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Storytelling Festival: Stories Gone Wild!

Stories Gone Wild!- February 5-6, 2016

Stories Gone Wild, the Fourth Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, takes place February 5 & 6, 2016. National storytellers Adam Mellema, Louie, and Robert and Audrey Allison join Ralph and Genevieve Stocker, Crawlspace Theatre, the Burdick-Thorne String Quartet, and Jennifer Pahl Otto in a full day of adventure through the spoken word. The Museum welcomes author and illustrator Matt Faulkner as the first spotlight Michigan author. Join us Friday night for Kalamazoo's Art Hop and Festival kick-off with the Pen Dragon Calligraphy Guild and storytelling performances at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The vendor fair opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and storytellers begin at the top of the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, February 5, 2016

5-8 p.m.

Art Hop Visual Artists:
The Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild

5:30 p.m.

The Storytellers
The Storytellers from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, will kick off the 4th Annual Storytelling Festival, taking storytelling and music to a whole new level.

7 p.m.

Ralph Stocker
The father-daughter team of Ralph and Genevieve Stocker will perform sand painting at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum during Art Hop as part of the Storytelling Festival kick-off.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

10 a.m.

Judy Sima
Award-winning Michigan storyteller, author, and teaching artist Judy Sima will present a special workshop for families with young children called “Growing Family Stories” as part of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Storytelling Festival. Judy is a leading authority on youth storytelling, known across the country for her practical, interactive workshops with educators, librarians, students, and families. With over 20 years’ experience coaching students and adults, Judy has helped many others to become storytellers.

11 a.m.

New York musician and educator Louie of Jerry Joy Music brings his high energy, passion, rhythms, and family participation to the Storytelling Festival.

12 p.m.

Adam Mellema
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum welcomes back one of the most animated storytellers we know, Adam Mellema, to the 2016 Storytelling Festival: Stories Gone Wild. Mellema will be performing a variety of wild and crazy stories.

1 p.m.

Crawlspace Theatre
There is nothing wilder than audience-driven improvisation! Slightly odd, spontaneous, and hilarious, Crawlspace Theatre joins the 2016 Storytelling Festival.

2 p.m.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Burdick-Thorne String Quartet will accompany the reading of Mole Music by David McPhail and The Perfect Purple Feather by Hanoch Piven at this year’s Storytelling Festival.

3 p.m.

Jennifer Pahl Otto
Poet, author, and storyteller Jennifer Pahl Otto joins the Storytelling Festival line up this year with a selection of original stories featuring fun and quirky animal friends.

3 p.m.

Louie Miranda and Joy Suarez have created a style of music and performance that has the entire audience up and dancing, playing instruments, and acting out the songs. They will present a workshop on tools used to increase audience involvement.  Whether you are a professional performer, speaker, student, or teacher discover how to get your listeners actively moving. 

4 p.m.


Matt Faulkner
Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Matt Faulkner joins the lineup for the 4th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, February 6 at 4 p.m. Illustrator of 30 books, plus author and illustrator of seven of his own, Matt combines a quirky combination of historical fiction with fantasy and mythic style. Learn more about his books, his creative process, and his wild and crazy passion for children’s literature at this year’s Storytelling Festival.

2016 Vendors

  • Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild
  • Kalamazoo County Department of Health & Human Services
  • Adamcz Associates - Integrative Breathwork Workshops
  • David Vater, Author of The Princess and the Weaver
  • Kalamazoo Public Library
  • Historical Society of Michigan
  • Kazoo Books
  • KVCC Bronson Healthy Living Campus Outreach
  • Wendy Gripentrog, Author of Animal Bridge