembering their own stories and cultural
traditions." Among his favorite subjects are a boy shoveling snow, an old woman
who loves to dance, a wide-mouth frog, a ghost lobsterman and a shapeshifting
panther. Bairbre McCarthy, another storyteller, learned magical Celtic myths as
a child in Ireland, and she now performs and records her stories in both Ireland
and this country.
Hudson Valley Community
College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in
four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies;
Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity
Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the
State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000
students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and