2018 Festival Lineup
Kevin Kling: "Lightning Struck, Freight Train Hopping Hilarious Fellow"
Kevin Kling is a playwright and storyteller and has recently won a regional Emmy
award. He is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s
All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows deliver hilarious, often tender
stories. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life:
hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in
Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota and eating things before knowing what
they are. He has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National
Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight, Bush and Jerome Foundations, The
Minnesota State Arts Board and others have recognized Kling’s artistry.
Donald Davis: "The Dean of Storytelling"
“I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them.”
Former Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Storytelling Association;
featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World’s Fair, festivals and
concerts throughout the United States and the world; a prolific author and producer
of books and tapes of his works; a master teacher of workshops and storytelling
courses; a guest host for the National Public Radio Program “Good Evening”; Davis
is a retired United Methodist minister. He has recorded 25 storytelling albums and
written several books based on his stories.
Kim Weitkamp: "The Lady of Heartfelt Wisdom"
As the redheaded child of exhausted parents, Kim grew up enjoying the role of
middle child. Allowed to roam free in the heart of Amish country, her imagination
was ripened by a life lived outdoors. Now she enjoys the role of being one of the
most sought after storytellers in the country. In her work as a humorist, storyteller,
singer and songwriter, she has taken home numerous awards and recognition including
the Leadership in Communication Award from Toastmasters International
and the Blue Ridge Excellence in Arts Award. Her audio AWandering Mind is a recent
Storytelling Award Winner. Her material is played regularly on NPR.
Andy Offutt Irwin: "The Man is an Outer-Kid"
Some people have inner-kids. Andy has an outer-kid. With a manic Silly Putty
voice, astonishing mouth noises and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous
schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.
People are drawn to him like magnets to a refrigerator. And inside, it’s all Mountain
Dew and Jolt Cola. Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician,
whistler, walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects, and so much more; some
of his talents are hard to categorize. Honors include the 2013 National Storytelling
Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. Appearances include the National Storytelling
Festival, International Storytelling Center and Guest Artist at the “FAME” School, DisneyWorld,
the “Southern Comedy Tour”, Oxford College and of course, his one-man show.
2018 Festival Schedule
Saturday, February 17
5:30-7:00 Dinner is served for our guests staying at Epworth By The Sea
7:00-9:00 Storytellers: Kevin Kling, Donald Davis, KimWeitkamp, Andy Offutt Irwin
Sunday, February 18
7:00-9:00 Breakfast is served for our guests staying at Epworth By The Sea
8:45-9:30 Worship Service
Rev. Donald Davis, sermon
10-12:00 2 of our tellers share stories
12:00-1:00 lunch is served for all St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival participants
*1:00-2:30 Optional – Historic Trolley Tour of St. Simons Island
3:00-5:00 2 of our tellers share stories
5:30-7:00 Dinner is served for all St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival participants
7:00-9:00 All 4 storytellers share the stage
Monday, February 19
7:00-9:00 Breakfast is served for guests staying at Epworth By The Sea followed by departures
*Register in the Brown Center Lobby Saturday evening or Sunday morning before worship service.
No charge for workshops. $20 charge for trolley tour, payable upon boarding.
Visit www.epworthbythesea.org for more information and to register online.