A Whimsical Weekend at the 2014 PowellsWood Storytelling Festival


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.

Storyteller Barbara McBride speaking to the crowd in the beautiful backdrop of PowellsWood

Storyteller Barbara McBride speaking to the crowd in the beautiful backdrop of PowellsWood

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!

Donald Davis telling at the Spring Garden tent

Donald Davis telling at the Spring Garden tent

Gathering to hear a story under the beautiful shady trees

Gathering to hear a story under the beautiful shady trees

See you next year!

See you next year!


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2 Responses to “A Whimsical Weekend at the 2014 PowellsWood Storytelling Festival”
  1. Ian Liddle says:

    Sounds like this was a great event! I hope we can join you in attending next year!

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  2. Jenn says:

    WOW! Sorry I missed that one! When we worked for Monte Powell, Greg and I would do various dramatic performances–original comedic sketches, recitations of Shakespearean sonnets and/or scenes from his plays, even reciting our own poetry. It’s so awesome to see how significantly they have grown since those days! DEFINITELY want to get there next year!
    Thanks for the AWESOME coverage and photos–what a great promotion!

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