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published on 04/25/2006

TaleSpin Festival

Downtown Partnership

One of the largest gatherings of nationally known professional storytellers will be in Chattanooga May 12-14, at the historic Tivoli Theatre and at the 21st Century Waterfront. The attached promotional spot, which is followed by a snippet of one of our featured storytellers, will give you an idea of what fun you will find at TaleSpin.

Friday evening at the Tivoli Theatre, hear stories from eight nationally recognized tellers; Andy Offutt Irwin, Doug Elliott, Angela Lloyd, Bobby Norfolk, Jim Pfitzer, Connie Regan-Blake, Gayle Ross and Kathryn Windham. The mass choir of New City Fellowship under the direction of James Ward will also perform.

On Saturday and Sunday, three festival tents will feature non-stop storytelling. TaleSpin will showcase storytellers from 13 to 84 years of age, hailing from Chattanooga to California. Also featured will be 19 regional tellers that were selected from a juried competition.

Storytelling has a multi-generational appeal. Family friendly stories including tales of adventure, mystery, comedy and history will go all day ending with slightly scary ghost stories on Saturday night.

There will be tasty local cuisine accompanied by bluegrass, gospel, folk, and other traditional music forms all day Saturday and Sunday. A large collection of storytelling materials including books, CDs and DVDs from our featured tellers and August House publishers will be available at the Festival Marketplace. The best part is that both the music and the Marketplace tents will be open to the public free of charge.

Other added features will include storytelling through interpretive dance in the Passage and a Motherís Day Cruise on the Southern Belle. Join us for breakfast, storytelling and a lovely cruise on the Tennessee River.

Donít miss any of the first annual TaleSpin Festival. For tickets, times and more information, go to or call .

We hope you enjoy the attached sample of a great story about Som Tawyer (Tom Sawyer) by one of our featured storytellers from the area, Paul Boehlert.

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