14th annual ‘Storyfest’ event brings mix of traditions to area school children


The Vevay community will come alive today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), as “Storyfest” again is held at three venues around town.

This is the 14th annual “Storyfest”, an event that educates elementary and middle school students about the different ways that history can be kept alive and told to future generations. Martha Bladen coordinates the “Storyfest” event, which will have elementary students in grades 1-3 today; while 4th-6th graders will attend tomorrow.

This year there will be performances at three locations: The Switzerland County Historical Museum; the Switzerland County YMCA; and Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church. Students will also have the option of eating lunch in the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park.

Here’s a look at this year’s “Storyfest” lineup:

– “The Pirate Queen” is a presentation of oral tradition, and feature local storytellers Barbara Drake and her son, Matthew. They will bring to life the “Pirate Queen”, Grace O’Malley, and her youngest son, Tibbot Burke. They will give children a look at the world through their eyes.

Children will be in for a swashbuckling time, as the performers are veterans of Renaissance Fairs.

“The Pirate Queen” will be performing at the Switzerland County Historical Museum.

– Performing at Ruter Chapel will be “The Clark and Jones Trio” from Cincinnati.

Nancy and Frank Clark and Jude Jones will play Celtic harp, fiddle, bodhran, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer, and guitar.

They will perform lively dance tunes; slow airs; and songs from Ireland, Scotland, Eastern Europe, and the U.S., all providing an international flair.

– “Thistlewig’s Traveling Story Wagon” will be performing for “Storyfest” at the Switzerland County YMCA, and is presented by Madcap Productions of Cincinnati.

Students will step back in time with Professor Silas B. Thistlewig and his band of merry players as they recreate an authentic old time traveling show. This production is based on a real Ohio family that traveled from town to town performing their favorite children’s stories.


Funding for “Storyfest” is made possible by a grant from the United Fund of Switzerland County; along with support from the Town of Vevay and the Vevay Kiwanis Club.