A York County Library Presentation   

Performers: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Featured artists include:

Ed Stivender, The Storyweavers, Madcap Puppets, Dianne Hackworth, Charles Pettee, Jeff Robbins, Rixon Lane

Ed Stivender
Ed Stivender, a Philadelphia native, Shakespearean actor, banjo player, teacher, theologian, dreamer, juggler, and raconteur, has been described as the “Robin Williams of Storytelling” and a “Catholic Garrison Keillor.” Since 1977, Stivender has traveled around the globe, appearing in schools, churches, coffeehouses, corporate board rooms, and theaters as well as major storytelling festivals. He has released several audio and video recordings of his performances, is the author of two books, and a recipient of the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award.

The Storyweavers
Lucinda Flodin and Dennis Frederick are The Storyweavers. They weave two voices with movement, audience with teller, ancient with modern, silly with sad to create a tapestry of stories which delight the ears and eyes.

Since 1978, The Storyweavers have been performing at festivals, libraries, schools and community centers sharing stories of their home in the mountains of Tennessee, the trials and tribulations of their journey into suburban life, and classic folk and fairytales. Lucinda and Dennis have performed in many venues including the National Storytelling Festival, Virginia Highlands Festival and the Barter Theatre. They are on the Arts Tour of the Illinois Arts Council.

Madcap Puppets
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre is a nonprofit, touring children’s theater company which combines giant puppets with actors to create a unique style of puppet theater. Madcap wants to introduce children to a whole new concept of puppetry, one that allows all the elements of theater to be combined in an artistic and educational performance. Now in its twentieth year, the company produces both original scripts and fresh adaptations of old tales.

Dianne Hackworth
Dianne Hackworth grew up hearing Appalachian Tales from her family members in Tennessee and comes to storytelling both naturally and through formal training. She first learned storytelling from tales told by her father and from being read to by her mother. She has honed her storytelling skills with a Masters Degree in Storytelling. As a veteran teller who travels throughout the United States, her stories ring with wit and wisdom that awaken and mesmerize the listener’s sense of wonder, always delighting and enchanting. Blending multicultural folktales with Appalachian tales, musical ballads and personal stories, Dianne uses storytelling not only as exciting entertainment, but also as an educational method and a way of preserving and recounting the past.

Charles Pettee
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Charles Pettee will bring his colorful bag of Appalachian folk tunes, bluegrass, blues, and original music in a unique solo concert performance for adults. Come prepared for a spirited program including “music from the Pilgrims to the Present,” peppered with personal anecdotes, insights, and music lore. Few stones are left unturned as Charles Pettee surveys the southeastern US with his guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and voice.

Mr. Pettee is no stranger to the stage. He is a founding member of Flying Fish recording artist, The Shady Grove Band, from Chapel Hill, NC, a bluegrass band that has been delighting audiences at over 2,000 performances since 1981. His original compositions have received airplay in the US and more than twenty foreign countries, while his live performances (both solo and with the band) span North America and western Europe.

Jeff Robbins
From the hills of southwestern Virginia, Jeff Robbins grew up with the authentic mountain sounds that he has taken to colleges, the Library of Congress, the World’s Fair, television, and countless schools throughout the United States. Before audiences of any age or background, Jeff permits no passivity in his listeners, quickly involving them in sing-alongs and simple square dances. Equally adept at banjo, fiddle or any of a half dozen venerable instruments, Jeff Robbins perpetuates America’s richest musical tradition, Southern Appalachian Music.

Rixon Lane
Rixon Lane, ten years old, is from Woodruff, South Carolina, and has been telling stories since he was three. For the past four years his Grandpa has brought him to the National Storytelling Festival where Rixon has told at the Swapping Grounds each year. Rixon has been a regularly featured performer at South Carolina’s Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. A student at Hope Academy, Rixon plays baseball, basketball and football.

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