16th annual ‘StoryFest’ event begins today as students learn the history of a story


‘StoryFest’, an annual educational event in downtown Vevay for elementary students in the county; will be held today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) at three different locations.

This is the 16th annual event, which focuses children on different ways of telling a story. The event is coordinated each year by the Switzerland County Historical Society, and is led by Martha Bladen.

Funding for the event, which tops $9,000, comes from the United Fund of Switzerland County; Kiwanis Club of Vevay; and the Town of Vevay.

Today (Thursday) students from Switzerland County Elementary School and Jefferson-Craig Elementary School in grades 1-3 will attend StoryFest.

Tomorrow (Friday) students from Switzerland County Elementary School and Jefferson-Craig Elementary School in grades 4-5; and students in grade 6 at Switzerland County Middle School will attend the performances.

This year the students will have the chance to see three outstanding performances:

– The “Theatre IV Touring Company” of Richmond, Virginia, will be presenting “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the Historic Hoosier Theater.

The show is a musical version of the story, in which Icabod Crane, Brom Bones, Katrina Van Tassel, and the residents of Tarry Town encounter the “Headless Horseman”.

The performance is faithful to the original story written by Washington Irving; and will thrill the young audience.

Theatre IV also uses the performances to introduce children to books, people, and events that the kids are studying in school.

– Kevin Stonerock of Knightstown, Indiana, will be at the Switzerland County Historical Museum; where he will be presenting two different shows for the two day run.

For students in grades 1-3 today (Thursday), Kevin Stonerock will present “A Visit with a Hoosier Pioneer”, which is a character that he has created from several different accounts of the period of 1770-1810.

The performance portrays Andrew Amonett, a frontiersman of the Indiana territory. The show will be complete with tall tales, deal, and various aspects of frontier life and the dangers that were faced in the Indiana Territory just prior to the War of 1812.

Topics of the performance include: trapping, militia service, Indian affairs, tools, weapons, and frontier clothing.

Tomorrow (Friday), Kevin Stonerock will present “The Steamboat’s a Comin'”, a grand adventure story that is highlighted with song and first person living history about life on the Ohio River.

The performance covers the period of the frontier era through the age of steam, with a special emphasis on showboats.

In addition to story and song, the children will meet four river characters, all portrayed by Kevin Stonerock. These characters include a keelboat man; a steamboat passenger on the “J.M. White”; a showboat barker from he 1890s; and steamboat captain Ebenezer Cline.

– The final performance for StoryFest is “Lyrics Alive”, featuring Mary Bomar and Bob Ritter. Their performances will be at the Jack Sullivan Building of the Switzerland County Senior Citizens Center.

“Lyrics Alive” is a dynamic creative writing program that promotes creativity, teamwork, and sharing of ideas, and self worth through writing and music.

The performance will consist of songs from prior “Lyrics Alive” workshops, which has produced over 800 songs.

Along with rotating through the three performance areas, the students will also picnic at either the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park or on the lawn of the Switzerland County Historical Museum.