The Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival and writing workshops scheduled for June have been canceled because of COVID-19.
But there will be a virtual storytelling festival on Saturday afternoon, April 18. Part of the proceeds will be used for COVID-19 relief, organizers said.
The Third Annual Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival had been scheduled for June 6 at the Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. The writing workshops had been scheduled for June 4 and 5 at the University of Tennessee Arboretum.
“This is a challenging time for everyone, and this was a difficult decision,” organizers said. “However, we know that our top priority as a nation right now is to keep as many people as possible healthy.”
The festival is sponsored by the three Oak Ridge Rotary Clubs. The organizing committee said there will be a Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival in 2021.
Storytellers that were scheduled to be featured at this year’s festival were three acclaimed performers: Andy Offutt Irwin, Bil Lepp, and Kim Weitkamp.
“Come to the virtual storytelling festival for strength, laughter, and hope on Saturday, April 18!” organizers said.
The festival storytellers will be at their homes in five different states during the virtual festival.
Saturday’s festival will start at 4 p.m. Eastern time.
“These master tellers will whisk you away for 90 minutes of pure magic,” organizers said. “Support the arts and artists. And, you’ll have a great time!”
Tickets are $7.77, and part of the proceeds go to COVID-19 relief, organizers said.
You can learn more and and get tickets on Eventbrite here.