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Seventh Annual

Haunting In The Hills Storytelling Festival

Saturday, September 18, 1999

The Seventh Annual "Haunting in the Hills" Storytelling Festival will be held on Saturday, September 18, 1998, in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The event will include in school presentations, storytelling workshops, afternoon storytelling presentations and dulcimer music. The day"s events will conclude with the telling of ghost stories in an area adjacent to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center. The event is free to the public and will be held rain or shine.

The festival actually begins on Tuesday and for the remainder of the week professional storytellers will be visiting all the elementary, middle and  high schools in the five counties which adjoin the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. All together over 14,000 students will have the opportunity to see preformances by these nationally recognized tellers. To further enhance the learning opportunities of the school visit the festival also makes a Classroom Activities Booklet available to all teachers for use after the presentation.

Saturday’s events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the fields and areas adjacent to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

From 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. the craft demonstrations, craft workshops and the ever popular "Olde Timey Toy" display will be set up in the fields adjacent to the Visitor Center. Step back in time, learn and have some fun!

Dulcimer workshops will be presented by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club. Beginning and intermediate lessons will be available. The workshops will be two hours in length and dulcimers will be available for those who do not own their own instrument.

Returning by popular demand to this year's festival will be an afternoon of family orientated stories featuring the event's professional tellers, presentations by several local school storytelling clubs and a concert by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club. Afternoon presentations will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the tent.

The gripping climax of this year's festival will again be the night of ghost stories. Ghost stories will begin at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening. Six professional storytellers from around the country will present their best ghost stories. A series of "not-too-scary" stories will first be presented for the young and faint of heart. These will then be followed by scarier stories for the brave at heart.

Visitors are encouraged to come spend a special day on the Cumberland Plateau. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather, bring a flashlight, a blanket for seating on the ground, and snacks or drinks. Food will be available throughout the afternoon and picnic facilities are nearby for those who would like to use them.

For further information about the event or for directions to Bandy Creek, call the National Park Service Visitor Center at (931) 879-3625 or Park Headquarters at (865) 569-9778. All times are scheduled on Eastern Daylight Savings Time

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