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2019 Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival

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Friday, May 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

2019 Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Flatwater Tales Writing Workshop, May 31, 1-4 PM UT Arboretum May 31, 2019 $100.00 $5.09
Flatwater Tales Family Morning, June 1, 10 AM - 12 PM, 2A + 2C, Grove Theater   more info Ended $30.00 $2.64
Flatwater Tales Family Morning, Adult, June 1, 10 AM - 12 PM, Grove Theater   more info Jun 1, 2019 $10.00 $1.94
Flatwater Tales Family Morning, Child, June 1, 10 AM - 12 PM, Grove Theater   more info Jun 1, 2019 $5.00 $1.77
Flatwater Tales Afternoon, June 1, 2 - 5 PM, Grove Theater   more info Jun 1, 2019 $25.00 $2.47
Flatwater Tales Evening, June 1, 7 -10 PM, Grove Theater   more info Jun 1, 2019 $25.00 $2.47
Early Bird Afternoon & Evening Combo, Jun 1, 2-5 PM & 7-10 PM, Grove Theater   more info Ended $40.00 $2.99
Help Us Grow Flatwater Tales -- Your contribution makes a difference   more info Jun 8, 2019 Enter donation ($)
Help Renovate the Historic Grove Theater   more info Jun 8, 2019 Enter donation ($)

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Event Details

On Saturday, June 1, the 2nd Annual Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival presents the magic of live storytelling with three performances by three world-class tellers: Carmen Agra Deedy, Bil Lepp, and Bobby Norfolk. This year the event will be held at the Historic Grove Theatre in Grove Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The tellers will share different stories at each show. The performances are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Family Show), from 2 to 5 p.m., and 7 to 10 p.m.


Our tellers have achieved international recognition and appear regularly at festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Their mesmerizing performances bring people together to share the magic of this time-honored, increasingly popular art form.


The Flatwater Tales, held annually the first weekend in June, is an all-volunteer effort led by the three Oak Ridge Rotary Clubs to entertain, bring people together, and to celebrate and support our community. This year the Flatwater Tales is offered for first time at the renovated Historic Grove Theater.


On Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m., we kick off our day of storytelling with a family event and special family pricing. For only $30 a family of 2 adults and two school-age children can attend. You can add more people to your ticket for $10 per adult and/or $5 per school age child. The show is not recommended for children younger than 5.


Flatwater Tales continues with two different shows, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 per seat for a single show. Each show features different stories. For a limited time the Early Bird Festival price is $40 per seat for both the afternoon and evening shows. All tickets are open seating. The afternoon and evening shows are recommended for children 10 and older due to the length of the performances. For group sales contact us at


The storytelling weekend kicks off on Friday, May 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a writing workshop. Minton Sparks returns to conduct a 3-hour interactive writing workshop, “My Crazy Kin—Transform Your Family Stories into a Compelling Personal Narrative.” Wow, do I have a story for you! Learn how to transform your personal experiences into a compelling narrative. What's your story? That's what we will discover in this writing workshop. Let Minton help you craft your own story from your family history and experiences, and structure it for effectiveness.


This workshop is being held in a serene woodland setting at the auditorium in the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Participants do not require previous writing experience but should be at least 18 years old. Space is limited to 30 attendees. Tickets are $100.


“If you love the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough,
you don’t want to miss the Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival in Oak Ridge.”


Where is the event?

All three storytelling performances are being held in the Historic Grove Theater in Grove Center. HERE is an interactive map to the site at 123 Randolph Rd, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

ID is not required unless you have lost your ticket.


The morning Family Show is suitable for school-age children (K-12) and older. Although the stories would be rated PG, due to the length of the afternoon and evening shows they are not recommended for children under 10. 


What are my parking options at the event?

There is plenty of free parking nearby. We will have a more detailed parking plan as we get closer to the Tales!


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email your questions to We also have a Facebook page, Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival Oak Ridge.


What's the refund policy?

We are unable to offer refunds.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please have your printed ticket or mobile phone ticket to expedite your entry.


Is my ticket transferrable?

You may give it away or email us if you cannot use it and we will donate it to someone who would otherwise be unable to attend.


What’s the best airport for flying to Oak Ridge?

Knoxville McGhee Tyson airport is about 30 minutes away.

Have questions about 2019 Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival? Contact Flatwater Tales

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Historic Grove Theater
Grove Center
123 Randolph Rd
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Flatwater Tales

The Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival is an annual event sponsored by the three Rotary Clubs in Oak Ridge as part of the Flatwater Festival. The festivals’ goals are to help bring our community together, bring people to Oak Ridge, support local economic activity, and raise funds for the clubs’ community projects. We expect to grow Flatwater Tales to include local and regional lore, music, and history, and to help share the Oak Ridge story – past, present, and future – with a wider audience. We want to expand our storytelling training to include helping children find their voices using this age-old art form.

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