Tuesday, April 20, 2010

FREE Weekend in Cape

Loved your visit to the Cape duringstorytelling weekend? Looking for a fun FREE activity in Cape thisweekend? The 20th Annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive in conjunction with the Cape River Heritage Co-op invite you to visit various local Cape attractions for FREE April 24th-25th. Participating attractions include:
Call the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau 800-777-0068 or email info@visitcape.com for more information about the free attractions in Cape. For a Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive brochure, stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau or call 573-275-7487 for more information.

Thank You

On behalf of the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival committee, we'd like to thank our wonderful tellers, fans, volunteers, staff and interns. This year we saw a 41% increase in ticket sales. With that kind of momentum, we can't wait for next year!

But, don't take our word for it. Check out what other folks had to say:

Everywhere I go, I tell friends that the Cape festival is one of the best festivals in the country--and that the host city is a gem of a destination.
--Ted Parkhurst | Marion, Michigan

I was here in 2008 and thought it was an extrememly well organized festival featureing some of the most talented people in the country. I came back in 2010 hoping it would be the same--and much to my delight, it was!
--C.J. Born | Mahomet, IL

This is my first visit to the festival and I am already planning my visit next year!
--Kari Weaver | Jackson, MO

Best storytelling festival I've been to!
--PJY | Nashville, TN

Wow! It all was great! The Cape is a beautiful place for the festival. The storytellers each added their own flavor to the mix--making us laugh harder than we have for a long time, helping us remember our own stories and memories, taking us on a trip thorugh the whole range of human emtions and to places known and unknown.
--S. Mehrhoff | Columbia, MO

Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly--very welcoming--volunteers as well as local community members and businesses.

Loved it!
--Paula Beck | Sikeston, MO

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Local Storytelling "Celebrity" Jerry Ford to Tell Tales at the Swapping Ground

If you ask local Cape resident Jerry Ford, he’ll tell you that he’s never told tales in a public forum but he’s had people rolling in the aisles when telling tales at house parties. “I never thought much about my stories, but when they changed the Cape city slogan to 'where the river turns a thousand tales,' I thought I have to remember these." If you dig a little deeper, he’ll tell you that his first book of stories will make its publishing debut September 3rd. His book, The Gardenville Grove: Stories of Tombstones, Tamborines and Tammany Hall (Southeast Missouri State University Press) will feature all of his best stories about moriticans, musicians, and politicians. Ford, along with over a dozen amateur tellers will tell tales at the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival this year at the Swapping Ground. The Swapping Ground will be held in the Meriwether Tent on Saturday April 10th, from 12:00-1:00 and again from 3:30-4:30.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Southeast Missouri State University Students Involved in Promoting Storytelling Festival

The Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau worked with several Southeast Missouri State University student organizations to increase student involvement in the 3rd annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival, which takes place April 9-11, 2010. Student organizations involved include the Advertising Club, Photography Club, Capaha Arrow, Rage 103.7 FM, as well as students in the video, design, and business departments. Southeast student involvement in the festival has given students the opportunity to work with real-world business situations and clients. Opportunities have included filming and producing video clips, radio spots, flyers and generating general interest about the storytelling festival on social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The partnership with Southeast Missouri State University students has created an outlet for the students to connect to their community and a means for the Convention and Visitors Bureau to connect with the student population in the area.“The challenge, especially in past years, has been to communicate to locals about what the storytelling festival is and why they will enjoy it,” says Stephanie Lynch, Director of Marketing and PR for the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “People simply don't understand what a storytelling festival is all about. Working with the Southeast students allowed us to get the word out to the students and it allowed the students to feel connected to what’s going on around town.”

“Students are always saying, there’s nothing to do in Cape,” says Crystal Hoke, Southeast advertising club president, “but I really think they just don’t know what kind of events are going on in the community. We stepped in to help advertise the storytelling festival to showcase the benefits of the festival to Southeast students.”

The Southeast Advertising Club created a flyer in connection with a YouTube video created by the Southeast Video Club. The video spoofs a popular advertising campaign about “The Most Interesting Man in the World” and stars Dr. Joel Rhodes, Southeast History Professor and Co-Producer of the Storytelling Festival. Hoke and the Advertising Club also sponsored a mural on the power plant wall, located on campus. The mural was designed and painted by Professor Peter Chanthanakone’s Vector and Text Graphics class to coordinate with the flyer and video. In conjunction with the flyer, video and mural, students from Rage 103.7 FM created a radio commercial which will play until the end of the storytelling festival.

“We decided as a staff to get involved because we felt that this was a fun, creative way to improve the skill sets that we learned in the classroom. It was a very practical way for us to learn what it's like to work with a client and produce a spot that they want,” said Rachel Burnett, station manager for Rage 103.7. “We had so much fun producing this spot. Actually the very first take was a dry run and the guys were all cracking up and having fun with it. It is a joy to see my staff take on a project with a great attitude and for them to enjoy what they are doing.”

