Storyteller Doug Elliott leaves no stone unturnedPublished 11:00pm Monday, May 3, 2010
Turn off all your outside distractions, turn on your imagination and prepare for storytelling at the Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival.
Acclaimed storyteller Doug Elliott will perform Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the theater in the Dale A. Lyons Building at Southwestern Michigan College.
Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Elliott’s passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home.
His dad used to say, “That boy knows what’s under every rock between here and town.”
Elliott has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean.
He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Elliott’s lectures and workshops have been hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Smithsonian Institution.
Elliott has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service.
Elliott is an author, has recorded a number of award-winning story and song albums and hosted and created”Herbs, Teas, and Remedies with Doug Elliott” on PBS’s Farmers’ Almanac TV.
Doug still roams the woods today.
He has traveled from the Canadian north to Central American jungles, studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world.
And, he still looks under rocks.
These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.
Thanks to the generous contributions of the event sponsor, tickets for this family performance are only $6.
Securit Metal Products of Dowagiac continues its commitment to the arts in southwest Michigan as sponsor of this family event for the 13th consecutive year.
Rotary Club of Dowagiac and the Dowagiac Rotary Foundation sponsor storyteller programs for area preschoolers.
Dogwood Fine Arts Festival is made possible by sponsorship from St. Denys Foundation and grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
For tickets or more information, about this and other Dogwood Festival events call (269) 782-1115, (866) 490-2847 or visit www.dogwoodfinearts.org.