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17th Annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival
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Mark your calendars now for the 17th Annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival presented by York County Library and the Friends of the York County Library.

Mark your calendars now for the 17th Annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival presented by York County Library and the Friends of the York County Library. The York County Library Board of Trustees and administration are pleased to announce the return of this popular community event scheduled for March 9 - 10, 2018. Patchwork Tales is a unique community event created to support reading and literacy for all ages through traditional storytelling and other cultural art forms. As in previous years, nationally known storytellers and performing artists will once again take center stage and showcase their individual styles for an unforgettable weekend of stories, music, and puppetry. Highlights include storytelling for select Middle School students in Clover and Fort Mill on Friday morning. On Friday evening, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., there will be a free community concert featuring storytelling legends, David Holt and Andy Offutt Irwin, with pre-concert folk music featuring Charles Pettee. The community concert will be held at Dutchman Creek Middle School Auditorium and is recommended for ages 7 to adult. On Saturday, March 10 at t 11:00 a.m., the festival moves to the Main Library in Rock Hill as Madcap Puppets from Ohio present an exciting production for all ages entitled Jules & Verne’s Excellent Adventure. CD’s, books and other promotional materials by the featured artists will be available for purchase at festival events. For more information, visit


David Holt: Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host, and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. David plays 10 acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. Currently hosting the PBS series David Holt’s State of Music, David has also hosted the North Carolina PBS series Folkways, along with Riverwalk Jazz for Public Radio International. He weaves songs, humor, and stories together with awe-inspiring musicianship. Asheville Citizen Times says, “David Holt could ring music out of a stump.” David is an NSN Oracle Circle of Excellence award recipient.


Andy Offutt Irwin: With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises, one-person-showman Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of Southern balladeer. Andy is especially known for relating the adventures of his 85-year-old-widowed-newly-minted physician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp. A Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival, Andy is also a perennial favorite Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Georgia Music magazine says, “The man’s a master musician with some VERY talented lips.” Andy is an NSN Oracle Circle of Excellence award recipient.


Charles Pettee: Charles Pettee's fresh approach to the traditional arts of flatpicking and folksinging began during his childhood in Asheville, N.C., where he started on guitar and mandolin at an early age. He is co-founder of Flying Fish recording artists The Shady Grove Band, from Chapel Hill, N.C.His distinctive mandolin style, voice, and original compositions are essential to the group's appeal, garnering airplay in over 20 countries. With over 5,000 shows in his 32 years as a professional musician, Pettee has performed with Charles Pettee & Folk Psalm and has been behind Chuck and the Waggin'Ears for over 20 years.


Madcap Puppets: Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre was founded in Cincinnati in 1981 by the late Jerry Handorf and Beth Kattelman. Since the beginning, Madcap has been rooted in the art of professional puppet theatre, children’s literature, and world cultures. Madcap combines puppetry, music, acting, and the fine arts to engage diverse audiences with images that challenge and delight, educate and celebrate.


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