Where I've Been

 Cracker Storytelling Festival

 Bartow, Florida

Traditional storytelling is a largely forgotten art in a culture of movies and television shows. But the spoken narrative with a Florida flavor comes to life each year at the Cracker Storytelling Festival at Homeland Heritage Park.

The event evokes the era of Florida’s settlement by Europeans when the cracking of cattle drivers’ whips gave name to the state’s inhabitants.

The festival began in North Florida in 1989 as the Spirit of the Suwannee Harvest Festival. It took its current name in 1991 and moved to Heritage Park in 1995.


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Ocala Storytelling Festival (Every Year)

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Libraries, Civic Organizations, Churches and Schools

Throughout Northwest Florida


Bay County Language Arts Classic

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Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence (FlaRE), Workshop Presenter

University of Central Florida - Orlando, Florida

Florida Association for Media in Education, Workshop Presenter

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Florida Citrus Storytelling Festival

Central Florida

National Storytelling Conference

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Great Oaks Storytelling Festival

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Best of Florida at Gaylord Palms

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National Storytelling Network National Conference

Bellingham, Wasington


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