Storytelling Festival

2018 Storytelling Festival
Storytelling Festival: Family Stories

Storytelling Festival: Family Stories
February 2-3, 2018

Save the Date: Family Stories is the Theme of the Museum’s Sixth Annual Storytelling Festival

The Sixth Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates family stories February 2-3, 2018. Starting with Art Hop Friday Night from 5 to 8 p.m., the fun continues on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Storytellers, musicians, authors, illustrators, and vendors will share their love for family stories.

Musician and artist Dan Smith will showcase his family portraits, as well as perform Friday night at 5. Author Deanna Scelzo will share and autograph her books Winter In My "Hood" and "Chillin" In The Barn, illustrated by Dan Smith. Entertainer Louie from New York will provide back-to-back concerts with family songs at 6 and 7 p.m.

Michigan author Lisa Wheeler kicks off the Festival Saturday morning at 9:30. Comedian, actor, motivational speaker, and storyteller Tim Cusack will entertain with family stories at 11:30 a.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one and join us for a family concert by Gemini at 1 p.m. La’Ron Williams weaves stories at 2:30, followed by Elisha “Mother” Minter at 4:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of time between storytellers to visit the many authors, educators, storytellers, musicians, and illustrators at the vendor fair. Kazoo Books will be on hand with a variety of family books, Golden Books, and Michigan authors available for book signings. Kalamazoo Sportswear will have Storytelling Festival and Museum t-shirts, as well as books bags, available for purchase.

Make sure to visit our special traveling exhibit Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books. America’s beloved picture-book series, Little Golden Books, celebrates its 75th anniversary with an exhibit of 65 original illustration artworks from these classic children’s stories. The exhibit opens January 27 and runs through April 15, 2018. Families with preschoolers will want to check out the Children’s Landscape exhibit Once Upon a Time, filled with educational activities focused on royal families, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and dragons. This theme will run January through February.

Museum admission, vendor fair, and Storytelling Festival are all free.


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