Every parent has heard the words: “Tell me a story.” On Saturday your kids can get their fill of stories, told by professional storytellers.
This weekend is the 30th annual Storytelling Festival at Oak View County Park. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, storytellers will spin tales every half hour in different venues around the park, which is an historic farm. The event is free and will go on rain or shine.
“There are all kinds of stories,” said Sara Drumheller, assistant manager at Oak View. “There are stories that anyone, any kid or any kid at heart will enjoy.”
One of the main attractions will be Donald Davis, one of North Carolina’s premier storytellers.
Davis is a retired Methodist minister who grew up in the North Carolina mountains. He now travels around the world telling tales that include mountain lore, fairy tales and stories from his own family history.
On his website, Davis says of his craft, “I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream, hope any hope, go anywhere I pleased, fight any foe, win or lose, live or die. My stories created a safe experimental learning place.”
Davis is not the only act. Five storytellers will perform throughout the day, including Donna Washington, a popular children’s book author and storyteller who performs at the festival almost every year.
There will also be a children’s band, a performance by Raleigh Little Theater, hay rides and face-painting. And there will be a special preschool tent, with performances geared for younger children.
The storytelling festival started in 1982, when a children’s librarian gathered a few hundred elementary school children to listen to stories on the Capitol lawn. Today, organizers say, it draws thousands of children and their parents and is an important community-building event that inspires a love of reading and storytelling.
For more information and the full schedule, go to wakegov.com/libraries and click on the icon for the festival.
• Saturday is also a special day at Marbles Kids Museum. The museum is celebrating its fifth birthday, and admission will be free all day. In addition, IMAX movie tickets will be only $5 each.
Marbles promises lots of special activities for the day – but they are keeping the details a surprise. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.