A York County Library Presentation   

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

Featured artists include:

Beth Horner, Bill Harley, Diane Ferlatte, Act For Youth, Polecat Creek

Beth Horner
Beth Horner is noted for her vivacious stage presence and a warm, energetic style punctuated with music and humor. Her repertoire is distinguished by its wide range - from traditional to delightfully contemporary, from raucous humor to tender courage, from robust ballads to childhood farmyard escapades, from Missouri folktales to family stories of the Civil War, from the near epic tale of her mother's remarkable life to one city's humorous, heroic triumph over sewage! Her love of all kinds of stories - personal, literary, historical and hysterical - make her the perfect emissary into the world of the imagination.

Beth is also noted for her keynote addresses, seminars and workshops on developing ancestral tales, storytelling with music, telling to teens, storytelling in the schools, emceeing and storytelling collaboration.

As a nationally acclaimed touring storyteller for 21 years, Beth has performed across the country, including the National, Texas, Illinois, Pacific and Martha's Vineyard Storytelling Festivals, Chicago's prestigious Ravinia Festival, the National Council of Teachers of English, American Library Association and Missouri Folklore Society, and Live From National Geographic in Washington, D.C.

Bill Harley
A nationally recognized family entertainer, Bill Harley is known for his ability to delight children and adults alike with his unique blend of song and story. Bringing insight and humor to his observations about growing up and parenting like no other performer, Harley's performances feature original material about today's world.

Familar to many adults as a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Harley has released over twenty award-winning recordings of songs and stories for kids and families, as well as one concert video featuring his band, The Troublemakers. In 2001, Harley was also received into The Circle of Excellence by the Natural Storytelling Network. All of his recordings have earned national awards including two Grammy nominations and a number of Parents' Choice Foundation Gold Awards, AFIM Awards and ALA Notable Recording Citations.

Touring nationally since 1980, Harley learned his craft through thousands of performances, festival appearances, school assemblies and conferences. As Child Magazine says, "There are a lot of performing artists out there singing and stomping and storytelling their way into kids' audio cassette players. But few do it with as much spirit and success as Bill Harley."

Diane Ferlatte
Diane Ferlatte, a native of New Orleans , can readily remember childhood years of sitting on the porch of her grandparents' home, captivated by the oral stories of family generations past, their spirit, their journeys, and their heartfelt fantasies coming more alive in each moment.

Her path to becoming a professional storyteller began with the adoption of her son Joey, then three years old. After weeks of searching for creative ways to increase his interest in books and lessen his interest in television, Diane began to use animation and characters while reading to him and his sister. It worked! Joey started to enjoy books and stories.

Now an internationally renowned storyteller, Diane has traveled the globe. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal stories, historical stories, myths, fables, legends, as well as other tales from across the world.

Diane has received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award, as well as the California Arts Council's highest ranking. All of her recordings have also received awards including Parent's Choice, The American Library Association, and many more.

Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth
Based in Orlando , F.L., The Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth (ACT), tours year-round and nationwide bringing imaginative professional theatre for young audiences and families to schools, theatres, libraries, festivals, etc. ACT for Youth is a member of the Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance, the Florida "In The Wings" Touring Roster, and the South Carolina Arts Commission Roster of Approved Artists. Noel Holland is the Education Director and Don Gruel is the Artistic Director.

A native of Atlanta , Ga. , Noel Holland is a professional actor/arts educator and graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education (BME), Magna Cum Laude from the University of Montevallo in 1996. She has worked for many well-known companies including The Phoenix Theatre Circle, Birmingham Children's Theatre, California Theatre Center and The Orlando Theatre Project to name a few. Noel is proud to be a part of ACT for Youth's mission to create quality theatre and workshops for children and families!

Don Gruel is orginally from Beaufort , S.C. and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1993 with a B.A., Cum Laude in Theatre. Don has written numerous adaptations of Classic Literature which have been performed by companies such as California Theatre Center Conversatory and Theatre Winter Haven. As an actor he has performed for American Family Theatre and The Phoenix Theatre Circle to mention a few. He is a recognized Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and, when not on tour, can be seen performing with the slapstick comedy group "The Longshoremen" at SeaWorld in Orlando.

Polecat Creek
Original roots in country music from the piedmont of North Carolina , the tradition continues today with the latter-day southern songwriting duo of Kari Sickenberger and Laurelyn Dossett. Accompanied by some of the finest old-time and bluegrass musicians in North Carolina, Kari and Laurelyn have been singing together for eight years.

Noted for beautiful harmonies, strong vocals, and memorable lyrics, Polecat Creek has a wonderful mixture of oldtime, bluegrass and country music with a unique touch of today. In September of 2004, the group released their latest album, "Leaving Eden." This CD features the song "Come By Here", which was the 2004 winner of Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Polecat Creek's performances have a little something for everyone - no matter what age!

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