Corn Island Storytelling Festival
The University of Louisville, Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead and the International Order of E.A.R.S. will present the Corn Island Storytelling Festival Oct. 23-24.
Named after Louisville's first settlement, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival was a nationally known autumn fixture that drew thousands of fans for three decades before ending its run in 2007. UofL and the Corn Island organizers for the last three years joined forces to revive the event. This year, the festival has partnered with Blackacre to extend the festival to two days.
The two-day event will include storytellers from across the region sharing family-friendly and spooky stories, music, family activities and more. Storytellers and musicians participating in this year's festival include:
- Bob Sander, co-founder of the Storytelling Arts of Indiana
- Roberta Simpson Brown, a paranormal investigator and author of more than a dozen books and tapes of ghost stories
- Matthew Black Eagle Man, a Dakota from Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, a spiritual leader, motivational speaker, Peace Warrior and storyteller.
- Lynny Prince, a Native American storyteller and writer
- Jerry McClure, storyteller and flautist
- Nefertiti Burton, is a storyteller and chair of the Theater Arts program at UofL
- Troubadours of Divine Bliss, a duo combining spooky stories, folk-based melodies, jazz vocal rifts with touches of blues and zydeco.
- John Gage, musician and host of "Kentucky Homefront"
- Sky Hawk-Native American Drummers
Details for each day are below:
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23, Lutz Hall Lawn, Belknap Campus, University of Louisville
- Storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m. Col. Bob Thompson, storyteller and writer for the Kentucky Homefront radio program, will be the master of ceremonies.
- A fall festival for children with a drum circle, crafts and other activities will run 6-7:30 p.m
- Concessions at all sites.
- Free admission
A complete Oct. 23 schedule and more information visit http://uofl.me/cornisland15
1-10 p.m. Oct. 24, 3200 Tucker Station Road, Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead
- "Tell your Story, Sing Your Song" workshops, will be held with storytellers from 1-5 p.m.
- Saturday @ Blackacre: ALL EVENTS ARE INDOORS, so the quarter inch of showers predicted will not disrupt the programs.
Come early where you can spend an hour each with: Native American Storytellers & Drummers, then listen to The Troubadours of Devine Bliss sing and explain how they develop their original songs, finally, spend the last hour with the Queen of Cold Blooded Tales, as Robert Brown explains how she crafts her stories.
Each session will be in a small group inside the warm and dry confines of the 200 year old Taylor Homestead.
Temperatures in the 50's.
- Ghost Stoytelling begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Concessions will be available
- Admissions for Saturday, $12/all event package, $5/afternoon workshops only, $7/evening adult, $3/evening child.
For additional information and advance tickets, visit http://blackacreconservancy.org.
Sponsors for the 2015 Corn Island Storytelling Festival include Fifth Third Bank, Louisville Metro Government, UofL's Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs and Kentucky Homefront.
For media inquiries, contact Bob Thompson, 502-553-3406.