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A Festival of Words

Press Release

To: All
From: David Sidwell, Bridgerland Storytelling Guild
Contact: David Sidwell; [email protected]; (435) 764-2006
Date: March 6, 2012
Run Through: March 10, 2012

“A Festival of Words”
A Unique Festival with a Passion for Words & Literacy

The Bridgerland chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild and Bridgerland Literacy, two of northern Utah’s organizations devoted to bettering the ways we communicate, are putting on a festival for all ages celebrating the power???????and fun???????of words. “A Festival of Words” takes place March 10 from 2 – 6 pm at the Bullen Center, 43 South Main Street downtown Logan. The festival will include storytelling, singing, dancing, workshops, vendors, kids activities and even cooking with words. As part of the festival, kids will enjoy wand duels and other Harry Potter activities in Hogwarts Hall. At 7 pm, the “Milk & Cookies Storytelling” concert event will be held featuring storytelling, of course, but also music, magic, dancing and other arts. The entire event is accessible and family-friendly. Cost is $1 for the festival and $5 for the evening concert.

There has been a bit of buzz about what promises to be one of the most popular components of the festival: Hogwarts Hall, a place where kids and adults can explore the world of Harry Potter through wand duels, the sorting hat, Quidditch tryouts and other activities.

The festival will also feature other ongoing activities such as performances and games, art activities for kids, and a good handful of vendors related to words, literature and language. Food will also be available for purchase at the event. Performers throughout the day will include many tellers from the Bridgerland Storytelling Guild and others, including performances by the Valley Dance Ensemble, Logan Youth Shakespeare and more.

One of the key components to the event will be author tables in which local authors will be available to sign their books. “There is a big movement toward buying local,” explained David Sidwell, festival director, “but that’s often been limited to food and art. However, I’ve found great value in buying books from local authors, too. There are few more personal, community-centered ways to find gifts for my family and friends.” Some of the authors who will be represented will be KART Kids Book List winner Shaunda Kennedy Wenger, and award winning authors Carole Thayne Warburton, RK Hinrichsen, Daniel Coleman, Cami Checketts, and others. At 4pm, authors will participate in a lively “Shout Out” in which they get 1 minute to shout out about themselves and their books.

In the evening at the family-friendly “Milk & Cookies” Storytelling Concert, along with the famous dessert duo audience members will be treated to a plethora of storytelling and related performances by some of the region’s finest tellers. Omar and Lori Hansen are returning to Logan by popular demand; their dual performances are unique and famous for being fun and engaging. Other tellers include David Sidwell, who has told stories all across the U.S.???????but prefers his own Cache Valley when it comes to performing. Other tellers include Clive Romney, Executive Director of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, Valley favorites Ted Erekson, Dan Bishop and Leah Adkins, Storyteller-Magician Richard Hatch, Valley Dance Ensemble, Native American flute specialist Gary Hansen, and father-daughter performance art team Daniel and Emma Kate Coleman from Wellsville.

The event will also feature a series of workshops with no additional entry fee. At 3 pm, workshops begin with a unique cooking workshop presented by “Best Utah Chef” winner John Simpson of Culinary Concepts that explores the world of cooking and words at the same time. At 4 pm, anyone interested in “Collecting Family Stories” through oral history can enjoy a workshop teaching them the basics presented by history teacher Aaron Crawford from Brigham City. At 5 pm, Leah Adkins will present a workshop, “Fun With Literature”, that will explore how to adapt and perform literature for all ages, including kids, parents, and teachers.

As a fund raiser for the event, photographer Levi Sim of S Designs Photography will be shooting portraits for $25 a sitting, a considerable savings over normal photography fees. To make a photo appointment, contact David Sidwell at [email protected] .

For more information about “A Festival of Words”, and to see a schedule of events, you can visit the festival’s website: A Festival of Words .

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