Bobby Norfolk Throws First Pitch for Kaleidoscope: Celebrating Diversity
at Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch 2014
from press release
June 28 event
Bobby Norfolk, three-time Emmy Award-winner is the lead storyteller for the fifth season of Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch--Kaleidoscope: Celebrating Diversity, June 28 in the Rhino Courtyard of Pack Place.
The stories begin at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine, and are free to the public. Entrances to the Rhino Courtyard are from Biltmore Avenue under the Diana Wortham marquee or on Market Street across from the Fire Department.
Dynamic movement and vocal effects
"Bobby's innate ability to read and connect with audiences of all ages makes him one of America’s premier storytellers. Dynamic movement and vocal effects punctuate his style helping him introduce memorable characters. His stories promote respect and responsibility, cultural diversity, and literacy. He inspires and motivates kids and adults telling stories that can be shared through the oral tradition."
“No fancy electronics, just teller listener, and the imagination.”
Awards and achievements
Bobby was given the national Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, an honor presented by the National Storytelling Network, which recognizes the very best storytellers in the nation. This prestigious award is given to artists for exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling, who set the standard of excellence in their craft.
In television, Bobby won three Emmy awards as the host of the CBS TV show “Gator Tales” and also hosted the Emmy nominated series “Children’s Theater at Bobby’s House”.
Bobby will have CD’s available for purchase after the performance, many having won the prestigious Parents Choice Gold Award. He has co-authored eight children’s books.
Bobby travels both nationally and internationally presenting performances, keynotes, and workshops.
Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch continues on consecutive Saturdays at the same venue.
July 5 will be Latino Day to honor the memory of civic activist Russell Boston Hilliard, Sr. with music, art and stories by Carolina Silicel, Sandra Garcia, Althea Gonzalez, Sarah Nunez, and Victor Paladino.
July 12 will be Tim Lowry national teller from Charleston telling Southern Stories aided by Shanita Jackson of Hendersonville.
July 19 Community Stories will be told by Hector Diaz, Emoke B’Racz, Howard Hanger, and Rezaz Setayesh . The memory of Dale Jones and Trina Mullen, staunch supporters of the festival, will be honored on that day.
The Festival concludes on July 26 with tellers from the Asheville Storytelling Circle.
Bobby’s performance is made possible through the sponsorship of Charlotte Street Computers, Caravans, Tom and Linda Bushar, Pack Place, Clark Communications, David Joe and Robin Miller, Christians for a United Community, the Asheville Storytelling Circle, Chestnuts and Weaverville Public Library.