Founded by the late Selma author Kathryn Tucker Windham, who believed that families should laugh together, the festival blends music with song and dance, hilarious misadventures and sacred inspiration.
Suzi “Mama” Whaples hails from West Virginia where she uses her mountain wit and wisdom as a storyteller, humorist, educator and “all-around hilarious hillbilly.” She blends humor with humility in larger-than-life stories that delight audiences of all ages all across the country. Her library background and 30 years of storytelling have earned her numerous awards. Visit her website at www.suziwhaples.com.
Pat Nease of Panama City, Fla., is known for her “high energy, quick wit and wry humor” that earned her the Champion Liar of Florida award three times. A teller of “outrageous lies and original stories,” Nease is also a longtime classroom teacher and library media specialist. She founded the Middle School Storytelling Festival in her city and is the Florida liaison to the National Storytelling Network. According to Nease, “Sometimes you TELL the ghost story; sometimes you ARE the ghost story…” Nease will also tell tales in area schools during the week prior to the festival. Read more about Pat at www.patnease.com.
Birmingham’s Norton Dill is well known by Alabama Tale-Tellin’ audiences as leader of The Dill Pickers, a comedy/music troupe that has performed in Selma often. This year, Dill will entertain solo. He founded Dill Productions, which has produced many award-winning documentaries including “Kathryn: The Story of a Teller;” directed major theatrical productions and produced original musicals such as “Christmas on Sand Mountain” and “A Bluegrass Christmas Carol.” Check his website at www.dillproductions.com.
“We are excited to have such talented storytellers and musicians and to continue the tradition founded by Kathryn Tucker Windham,” said Chairman Beth Wilson. “We are offering special rates to encourage family attendance, and these entertainers will have tales for every age!”
Sponsored by ArtsRevive, the fun begins at 6 p.m. with The Swappin’ Ground, where amateurs can tell their own stories. The Swappin’ Ground will follow The Dixieland Cloggers on Saturday, and the main event starts at 7 both evenings. Selma’s Doris Butler Truax will emcee the event and tell a few tales herself, and light refreshments will be offered by Joyce’s Catering both evenings.
Tickets will be sold at the door, 3 Church St., and are $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID and free for children under six. The special family rate for two adults and two children under 18 is $30. For more information, download our rack card, call 334-878-ARTS (2787), email firstname.lastname@example.org or look for updates on the ArtsRevive Facebook page.