New this year is a Kanab Heritage Museum Reception hosted by 1911 mayor of the all-woman city council, Mary Woolley Chamberlain, on Friday October 23, at 7 p.m.

The Kanab Storytelling Festival will bring storytelling to us again on Friday evening and all day Saturday, October 23- 24, 2009.

Many, when they hear the word “storytelling” think of an adult reading to children from a book. Or that a “story” is a fabrication. Stories are more than that, they are how we share our world and preserve our history. 

Storytelling is performance as well and this year we will have musicians, cowboy poets, a living history performer and storytellers performing at three venues.

This year’s festival will start with a 7 p.m. Friday evening Heritage Museum and Juniper Art Gallery Reception, hosted by a local living history performer, Joyce Rhodes, as Mary Woolley Chamberlain. 

Saturday morning at 10 a.m., we are presenting a program of  storytelling, music and student essay contest winners in the Old Barn at Parry Lodge. Refreshments will be available since the program continues until 1 p.m.

In the afternoon at 3 p.m., we move to the Kanab Cemetery where we will have local tellers sharing stories about some of the unique characters, “Kanab’s Legends,” who are resting there.

Later, at 6 p.m., we gather at a location near the Kanab golf course for an evening Dutch oven, campfire storytelling session, featuring old timers telling stories of this region. Just follow the signs beginning at Fairway Dr. by the clubhouse.

Storytelling is an ancient way of communicating heart to heart. It is a way to escape the noise of what’s happening now with what has always been true. At storytelling festivals, you can hear how history made the reality that we call today.

We’re grateful to be sponsored by Parry Lodge, The Gardner Foundation, Kanab City Variety Arts Council, Kane County Travel Council and the Kanab Heritage and Preservation Council.