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Annual Festival Gathers Nationally Celebrated Storytellers, Live Music and Community

17th Annual Sounds of the Mountains Festival will be held April 27 – 28 at Camp Bethel in Fincastle.

Stories are at the heart of who we are and how we interact as a community. On April 27, those community building stories will once again be the focal point for one theatrical weekend in southwest Virginia as the Sounds of the Mountains Festival at Camp Bethel returns for its 17th year.

“Stories inspire, educate, motivate, and entertain, but most of all stories are how we pass along our values, memories, and heritage,” remarked festival co-founder Alan Hoal. “There is no other experience quite like the power of hearing stories shared from nationally recognized storytellers.”

This year’s line-up features nationally-known, professional storytellers including Kevin Kling, Odds Bodkin, Jim May, Sheila Arnold Jones, and live music from The Company Store Band. The festival kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and runs through 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. A detailed festival performance schedule can be found at www.soundsofthemountains.org.

“The festival provides a relaxing and entertainment-filled weekend for the whole family,” said Hoal. “The tellers are true professionals whose tales have been heard around the world. This unique weekend offers a blend of live music, homemade food, and dramatic storytelling unlike any event of its kind on the East Coast. You may laugh or you may cry, but you won’t be disappointed.”

The Sounds of the Mountains Festival presents several fun activities not usually found at other storytelling events. After the performances Friday night, the tellers gather by a large campfire to share s’mores and stories at a special Meet and Greet. On Saturday afternoon, attendees can share their own stories at the Swapping Ground.

The majority of performances are held indoors and the festival will take place rain or shine. For more information call 919-607-0993, email [email protected] or visit www.soundsofthemountains.org.

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