By Elizabeth Dorpat
On July 18th and 19th, my husband and I, with baby in tow, spent the weekend in the beautiful PowellsWood Garden for the 3rd annual PowellsWood Garden Storytelling Festival. With over 400 in attendance, the garden was bustling with a diverse crowd ready to turn off their cell phones and enjoy the festivities.The two-day event began on Friday with engaging children’s programs and workshops led by Diane Ferlatte and Ed Stivender as well as a “Tea with the Tellers” hosted by Diane Powell. The fun continued on Saturday as festival-goers enjoyed hours of stories.
The 6 featured storytellers enchanted audiences with many different styles of the art. From the comical Greek mythology tale by Barbara Mcbride-Smith, to the banjo playing vignettes of Ed Stivender, this festival had it all, with an abundance of both wit and silliness throughout. The breathtaking backdrop of PowellsWood Garden was absolutely stunning and made it easy for us to forget about the craziness of life and get caught up in the adventures, songs, and memories of these fantastic tellers.
We plan on making this a yearly tradition for our family and encourage you to get swept up in a weekend of storytelling with us next year!