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Partake in a tale or two

Ready to hear some great yarns? Then check out the fifth annual Storytelling Festival, a two-day event starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., during Art Hop.

Following the festival’s theme, “Searching for Peace,” storytellers from across the United States will come together to tell tales about unity, equity and inclusion. Storytellers come in all forms at this event, from children’s book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco to the unique duo of speed painter Martina Hahn and singer-songwriter Joe Reilly to performance poet Terry Wooten.

The museum will also feature two exhibits that remind us that stories are told with more than words: And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, an exhibit of African-American story quilts, and The Wizards of Pop, a pop-up books exhibit.

The festival is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit or call 373-7990.