Storytelling Takes Center Stage at Upland

The Seventh Annual Brandywine Storytelling Festival
 
Featuring a Two-Time Grammy Winner, A Five-Time Liars Champion,  
Plus 10 Other Featured Tellers for Two Days of Family-Friendly Fun
 
Friday, June 21 - 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm & Saturday, June 22 - 9:00 am to 11:00 pm 
At Upland Country Day School 
 
The Seventh Annual Brandywine Storytelling Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2013 at Upland Country Day School. Headlining for the seventh year in a row is Bil Lepp, the five-time Liar’s Champion of West Virginia. He leads a line-up of more than dozen nationally-renowned storytellers, including two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley. The festival is entirely appropriate for kids and absolutely for adults. This one-of-a-kind event is fun, family-friendly and open to the community. There are storytelling workshops and performances Friday evening and throughout the day Saturday, olios, an open microphone, an afternoon sampler, music, and an evening storytelling concert.
 
Proceeds from this year's festival will be directed to the Bayard Taylor Library building fund, specifically to benefit the Children's Library. For tickets and information to the Brandywine Storytelling Festival visit: www.LBStoryFest.com
 
The nationally known artists and performers coming to Upland from all over the country, include:
 
Bill Harley - Massachusetts (Grammy Winner)
This is two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley’s fourth time at the Brandywine Storytelling Festival. Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Direct and honest, his work is filled with the details of daily life – all told and sung from his slightly off-center point of view.
 
Bil Lepp - West Virginia
Bil is an award winning storyteller, author, and recording artist and five time champion of the West  Virginia Liars’ Contest. He has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at major storytelling events across the country.  Though a champion liar, his hilarious, insightful stories often contain morsels  of truth which shed light on subjects such as politics, religion, death, relationships, and human nature.
 
Kim Weitkamp – Virginia
A commanding presence with a beautiful singing voice and impeccable comedic timing, Kim’s perfectly-woven, heartwarming stories can quickly careen off into the tremulously touching...or the hilariously outrageous. Kim has written andperformed stories for the PAR-FM Radio Network morning show with a three-state audience. She has penned numerous children’s stories but is most noted for her original and humorous Pitscreek Series, which has resulted in two CD projects.
 
Andy Offutt Irwin – Georgia 
Andy Offutt Irwin has an outer-kid. With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous school boy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. People are drawn to him like magnets to a refrigerator.
 
Geraldine Buckley – Maryland
With her trademark wit, warmth and humor, Geraldine has been involved in storytelling and performance poetry for more than 20 years in the US, Canada, England, Holland, South Africa and Spain. In her eclectic past she has been, among other things, a minister in a large London Church, a radio DJ, a television newsreader, an events director, a ghostwriter, a food critic, a magazine editor, and an award winning performance poet. Her most recent adventure was being the Chaplain in the largest men's prison in Maryland -- a medium-security facility.
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