September 8, 2005
CW hosts internationally acclaimed storytellers for first storytelling festival
Colonial Williamsburg’s guests will be spellbound as they gather in Virginia’s restored 18th-century capital throughout the weekend of Sept. 16-18 to be entertained and inspired by eight internationally acclaimed storytellers during Colonial Williamsburg’s first storytelling festival “Spinning Stories/Spanning Time: A Weekend of Stories Old and New.”
These word artisans will bring to life tender and hilarious recollections of childhood; Southern stories; epic arguments; delicious recipes gone wrong; mime; African oral traditions; and post-modern folktales.
Colonial Williamsburg’s storytelling festival weekend begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Bassett Hall, the former Williamsburg residence of Abby and John D. Rockefeller Jr., with school group programs that include lunch. Friday evening’s 7 p.m. “Opening Olio” (storyteller sampler) in the Kimball Theatre, located in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, offers guests a taste of what all eight storytellers will present during the weekend.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, storytellers will perform at various Colonial Williamsburg venues, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Bassett Hall, and continuing to the Hennage Auditorium in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Kimball Theatre. Storytellers will be available for autographs several times throughout the day.
From 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, festival attendees are invited to stop by the “Swappin’ Ground Tent” to perform their own favorite story with other lovers of great stories.
As the sun sets Saturday evening, guests are invited to gather for “Family Stories” from 7 to 8 p.m. at Bassett Hall. Those who think that the cover of darkness is a great time for bone-chilling stories are invited to enjoy 18th - through 19th- century and contemporary “Ghost Tales” from 8 to 10 p.m. at Bassett Hall. This program will include several of Colonial Williamsburg’s expert storytellers.
From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 in the Kimball Theatre, guests will experience the closing olio of “Sacred Stories” with the featured storytellers. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hennage Auditorium, Colonial Williamsburg’s storytellers will share “Colonial Stories” set in the 18th and 19th centuries.
A variety of festival ticket options is available. The full weekend pass for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday is $45 for adults, $25 for youth 6-17 and $25 for seniors and students. The weekend family pass for up to four family members is $100. The Saturday pass is $25 for adults, $15 for youth 6-17 and $15 for seniors and students. The Sunday Pass is $20 for adults, $10 for youth 6-17 and $10 for seniors and students. Evening only performances are $12 for adults and $7 for youth 6-17, seniors and students. Children under 6 are admitted free to all programs. Colonial Williamsburg ticket holders will receive a discount on storytelling festival tickets. Special event packages also are available for guests who choose to stay in one of Colonial Williamsburg’s five hotels: Williamsburg Inn and Providence Hall, Colonial Houses, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites and the Governor’s Inn.
Lorraine C. Brooks