Ford returns for Ocoee Story Fest - Feb. 7

Ford returns for Ocoee Story Fest - Feb. 7

February 6th, 2014 by Susan Pierce in Chattnow Outabout

Lyn Ford

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

* What: Ocoee Story Fest.

* When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

* Where: Museum Center at Five Points, 200 Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn.

* Admission: $5 per person, $15 family maximum.

* Phone: 423-479-7887.

What do you get when you cross Appalachian folklore with African-American heritage?

"Afrilachian."

That's how nationally known storyteller Lyn Ford of Ohio describes her style of mixing folk-tale adaptations and original stories rooted in her multicultural family. She presents them in a variety of styles: call and response, choral response, rhythm, rhyme and humor.

Ford will be the featured storyteller when the Cleveland Storytelling Guild presents its 19th annual Ocoee Story Fest on Friday night, Feb. 7, in the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland, Tenn. Ford was the guild's featured artist in 2011, and event chairwoman Judy Baker says they couldn't wait to bring her back for an encore at this family friendly event.

"We loved her so much! We knew when she left that week that we had to have her back. She had such rapport with schoolchildren and her audience. She has such wit, and her humor is gentle. She tells her stories well. She tells a wonderful variety," says Baker.

As she did on her first visit, Ford will give performances in Bradley County schools before her evening concert. This time, she will visit six elementary schools, thanks to funding from the Allied Arts Council of Cleveland-Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.

Baker says the guild averages 20-25 active members with all levels of experience from listener to regional tellers. However, none of them will be performing in this storytelling concert, only Ford.

"If anyone is new to storytelling, or isn't sure what storytelling is -- it's not reading a story from a book -- Lyn Ford's concert will make them a storytelling convert. Storytelling reaches across miles and ages," says Baker.

Ford will sign her books following the performance.

Contact Susan Pierce at spierce@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6284.