Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

The 2022 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival will be presented on April 22 – 24 in Woodruff, SC. The event will offer four featured tellers and eight “new voices” presenters, as well as sending storytellers to schools. SC Humanities supported this programming with a Major Grant.

The mission of the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute is to promote and to nurture storytellers and the traditional performance art of storytelling. The annual festival is back in 2022 with both in-person and virtual options.

The 2022 featured tellers include: Janel Behm, who offers stories based in history, folklore, and comedy; Laura Deal, who presents folk tales, fairy tales, and personal stories; Jessica Robinson, who offers personal stories and healing stories; and Terrell Shaw, who will present environmental stories, tall tales, and personal stories. Additionally, there will be eight “New Voices”: Teri Lott (trickster tales, Jack tales, puppetry), Natalie Jones (folktales, children’s tales, tall tales), Walt Belcher (personal stories, Jack tales), Morgen “Mo” Reynolds (folklore, mythology), Gwen Napier (African mythology, Anansi stories), Nancy Tolson (African mythology, black folkore), Bonnie Gardner (stories for healing), and Gary Buchanan (tall tales, personal stories).

The full schedule and ticket information is on the Stone Soup website: The majority of events take place at MUSE 134 (134 S. Main Street, Woodruff, SC 29388). Directions are available on the website.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.