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Celebrate with Timeless Tales & Music!  March 24–26, 2022

Thank You for Supporting the 21st Annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival!

The 21st Annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival has ended, and York County Library would like to thank all of our performers, sponsors, and those who attended for helping to make this another successful festival! Please continue to check this website for updates, and we look forward to sharing more tale-telling with you again next year!


*All performances are recommended for all ages and will be available to view online through April 1, unless otherwise noted. 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Porkchop Productions: The Princess & The Veggies

How does a queen find a new prince or princess? Through a TV game show called The Kingdom's Got Talent, of course! But can the contestants pass the difficult tests the Queen has put in their path? Find out in Porkchop Productions' fractured version of this timeless tale that includes unforgettable characters, pancakes, waffles, and lots and lots of veggies!

10:00 a.m. via YouTube

Queen Nur: Sweet Potato Pie and Such

Queen Nur and Dwight James will ground you in tradition, butter you up with joy, and delightfully sweeten your mind with this flavorful seasoning of tales from the African and African-American Oral Tradition! Audiences will be celebrating and jubilating as they share lively folktales, fables, and fairy tales that include a rhythmic version of "The Lion and the Mouse," an urban adaptation of "Red Riding Hood," and a visit to a farm to pull-up a big sweet potato!

11:30 a.m. via YouTube

Johnny Thomas Fowler: Grandma’s Apron Strings

Johnny Thomas Fowler presents stories about his grandmother and his memories of growing up almost Appalachian, a wonderful collection of tales about family and experiences through the eyes of a child during the early 1960s. You'll also hear a rare story about Essie Dunbar (the only person in South Carolina to be buried alive and lived to tell about it!) and music on an 1840s (replica) banjo, fiddle, and harmonica.

2:00 p.m. via YouTube

Derick Wilder: The Longest Letsgoboy

Local Fort Mill, SC, author Derick Wilder reads and discusses The Longest Letsgoboy, his debut children’s picture book about the enduring bond between people and their pets, told from the dog’s point of view. Learn about the creation and writing process behind the book with a background on "the story behind the story," then enjoy a special reading using "The Whole Book Approach" —  an interactive way of reading with children, not to them!

3:00 p.m. via YouTube

Nestor Gomez: Lessons From an Immigrant Mother

Storyteller and podcast host Nestor Gomez shares stories about lessons learned from a hardworking immigrant mother.

7:00 p.m. via YouTube

Elizabeth Ellis: Stories to Remember

Whether she has you chuckling or even shedding a tear, acclaimed storyteller Elizabeth Ellis will have you captivated by two of her favorite tales — "Barrel or Pear" and "Like Meat Loves Salt."

8:00 p.m. via YouTube

Friday, March 25, 2022

Geraldine Buckley: A Magic Carpet Ride

Join Geraldine on a magic carpet ride as she travels to Germany, Ancient Greece, and England, telling timeless folk tales along the way. She'll share with you her stories of "The Three Aces," "The Mouse and the Lion" (an Aesop fable), and "The Pedlar of Swaffham — with a twist!"

10:00 a.m. via YouTube

Porkchop Productions: The Tortoise & The Hare

The race is on! Porkchop Productions updates this fractured-fable favorite with colorful characters, big laughs, and an important moral lesson. A boastful hare and a timid tortoise go head to head  will the Hare learn that "slow and steady wins the race" isn’t just for sports or contests, but also for studying for tests, making friends, and other life events, too? Find out when they wave the checkered flag!

11:30 a.m. via YouTube

Lona Bartlett: Once Upon A Farm

Learn what unbelievable things happen when you live on a farm, as storyteller Lona Bartlett shares "A Wolf Story," inspired by the writings of Lady Jane Wilde and Celtic folklore, and "First-Time Deer Hunters," an amusing personal story about challenge and solution.
2:00 p.m. via YouTube

Rock Hill High School: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Theater student Meridee Ritzer from Rock Hill High School presents "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," an1865 short story by Mark Twain.

