Festival 2014, "Deep Roots, Broad Horizons," is guaranteed to explode with side-splitting humor, poignant reminiscence and music to rock your soul. Storytelling and musical events will be filled with fun for the whole family, including a Story and Song Dinner Cabaret, Stage Show at the Historic Fox Theatre, a Wild West Bus Ride to Camp Duke Alexis and the Last Buffalo Hunt, Taste of Chautauqua at the George Norris Historic Site, Poetry Slam, KidsFest, local stories, workshops and more.
Headlining is Circle of Excellence award winner Beth Horner. She is noted as a vivacious talent dedicated to providing an entertaining and empowering experience for her listeners, young and old. With a comic sensibility and warm, energetic style, Beth possesses a repertoire of stories that has been called "heartfelt, articulate and truthful." Her stories are renowned for their high comedy and stunning drama.
Sharing the stage are The Steel Wheels, which have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.
Matt Mason and Sarah McKinstry-Brown are performing poets. Mason has won a Pushcart Prize and has his MA from the University of California, Davis, and McKinstry-Brown has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska. The exciting duo are well-known for making poetry enlightening and entertaining through programs and poetry slams across the nation.
Archeologist and author Dr. Peter Bleed will lead festival participants on a western adventure to retrace the infamous Royal Buffalo Hunt. Grand Duke Alexis of Russia had already seen the cities and sights of the East-New York, Washington, and Niagara Falls-and now the young nobleman was about to enjoy a western adventure: a grand buffalo hunt. His host would be General Philip Sheridan, and the excursion would include several of the West's most iconic characters: George Armstrong Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Spotted Tail of the Brulé Sioux.
The Royal Buffalo Hunt has become a staple of western lore. Yet incorrect information and misconceptions about the excursion have prevented a clear understanding of what really took place. In their fascinating book, "Custer, Cody, and Grand Duke Alexis: Historical Archaeology of the Royal Buffalo Hunt," Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, Stephen Damm combine archaeological and historical research to offer an expansive and accurate portrayal of this singular diplomatic event.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the stories of your life as you savor the stories of others. Join us in McCook, Storytelling Capital of Nebraska on June 13-14, 2014.