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by Celia Shortt
Despite dreary weather, about 100 people turned out for the second annual SpinTime Storytelling Festival in Moreland on Saturday.
The event at the Moreland Mill featured storytelling and puppetry workshops and two storytelling concerts. The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta provided staff and activities for the day. Noted regional storytellers also weaved their magic — among them Anne Wallace, Barry Stewart Mann, LaDoris B. Davis, Casey Wallace, Ron Kemp, Josie Bailey and Verna Muthoni.
The free event largely attracted families with school-age children, although people of all ages participated. While most participants were from Coweta, several came from the Luthersville area, and one family drove from Albany. “You’ve got to have a storyteller, a story and — the third thing — we have to have an audience,” Anne Wallace said. “What wonderful stories happen today.”
Anne Wallace is an experienced storyteller. Her granddaughter, Casey Wallace — a former student at Moreland Elementary, Smokey Road Middle and Newnan High — was the youngest presenter. She shared the story of “The King and His Three Dolls.”
Stories from around the world were shared. Mann used puppets — and involved children as characters — in a story “with a little bit of Spanish” from Cuba about a rooster trying to get to his uncle’s wedding.
SpinTime is sponsored by the Coweta Public Library System and the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance. Winston Skinner, MCAA president, presented awards to winners in the SpinTime cartoon strip contest. Skinner is also assistant news editor at The Newnan Times-Herald.
Individual winners were — Tony Thomas, first; Carter Sumner, second; Christine Cone, third; and Emily Newman, honorable mention. Group awards went to — first, Zach Macpherson, Josh Herrera, Kade Clark; second, Taylor Smith, Barbara McDonald; third, Kelsie Alexander, Brooke Griffin; and honorable mention, Destiny Turner, Courtney Garrett. The theme for the contest was “A Day in the Life of… .”
Local artist Bette Hickman and Times-Herald staff writer Clay Neely were judges for the cartoon contest.
The day included two storytelling concerts and a series of workshops for various age groups.
Colorful balloons decorated areas for activities. Members of Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak sold hot dogs and baked goods during SpinTime.
“I came last year, and it was wonderful. I came this year, and it’s still wonderful,” Anne Wallace said at the last concert session. “We hope all of you will be with us next year.”