ONCE UPON A LAKE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
September 19th-20th at Depot Park in Hammondsport
If you're looking for something fun to do with your friends, something different, something to engage your senses - to make you laugh, imagine, fill with wonder - you need to go to the Once Upon a Lake Storytelling Festival in Hammondsport.
Look, there's a reason story time is so popular with kids, especially if the storyteller is good, especially if he or she transforms into various characters and uses a variety of methods to keep you entertained. And the selection of Professional International Storytellers headlining the 4th Annual event are just those type of storytellers – using music, embodying an assortment of characters – the sort to keep you quite literally on the edge of your seat.
The Art of Oral Storytelling had all but seemed extinct throughout much of the country, but over the past several years it's been making a comeback and with good reason.
Let's face it, stories are a huge part of our lives but there's something intimate and personal about being told a story first-hand. There's a connection unlike the one you get from TV or from movies. You aren't merely shown something, but get to envision it in your own mind. You get to become part of the story.
That is an experience you can't get from movies.
Inspired by the National event, Brett has created another work of art. This time combining storytelling with the stunning landscape that is Depot Park, nestled at the southern tip of breathtaking Keuka Lake.
I can't wait to attend the storytelling sessions for myself. To get some great photos and hear stories from around the world. The list of International Storytellers is quite impressive.
If you want to do something you probably haven't done in years, to awaken that playful side of yourself that might not get out much these days, head to Depot Park on September 19th-20th. There will be food venders and merchandise kisoks, and the event is held in two large tents which means it's covered so regardless of weather you can leave your chairs and your cares at home.