SpinTime Festival

Stories, workshop on tap in Moreland

by W. Winston Skinner

There will be stories, workshops, puppets and fun for all ages at the second SpinTime Storytelling Festival on Saturday in Moreland.

Two free storytelling concerts will be part of the event, sponsored by the Coweta Public Library System and the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance. Events will be held at the Moreland Mill starting at noon.

The free event for families will include workshops for storytellers and puppeteers. There will be two storytelling concerts — one at noon and a second concert at 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the workshops — for children, adults and teens — will start at 11:30 a.m. The Grantville Library will not be open on Saturday, and Marie Vielot, library manager, sent an email invitation encouraging patrons to attend the storytelling festival. The library will reopen Monday at 10 a.m.

This is the second year for the storytelling festival, which organizers hope to repeat annually. Opportunities for local storytellers to hone their skills “in a workshop with professional instructors” will be offered, said Marie J. Vielot, manager of the libraries in Grantville and Senoia.

Workshop registration will start at 11:30 a.m. “Space is limited,” Vielot said. Professional storytellers and representatives from the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta will be leading the seminars.

Participants will include Josie Bailey, Barry Stewart Mann, LaDoris B. Davis, Ron Kemp, Verna Muthoni, Anne Wallace and Casey Wallace.

The finale concert will be at 3:30 p.m. Winners of the SpinTime Cartoon Strip Contest will be announced at the festival, and about 60 comic strip entries by Coweta students will be exhibited at the mill.

Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak will have a food booth at Spintime. Hot dogs, snacks and cold soft drinks and water will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



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