It’s almost time for the beloved Azalea Storytelling Festival. For 22 years, the Azalea Storytelling Festival has attracted people from all around to enjoy the art of storytelling. This festival began with three women with a united goal, “to promote the art form of storytelling and for bringing people to Troup County from across the region. Pat Gay, Evelyn Jordan, and Joyce Morgan Young saw their dreams to fruition, as the Azalea Storytelling Festival gives new light to a waning art and brings people from all around to spend some time in La-Grange. The Storytelling Festival grows more each year, drawing an estimated 2,500 people to the event. It has also gained notoriety from the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the 12 Southeastern States. This year, the festival will be held in LaGrange College’s Callaway Auditorium March 2-4. This event is family friendly and will feature nationally recognized storytellers including: Michael Reno Harrell, Dolores Hydock, Kevin Kling, Bil Lepp, and Carol Cain as emcee. Tickets for the full weekend are $45 for adults and $22 for students. Other ticket selections such as one-day tickets and individual session tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased through the LSPA website at lsparts.org/azalea/. For more information contact the LSPA at (706) 882-9909.
The Azalea Storytelling Festival also features a separate Dinner and Storytelling event. This year’s dinner will be held Thursday, March 1st at 6:00 pm at St. Marks Episcopal Church in LaGrange. Many of the featured storytellers will be in attendance to treat patrons to some excellent stories. You can RSVP to this event by calling (706) 8450268 or by emailing pbarton@ bellsouth.net.
This year’s Azalea Storytelling Festival is sure to be the best and most well attended yet.