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Folk Tales in the Garden

Back for one weekend only! Join the Folk Tale Friends in this socially distanced, outdoor edu-tainment offering for families with young children. Two storytellers lead families through a world creation story inspired by Korean and First Nations folk tales about curiosity, courage, and caring. Recommended for wigglers and gigglers ages 2 through 8, this 45-minute frolic full of audience participation will enchant the whole family.

Please read our note on health and safety, as well as the "Know Before You Go" section at the bottom of this page. Be prepared to follow event guidelines so that we can ensure a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable experience for everyone.


A note about health and safety:

Folk Tales in the Garden is intended for families or small groups within the same “social bubble”. Tickets are extremely limited; only eight reservations are available per storytime and social distancing will be enforced. We have protocols in place for disinfecting spaces, surfaces, and equipment used by guests, artists, and staff. Our storytellers have separate dressing rooms and restrooms, do not share hand props, and maintain a 6-foot distance from each other and our guests during Folk Tales. We are following all current PA regulations for outdoor events. As we continue to monitor confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area, we are constantly evaluating the safety of our on-campus programming and will cancel events if necessary. 

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Know Before You Go

Your family or group can purchase either a picnic table or “story circle” seating on the grass. Each reservation is $30 and applies to one group of up to 5 people, regardless of number of attendees. So we might gather safely and responsibly, availability is limited and seating is spread out throughout the lawn. We will only accommodate eight reservations per Folk Tales date, and multiple parties cannot be seated together. If someone in your party needs accessible seating, please select a picnic table when making your reservation.

Please check in at the orange tent when you arrive. There are no physical tickets for this event; you will receive an emailed receipt. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend your scheduled storytime, you can exchange into the other Folk Tales in the Garden date for a $5 fee, depending on ticket availability. In the event of a weather cancellation, we will contact you the day of. Need to get in touch? Contact the Box Office at or leave a voicemail at 610.644.3500.

The story magic will take place on the green between the Leonard C. Haas and Steinbright stages, located to your right directly behind the first building on campus. Free accessible parking is available very close to the event location. Coffee, juice boxes, and breakfast pastries will be available for purchase from our outdoor concession stand. Accessible restrooms are located inside nearby

Face masks are required on our campus. You may only remove them while seated at your picnic table or story circle. If you purchase a story circle you may wish to bring a blanket, as you will be sitting on the grass. Sunscreen and hats are recommended. Lawn chairs and umbrellas are not permitted, as they obstruct the view for others.

Creative Team

Gina Pisasale, Erin Sheffield, Molly Jo Gifford, Kate Coots, Jenn Povish

Photos by Bryan Sheffield