4:30 p.m. via YouTube

Nestor Gomez: Tales of Immigrant Homeowning

Storyteller and podcast host Nestor Gomez shares immigration stories about being a homeowner.

7:00 p.m. via YouTube

Bill Harley: Family Concert

Both hilarious and moving, Bill Harley presents a unique portrayal of what it is to be alive, with stories and songs of childhood, parenting, and modern life that touch on universal themes — the quirks, troubles, and triumphs of everyday life and our connections with each other and the world around us. Emily Dickinson could have been talking about Bill when she wrote, “Tell the truth, but tell it slant.”

8:00 p.m. via Facebook Live

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Lona Bartlett: How & Why Stories

Storyteller and puppeteer Lona Bartlett, along with "Little Tiger," tells "how and why" stories — family-friendly folk tales that explain how or why something is the way it is today. Come listen and smile as they share the stories of "How Crow Got Water," "How Man Got Fire," and "Anansi and the Tiger."

10:00 a.m. via YouTube

Billy Jonas: Who's Gonna Make Our Music?!

This concert from Billy Jonas is an explosion of energy! In sing-a-longs, bang-a-longs, and improvised songs, his primary instrument is the audience. Billy uses voices, guitar, and even homemade instruments to prove that each and every one of us is indeed a musician!

11:30 a.m. via YouTube

Johnny Thomas Fowler: Going Across the Mountain

This wonderful collection of Appalachian and American folktales and folk music from Johnny Thomas Fowler is perfectly created for imaginative minds! You'll hear old-time tunes on the banjo, harmonica, and guitar as you enjoy folklore and stories about North and South Carolina social studies and history. Recommended for ages 8 & up.

3:00 p.m. via YouTube

Robert Rivest: Comic Mime Stories

Comic mime artist Robert Rivest uses a very unique form of storytelling, one that he'll demonstrate by showing how you can tell stories with your body, face, and classic mime illusions!

4:00 p.m. via YouTube


Queen Nur: SELebration Stories

This storytelling celebration from Queen Nur and Dwight James features favorite stories you can take home from the library stacks! Enjoy interactive tellings of The Empty Pot, The Honest-to-Goodness Truth, and Sometimes I'm Bombaloo that lift the stories off the page will have you rhythmically singing “I take my time and think about it!”

6:00 p.m. via YouTube

Geraldine Buckley: Stories for Adults

Geraldine has a habit of stumbling into inadvertent adventures, which she weaves into stories that will leave you thinking deeply — and laughing uproariously! Join her as she tells you true, personal tales involving a glass eye, partying nuns, and poetry-performing prisoners. 

7:00 p.m. via YouTube

Elizabeth Ellis: An Evening of Haunts

Award-winning storyteller Elizabeth Ellis will tingle your spine with these three scary, haunting ghost stories: "Hands on the Car," "Weeping Lass at the Dancing Place," and "The Ghost Mother at the Loom."

8:30 p.m. via YouTube​


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Lona Bartlett is a professional storyteller, puppeteer, and educator who has delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. Lona grew up in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York, part of the Appalachian mountain range, and blends together her love of story, puppets, and small town life to create a unique experience on stage. No matter the genre, whether it be folktales, fairytales, puppets, or personal stories, Lona loves bringing excitement and insight to a wide variety of audiences.

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With her trademark wit, warmth and humor, internationally known, award-winning storyteller and educator Geraldine Buckley has been involved in storytelling, speaking, performance poetry, and conducting creative workshops for over 30 years in the U.S., Canada, England, Holland, South Africa, Spain, and New Zealand. Since leaving her position as a chaplain at the largest men’s prison in Maryland, she has returned to speaking, writing, and storytelling full-time through the company she established — Releasing Creative Potential.

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Elizabeth Ellis grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and was a children’s librarian at the Dallas Public Library before becoming a professional storyteller. The “Divine Miss E” is a versatile and riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic women, though her personal stories are arguably her best. Invariably hilarious and poignant, she is a repeated favorite at the National Storytelling Festival and author of From Plot to Narrative: A Step-By-Step Process of Story Creation and Enhancement.

