Named after Louisville’s first settlement, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival was a nationally known autumn fixture that drew thousands of fans for three decades before ending its run in 2007. Now back and better than ever! This year’s Corn Island Storytelling Festival, to be held on Saturday, October 21, at Blackacre, will feature an exclusive debut of Bob Thompson’s new book, Hitchhiker: Stories from the Kentucky Homefront. Bob will highlight a few of the spirit/ghost stories from his book.

Colonel Bob, the resident ‘Front Porch Philosopher” on the Kentucky Homefront Radio show (Saturday mornings on WFPK 91.9), normally works behind the scenes as producer of the annual storytelling event. However, this year he will be a featured storyteller. The book, published by University Press of Kentucky, will not be available in bookstores until November 5, but advance copies will be for sale at Blackacre.

Roberta Brown, storyteller and noted author comments, “These stories can certainly send shivers surging through the body, but they can also touch the heart and open the mind to the presence of the supernatural”. The festival also welcomes “Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales” as Roberta shares several of her true, personal encounters with the supernatural from some of her 11-books.

Corn Island Storytelling Festival will be a night of family fun including face painting and a Native American teepee, courtesy of Matthew Black-Eagle Man.  Show begins at 7:30 p.m., will include intermission, and end with the last spine-tingling story at 9:00 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Event will takes place rain or shine.

With the participation of the National American Indian Association (NAIA), we will also have drumming, dancing, and storytelling from the rich cultural heritage of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Sioux, and Cherokee nations. The evening will be filled with stories and activities sure to please all ages. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this fun Louisville tradition set against the backdrop of our 1795 Historic Barn!