2020 Schedule of Events

With the exception of the Friday dinner, all events are free and require no advance registration.

Friday, May 8

5 to 8 pm
An Evening of Dinner, Music and Storytelling
Wallis House, 616 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)

Enjoy a spectacular evening of dinner and storytelling under a tent in the backyard of the historic Wallis House, which is the state headquarters for the Kentucky Garden Club. The House will be open and is handicapped accessible. Reservations required. $35 individual tickets are limited, so reserve your early.

Saturday, May 9

10 to 10:45 am
Jam Session with Josh Goforth
Hopewell Museum, 800 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)

Josh Goforth is a master musician who plays multiple instruments. Sing/play along as part of the Hopewell Museum’s Free Fun Hour. Children and adults are invited to come hear some old time music and play or sing along with storyteller and musician Josh Goforth.

11 am to 4:30 pm
Main Storytelling Event
Wallis House, backyard under the tent
616 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)

Seating will be available.

  • 11 to 11:50 Bil Lepp will keep the audience in stitches with his hilarious, down home tales of misadventure.
  • 11 to 11:30 Sheila Arnold will tell stories to children in the Wallis House.
  • 11:30 to 11:50 Games for children of all ages in the Wallis House.
  • 12 to 12:20 Interview with a local resident. This is a chance to hear a bit of local history from a person who has lived it.
  • 12:20 to 1 Grab a bite to eat or visit the shops of downtown Paris. Food trucks will be available in the front of the Wallis House. But be sure to hurry back—you won’t want to miss Motoko.
  • 1 to 1:50 Motoko will weave her Japanese magic with folktales and humor from old Japan.
  • 1 to 1:30 Sheila Arnold will tell a whole new batch of stories for children in the Wallis House.
  • 1:30 to 1:50 Games for all ages of children in the Wallis House
  • 2 to 3 Paul Strickland will do what he does best as a stand-up comedian and storyteller.
  • 3:10 to 3:30 Interview with a local resident. This is a chance to hear a bit of local history from a person who has lived it.
  • 3:35 to 4:25 Sheila Arnold will take the main stage to bring her stories to life with her sweeping appeal for all ages.

6 to 8 pm
Family Storytelling
First Christian Church, 911 High Street, Paris (map)

Motoko and Paul Strickland will tell stories for all ages following a performance by The Dulcimer Dames in the Gazebo at the First Christian Church.

7 to 8 pm
Storytelling by Sheila Arnold
Carlisle Market, 215 N. Broadway Street, Carlisle (map)

8:30 to 10 pm
Storytelling at Prichard & Bail Cocktail Bar
108 E. Fourth Street, Paris (map)

Bil Lepp and Josh Goforth will team up to entertain a crowd at Prichard & Bail Cocktail Bar inside the Hartfield & Co. Distillery. Cash bar available.

Sunday, May 10

Storytelling in the Churches

Storytellers will perform a 20-minute story during Church services.

  • 10:45 am Bil Lepp at First Baptist Church, 919 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)
  • 10:45 am Sheila Arnold at First Christian Church, 911 High Street, Paris (map)
  • 11 am Paul Strickland at Prodigal House, 414 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)
  • 10:45 am Motoko at First Presbyterian Church, 517 Pleasant Street, Paris (map)
  • 10:30 am Josh Goforth at First Baptist Church 345 N. Locust Street, Carlisle (map)
  • Episcopal Church

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In Addition

Friday, May 8
Bourbon Heights Nursing Home

  • 12 to 1:30 – Josh Goforth stories and music in the Joe Allen Adult Day Care Center
  • 3 to 3:50 pm – Sheila Arnold and Bil Lepp stories in the Activity Room

Families of clients and residents are welcome to attend


Storytellers will also be visiting Bourbon and Nicholas County schools. These events are open to students only.