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  Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival
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Sep 3rd, 2017 (Sun) -- Sep 4th, 2017 (Mon)
  Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival

The 41st Annual Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, (Illinois' largest Folk Festival), presents over 100 hours of folk music, dance and storytelling on eight stages featuring more than 30 of the finest Midwest and national folk music & storytelling acts. There is also a special stage for the kids with music, storytelling, projects, & more. The Festival is located on a lovely 13 acre Island in the Fox River in downtown Geneva, IL, about 45 miles west of the Chicago loop. Eight stages run continuously from 11 am to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Labor Day weekend. Stages feature concerts, hands-on teaching, dancing and topical workshops that explore various music and story themes. In addition, Sunday evening features an Old-Time Community Barn Dance from 6 - 7:30 p.m., and from 7:30 - 10 p.m. there are Ghost Stories in the big tent. The music and stories come from many traditions and cultures, including some of the best of the new generation of folk-song & story writers that represent the extensions of those traditions. The Festival provides a unique opportunity to experience and participate in a wide variety of arts and traditions not available through the popular entertainment markets. Free parking and rail access via METRA are available 2-3 blocks from the Festival grounds. Food is available on-site, or the city of Geneva has dozens of great restaurants a short walk from the Island.

Eight stages run continuously from 11 am to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Labor Day weekend. Sunday, Sept. 3 only -- Barn Dance from 6 to 7:30 PM and Ghost Stories 7:30 to 10 PM.

Admission Donation -- $25 per day Adults - $15 Teens & Elders -- 12 & Under Free! ($5 Discount For Both Days -- Family Rate of $50 Per Day For Parents & Their Children)

Island Park, a 13 acre Island in the Fox River in downtown Geneva, IL.
630-897-3655
juelu@aol.com
FoxValleyFolk.com

Sep 9th, 2017 (Sat)
  Open Mic and Featured Teller

Featured Teller Oba William King ignites audiences with his ability to capture their attention and gently release them into the playful realm of rhythm and rhyme. He tours nationally presenting programs of story, song, and drum for all ages, all cultures. Oba recently appeared at The National Storytelling Festival, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, and was the Featured Teller for two inaugural Festivals: Evanston Public Storytelling Festival and Storyteller’s Festival at Park Forest Library.

A US Military Veteran, King is founder and director of JUSTUS arts Educational Entertainment, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient, Illinois Humanities Council “Road” Scholar and Hidden Jewel of the Neighborhood.

Oba’s recent books include Firefly and Little Star, a storybook for young readers and R.E.A.D. designed for Pre-Teen and Tween aged youth each available online.

7:00 - 9:00 PM
No Cover Charge

Lewis Lounge, Lewis Hall, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest, IL
708-465-6305
margaretburk@hotmail.com
www.storytelling.org