Storytelling events selling out

Published 5:53 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tickets for the 2011 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival went on sale Wednesday and sales were rather brisk for the chilly, rainy day.

Rue Botts, ticket chair for the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society, said the Jan. 28, Friday night supper and stories concert at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge quickly sold out. But tickets are available for 10 a.m. and 2 and 6:30 p.m. concerts on Jan. 29, at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University.

“The supper and stories concert is always popular and, of course, seating at the We Piddle Around Theater is limited,” Botts said. “Today’s ticket sales were mainly in twos and fours and from as far north as Birmingham and as far south as Mobile. And, we sold a lot of all-day tickets for the Saturday storytelling concerts.”

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Botts said people are realizing that each of the storytelling concerts is different.

“Some people thought the storytellers told the same stories each time but they don’t,” she said. “It’s hard to realize how talented these storytellers are until you hear them again and again. You might come to one concert and a storyteller will make you laugh until your sides hurt. The next concert, the same storyteller will put a lump in your throat. That’s what makes storytelling so great. You never know what you’ll hear.”

Botts said those who come to the annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival enjoy the convenience of the facilities at Troy University and entertainment opportunities in Troy.

“Being January, you never know what the weather will be like,” she said. “People tell us that they like the university’s facilities because, between concerts, if the weather is cold or rainy, they can eat at the food court and then shop at the bookstore without having to leave the building. They also like visiting the Pioneer Museum and the downtown area.”

Botts said those who purchased tickets Wednesday also commented on the pre-show music.

“They enjoy coming early and enjoying the music,” Botts said. “We’ll have different traditional music groups to play before each concert and they warm the audience up.”

Tickets for the 2011 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival are available at Rue’s Antiques in Brundidge or by calling 334-735-3125 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. W-S or 334-735-3675 other times.