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Johnny Thomas Fowler, mountain-heritage storyteller, award-winning musician, and author, is from the foothills of upcountry South Carolina. His work is featured on South Carolina public television, where he has co-produced a number of documentaries for SCETV. His storytelling is a wonderful anthology of Appalachian folk tales, fairy tales, outrageous tall tales, and contemporary yarns, combining traditional songs and ballads.

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Nestor "The Boss" Gomez was born in Guatemala and came to Chicago undocumented in the mid '80s. He told his first story at a Moth StorySLAM to get over the stuttering that plagued his childhood. Since then, he has won more than 60 StorySLAMs and several GrandSLAMs. Nestor also created, hosts, produces, and curates his own storytelling show, 80 Minutes Around the World, which features the stories of immigrants and refugees from different parts of the world, their descendants, and allies, in hopes to provide a better understanding of the realities, struggles, and dreams related to the immigrant experience.

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Bill Harley is well-traveled, well-read, well-educated, well-spoken, and well-loved. Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity. A two-time Grammy winner, he is vibrant, outrageous, unpredictable, and genuine with songs and stories about growing up, schooling, and what it is to be human — our connections with one another and with the planet we share. Recognized by audiences and peers as one of the finest performing storytellers in the country, his work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists, and educators.

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For 25 years, Billy Jonas — performer, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator — has perfected the art of the "neo-tribal hootenanny," a gloriously participatory musical gathering, with audiences around the globe. Using voice, guitar, and 
"industrial re-percussion" (musical instruments made from found, foraged, and recyclable objects), each concert is a soul-spelunking, heart healing, joy-filled journey.

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Founded in 1991, Porkchop Productions specializes in audience participation and has performed extensively for schools, libraries, youth groups, and special events throughout the southeast. The group has also designed and implemented drama programs and arts camps for thousands of young people and is dedicated to expanding artistic horizons and to promoting a life-long appreciation of the performing arts. Their interactive approach to performances and residencies makes for a one-of-a-kind theatre adventure!

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Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik, a nationally-renowned storyteller, teaching artist, and folklorist, exuberantly presents the African Oral Tradition with stories that teach universal values and weave a connective thread. Accompanied by international drummer and multi-percussionist Dwight James, Queen doles out a basket full of tales toted on a band of vibrant rhythms for a highly interactive, edge-of-your seat performance that brings audiences to their feet. Queen and Dwight have been performing and teaching across the United States and Canada for over 22 years.

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Robert Rivest is an internationally admired performer and teacher whose comic mime programs reach across audiences of all ages. Since 1990, he has given over 8,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and across the United States, and also studied under acclaimed French actor and mime artist Marcel Marceau in Paris. Through humorous mime stories, spoken word physical comedy, and a zany cast of characters, Robert transforms everyday situations into pure hilarity!

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Local Fort Mill, SC, author Derick Wilder debuted his first children’s picture book, The Longest Letsgoboy, in October 2021 to starred reviews. This personal, semi-autobiographical story is based on Lakota, one of his Siberian Huskies, and is a circle-of-life tale about the enduring bond between people and their pets, told from the dog’s point of view. Derick has plans to release two more picture books over the next two years.  


York County Library is able to bring the Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival to the community for free thanks to our generous sponsors, whose financial donations, goods, and services help make the festival possible.  

Presented By

York County Library


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Rock Hill Schools

Additional Information

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

York County Library Youth Visual Art Contest

The Patchwork Tales Youth Visual Art Contest has ended, and York County Library thanks all those who participated. We received some great entries, so please check out the winners and their artwork! First prize winners received a $50 gift card, and second prize winners received a gift basket! Thank you for helping us celebrate Patchwork Tales and the many forms of storytelling!


2022 Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival Flyer

2022 Youth Visual Art Contest Flyer  2022 Youth Visual Art Contest Winners