Supporting literacy and community interaction, the annual Storytelling Festival at Rocky Bluff Library engages professional storytellers and local school children in on-stage performances. The children watch and learn how to present their stories as they learn the “Art of Storytelling”.
The Storytelling Festivals have been a huge success attracting more than 600 attendees each year. The turnout gives us reason to continue fostering literacy and community interaction through an annual festival. Rocky Bluff Library provides resources for engaging in the storytelling art and the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library provide the training resources to assist anyone interested in becoming a “Storyteller”.
Iris Taverney is a freshman at Manatee School for the Arts. She is in MSA’s competition Chamber Choir. She plays the guitar and ukulele. Her biggest goal is to write her own music and shoot for the stars. It is her 3rd year participating in the story telling festival.
Tamara Green is a professional Story teller whose topics often bring her listeners on a “roller coaster ride to a place called imagination!” She believes that Storytellers are keepers of present events and of times past. We are thrilled that this is her third appearance at our Storytelling Festival.
Shannan Adams is a tenth grade honor role student at H. B. Plant High School. She is a storytelling ambassador with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival and traveled to Orem, Utah to represent Florida's Youthful Voices Storytellers in the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. Her other activities include chorus, piano and fiber arts.
Katie Adams, celebrates 20 years as a professional storyteller and owns Make Believe Theater, a touring theater bringing puppet shows and storytelling shows to audiences throughout the southeast. Katie has been featured at the Florida Storytelling Festival, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Florida Folk Festival.
Van Samuels—TVSHKA, pronounced “Tuh-SHKUH”, is a Native American word of the Choctaw language, which translates as “WARRIOR.” He was raised in his native Choctaw Tribal community. His stories are of the Native American history and culture with legends that are shared through storytelling.
Alyssa Moran is 9 years old and in 3rd grade at Virgil Mills Elementary. She a Girl Scout and enjoys performing and love dogs and has aspirations to be a teacher. This is Alyssa’s 2nd year performing at our Storytelling Festival.
Delaney Paige Brown is 9 years old, in 4th grade at Virgil Mills Elementary School. At school she is part of the news crew and the National Honor Society. When not in school she enjoys baking and playing outside with her friends. This is Delaney’s 2nd year performing at our Storytelling Festival.
Hailey Terstegge is 10 years old and in 4th grade at Virgil Mills Elementary. She enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family and friends.
Macey Jane Brown is 8 years old and in 2nd grade at Virgil Mills Elementary School. When not in school she’s loves playing soccer, taking care of her new puppy, Bayou, and hanging with her friends.
Sparky The Clown spreads joy with the big smile and a wonderful talent for making balloon animals. This is the third storytelling festival for Sparky.
We invite individuals and businesses to assist in bringing this incredible event to the Rocky Bluff Library. We encourage you to help make the Storytelling Festival a mainstay in Manatee County by becoming a sponsor. No amount is too small to ensure that everyone can enjoy a day under the big tent with lots of activities for children and adults.
You may become a sponsor by donating today with check, cash or charge. Or donate at your convenience by sending your check to PO Box 133, Ellenton, FL 34222 or click the Donate button below and donating via PayPal.
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