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Corn Island Storytelling Festival

Storytellers, activities set for 2016 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 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21-22.

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. This will be the sixth year that UofL and the Corn Island organizers have partnered on the event. Blackacre joined the event last year.

Additional sponsors include Louisville Metro Government and Kentucky Homefront.

Storytellers and musicians for the weekend include:

Friday, Oct. 21

Storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m. with a mix of family-friendly stories and spooky tales in the George J. Howe Red Barn, Belknap Campus. Col. Bob Thompson, storyteller and writer for the Kentucky Homefront(kentuckyhomefront.org/)radio program, will be the master of ceremonies.

Organizers will also host a series of free storytelling and music workshops during the afternoon on campus. Gage, Brown, Yost and the Juggerloos will each conduct hour-long workshops covering, writing, performing and arts in community.

All Friday events are free but registration for the afternoon workshops is required at cornisland16.eventbrite.com


Fridays evening program will be in the George J. Howe Red Barn on the U of L campus, The Workshops on Friday afternoon will be in rooms 312 & 314 of the Student Activities building.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Storytelling will be held at Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead, 3200 Tucker Station Rd.

Kids activities including face painting will begin at 6 p.m. and storytelling begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday's events are $7 for adults and $3 for children and tickets may be purchased onsite.


Patrons will be provided seats in a large tent adjacent to Blackacre's 300 year old log barn.

For more information on event, contact Bob Thompson, 502-553-3406.


If you would like to make a charitable contribution to Corn Island Storytelling, please feel free to mail it to: Corn Island Storytelling, 7712 Briarwood Dr., Crestwood, Ky 40014. Call 502-241-6838 for more information.


If you would be interested in being a volunteer at the Festival - or any of our other events - please contact us at 502.241-6838 or email us at cornislandstorytelling@gmail.com.

Board of Directors

Bob Thompson, Exec. Director/Producing Director

Willard Bratcher, Treasurer

Heather Dotson, Secretary

Graham Shelby

John Gage

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Corn Island Storytelling

7712 Briarwood Dr. Crestwood, Ky 40014