Saturday, March 1, 2014

Kim Weitkamp to Be Featured at Culpeper Tells, A Festival of Words

As the redheaded child of exhausted parents, Kim Weitkamp grew up enjoying the role
of the middle child.  Allowed to roam free in the heart of Amish Country, her imagination was ripened by a life lived outdoors. She wrote and performed plays and pageants for her family, did impersonations and comedy bits for visiting guests, and frazzled her teachers with grandiose stories of her daily adventures which included talking animals and impossible inventions.

Weitkamp will be one of four featured storytellers at the first annual Culpeper Tells, A Festival of Words, to be held at the State Theater in Culpeper on March 15, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.   In her work as a humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter, she has taken home an armload of awards and recognitions.  She has 6 audio collections, the latest two being, Head Bone Rattles, a collection of original ghost stories and songs, and The Lap, a highly requested, limited release story and song.  
"Kim Weitkamp's performances are full of little surprises,” says Storyteller/Entertainer Andy Offutt Irwin. “When she begins, you'll laugh at her. Then, you'll laugh at her characters. Then you'll turn around and care about her characters and root for them. And then she'll sing, and you'll say, 'where did that come from?' That milk and honey voice."

              Author/Storyteller/Playwright Linda Goodman agrees, saying “Kim’s stories weave precious memories and delightful details together into panoramic pictures that take us on a personal journey into the very soul of family.  Like all good storytellers, she evokes both laughter and tears, but her smooth, silky voice, impeccable timing, and dead-on anticipation of her listeners’ needs place her at the pinnacle of her craft.  The listener feels like a trusted confidant, lending an ear to a friend who knows that sharing herself and the lessons she has learned are the best gifts one can offer.

Culpeper Tells, A Festival of Words has received a media grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. A variety of partners are sponsoring the event, including the Virginia Storytelling Alliance (VASA), the State Theatre of Culpeper, Culpeper Tourism Department, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper Renaissance, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Culpeper, and Gumbo Design Studios.
VASA will be hosting its annual Gathering during this same weekend, with events on Friday evening and Sunday morning. If you purchase a VASA Gathering weekend ticket, it will include all performance and workshop events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Registrations fees range from $10.00 for a single workshop, to $35.00 for the full day on Saturday, to $50.00 for a VASA Gathering weekend ticket. A barbeque dinner will be offered from 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm for $20 per person. To register for the festival, visit the website of the State Theatre of Culpeper, Virginia, at You may also reserve a room at the Holiday Inn by calling the hotel directly at (540)825-7444 and asking for the “storyteller” rate. The Inn is located at 787 Madison Rd, Culpeper, VA 22701.
Learn more about Kim Weitkamp and her stories by visiting her website at

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