Welcome to the La Crosse Storytelling Festival
Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival!
The La Crosse Storytelling Festival was first conceived in 2003 by two local attorneys,
Keith Belzer and Ted Skemp. Through their efforts and backing, the first 3 Festivals
took place at Pettibone Park in La Crosse. It was in these first years that groundwork
was lain for all following Festivals: the Festival would be first and foremost a
family event, the level of National talent would be of the highest caliber, the Festival
would highlight professional local tellers, and the event would serve as a way to
educate the general public about storytelling.
In 2006, the Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild took on the major responsibility
for the La Crosse Storytelling Festival. And, as Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival,
it continues to meet the initial objectives. Come and enjoy the magic of storytelling!
La Crosse Luna: “Holiday Happenings”
La Crosse’s third LUNA story slam (like karaoke but with stories) will be Saturday,
November 26th, at 7:00 p.m. (Stories starting at 7:10) at the Pearl Street Brewery
Company, 1401 Saint Andrew Street. The theme is Holiday Happenings, so if you have
a story about Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, the 4th of July….any holiday, come
join us to share your story. Stories should be 5 minutes or less, and will be judged
by friendly audience members. The winner will be invited to share his/her story at
the 15th Annual La Crosse Storytelling Festival on September 9th, 2017. Listeners
are needed, also. Join us for a fun evening! (Admission $8; $5 for anyone prepared
to tell a story.)
Our longtime friends and supporters, Arla and John, wrote the most lovely words following
our 2016 Festival. Here is a portion:
The 14th Annual La Crosse Storytelling Festival was a success...We so enjoyed Pippa
White. We purchased her CD “Far As The Eye Can See” and will share it with some
of our grandchildren.
We thought the Luna Winner, Jeff Burns, was another highlight...It was a funny story
to begin with, then dramatic and suspenseful, and finally the ending with ‘his life
was changed’...He looked like a clear winner of the contest.
We have known Tommy Oricco for many years...so glad he can be a part of all this.
We also want to give Michael Scott some praise. We love his mosquito story.
We try to spread the word every year, and the people who do not attend miss so much.
It was a great ‘tent show’ and we applaud all of you that did so much work to put
it all together. In this world of cell phones, fax machines, emails, and all other
electronic devices, it is great to hear the resonance of the voice!
Thank YOU, Arla and John, for your continued support. It is always great to see
you at our Festival!