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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 workforce training.