Kentucky Tourism

Cumberland Falls Storytelling Weekend Corbin, KY

  • Cumberland Falls Storytelling Weekend


7351 Hwy 90
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Corbin, KY 40701

The whole family can kick back and enjoy storytellers spin tales about life in the Appalachian Foothills.  The weekend kicks off Friday evening at 8 pm with a ghost  story session.  On Saturday storytellers will take the stage throughout the day.  The weekend will come to a close with a Saturday evening concert at 8:00 pm.  Cost of the entire weekend is $25.00 per person.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  

Overnight weekend package is available for $149.00 per person.  Special weekend package includes:  Two nights Lodging (dbl.occ),  Dinner Friday, Breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Saturday,  Breakfast on Sunday, Admission to all sessions and Concerts. 

For more information contact Bret Smitley at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at 606-528-4121.

 2017  Featured Storytellers

Suzi Whaples offers a unique experience in storytelling. Her unaffected dialect, lightning quick wit, and a gentle demeanor perfectly blend stories of her life, her family’s lives, and some that are much larger than life. She if not your average Appalachian teller!  Her stories are her own, drawn from her heritage, her unique creations, or, occasionally a new twist on an old classic.  Suzi intertwines the poignant, the encouraging, and the flat-out hilarious, whether she is taking you to the holler or to the county fair.

Coming from the library world, with thirty-five years of storytelling experience, Suzi aspires to present story in its purest form She truly is an entertainer and an educator for all ages, traveling the nation as a teaching artist for students and as a trainer and mentor for other storytellers and entertainers.

Suzi is a favorite wherever she appears across the country and has performed at The National Storytelling Festival and as Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  From the largest festival to a single classroom, or anywhere people gather who share her love of story, all are delighted to hear what she has to say.

Stephen Hollen has been telling stories for over 35 years.  He is an Appalachian storyteller, Mark Twain impersonator and full-time storytelling professional.  His first experiences as a storyteller were sitting on a front porch in Clay County, Ky., listing to uncles, aunts, friends and family tell folk tales, Jack tales and all sorts of bone-chilling stories. Through the years Stephen has told stories in 28 states and Canada.


Amy Yeary Holmes began her storytelling career in the principal's office of St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Virginia.  Her knack for "telling it well" afforded her several opportunities, most notably a seminary degree.  After spending 10 years in parish ministry for the United Methodist Church, Amy trained at James H. Quillen Medical Center as a resident in chaplaincy.  Her reputation for collecting stories as well as spinning yarns made her a favorite among our nation's wounded soldiers.  Amy now travels the Appalachian mountains and beyond presenting workshops, filling pulpits and telling stories.

Amy specializes in spiritual stories about hope, healing and wholeness.  She tells Bible stories, historical stories and personal stories sure to delight the audience with gentle laughter and sometimes a tear or two

Bret Smitley
7351 Hwy 90,
Corbin , KY 40701
Phone: (606) 528-4121
Mar 17 - Mar 18, 2017  /  8:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.