With approximately 700 fans on the storytelling festival Facebook fan page and close to 100 Twitter followers, the festival has made an impact on social media outlets. Michael Willis, a student from Dr. Sandipan Sen’s Consumer Branding class volunteered to be a Project Leader for a handful of virtual volunteers that connected with people across the community and the country to promote the festival on Facebook. “I can testify that the work I put into the festival has shown me that what we as business students study in the classroom really does apply to the business world. Being able to take what we learn in class and immediately apply it to the storytelling festival has made the classroom material really stick in my mind,” says Willis.

Southeast student Brittany Meek and Intern for the Convention and Visitors Bureau has played a key role in the Twitter campaign. “My internship has given me daily hands-on practice with marketing, social media management and user engagement—skills heavily sought after by employers who are often desperately trying to understand the online media space. But most importantly, it has built my confidence about my fast approaching transition into the “real world.”

“I have no doubt that what I have learned in the past few months are skills that will help me land a great job when I graduate. Even better, working as an intern doesn’t feel like just another job—it’s fun,” says Brittney Ruopp, a graduate student at Southeast and Volunteer Coordinator for the storytelling festival.

Student produced materials can be found on the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival YouTube channel, Facebook or Twitter site: @capeSF. For more information or to purchase tickets for the festival call the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-777-0068 or visit the website capestorytelling.com.

All marketing materials were produced by the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau. Southeast student credits for various materials are included below:

YouTube Video spots were created by the SEMO Video Club: Coleman Bonze, Caleb Dunne, and Ryan Bollinger, under the direction of Southeast Mass Communication professor Dr. Jim Dufek. Starring, Dr. Joel Rhodes, Southeast History Professor and co-Producer for the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival, as well as Casey Hinkebein and Amanda Carter. Assistant Producer, Brittney Ruopp and Talent and Location Coordinator, Brittany Meek.

Radio spots sponsored by Rage 103.7: Associate Producer, Rachel Burnett; Sound Production: Joe Groeller, Trevor Morgan, Noland Cook and Josh Thompson; Script by Brittney Ruopp; under the direction of Mass Communications professor, Dr. Bruce Mims.

Mural created by: Professor Peter Chanthakone's GM 282-Vector and Text Graphics class. Final design by Craig Mondaine. Painters included: Patrick Adams, Richard Berry, Neal Borowiak, Janeen Britt, Desmond Bryant, William Combs, Lauren Fox, Krista Francis, Austin Huffman, Alyssa Jaegers, Corey Johnson, MyIsha Jordan, Kirk Lohmann, Craig Mondaine, Thomas Morrow, Osby Tomlin, Nicole Wetherholt, Chelsea Williams, and (Angela) Zhang Qiong.

Flyer created by SEMO Ad Club and Crystal Hoke. Photography by Southeast Professor Wendy Cooper.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Plan Your Festival Experience

Never been to the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival? Not sure when to come or what to expect? Let us help you plan your experience.

Check out our online schedule: www.capestorytelling.com/schedule.html

Note that the festival offers two tents:

Merriwether Tent
(Located at the corner of Main and Merriwether Streets)

River Campus Tent
(Located at the corner of Spanish and Morgan Oak Streets on the grounds of the River Campus)

The festival offers sessions at various times throughout the day and evening, from 9am-9pm, Friday-Saturday and 9am-3:30pm on Sunday. If you purchase a Day Pass, you can attend any session on that particular day—including the “Olio” performances from 7pm-9pm on Friday and Saturday, and 1:30-3:30pm on Sunday, while a 3 Day Pass will allow you to attend all sessions on any day. For example, for the purchase of 1 Day Pass on Saturday, you could attend the 10am-10:45am session with Donald Davis and Kevin Kling at the River Campus tent, take a short break to grab a meal at one of our downtown restaurants, and then come back at 2:30pm-3:15pm to see Minton Sparks and Syd Lieberman.

The “Olio” is a two hour performance on Friday and Saturday night (from 7pm-9pm) and Sunday afternoon (from1:30pm-3:30pm) at the River Campus tent that features the storytellers in a back-to-back series with one short intermission. Perfect for a night out of evening entertainment, the evening Olio on Friday and Saturday night allows you to sit back and enjoy the storytellers under the stars. The Sunday Olio is our last performance of the festival and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. All ticket holders can attend.

Bring a Picnic to the Old Beech Tree Prior to the Evening “Olio” Performance

Looking for an evening event to compliment your Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival experience? Gather a group of friends or family, pack your own picnic meal, and meet at the Old Beech Tree next to the River Campus tent at 5:30 PM on Friday and Saturday evening. After a picnic meal under the tree and overlooking the majestic Mississippi River, join us at the festival for the evening “Olio” performances from 7pm-9pm. The Olio is a two hour performance that features the storytellers in a back-to-back series with one short intermission. For more details on the Friday and Saturday Olio, CLICK here for the full schedule…