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13th Annual Moonshell Festival Features 4 Storytellers

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— Join Nebraska StoryArts for the 13th annual Moonshell Storytelling Festival from 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 2014, at Mahoney State Park. All storytelling performances and events are free with park admission. The main stage is at the Mahoney Activity Center. The festival features concerts geared toward families with special events for adults. The event concludes with ghost stories. At 4:30 p.m., members of the Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling-Nebraska (OOPS) will host a story swap during which participants may tell their own stories. Four outstanding national and regional storytellers will take listeners on a world-wide tour of stories. Featured storytellers include: • David Novak: One of the nation's leading performers in the storytelling revival, his tales are inventions of his imagination or original adaptations of classic fables or myths. • Donna Washington: Author, storyteller and multicultural folklorist, she has shared stories for more than 26 years with amazing “vocal pyrotechnics” and dynamic physicality that make her stories come alive and enthrall and delight audiences. • Tim Lowry: Mixing stories of American history and folklore with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, exciting road trips to Disney World, baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet, he’ll keep his audience’s attention! • Patricia Coffie: Born in Iowa, Pat has shared stories for love and money for four decades. Her stories are filled with love, laughter and, sometimes, tears. Her heart truly belongs to the Midwest. Nebraska StoryArts also will offer two professional development workshops at $40 each or $70 for both. Both workshops last two hours. Group rates are available. The festival is made possible with support from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Arts Council/Nebraska Cultural Endowment and funded in part by Cass County Tourism. For more information, visit or call (402) 551-4532. ### The Moonshell Storytelling Festival gets its name from the tiny round shells, called Moonshells, which were once found by Native Americans fishing in and crossing what we now call the Platte River. Because of the shells, the Native American nations called the river “The Moonshell.” Nebraska StoryArts chose that as the name for this festival to honor the site and its heritage. The mission of Nebraska StoryArts is to preserve, perpetuate and celebrate storytelling of all cultures and to nurture, sustain and develop the storytelling community of tellers and listeners. The Moonshell Festival was created and organized by Nebraska StoryArts founder Nancy Duncan, who died of breast cancer in 2004.

Occurs once: Sep 13, 2014 (10:30 AM to 9:30 PM)
Contact Name: Donnis Arens
Contact Phone: 402 551 4532

Mahoney State Park
28500 W Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003

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