Celebrate with Timeless Tales & Music!
Join Us for the 20th Annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival
March 11–13, 2021 • 20 Years, 20 Performances!
York County Library is pleased to present the 20th annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival. Experience the magic of storytelling through one-of-a-kind performances from global, national, and local performers. Due to the global pandemic, we are offering virtual storytelling concerts to everyone via YouTube, Facebook Live, and Zoom. Mark your calendars and join us as our community comes together to celebrate a time-honored tradition during this three-day storytelling extravaganza.
Congratulations to the winners of the Youth Visual Art Contest! York County students were asked to create a story using art and share their 2-D, 3-D, digital, and photography creations. Prizes, including a $75 gift card and a gift basket, were awarded for ages 10–12 years; 13–15 years; and 16–18 years. Thanks to all who participated! View the winners here.
*All performances are recommended for all ages and will be available to view online for one week, unless otherwise noted.
For additional information on the Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival, contact:
York County Library Children’s Services Department: (803) 981-5888
York County Library Marketing Department: (803) 981-5864
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Join an adventurous princess as she journeys to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon. Along the way, you’ll meet Zelda the babysitter, a silly bat, Sir George and his clumsy dog, and, of course, the lovable dragon. Will Sir George slay the dragon? Not to worry – everything ends happily in this fun show! This exciting performance by Pumpernickel Puppets is presented with large, colorful hand puppets, live voices, and sound effects.
Follow award-winning storyteller Regi Carpenter on a trip around the world in stories. Why did the principal kiss the three little pigs on the lips? How did magical Raven bring light back to the earth? These delightful stories are all yours for the listening!
Storyteller Lona Bartlett will share family-friendly folk and fairy tales, which originated "across the pond" and were brought here by those who came to live in North America. In true oral tradition (no two people ever really tell the same story), Lona will tell her version of these ancient stories.
Theater students from Rock Hill High School will present a scene from Tarheel Tales, a play based on Appalachian folk tales.
Columbian bilingual storyteller and performer Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado will show how, through pre-Hispanic myths, legends, and historical accounts, we learn more about the roots of a civilization that dazzled the first Europeans. You'll also learn how, during their reign, the Aztecs used storytelling to legitimize their cultural and political ambition of conquering the Mesoamerican region. Recommended for teens and adults.
Regi Carpenter brings you two darkly humorous tales of a dancing skeleton outwitted by his wife and a resourceful teen who doesn’t quit until he gets what he wants. Recommended for adults.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Join award-winning storyteller Regi Carpenter in this storytelling, singing, and participatory program of tales from around the world. You’ll meet a "Big, Wide-Mouthed Toad Frog" who can’t keep quiet, find out why dogs chase cats, and sing along with clever "Monkey."
Naturalist, storyteller, and folk musician Hawk Hurst honors the stories, music, and culture of Native American people with three stories and flute-playing from the Cherokee, Creek-Muskogee, and Navajo nations, along with drumming and an original song.
From Spain, to Ireland, to Peru, different folktales tell us of how magical journeys often happen in threes. Join Columbian bilingual storyteller and performer Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado for an engaging virtual show, where the young show creativity and resourcefulness, and, with a bit of supernatural aid, overcome all obstacles to transform their world.
High School Students from York Preparatory Academy will celebrate stories and storytelling by sharing one of their favorite children's books.
Grammy-nominated storyteller Diane Ferlatte, accompanied by multi-talented musician Erik Pearson on banjo and guitar, shares stories that focus on respect for each other, the damage of pride, the value of truth, and the hurt that comes from gossiping and bullying. Recommended for ages 9 & up.
Angelo Geter, Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, SC, mixes poetry and spoken word on a variety of topics and concepts, each full of life experiences that peel back the layers and expose the hidden, inner parts of ourselves. With vulnerable, honest work that relates to us all, this dynamic artist will provide insight and tips on writing, creativity, and fostering self-expression. Recommended for teens and adults.
Storyteller Bil Lepp shares outrageous, humorous tall tales and witty stories that charm listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Growing up in a family where the truth was fluid, he became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. Bil can find the humor in any situation, and while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest!
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Storyteller and puppeteer Lona Bartlett, along with "Little Tiger," tells stories for the young and young at heart – stories of fun and fantasy to delight children of all ages! Come listen, smile, and participate in these happy tales!
Northwestern High School's Advance Performance Class will devise a staged presentation from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.
Parents' Choice Gold Award® winner Roger Day empowers young superheroes to solve the problem and save the day with the greatest superpower of all – imagination! His newest show entertains thousands of kids and grown-ups alike, as he reminds the audience they can do anything they put their mind to. Grab your cape and lace up your super shoes; you're no ordinary superhero! This event will air in real time and cannot be replayed.
