Taiko Charleston Japanese Drumming is a dynamic musical art form grounded in core aspects of the martial arts, dance and percussion. Most often played as a group, a Japanese Taiko performance is characterized by intensity, precision, strength, and a sense of celebration. Taiko Charleston seeks to foster a diverse community of performers dedicated to physical, musical and creative excellence through the discipline of Taiko. We strive to honor the Japanese culture in which it is grounded and to connect and inspire across cultural lines through the power of this unique and vibrant art form.
Allan Wolf is an author, poet, performer and educator who lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three kids. After three years teaching at Virginia Tech, Wolf became the Educational Director for Poetry Alive!, a national touring company that presents theatrical poetry shows for all ages. Wolf is also a member of The Dead Poets, a musical trio who transform classic poetry into toe-tapping tunes. An active organizer in the early days of the poetry slam competitions, Wolf’s mission has always been to take poetry to the people. Conducting more than one hundred presentations every year, Allan Wolf is a veteran traveler through all the diverse worlds of verse from poetry slams to public schools, salons to saloons. And with literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf is always ready to spin out a stanza or two. Got rhyme? Be sure to also catch Allan at the Poet-Tree station throughout the day.
Millie Chaplin Born and reared in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Millie loves to share stories from all cultures. She uses the dulcimer and sometimes the audience to tell her stories. Millie loves to sing the old traditional songs that children of old grew up hearing. You might hear Jacktales along with an Anansi Tale. Millie believes in “fun for all."
Wings & Whimsies Wings and Whimsies provides a variety of entertainments, storytelling, crafts, games and activities to delight young and old and make memories to treasure for a lifetime. Using a variety of props and music, Zephyr, a fairy, will fly as far as her wings will take her. Zephyr is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, giving out fairy baubles and wee gifts, and entertaining with stories, music, and laughter.
Ms. Gaillard brings tales of Gullah tradition to the Lowcounty.
Yostie is a storytelling-puppeteer from Pensacola, Florida, serving as an artist-in-residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission. She has educational degrees from Florida State University and The University of South Carolina. Yostie is an educational entertainment specialist in informal drama and has authored several monographs on motivational teaching ideas. Yostie is very enthusiastic about bringing innovative approaches to children’s literature with puppetry. Puppet props and storytelling are presented in Around The World International style through hand, hand-rod, marionettes, shadow shows, and body puppets! Chants and songs along with puppetry motivate each session.
Linda Stout Linda weaves folktales and imagination together to create story magic with audiences. An educator and listed on the SC Approved Artist Roster, Linda is known for her interactive performances with children, occasionally using fanciful puppets. Passionate about using storytelling in the classroom and author of "Owning Their Words", Linda’s residencies center on Story Telling to Story Writing. She presents programs for all ages, as well as workshops for teachers, seniors and child care workers. A founder of the SC Storytelling Network and Editor of their newsletter, Linda is Director of Stories for Life in Charleston, SC.
Eric Lavender and Captain Bob
Eric Lavender is a professional storyteller and licensed Charleston Tour Guide. Eric has a passion for Lowcountry history and brings that history to life with exciting, historically accurate storytelling programs. He specializes in pirate and ghost stories. As owner of Charleston Pirate Tours, Eric spends his days spinning pirate tales on walking tours of the Holy City’s historic district and presenting his “Charleston’s Golden Age of Piracy” storytelling program at museums, schools, events, and libraries. Captain Bob, the blue and gold macaw, is an integral part of the crew, delighting audiences with his chatter. You just never know what this blue & gold macaw will say! Captain Bob also serves as our animal rescue ambassador, as he came to us after his rescue by BirdLove Avian Sanctuary in Columbia, SC.