Franklin County Storytelling Festival 2017

Franklin County Storytelling Festival coming to our community on September 22nd and 23rd

The Franklin County Storytelling Festival is continuing its 3rd year by hosting three great storytellers over two days.  Come and experience great stories, food, music and even a scavenger hunt.  This year the event is presented by the Coyle Free Library and sponsored by the CoyleFriends.

On Friday, September 22nd, Storytelling Under the Stars will be held at Chambers Fort Park, downtown Chambersburg from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  Ghost stories and other great stories told best at twilight will be told.  This event is free.  The program is weather dependent and could be canceled due to bad weather.  Also there will not be any restroom facilities at this event.

On Saturday, September 23rd, storytelling festival will be held in the auditorium on Scotland Campus, in Scotland PA.  The event will be from 11 am to 5 pm.  From 11 am to 12:30 pm, each storyteller will get a half hour to tell family-focused stories.  Then the afternoon, 2 pm to 5 pm, each storyteller gets an hour to share more fabulous stories.  There will be a fundraiser lunch provide by Holy Smokehouse BBQ in Boozer Hall from 12:30 pm to 2 pm.  You will also be able to experience the old time, bluegrass, country stylings of The Good Roads Jubilee led by David Welch during lunch.

Franklin County Literacy Council will be hosting the Path to Literacy Scavenger Hunt from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.  You will be given a series of questions and you will have to search the Scotland Campus for the answers.  Prizes will be given to those who participate in the scavenger hunt.  For more information, contact Franklin Thomas, 717-504-4459 or email

Our first storyteller is Kim Weitkamp.  In her work as a humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter, she has taken home a full armload of awards and recognitions. She has worked on and created successful peace projects including the Peace by Piece Project in collaboration with the Taubman Museum of Fine Arts.  Kim currently has 8 audio collections, the latest two being, A Wandering Mind, a recent 2015 Storytelling Award Winner and a folk operetta, The Ballad of Ronnie Calloway, which was recorded live in front of 800 people at the National Storytelling Festival. It has received high praise from the world of storytelling and from the Folk/Americana music world.

Our second storyteller is Tim Lowry. He has been telling stories of the People, by the People, and for the People for 15 years. Telling a variety of Folk Tales and Stories from American History, Tim has presented thousands of educational programs for schools across the country. At festivals Tim entertains audiences with a mixture of Folk Tales and Personal Narrative.  When Tim is not on the road, he makes his home in Summerville, SC, where he often performs stories of southern culture and history from the “Sweet Tea Trail.”  Tim grew up in southeastern Kentucky where he learned the art of storytelling from Appalachian folk who spun yarns and told tales to entertain, teach morals, and pass along local history. He studied drama in high school and toured the East Coast in 1987 with a drama school from Greenville, SC. After earning a degree in Theater, Tim taught English language arts for five years. He left the classroom in 2000 to become a full-time professional performer. He has made several television appearances, recorded a number of storytelling CDs, filmed a DVD, and written a storytelling handbook.

Lastly is Fanny Crawford.  Fanny Crawford grew up in a west Philadelphia neighborhood learning family stories and cultural history from an extended circle of storytelling relatives and friends. She has been sharing family stories, folk tales, and historical biographies since beginning informal tellings of ancestor stories at her own family reunions in the 1980s.  Since 2002, her story repertoire includes historical narratives and portrayals, world folk tales, tall tales and original stories adapted for diverse adult, child and family audiences.  Recently she has focused on Grandfather and Grandmother Programs with tales from her own and more distant families, Water Ways and Earth stories for mixed audiences of children and adults, and house concerts in a variety of venues – from birthday parties and day care programs to bridal showers and senior centers.

For more information about these events, please contact Denice Bigham at,    717-263-1054 ext 1007. Visit the storytelling website at or our facebook page to see videos of our performers.