Tennessee storytelling festJONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -- The National Storytelling Festival celebrates its 40th year with three days of performances Oct. 5-7 in historic Jonesborough.Among the storytellers at this year's festival are Bil Lepp, the five-time champion of the West Virginia's Liars' Contest; John McCutcheon, who has made 30 recordings of folk music and stories; and Kevin Kling, a popular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered."Tickets at the door for the entire weekend are $170 for adults, $155 for seniors 65 and older, and $150 for children ages 6 to 12. More information may be found online at www.storytellingcenter.net.
Ice Age and fossils in KentuckyUNION, Ky. -- Visitors to Big Bone Lick State Park later this month can learn more about the ancient creatures that once roamed the area.The Great Outdoor Weekend will be Sept. 22 and 23 at the park in Boone County in northern Kentucky.Paleontologists, archaeologists and historians from the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Friends of Big Bone will provide interpretive commentary on the Ice Age, American Indians and fossil mammals as well as the geology and native vegetation of the area. Visitors can tour the trails, bring artifacts and fossils to be identified by the staff and visit an 1800s-era campsite.Tours and other programs will be conducted from noon to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, call 859-384-3522 or visit www.greatoutdoorweekend.org.