Storytelling Festival Promises to Deliver Fun for the Whole Family

Oneida, TN (2017-09-14) The 25th annual “Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Make plans 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 fun-filled day of stories, music, crafts and more.  Craft classes and concerts are free and open to the public.

Featured story tellers for 2017 are Octavia Sexton, Rebecca Hom, Oba William King, and Lynn Ruehlmann.  This year the large tent will showcase family oriented stories by this year’s storytellers from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., musical performances by the Scott family and the Hughett family from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the highlight of the evening will be the featured storytellers’ performances of haunting ghost stories from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Bandy Creek Visitor Center courtyard will feature musical performances by Smoky Mountain Flutes, Spirit Winds, the Slaven Sisters, Curtis Blakey, Ronnie Lowe, the Scott County High School Bluegrass Band, the Coleman Brothers, and Quentin Acres.  These performances will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dulcimer workshops put on by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club will take place in the Bandy Creek Interpretation and Education Building at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with other dulcimer demonstrations spread throughout the day dependent on the weather.

The Bandy Creek amphitheater will feature demonstrations from Sweet T’s Clogging, a birds of prey interpretation program from Cumberland Mountain State Park, and an interpretation program about snakes performed by Dr. Dan Combs from Tennessee Technological University.  The amphitheater programs will take place between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bandy Creek Visitor Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., a tent featuring old time toys will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and craft and food sales will be available 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.

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 go to http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/storytelling.htm.