Clinton, NJ - This summer the Red Mill Museum Village will be hosting an exciting, new family-friendly event, The Red Mill Storytelling Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Hunterdon County Library and the New Jersey Storytelling Network. On Sunday, July 8 from 12:30-5:00 PM, visitors will enjoy continuous storytelling on three different stages by Master Storytellers of New Jersey. Living history interpreters will also roam the grounds telling the stories of the Red Mill and the Mulligan Quarry. The Hunterdon County Library Bookmobile will be onsite throughout the day! Museum grounds will open at 10:00 AM.
Beginning at 12:00 PM, the Master Storytellers of New Jersey will tell their tales in a variety of ways, including poem, music, and song. David Emerson, Ken Galipeau, Rivka Willick, Ken Karnas, Carol Titus, and Pat Kane will enchant visitors with their stories.
David Emerson's lifelong career as a living history interpreter includes Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, and The Old Barracks Museum, where he has played a range of characters. As a storyteller, David tells Irish stories, tall tales of Davy Crockett, stories of a New England Whalerman, and the voyage of the Mayflower.
Ken Galipeau is a collector and writer of stories, songs and poems that touch our hearts and funny bones. He performs for schools, libraries, coffeehouses and does creative storyNsong workshops with children. Performances include stories, poems, and songs sung a cappella, with guitar, drum, or piano. Some are participatory, all are engaging.
Rivka Willick is a FolkTeller who celebrates the stories we live. She creates and tells tales of the people and places that define us as human. With Rivka, histories come alive, healing stories are just the right medicine, and there's no reason to dread a business event when Rivka is part of the program.
Ken Karnas is a fourth grade teacher who incorporates storytelling into his classroom to help students retain knowledge and internalize values. He is a member of the New Jersey Storytelling Guild and has led workshops in "Storytelling Belongs in School."
Carol Titus has been delighting audiences for 20 years. She co-founded the NJ Storytelling Network and facilitates the NJ Storytelling Guild. Carol has told zillions of stories to young people. For adult audiences, she specializes in 'True stories that never happened.'
Pat Kane has incorporated storytelling in her classroom teaching and in the environmental education programs with New Jersey Audubon spanning 40 years. Now retired, she continues her love of storytelling with performances, workshops and storytelling for her grandsons.
The Red Mill Storytelling Festival is a rain or shine event. Picnic lunch and blankets or chairs are strongly recommended. Admission to the Red Mill Storytelling Festival is $9/adults, $7/seniors, active military, and veterans, $5/children (6-12), FREE for Red Mill members and children under 6.
Two storytelling workshops will also be offered on the morning of Sunday, July 8 from 9:30-11:30 AM at the Red Mill Museum Village.
The ABCs of Storytelling is a workshop designed for educators led by Pat Kane combining experiential activities, modeling of story methods, demonstrations and practice of skills learned. Participants will perform a simple story that incorporates these skills. By the end of the workshop they will have greater confidence in presenting a story to an audience without strict memorization or use of written materials. Educators will receive 3 Professional Education Credits offered through the NJ Storytelling Network. Workshop fee: $50, includes admission to the Museum Village and Storytelling Festival. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register and pre-pay for the workshops, go to www.njstorynet.org or call 973-625-8548.
Leave Them a Treasure: Your Life Story Legacy is a workshop designed for anyone interested in relating their own or family history in story form by Carol Titus. Each life has a story that yearns to be told. It is made of joys, opportunities, challenges and disappointments. Each of us has a chance to share the wisdom that is revealed by the lives of family members and the way those lives were conducted. Stories are treasures worth preserving - a legacy that would not have existed if you had not taken the time to preserve it. Workshop fee: $25, includes admission to the Museum Village and Storytelling Festival. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register and pre-pay for the workshops, go to www.njstorynet.org or call 973-625-8548.
The Red Mill Museum Village is a private, non-profit museum. Our mission is to preserve, maintain, and present to the public the social, agricultural, and industrial heritage of Hunterdon and its surrounding area. Our ten acre site houses 12 historic buildings (including a Grist Mill, the Mulligan Quarry buildings, and several relocated historic structures) in which we display permanent and changing exhibits showcasing our collection of agricultural, industrial and domestic artifacts. The Museum hosts a broad calendar of public programming including lectures, workshops, living history reenactments and other special events throughout the year. The museum is less than a mile from Exit 15 off Interstate 78. The Red Mill Museum Village is listed on the New Jersey State and National Register of Historic Places.
Learn more about the Red Mill Storytelling Festival at http://theredmill.org/storytellingfestival.html.
Curator of Public Programming
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main Street
Clinton, NJ 08809
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