Lots on tap for Saturday’s Storybook Festival

Published 12:50 am Thursday, April 20, 2017

The 46th annual Coterie Club of Andalusia Storybook Festival is this Saturday.

Storybook Festival Publicity Chair Kelley Nolen said this year’s theme is “Journeys of Imagination.”

The event is free and will be held at Springdale Estate.

“The piggy and the elephant story is ‘Let’s Go for a Drive,” Nolen said. “They gather all kinds of things they need to go for a drive before realizing at the end that neither one of them has a car.”

Nolen said other stories include “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Andalusia High School students will perform this story.

Next, there will be “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

“Coterie will perform this one,” she said. “Max is sent to bed without supper and travels to a land where he becomes king of the wild things until he decides he would rather be home with the people who love him.”

“Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” is also on the agenda.

“Pete sings a song about loving his white shoes, but they keep changing colors as he steps into different things,” she said. “Does Pete cry? Goodness, no. He just sings his song again.”

“The ChimpanSNEEZ” will be read by a Coterie member. “This describes all the funny things that happen because a chimpanzee sneezed,” Nolen said.

Pleasant Home students will perform “The Interrupting Chicken.”

“The little red chicken keep interrupting her dad as he tried to read her a bedtime story.”

And children will also learn the importance of being a friend from “Little Blue Truck.”

“Balloons, face-painting and concessions will be available for a small charge,” she said. “ We will also have a free craft project and photo backdrops available for some cute photos.”

Gates at Springdale will open at 9 a.m.

“The first set of stories begins at 9:30 a.m.,” Nolen said.

Nolen said children and their families will enjoy watching several stories come to life, as well as the opportunity to make a craft.

Each year hundreds of parents and children attend the event with their parents or grandparents.

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.