‘Grand Vue of HiSTORY’ Planned

The West Virginia Storytelling Guild is presenting “A Grand Vue of HiSTORY!” from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 25 at Grand Vue Park, Moundsville.

The event is free for area students and the public. “A Grand Vue of HiSTORY!” has been made possible in part by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council. Support also has been provided by the Grand Vue Park Foundation.

Guild members Rich Knoblich and Judi Tarowsky are event co-chairs.

Members of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and representatives from the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex will offer presentations that bring local and West Virginia history to life. Everyone will gather initially at Shelter Two.

Teachers may call Grand Vue Park at 304-845-9810 to reserve a space for their students. Members of the public do not need reservations. All facilities are handicap accessible. The students will bring their lunches; the public may buy lunch at the Trailhead Grille at the park.

The presenters slated at Grand Vue are as follows:

∫ Adam Booth’s storytelling blends folklore, traditional and contemporary music and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. He has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival and the International Storytelling Center. His recordings have been honored with Parents’ Choice awards and three Storytelling World awards.

∫ JoAnn Dadisman, a retired educator and active storyteller, has been sharing stories about her beloved mountains for more than 40 years. Although she sees herself as an Appalachian teller, she also enjoys telling folktales from around the world.

∫ Mike Kubisek of Guysville, Ohio, weaves folk tales, tall tales and fun tales. Now retired as an educator, he enjoys working on his Dust Bunny Farm.

∫ Julie McGhee is a teller, writer and collector of tales both old and new for all ages. A retired teacher from Westerville, Ohio, she is known for tales of Irish lore. “Transplanted Shamrocks: Recollections of Central Ohio’s Irish-Americans” is a book resulting from her story collecting.

∫ Fred Powers is a walking repository of West Virginia and Appalachian history. A former schoolteacher and miner, he has given a voice and a face to the stories of miners and their place in the nation’s history. Now, he shares the story of his life, his forebears and his region on a regional and national scale.

∫ Katie and Otto Ross, an award-winning professional storyteller and a talented musician, respectively, present entertaining and interactive programs weaving stories and music together. Katie Ross also offers presentations on West Virginia history and other cultures.

∫ Andrea Keller, an archeologist with the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville, offers insights into the indigenous people who once called the Upper Ohio Valley home. She will share a presentation on some of the everyday items that the Mound builders used in everyday survival.

For more information, call Tarowsky at 740-391-1576.