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April 11, 2006

CW's annual Storytelling Festival celebrates diversity

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation celebrates diversity September 15-17, 2006, during its second annual storytelling festival, “Spinning Stories/Spanning Time: A Weekend of Stories Old and New,” that will highlight African, African-American, Native American and other multi-cultural stories.

Seven nationally acclaimed storytellers continue the tradition of passing stories across generations. Diane Ferlatte focuses on tales of inspiration, struggle, humor and love through African and African-American stories. Bill Harley is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, author and playwright, who is recognized as one of America’s finest performers for families. Jamal Koram brings to life the history, humor, people, music and lore of African and African-American cultures through Aesop’s fables, stories and songs.

Randel McGee has toured throughout the United States and Asia in several shows, including “Randel McGee and Groark,” the popular comedy and musical act with character education stories that earned him a Parent’s Choice Award. His sidekick Groark will charm and enthrall audiences of all ages. Dovie Thomason of the Lakota and Kiowa nations has traveled throughout North America and abroad for more than 20 years sharing the wisdom and humor of her heritage. She has performed for National Public Radio and is popular with audiences across the country.

Ed Stivender has been called the “Robin Williams of storytelling” for his mixture of humor, music, song, dance, story and sometimes…seriousness! Kathryn Tucker Windham, who was a favorite at Colonial Williamsburg’s inaugural Storytelling Festival in 2005, returns with stories from the south and memories of growing up as a young girl in Alabama.

A variety of festival ticket options are available. A Weekend Pass features day programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Friday evening Olio, which is a sampling of storytellers, and one Saturday evening storytelling event, plus day programs on Sunday, including the closing Olio, for $65 for adults and $33 for youth ages 6-17. A Single Day Pass is available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday and includes admission to all day programs for the selected day for $29 for adults and $15 for youth ages 6-17. An Evening Pass provides admission to one evening program for $15 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $8 for children under age 6. Guests can choose from a Friday evening Olio, and a family storytelling performance and ghost storytelling performance on Saturday. A separately priced wine and cheese evening event also is planned.

School groups are invited to attend day programs on Friday at a cost of only $10 for teachers and $5 for students. Guests staying at any Colonial Williamsburg hotel property or guests with physical disabilities can purchase any festival ticket at a discounted price of 50 percent off. Senior citizens, Good Neighbors and students who are not with a school group may purchase any festival ticket at a discount of 10 percent off.

Storytelling Festival tickets will go on sale in mid-April.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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