The Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival promises to be a weekend of both traditional and unique entertainment for adults, plus a School Day for local school children. The festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11, 12 and 13 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Corbin, Kentucky.
Four nationally known storytellers will share the stage as Featured Storytellers including:
Sharon Kirk Clifton is a professional storyteller who is also passionate about writing, especially for children. Her debut novel, UP A RUTTED ROAD was released in May 2013. She tells old time Jack Tales in the person of Jack’s Mama and is beloved by audiences everywhere. She also write poetry, essays, and whatever strikes her fancy at any given moment.
Buck P. Creacy is a humorist and a storyteller and he uses humor to make life better for his audience. It was while shining shoes at the barber shop, he realized he could shine more shoes if his customers were laughing. An “honest to God” humorist, Buck shares both wit and wisdom with children and the international corporate world alike.
Pam Holcomb taught high school Arts and Humanities, Speech, Oral Communications, Drama, and Mathematics for 29 years in Harlan County, Kentucky. A true Appalachian Storyteller, it is her desire to preserve the Appalachian culture that drew her to the performing arts, and developed her love of storytelling.
Stephen Hollen has been telling stories for over 35 years. He is an Appalachian Storyteller and Mark Twain impersonator and full time Storytelling Professional. His first experiences as a storyteller were sitting on a front porch in Clay County, Kentucky, listing to Uncles, Aunts, friends and family tell folk tales, Jack tales and all sorts of bone chilling stories! Through the years Stephen has told stories in 28 states and Canada.
Visitors can tour the falls, hike the various trails and visit with the vendors all weekend. Vendors will be demonstrating and selling traditional and Kentucky Made crafts all around the Park’s DuPont Lodge.
Schedule of Events:
Friday: School Day from 9:00 till 2:00 for local schools and students from 3rd-6th grades with storytelling, hiking and a tour of the Cumberland Falls. Vendors will be demonstrating all day long. An evening Storytelling Concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. At 9:30 pm there will be a “Ghost Walk” with scary stories along the Falls for the brave of heart.
Saturday: Hiking the Trails and Tours of the Falls all day. Storytelling Matinee at 1:00 p.m. and a Storytelling Concert at 7:00 p.m. the evening will end with “Haint Tales and Scary Campfire Stories” around a campfire of course.
Sunday: The day will begin with a free and open to the public “Sacred Stories” concert at the Falls at 10 am. The day will continue with Tours of the Falls, hiking and the final Storytelling Matinee at 1:00 p.m.
Cost of this event is $ 35.00 per person for the entire weekend. The Haint Walk and Camp Fire Stories are $ 5.00 extra. Group and family rates are available. Please contact park if interested in setting up a craft booth. Teachers please contact park for school visits on Friday. For more information contact Bret Smitley at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at (606) 528-4121