Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 20, 2013

Spinning a yarn at Cave Run

Annual storytelling event slated for Sept. 27, 28


The Independent

ASHLAND — The 15th annual Cave Run Storytelling Festival will be Sept. 27 and 28 at the Twin Knobs Recreation Area at Cave Run Lake, eight miles west of Morehead. 

The festival features seven professional storytellers from across the country.

‰Donald Davis, a festival favorite, will return to tell his stories. Davis, from North Carolina, crafts stories of family and friends that appeal to listeners on a personal level.  He was born into a family of traditional storytellers, and the honesty and simplicity of his stories endear listeners of all ages to Davis as a teller and a humanitarian.

‰Noa Baum comes to the Cave Run festival for the first time.  She started telling stories in Israel where she was born and raised.  She uses stories to illustrate peace and understanding between Middle Eastern cultures. 

‰Barbara McBride-Smith tells family stories that relate human foibles or poignant moments while her stories about Biblical characters and Greek myths provide fresh insights that will not be forgotten. She has been referred to as “a comedian,  historian, teacher and preacher all rolled into one.”

‰Ed Stivender comes to the festival from Philadelphia.  He has been called “the Robin Williams of storytellers” as well as “a Catholic Garrison Keillor.” Combining skills as a banjo player and juggler with his experience as a Shakespearean actor,  he has entertained and enthralled audiences around the world.

‰Willy Claflin grew up in the woods of New Hampshire. He spent his childhood dreaming and impersonating wildlife.  His imagination still serves him well as he shares stories and songs with audiences across the nation. 

‰Dolores Hydock from Alabama will fill the stage with a swirl of characters in her humorous stories about family, fireworks, parallel parking, true love, turnip greens and other everyday peculiarities.  Her stories celebrate the quirks, confusions and joys of the human condition.

‰Rev. Robert B. Jones returns to the festival from Detroit.  He is a musician, storyteller and radio producer.  Jones has performed for over twenty years. He developed an interest in the blues at an early age and started performing at Detroit’s music venues.  He accompanies his singing with guitar, harmonica and storytelling.

Telling eastern Kentucky ghost stories at 7 p.m. Friday during the “Night of Fright” portion of the event will be Morehead native   J.D. Reeder and Octavia Sexton from Orlando.

The festival begins on Friday and Saturday at 9:45 a.m. with evening performances at 7 p.m. 

Tickets are available at Coffee Tree Books, the Morehead Tourism Office and online at caverunstoryfest.org. 

For more information, call the Morehead Tourism Office at (606) 780-4342 or (855) 270-8733.