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Who We Are 


This Celebration of Tales grew directly from a storytelling workshop at the Center led by Charmaine Crowell-White that John Alexander took, along with a dozen aspiring storytellers. For John, this experience revived warm memories of a thriving storytelling scene in Charlottesville that found powerful expression in a successful weekend-long Fall Festival of Tales held through the 1980s. Charlottesville needs to revive a storytelling festival that will boost our ongoing community-building. We need you to help us make it so!


Soon after Charmaine led that workshop, we organized a working group, determined to launch this Celebration of Tales on June 10, 2023. After a very successful first annual festival, our planning group has grown, and we're excited about 2024!

Festival Planning Group



Festival Planning Group

(back row) Rob Craighurst, John Alexander

(middle row) Charmaine Crowell-White, Sue Berres, Shawn Harris

(front row) Barbara Fornoff, Lois Wagner


Web/Social Media Group

Diane Ober

Quynh Nguyen

Alex Davis

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