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MaryAnn Paterniti joins festival lineup.

Lititz Storytelling Festival is pleased to welcome MaryAnn Paterniti as a storyteller for our Concert for Families on Oct. 20 at 3:00pm.

MaryAnn has been a professional storyteller since 1994. Her repertoire includes traditional folktales, fairytales, and literary stories from all over the world. She delivers these stories with an animated style that will capture your attention and keep you very entertained.

She is a member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, The Princeton Storytelling Circle, and the Northeast Storytelling (NEST) and is continuously learning new stories and improving her skills. She learns so much from hearing other storytellers and highly recommends going to hear as many as you can!

MaryAnn has a knack for finding unusual stories that you may never come across yourself. Her repertoire includes over a hundred stories for children, teens, and adult audiences. She has performed in schools, libraries, senior centers, hospitals, private parties, bonfires, festivals, colleges, for the women of the United Nations in NYC, and even in the swamps of the Meadowlands! (She especially loves to tell spooky stories).

Lunch Available on Saturday at the Festival
For your convenience, lunch on Saturday is available at the Warwick High School. If you are attending the workshops and story swap and don’t want to leave campus, you may purchase a lunch for $10. Lunch includes:

  • Choice of ham, turkey or vegetable hoagie
  • Chips
  • Drink
  • Cookie
  • Tasty treat from Lititz, PA

Orders will be taken online until Oct. 15 and may be purchased here. A limited number of lunches will be available for purchase on-site and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Notice: Change of Lineup for Lititz Storytelling Festival

Due to unforeseen visa issues, we regret to inform everyone that storyteller Daniel Morden will not be able to perform in this year’s Festival.

In his place, we have secured a fan favorite, Charlotte Blake Alston. Charlotte is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist, librettist and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad.

Charlotte is the host of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Preschool Concert Series, “Sound All Around,” and has appeared as host or narrator on the Orchestra’s school and family concerts since 1991.

Charlotte has also been a featured host, storyteller and narrator on both the Carnegie Hall Family and School Concert series since 1995. She has made multiple appearances in such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Storytelling Festival and the National Festival of Black Storytelling. Her international experience include performances or festival appearances in Accra, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Beijing, China; Basel, Switzerland and the Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival in Ireland.

Charlotte breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional musical instruments such as the djembe, mbira, shekere or 21-stringed kora. Her repertoire is wide and programs are adapted to any grade level or age group.