2023 Schedule of Events

With the exception of Friday and Saturday evening and the horse farm tour, all events are free and require no advance registration.

Friday, may 12

7 to 9 pm
Friday Feature
Oasis on Main, 610 Main Street, Paris (map)

Bil Lepp, Josh Goforth and Sheila Arnold will team up to entertain a crowd at Paris Livery. Cash bar available. Adults only. $15 individual tickets are limited, so reserve yours early.

Saturday, may 13

8:30 to 10:30 am
Breakfast at Trackside
Trackside at the Depot, 134 East 10th Street, Paris (map)

Start your day off right by enjoying a breakfast buffet at Trackside at the Depot while listening to stories by Bil Lepp and Mary Hamilton.

Breakfast is $15 per person and will be served from 8:30 to 9:30, at which time the tellers will begin their stories. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the stories with or without buying breakfast, but reservations are required for everyone.

Tables will be reserved for those eating breakfast only. For those not eating breakfast, a limited number of seats will be available, but you are also free to bring your own chair.

Please call Trackside at (859) 340-3010 for reservations.

10:30 to 11:15 am
Westside Storytime
Chief Reed Park, 1100 Stewart Street, Paris (map)

Stories by Sheila Arnold.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Jam Session with Josh Goforth
Hopewell Museum, 800 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)

Anyone who plays an instrument, sings or just loves to listen to music is invited.

12 to 1 pm
Horse Farm Tour
Claiborne Farm, 703 Winchester Road, Paris (map)

Story by Pippa White and a private tour of Claiborne Farms. Tickets are $20 per person with a limit of 20 people. Transportation not provided.

2 to 4:30 pm
Storytelling Showcase
Wallis Arboretum, 616 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)

20-25 minute stories from Bil Lepp, Josh Goforth, Pippa White and Sheila Arnold. Introductions by Mary Hamilton. Seating will be available under a tent.

6:30 to 9 pm
An Evening of Dinner & Storytelling
Wallis House, 616 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)

Enjoy a spectacular evening of dinner and storytelling from all five featured storytellers under a tent in the backyard of the historic Wallis House. The house is accessible and will be open during this event. Reservations required. $35 individual tickets are limited, so reserve yours early.

Sunday, may 14

Storytelling in the Churches

Each of the five featured storytellers will share a 20-minute story as part of the services at a local church.

10:30 am – Bil Lepp
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
311 High Street, Paris (map)

10:45 am – Pippa White
First Christian Church
911 High Street, Paris (map)

10:45 am – Mary Hamilton
North Middletown Christian Church
1976 Thatchers Mill Road, Paris (map)

11 am – Josh Goforth
St. Paul’s United Methodist
1117 High Street, Paris (map)

11 am – Sheila Arnold
First Baptist Church Carlisle
345 N Locust Street, Carlisle (map)

2 to 3 pm
Chautaugua Storytelling
Paris-Bourbon County Library, 701 High Street, Paris (map)

Charlotte Dupuy (Suing for Freedom): Chautauqua Dramatization

Elizabeth Lawson portrays: Charlotte Dupuy, 1787d.-1866

The daughter of George and Rachel Stanley, Charlotte Dupuy was born in Cambridge, Maryland, in 1787. Her parents were owned and enslaved by Daniel Parker. Eight short years later, Dupuy was sold to James Condon for $100 and was forced to leave her family.

In 1805, at the age of 18, Charlotte was brought to Kentucky by Mr. Condon and was registered as his slave. While in Kentucky she met Aaron Dupuy, who was enslaved by Henry Clay and his wife, Lucretia. Charlotte and Aaron were married in 1806 and Charlotte was sold to the Clay family.

In 1825, the Clay family moved to Washington, D.C. as Henry Clay served as Secretary of State. Charlotte found a lawyer who filed papers for her and her children, suing for their freedom. Her petition was denied and Charlotte was jailed for refusing to return to Kentucky with the Clays. She was later emancipated by Henry Clay in 1840.

In Addition

Storytellers will also be visiting Bourbon County Schools, Paris Independent Schools, St. Mary School and Nicholas County Schools. These events are open to students only.