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Old-Fashioned Storytelling

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until February 29, 2020


Old-Fashioned Storytelling to Chase the Winter Blues Away

The art of storytelling is alive and well and slated to chase away the winter blues on two very special evenings: Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29, at 7 PM, at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, Admission is free; reservations are recommended. Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by storyteller Denise McCormack, each evening will feature a special guest artist poised to showcase this favorite pastime and its rich allure as both an ancient and contemporary art form, alongside McCormack and others.

On Friday, February 28, internationally acclaimed storyteller Ed Stivender will regale all with his wit, charm, and stalwart stories, while on Saturday, February 29, Ingrid Bohn, a favorite regional teller, will delight with a lively fare of uniquely-spun traditional tales. Each performer is a member and supporter of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia.

According to McCormack, “Stories are everything. They are powerful. They give meaning to life.Even the composition of story, its elements, gives us a road map to live by. Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Vladimir Propp, and others have illuminated our role of hero in our own stories, but more than that, they have laid out our optional roles in the lives and stories of others.Stories are our human marker. They enable us to experience empathy, to connect, to understand…. For this event, we want everyone to have fun.”

About Our Featured Tellers:

Ed Stivender has won international renown for his witty and original renditions of traditional and classic tales, and has been called “the Robin Williams of storytelling” by the Miami Herald and “a Catholic Garrison Keillor” by Kirkus Review. Ed has entertained audiences of all ages around the country since prior to 1980. The author of Raised Catholic (Can You Tell?), and seven spoken word albums, he is the winner of the Circle of Excellence Storytelling Award and several prizes in the Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade. For more information, go to:

Denise McCormack has been telling professionally for more than a decade, presenting programs throughout the tri-state area–to listeners of all ages and in a multitude of venues– and is deeply committed to sharing the benefits of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications from education and community to business, health, and well-being. Victoria McCully of Southsider Magazine says, “Watching McCormack tell her stories [is] an absolutely magical experience, and her passion for her craft shined through in her performance.”

Among her many roles in storytelling, McCormack is president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling plays an integral role. For more information, go to:

Ingrid Bohn has entertained people in story and song for more than 30 years, bringing traditional folktales, fairy tales, and literary stories from all over the world to life with multifaceted characters whose unique personalities aid in social and cultural understanding. Her Interactive Theater and Storytelling style offers something for everyone. In addition to her own performance work, Ingrid is a stalwart supporter of the art of storytelling via her rigorous involvement with a number of regional storytelling organizations, including member of the board and treasurer of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia.
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For more information, or to participate as a teller, contact Denise McCormack @ 609-807-8238. For reservations: For more information, or to participate as a teller, contact Denise McCormack @ 609-807-8238. For reservations: This event is supported and supports the Patchwork Storytelling Guild.


February 28
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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