Alston returns to Lititz Storytelling Fest

By on September 5, 2018

Five masters of the art of storytelling will be featured at this year’s Lititz Storytelling Festival, set for Sept. 28 and 29.

Concerts featuring all five storytellers will take place both evenings at 7 p.m. at the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center. The cost per ticket is $20 for adults, and $10 for students in grades K through 12.

Throughout the morning and afternoon on Sept. 29, workshops with each of the individual artists will be held at multiple locations around town. Each venue has its own admission fee. Visit for details.

Weekend pass — Includes entry to all events on Sept. 28 and 29. Cost is $60 for adults and $20 for students in grades K through 12.
Each week leading up to the fest, we’ll be posting a profile of one of the guest storytellers. This week, meet…

Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston returns to the Lititz Storytelling Festival, breathing life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments such as the djembe, mbira, shekere, or the 21-stringed kora. Her repertoire is wide and programs are adapted to any grade level or age group.

Charlotte is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist, librettist and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. She is the host of Sound All Around, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Preschool concert series and has appeared as host or narrator on the orchestra’s school and family concerts since 1991. She has been a featured host, storyteller and narrator on the Carnegie Hall Family and School Concert Series since 1995.

Charlotte has made multiple appearances in such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Storytelling Festival and the National Festival of Black Storytelling. Her international appearances include performances or festival appearances in Accra, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Beijing, China; Basel, Switzerland and the Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival in Ireland.

Learn more about Alston at

VIP session
On Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., a VIP reception with the storytellers will be held in the Lititz Historical Foundation’s Mary Oehme Gardens. This is a 21-and-older event and costs $50 per person. Only 50 tickets are available for this session.

The fest is presented by The Warwick Education Foundation. Tickets to the Lititz Storytelling Festival can be purchased at

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