By Nikole Dugger
The aroma of funnel cakes and the rhythmic sounds of storytelling filled Ross’s Landing today as the TaleSpin Festival provided a new entry to the city’s cultural calendar.
It’s an art form a lot of people are not able to fully enjoy, said Carla Pritchard, executive director of the Chattanooga Downtown Partnership.
Inspired by the success of Jonesborough’s National Storytelling Festival, Mrs. Pritchard said planning began late last summer to bring a comparable event to the Scenic City.
With around 30 artists from as far away as California and varying in age from the mid-80s to 11, an eclectic mix of entertainment resonates in each of TaleSpin’s three large white tents.
Staff Photo by Nikole DuggerLaura Secord browses through storytelling merchandise at the TaleSpin Festival near Ross's Landing Saturday afternoon.
When you say storytelling,’ some think the festival is geared toward children, and that’s not entirely true, Mrs. Pritchard said. We have something for everyone.
For the Secord mother-daughter duo from Chattanooga, it certainly seems to be true.
Three storytellers visited the Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences to promote the event and sparked the interest of 11-year-old Laura Secord.
I like the way they use their bodies to tell the story while they're saying it, she said.
Her mother, Carol Secord, attended Friday at the Tivoli and said she was thrilled when her daughter asked to hear more stories live after listening to a CD bought at last night’s event.
When Kathryn Windham speaks, you just feel like she’s sitting in your living room, Mrs. Secord said.
TaleSpin continues Sunday with a Mother’s Day breakfast cruise at 9 a.m., and more storytelling is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ross’s Landing.
Tickets remain available, and more information may be found at http://downtownchattanooga.org/talespin/.
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