Story Telling Festival: Into the Woods

Ellwood City’s sixteenth annual Story Telling Festival will be taking place Saturday, September 16 from 4p.m.-7:30p.m. at Ewing Park. The event is free to attend.

The schedule of events is as following:


4-7p.m. Our Wandering Minstrels, Sharon and Curt Savage

Sharon is a young adult librarian at New Castle Library. Curt is a “skateboarding mailman.” Today, they’re wearing storybook costumes to complement their strumming and singing on the trolley.

4-4:30p.m. Bill Pate and Shawn McGinnis

Gather around and let Bill and Shawn entertain you with some songs that tell a story! As a singer, songwriter and musician, Bill combines his talents to blend music and storytelling in a unique and innovative way.

4:30-5:15p.m. Meet and Greet with Ronald McDonald

Ronald needs little introduction, as the internationally known symbol of a famous restaurant chain. He is attending this year’s festival to spend time with the younger members of the audience.

4:45-5:15p.m. Jocelyn Dabney

Storyteller, author and retired librarian, Jocelyn brings a variety of talents to her performances, specializing in interactive stories with a musical component.

5:30-6p.m. Tim Hartman

Actor, storyteller and cartoonist, Tim’s talents are many and varied. He has performed on Broadway and appeared in several movies. We are incredibly lucky to have him on our own stage at the Storytelling Festival.

6:15-6:45p.m. Michael Perry

A founding member of the Pittsburgh Show Offs, Mike attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Clown College. AS well as being a natural at storytelling, Mike is skilled at uni-cycling, juggling, playing a ukulele, and just being an all-around funny guy! He is also our awesome MC!

7-7:30p.m. Lisa Hollingsworth-Segey

Lisa has performed at the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, Pittsburgh Story Swap Tellabration and The Moth’s Pittsburgh Story Slam. She was a featured storyteller in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s tent at the 2005 and 2006 National Folk Festival.


Each performance is followed by a 15 minute intermission. Please enjoy the free activities on the park grounds: horse drawn trolley rides, face painting, strolling minstrels and balloon art. Food by the Rotary Club of Ellwood City and Sweets by Katie’s Bakery is available for purchase at the Main Shelter.

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