“Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival, September 15

Oneida, TN (2018-09-05) The 26th annual “Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Bandy Creek fields in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  The day will be filled with stories, music, crafts and much more at the.  Craft classes, concerts and all programs are free and open to the public.

Featured story tellers for 2018 are Alton Chung, Heather Forest, Lyn Ford, and Sally Perkins.

This year we will kick the festivities off with a special Reading Ranger children’s story time program at 10:30 a.m. (ET).  Afterwards, storytellers will perform family-oriented stories at the large tent from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by musical performances from the Dark Waters Project and then Higher Ground from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The highlight of the evening will be the featured storytellers’ performances of haunting ghost stories from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Bandy Creek Visitor Center courtyard will feature musical performances by William Wagers Smokey Mountain Flute Circle, Spirit Winds, and Charles Cavender, as well as performances from Cody Hull and a clogging demonstration from Sweet Ts.  These performances will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There will be a birds of prey program at 12:00 p.m., and dulcimer workshops put on by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club will take place at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with other dulcimer demonstrations spread throughout the day dependent on the weather.

The Bandy Creek Visitor Center will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., a tent featuring old time toys will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.

This event is co-sponsored with the Pickett Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial State Park and Tennessee State Parks.  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 visit http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/storytelling.htm.