PICKENS COUNTY – The hills around the old Hagood Mill will echo with the whispers, howls and hollers of some of the Southeast’s best storytellers sharing bits about all sorts of folks, funnies, cultures and places during the 14th annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival on Oct. 17 at the historic site.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5.
Johnny Fowler, Hagood Mill’s storyteller-in-residence, is the host. Fowler’s storytelling is a blast of old-time energy of yesteryear introducing traditional yarns and folktales from the Carolina region. His Appalachian family ties run deep, which in turn creates his friendly and energetic personality.
The featured storyteller will be Kim Weitkamp is a storyteller at the top of her craft and holds an armload of awards including the prestigious Leadership in Communication Award from Toastmasters International, the Blue Ridge Excellence in the Arts Award and several Storytelling World Awards.
She has written, produced and recorded nine audio collections, seven of them award winning. Her latest project is a folk operetta that has gotten high praise within the music industry and storytelling community. She can be heard on Sirius XM radio and NPR.
David Joe Miller, the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough, Tenn., will also perform. In 1994 he created the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild.
He tours the United States and internationally. Previous audiences include Disney, Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Philips Medical, World Bank, Shell Oil and former Vice President Al Gore and family.
He has worked in dozens of school districts all across the country and has tour extensively in the North Carolina schools, helping young writers become better narrative writers using the power of storytelling.
Also performing will be storyteller Lona Bartlett, who learned that life is all about the story while growing up on a farm in the Catskill Mountains.
She combines traditional storytelling, puppetry, music and her degrees in education to weave stories that entertain and teach.
Her puppet creations and scripts now span four continents. Her Scottish and Irish heritage brings out Celtic tales and her life on the farm with parents being born in the early 1900’s gives her special insight on years past.
An addition to this year’s program will be “New Voices” featuring Kathy Gordon, Jess Willis, Martha Cinader Mims, and Faye Fulton with unique tales never before heard on the historic grounds.
The Hagood Mill is located at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Call 864-898-2936 or visit www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar for more information.