Oneida, Tennessee: The 23rd Annual “Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015. Make plans now to join thousands of folks who will come to the Bandy Creek field and enjoy the beautiful Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area for a day of stories, music, crafts and more. Craft classes and concerts are free and open to the public.
The featured tellers for 2015 are Carrie Sue Ayvar, Megan Hicks, Donna Washington, and Dan Keding. Bluegrass band Great Day in the Morning will provide musical entertainment. Wagon rides, crafting demonstrations, and old-time toys and games will occur throughout the day.
Each year thousands of students in area schools get to experience dynamic storytelling programs by world renowned storytellers during festival outreach programs. Local schools will again have an opportunity to see these tellers in action during the week leading up to the event.
Storytelling predates writing, with the earliest forms of storytelling usually oral combined with gestures and expressions. Stories have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and instilling moral values.
For more information about the event or for directions to Bandy Creek, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, or park headquarters at (423) 569-9778. The storytelling festival is on Eastern Time. The event is free to the public. Bring a blanket or folding chairs to settle in and listen to the stories and the music. For more information about this annual event, please use this link: http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/storytelling.htm.