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Alabama Tale Tellin’ 2014

Last updated: June 23rd, 2014 @ 23:06:37

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Stories, stories, music and more will bring laughter, suspense and melodies that warm the heart at the 2014 Alabama Tale-Tellin’ Festival Oct. 10-11.

Founded by the late Selma author Kathryn Tucker Windham, the family event features three nationally known storytellers plus a vocal string band/comedy troupe from Birmingham.

This year’s entertainment offers folk tales, spooky tales, sacred tales and hilarious misadventures with plenty of Appalachian heritage in the mix.

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Suzi “Mama” Whaples  blends stories from her own life with stories that are larger than life. Her library background and 30 years of storytelling experience reflects her love of reading that spills over to audiences of both children and adults. The past president of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild is especially known for sacred tales that have been described as “refreshing your mind” and “renewing your spirits.” Visit her website at

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Ohio native Lyn Ford is a self-described fourth generation “Affrilachian”   storyteller who brings African and Appalachian heritage into her stories. Her original “home-fried tales” are enriched with music, rhythm and rhyme, humor and heart. For more information, check her website

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Michael Reno Harrell entertains with songs and stories that have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit.” As a singer and songwriter, he has performed at both major music events and the National Storytelling Festival and won awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles.  His website is

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The Dill Pickers, a group of men and women from the Birmingham area, play and sing a variety of music in an upbeat fashion that keeps the audience wanting more. They add a few comedy routines in the mix, and it’s entertainment that is fun for all. Headed by Norton Dill, the group got its start in 1999 as performers in the off-Broadway production of Smoke on the Mountain. They have been playing, singing and entertaining together ever since. Check out their music at

Audiences for the past two festivals have grown tremendously, but “we will have room for more,’ said Ann Thomas, Tale-Tellin’ chairman. Held at Carneal ArtsRevive, a re-purposed 1920’s auto garage on the banks of the Alabama River, the Tale-Tellin’ stage is close to the audience for a more interactive experience.  The adjacent terrace features a food court and can be used for audience overflow.

“Kathryn believed there wasn’t anything more important than families who laugh together, and that is what the Alabama Tale-Tellin’ Festival is all about…having a good time sharing stories, music and laughter,” Thomas said.

Sponsored by ArtsRevive, 3 Church St., the festival opens earlier this year with the Swappin’ Ground at 4:30 each evening and Tale-Tellin’ at 6:30.  Come early, tell your stories and have supper.

Music and stories vary each night, so plan to attend both Friday and Saturday. Admission is $15 per night for adults or $25 for both nights and $10 for students 12 and under or $15 for both nights.

For more information, call 334-878-ARTS (2787), email or look for updates on the ArtsRevive Facebook page.  The ArtsRevive mailing address is P.O. Box 2548, Selma, AL USA 36702.

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