Thank you Northern Piedmont Community Foundation!

Culpeper Tells has received a grant from the Meade M. Palmer Memorial Fund through the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. This grant will help offset the costs of the 6 storytelling performances being held at public elementary schools on the Friday before the festival. We offer these performances at no cost to the schools and depend on grants and sponsorships. We are sincerely grateful for the support of this important outreach to the community.

Event schedule

The 2018 festival schedule has been updated! Check it out!

Afternoon session (starting at 1:00 pm)

1:00 pm Afternoon session kicks off with emcee Frank Wells of WJMA and Storytelling Performance by Charlotte Blake Alston

2:30 pm Ed Stivender presents a Storytelling Workshop

Under the direction of Dr. Francelia Butler of the University of Connecticut, Ed has developed this workshop for performers, teachers, librarians, new storytellers and amateur storytellers.  This introduction to the craft includes the 5 rules for success, as well as practical suggestions for getting started. In the course of our explanation issues of censorship, oral tradition, environment and bombing on stage will be discussed.  Practical tips for preparing and presentation will be also discussed.

3:30 pm Story Slam—Toss your name in the hat for a chance to tell a tale and win prizes!

4:30 pm Josh Goforth Storytelling Performance

5:30 pm Afternoon sessions adjourn. Enjoy downtown Culpeper shopping and dining!

Evening performance (starting at 7:30 pm) featuring Josh GoforthCharlotte Blake Alston, and Ed Stivender

Early bird special!

Save $10 with our early bird special—an all inclusive festival ticket! On sale now until January 10.

New venue for 2018!

We are excited to announce that Culpeper Tells 2018 will be held at Culpeper Baptist Church! This great venue has a its own parking lot and is conveniently located in our beautiful downtown, just a short walk from many unique shops and restaurants.

Quilted art joins with the art of storytelling





By Fran Cecere

When people work together for a common goal, good things happen. When two artistic groups collaborate, great things happen.

The Friends of the Culpeper County Library is presenting Culpeper Tells, a Festival of Words for the fourth year. This storytelling festival is appropriate for adults and children. The festival changed venues last year to the Culpeper Center which provided an intimate, elegant setting . One thing that was needed was a backdrop for the performers. Deborah Schupp, the President of the Friends of the Library, immediately offered to use her skills to make what was needed.

Schupp is an accomplished quilter and has her own business, Gumbo Design Studios, in Brandy Station. She recently had three work and educational meetings to make a quilted replica of the Culpeper Tells logo. Adults and children were invited to learn how to design a quilt and have some fun while doing it. When finished, the quilt will be about 8 feet by 8 feet. Hundreds of triangular pieces of cloth were used. Many people contributed different fabrics, assisted in the cutting of the cloth, and placed them in the appropriate area. During this process, the group learned about color, fabric, and value in the creation of art in general and, specifically, textile art to make a quilt. Schupp pieces the fabric together by machine which has taken many hours. The backdrop will be hanging behind the storytellers as they take the stage on Saturday, March 11. For more information about Deborah Schupp and quilting, email:

Culpeper Tells has grown to include storytelling presentations at several county public schools on Friday, March 10. There is no cost to the schools thanks to the generosity of festival sponsors. Professional storytellers Adam Booth and Donald Davis will be performing at Farmington Elementary School, Emerald Hill Elementary School, and Yowell Elementary School. Geraldine Buckley, a British storyteller, will also be working with students in the drama departments of Culpeper County High School and Eastern View High School.

The main event of Culpeper Tells, a Festival of Words will be presented on March 11, 2017 at noon at the Culpeper Center and Suites, at 137 S. Main Street, Culpeper. The professional storytellers are Adam Booth, Geraldine Buckley, Donald Davis, and Michael Reno Harrell. There will also be an opportunity for amateurs to entertain the audience and maybe win the Story Slam Contest. One of the partners from Culpeper Tells is the Virginia Storytelling Alliance, a state-wide organization supporting Virginia storytelling talent through workshops and seminars. They will also have public events in Culpeper throughout the weekend of March 10-12.

For more information about Culpeper Tells, to purchase tickets, or to become a sponsor, please visit


Festival Partners


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Marshall & Nancy Gayheart

Xpress Copy & Graphics

Bronze Sponsors

Sara Bossong

Roy Carter & Fran Cecere

Culpeper Farm & Home Center

Butch Davies & Marty Moon

David & Elizabeth Hensley

Susan Keller & Milton Pierce

Koller Financial Services LLC

Piedmont Wealth Management

Jack & Deborah Schupp


Desy Campbell