Everybody loves a good
story! And the 10th Annual Mohegan Colony Storytelling and Music
Festival is a full day and evening celebration of professional storytelling and
music entertainment for the whole family. This year’s event is scheduled
for Saturday, August
14, 2010, 12:30 – 10:30 pm and with some of the
most esteemed storytellers in the nation including Hudson Valley’s own favorite, Jonathan
Kruk. The festival also includes music, a special storytelling workshop with The
Oracle Award winning Storycrafters, and poetry / prose readings by Mohegan
Colony poets and writers, celebrating the rich history of the historic colony.
Other storytellers include: The Storycrafters, Peninnah Schram, Carol Birch,
Michael Parent, Karen Chace, Joy Kelly, Chris Kastle, Bob Reiser,
Gina Bergamini, Ken Corsbie, Barbara Aliprantis, Judith Heineman,
and the children from the Garden Road Summer Theatre camp. Music
performances feature John and Ellen Montan’s Jazz band “Nostalgia”.
Events are located under
the huge outdoor pavilion and in the stone schoolhouse, with plenty of outdoor
picnic and family space available on the spacious grounds of Mohegan Colony’s
country setting. Light refreshments and restrooms are available.
Come to the afternoon
program, the evening ghost stories, or stay for both! Evening events
include ghost stories told around flaming tiki torches and flickering candle
light, and an open mic. Don't miss a word!
This year, the Oracle
Award winning Storycrafters will offer an interactive storytelling workshop,
'Nothing But a Fairy Tale!',
10am – noon. Pre-registration is
suggested. Fee is $20.00 per person. (See workshop description below.)
Daytime admission price,
including FREE parking, is $15.00 for adults and $3.00 for children and $15 for
adults and $3 for children for the evening Ghost Stories. All
day/night discount rate is $20 for adults and $5 for children. Family and
group rates are available. Pre-registration is suggested for the
interactive workshop, ($20.00).
The Festival is located
at 99 Baron
de Hirsch Road, in Crompond, New York, 10517, three miles east of Peekskill. Follow signs from the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Townsend Road. The Metro-North
stop is Peekskill. The venue is 10 minutes
from the train station and taxis are available.
CLICK HERE FOR A MAP AND DIRECTIONS.
Workshop Information: 'Nothing But a Fairy Tale!'
Fairy tales hold an incongruous place in our world and oral
literature: They are both loved and reviled. We find ourselves
drawn to their classic structure, and it is one that has been used
and re-used in world literature and performance art throughout
history. At the same time, our cynical side repels against the
'happy ending' and the seeming simplicity of the fairy tale's
message, invoking rolling of eyes and the comment, "Well that's
nothing but a fairy tale. Life just isn't that simple..."
workshop, we'll ask questions such as: What exactly makes the fairy
tale mood? Why do fairy tales keep coming back in our written and
oral literature? How do we as storytellers approach the fairy tale
to raise it up beyond something that the listeners will feel is
'just another fairy tale'?
Through lecture, participatory
exercises, discussion, and if time permits, demonstration, we'll
explore: the socio-political history and psychology of the fairy
tale; the allegorical and 'social commentary' levels of images and
archetypes within the fairy tale; ways of approaching the
composition and telling of the fairy tale.
During our time
together, we'll delve into the world of the fairy tale, discuss our
thoughts and opinions of them, and see if our ideas have changed at
the end of the journey.
The Storycrafters (Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns PhD) are award-winning, internationally acclaimed storytellers, and adjunct faculty
in the graduate program of the Oral Tradition through the School of
Info and Library Sciences at Southern CT State University.
their many course offerings at SCSU is a graduate course exploring
the of the fairy tale in its many aspects.
They have made the
telling and adaptation of fairy tales a central part of their
repertoire, applying much of what they have learned and taught in
their graduate school course to the telling of the tales, and the
reverse. The 2-hour workshop will be a distillation of their study,
teaching, and performance work with fairy tales.
For More Information:
For reservations, workshop
registration, Information, or to volunteer-- please call Ellen Monten:
914-528-5830; firstname.lastname@example.org or Judith Heineman: 312-925-0439; email@example.com
This project was made possible by the Arts Alive program of the
Westchester Arts Council, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the
New York State Council on the Arts.