The 32nd annual celebration of Storytelling and Music


Now in its 32nd year, Jackson Storyfest is set to begin Oct. 16 and culminate in the annual finale event at the Michigan Theatre 7:30 PM Oct. 18. This three-day event brings talented and famous storytellers to Jackson from the all over the Midwest and beyond.

The stories get started with preschool storytelling sessions beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16. Families will gather to participate in preschool story sessions at the Carnegie Library beginning at 10 AM. This event is open to the public, and all families are welcome to attend. Leading the children in
a whimsical performance will be Karen Bonnici, a masterful storyteller and musician who combines her unique repertoire of tales and songs to teach, encourage, and tickle the funny bone.

Continuing the storytelling celebration 10 AM Thursday, Oct. 17, will be “Gemini” – twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits – performing for the Jackson area’s older adults. Packaged especially for older adults, the “Silver Tales for the Young at Heart” is hosted at the Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St, and all are welcome.

Thursday and Friday, school districts will welcome storytellers into their classrooms to enlighten, inspire and bring to life tales from across time, history and cultures. Schools set to welcome storytellers include elementary, middle, and high schools from all over Jackson County.

As a final celebration of Storyfest, the Storytelling Finale is 7:30 PM Friday, Oct. 18, at the Michigan Theatre located at 124 N. Mechanic St. in Jackson. The show features humorist and premier storyteller Jeff Doyle, who will regale all participants with hilarious and sometimes spooky tales. This is a family event and all ages are welcome.

PUBLIC EVENTS PRESCHOOL STORYTELLING Carnegie Library 10 AM • Oct. 16 Leading children in a whimsical performance is Karen Bonnici. SILVER TALES FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Ella Sharp Museum 10 AM • Oct. 17 “Gemini” performing for older adults in the Jackson area. STORYTELLING FINALE Michigan Theatre 7:30 PM • Oct. 18 Featuring humorist and premier storyteller Jeff Doyle.

Jackson Storyfest is partially funded through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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