Tale Tellin’ 2015

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Alabama’s 37th annual Tale-Tellin’ Festival moves to the Wallace Community College-Selma Theater this year while continuing the family-friendly storytelling traditions begun by its founder, Kathryn Tucker Windham.

Hear tales told by popular storytellers Bil Lepp and Wanda Johnson along with Reggie and Kim Harris, for two fun-filled evenings Oct. 9 and 10! Each performance features new stories and music.

The Swappin’ Ground, where amateurs can tell their own tales, starts at 6 p.m. with the main event at 7.

This year’s entertainment offers touching life lessons poignantly delivered by Alabama’s Wanda Johnson, who began her career with the encouragement of Kathryn. Wanda uses the colorful history and rituals of her hometown of Prichard to capture her audience. She has received many storytelling awards and formerly worked as an educator.

Appalachia’s Bil Lepp just might make you believe his outrageous tall tales! He’s a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest  with a style described as  similar to Jeff Foxworthy.  His children’s picture book, “The King of Little Things,” won a Parents’ Choice award.

Reggie and Kim Harris present  their gospel and folk legacy through a repertoire of  music and stories. The Philadelphia, Pa., couple has performed around the world for 30 years, earning accolades for their talents as singers, songwriters, educators, historians and cultural advocates. 

“We are excited to have such diverse entertainers this year,” said Tale-Tellin’ Chairman Ann Thomas, “and some of them will visit local schools and share their stories with students prior to the festival.”

Tale-Tellin’ Saturday also brings the 14th annual Kenan’s Mill Festival that will feature live music, stone-ground cornmeal, arts and crafts and children’s activities and the Alabama Historical Association’s fall pilgrimage to Old Cahawba.

“So bring the whole family,” Thomas said. “There will be plenty to do in Selma, and as Kathryn said, ‘There isn’t anything more important than families that laugh together!’”

Sponsored by ArtsRevive, admission is $15 for adults for one night or $25 both nights, $10 for students ages 9-17 for one night and $15 for both nights, and free for children age eight and under. Tickets will be sold at the door or in advance through PayPal.

The theater is located just north of U.S. Highway 80 at Wallace Community College, 3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway.


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