Mt. Vernon Register-News


October 10, 2013

Witches Brew entertains

MT. VERNON —Fall is in the air, and Cedarhurst is brewing up some spooky family fun.

Witch’s Brew spooky storytelling will be Oct. 19 behind the Cedarhurst home. Attendees can come for scary fun starting at 5:30 p.m.

“I think what is appealing about this program is it is getting back to the basics with entertainment,” said Jennifer Sarver, director of education at Cedarhurst. “The special effects are the darkness of the night and the talent of the storyteller and the audience’s imagination. That is all you need.”

Brian “Fox” Ellis, an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian and naturalist will be entertaining the crowd.

“I was initiated into the storyteller’s art at a very early age through telling stories to neighborhood kids,” Ellis stated on his web site, Fox Tales International. “Several of my buddies and I would climb Old Man Johnson’s mulberry tree and eat berries until our tongues were purple. While eating, we took turns telling tales both tall and true.”

And, Ellis learned the art of storytelling from uncles and cousins.

“As the men sat around the fire listening in the quiet dark for the bawl of trailing hounds, they told of family deeds, fools and heroes, adventures and tragedies,” Ellis said. “Here my love of a story well told was born.”

Ellis stated he believes that everyone has a story to tell and his goal is to awaken the storyteller in all.

Witches’ Brew has two age-appropriate story times. First is “Things that go bump in the night” for the younger children, appropriate for those seven and younger from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

The second story session is “Classic Tales of Terror” for eight years old and older, with the start time of 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family.

The main activity of the evening is story telling but children are encouraged to dress up in halloween costumes. There will be popcorn and apple cider available. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets as seating is limited.

Additional information is available by calling 242-1236.

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