Why write a book? And how? Award-winning writer Marcus Sedgwick discusses the reasons why we write, and how you can best go about writing a book that works. Registration is required. Register online or call 803-981-5888, starting February 27. Limit 80. Recommended for teens and adults. This event will air in real time and cannot be replayed.
These honest tales from Regi Carpenter – some hilarious, some heartbreaking – celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. This collection of linked short stories holds the universal message that life’s difficulties are softened by love, fortitude, … and family. Recommended for ages 10 & up.
Internationally-acclaimed storyteller Jeeva Raghunath will captivate her audience with these "spicy Indian tales," full of culture, music, rhythm, narration, … and a storytelling style that will leave you spellbound! Recommended for ages 9 & up.
Get ready for goosebumps, as award-winning storyteller Tim Lowry shares some spine-tingling tales of legends and lore from the South Carolina Lowcountry, hosted from a real South Carolina graveyard! Recommended for ages 10 & up.
Lona Bartlett is a professional storyteller, puppeteer, and educator who has delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. No matter the genre, whether folktales, fairytales, puppets, or personal stories, Lona loves bringing excitement and insight to audiences.
An award-winning performer, Regi Carpenter has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals, and schools, both nationally and internationally. Regi is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. Her tales celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York.
Award-winning children's musician Roger Day has devoted his life to making sure that future generations sing loud, jump high, and – most importantly – dream big! His signature wit, whimsy, and wordplay have helped put smiles on the faces of kids from one to 92. A four-time Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, Roger believes that though "life is full of problems, it's full of answers too!"
Diane Ferlatte has been researching, collecting, and telling stories for over 35 years. A frequent storyteller at many festivals throughout the U.S. and the world, she has toured internationally in over 20 countries on six different continents. Among her most memorable performances are President Clinton's inauguration and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. Diane has received numerous honors, including the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, as well as a 2008 Grammy nomination for Children’s Spoken Word.
Erik Pearson has been playing the guitar since he was 12 years old. While at Oberlin College, he studied South Indian music and began learning the banjo and old-time Appalachian string band music. He has played and recorded in bands since 1990, written chamber music for local choreographers, and has accompanied Diane for over 25 years while serving on the teaching faculty of the San Francisco Community Music Center. Together they have performed at schools, libraries, and festivals all over the U.S. and beyond.
Hawk Hurst's performances dynamically bring the wonders and wisdom of ancient cultures to life. Whether sharing myths, legends, or “true to life” tales, each tale offers a fresh perspective of how people all over the world have come to value and respect the diversity of each other and the natural world around them. His shows often incorporate unique musical instruments, many of which Hawk personally handcrafts.
Serving as the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, Angelo Geter's mission is to raise awareness and appreciation for poetry while promoting literacy, civic engagement, and community outreach. A graduate of Winthrop University, he has continued to own and hone his craft over the years via open mics and performances, and has competed in poetry slam competitions as a member of the Slam Charlotte and Respect Da Mic poetry teams.
Bil Lepp's humorous, family-friendly tall tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life.
Tim Lowry's love for show business began when he was six years old, watching a thrilling performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Approaching his ten thousandth performance, Tim, also known as the “Sweet Tea Commentator,” began touring the National Storytelling Festival circuit. He has shared stories on stages since 2012 from Connecticut to California and has performed numerous times at the Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival.
For nearly 40 years, Pumpernickel Puppets has captivated audiences of all ages with humorous, colorful adaptations of classic folk and fairy tales. John McDonough and his puppets have had the honor of appearing at The Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and the prestigious International Festival of Puppetry, sponsored by the Jim Henson Foundation, in New York.
Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado is a Columbian bilingual storyteller, performer, podcaster, and author who graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. Her vast repertoire of bilingual stories explores myths, legends, folktales, and historical and literary tales of Latin America. She was a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and has published her first book on Aztec myths.
Jeeva Raghunath has authored eight children’s books, both nationally and internationally, represented her country at 17 international storytelling festivals around the globe, pioneered the storytelling movement in Tamil Nadu, and is the winner of the best entrepreneur award in the field of storytelling. Her repertoire of stories includes a wide range of Indian and Asian folktales, European tales, family stories, true-life incidents, cross culture, and modern stories.
Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in a small village in East Kent in the southeast of England. He now lives in the French Alps and is the winner of many prizes, most notably the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for his novel Midwinterblood. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for Revolver in 2011 and The Ghosts of Heaven in 2016, giving him the most citations to date for America’s most prestigious book prize for writing for young adults.