Stories, fun set for Saturday’s Storybook festival

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, April 17, 2013

If you’re ready for a good story, then get ready for the 42nd annual Coterie Storybook Festival.

This year’s event will be held Saturday on the lawn of Andalusia’s Springdale estate and will feature two series of stories, said Jennifer Palmer, Coterie member and Storybook chairwoman.

This year’s selections include, from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., “Tikki Tikki Tembo,” “Tales of Uncle Fuddy Duddy” and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” all presented by Coterie members; and from 11:15 a.m. until noon, “The Story of Ferdinand,” presented by the LBWCC Honors Program; “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” presented by the Andalusia Bible Church; and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” presented by the Andalusia Public Library. The stories will rotate three times during each session to allow maximum participant enjoyment, Palmer said.

“I chose these stores because these are the ones that kids now days like to read,” Palmer said. “’Tales of Uncle Fuddy Duddy,’ I chose because the author, the late Roy Windham, brought his book into our office and said he wanted to leave it for the children to enjoy. I thought this was a great way for all children to enjoy his story.”

Palmer said the others are childhood favorites.

“We also want to feature a story where children can lean an important value or lesson, which is why we’re doing ‘Tikki Tikki Tembo’,” she said.

“And thanks to our generous sponsors – Covington Electric Cooperative, Andalusia Dental Group, Wal-Mart, Palmer & Sons, CCB Community Bank and Sanbuck Insurance, admission is free,” Owen said.

During the admission from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., a short intermission will feature Sydney Brunson from the Andalusia Ballet will be reading the story of “Coppelia,” which the Ballet will present in May. There will also be concessions and face painting for a small price, Palmer said.

The Coterie Club was formed in October 1948. It has established a long history of service to the children of the community and a reputation of concern for the welfare for the community as well. In 2012, the club donated more than $16,000 to different projects and community events.