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Friday, November 5, 2010 – 7:00PM to 10:30PM
Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 9:00AM to 10:30PM

The 5th Annual Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival featured fifteen world-renowned talents in a delightful two-day 'Festival of Stories.' This was the first year Lower Brandywine added a tent! And what a tent it was, too! The event offered a Friday evening performance, followed by a Saturday including morning workshops, olios, an open microphone, an afternoon sampler, music, and a fun-filled evening storytelling concert. This fifth-of-its-kind event promoted good, old-fashioned entertainment for people of all ages. It featured true traditional storytelling. Entirely appropriate for kids…and absolutely for adults…this was another unique program.

The Storytellers.

Geraldine Buckley
This was Geraldine’s first time performing for the Lower Brandywine audience, and she made the most of it. With her trademark warmth and King’s English-accented delivery, she delighted the crowd with personal tales of tragedy and triumph which spin about the head before lodging firmly in the heart. Her listeners were moved and entertained.

Milbre Burch
Milbre maid her maiden voyage to Lower Brandywine, where she wowed the crowd with a broad array of stories and interpretations. A fixture in Jonesborough, Milbre was welcomed into the Circle of Excellence by the National Storytelling Network in 2003. She was a 2008 Grammy nominee.

Willy Claflin
Willy returned to Lower Brandywine for the fourth time, where he and his respected ruminant storyteller companion Maynard Moose are something of a fixture now. Willy continues to do his own wonderful thing for us, in addition to his forays into the forest of Maynard’s Mother Moose tales. (And some fun side excursions with fellow tellers.)

Slash Coleman
Slash joined the Lower Brandywine lineup for the very first time, and turned in an exceptional and eclectic performance that caught the crowd completely by surprise. We truly do hope for many happy returns! Slash is best known for his PBS special and Off-Broadway one man show, ‘The Neon Man and Me.’ He has also been featured at the 2009 National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place.

Danaher & Cloud
Kate Danaher and Amy Cloud had another amazing festival, doing separate hours for adults and children. Known for their traditional stories of Irish life and Irish-American experience from the collection of Kate’s friend, the late Eamon Kelly, of Dublin, Ireland, the duo has grown considerably, releasing original work at a fun and frenetic pace.  This was Danaher and Cloud’s fourth Lower Brandywine Festival.

Doug Elliott
Kate This was Doug Elliott’s second visit to Lower Brandywine, and the audience enjoyed him immensely once more. His stories explore and celebrate the rich experience of that special human connection to nature. Doug’s programs are anchored in traditional lore, textured with regional dialects, and syncopated with soulful harmonica playing.

Michael Forestieri
Michael has a great gift to offer. Funny thing is, you already have it. In his second time at Lower Brandywine, Michael lead yet another wonderful workshop, this one titled: ‘Crafting an Unforgettable Story from Scripture.’ In it, he brought out the potential in each participant, drawing out their personality and creativity.

Bill Harley
Two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley made his second trip to the Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival in 2010. His work has influenced a generation. It certainly influenced the audience on Saturday night! His tale of a school trip he took to the Statehouse as a child brought knowing laughter from everyone in attendance. His songs and stories of daily life are all told from a slightly off-center point-of-view.

Andy Offutt Irwin
Andy returned to Lower Brandywine for the second time with tales of fan-favorite octogenarian Aunt Marguerite Van Camp, which are moving and funny (and sometimes involve actual backsliding in church). Part Marx Brother, part mischievous schoolboy, the audience always leaves entranced with this talented teller’s innate ability to capture the spirit of this courtly, commonsense, and sometimes comic character.

Reverend Robert Jones
The Reverend Robert Jones has more than 20 years of experience as a performer, musician, storyteller, radio producer/host, and music educator. He has opened for and played with some of the finest musicians in the world...but never before on the Lower Brandywine stage. We were pleased to welcome him for his first in 2010. 

Bil Lepp
We’ve had five Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festivals now -- and we have been privileged to have Bil -- who started it all with us -- headline for the fifth straight year in 2010. Of course he’s a frequent Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival, and is five-time Liar’s Champion of West Virginia. How do you top that!

Olivia Merryman
Olivia was the star of our Open Microphone session in 2008. Then, in June of 2009, she won the Elementary Division at the National Youth Storytelling Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. As the reigning champion, she was ineligible to compete in 2010. She’ll never be ineligible at Lower Brandywine. Olivia -- now NINE -- followed her hero, Andy Offutt Irwin, onto the stage for the second year in a row in 2010.

Sangay Miller
Born in Liberia, West Africa, Sangay immigrated to the USA in 1989. She loves to tell the stories and African folktales of her youth, as well as tales of her own. In her debut at Lower Brandywine, Sangay mesmerized a young audience during one of our Children’s Performances. In 2010 she brought her Honey Tales back a second time.

Ed Stivender
Ed has been with us almost from the very start. This was his fourth Lower Brandy- wine festival, and his third as Emcee. His wry sense of humor and mischievous grin matches his mastery of the art. The renowned mud miner and Philly native was inducted into the National Storytelling Association Circle of Excellence in 1996.

Kim Weitkamp
Kim is a whirlwind...a true tour de force. Very few people can make an audience laugh, and cry, at the same time. But we’ll all swear it happened here. Again! She is absolutely at the top of her craft, captivating Lower Brandywine for the second year running with her beautiful singing voice and impeccable comedic timing.

Promotional Materials

Promotional Brochure
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This tabloid-sized (17x11) quad-fold brochure contains a brief description, a complete festival schedule, micro-biographies of the fifteen Featured Storytellers, a map of the location, and a description of the Vision 20/20 Series.







Sponsorship and Underwriting Brochure (8.5 x 11)
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This letter-sized (8.5x11) four-page brochure provides basic sponsorship information for the 2010 Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival, including multiple levels for corporate and individual underwriting.


The Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival is the anchor event in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church's Community Outreach Calendar of Events. It's fun. It's Family-friendly. And it's FREE! So forward this web address to your family, friends, neighbors and associates. But encourage them  to register today, because space is limited.

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