Kids learn to appreciate storytelling at Philipsburg Heritage Days

Philipsburg, Centre County, Pa. - The 20th Annual Heritage Days kicked off in Philipsburg, Wednesday.
 
The six day event is filled with festivities and one event is using storytelling to show how important it is to keep the performing arts alive in the community. 
 
The Trinity United Methodist Church hosted "Folk Art Form Storytelling," with Jan Kinney as the star of the show.
 
"It is tremendous fun! There's a lot of work that goes into it, but the end result is a hoot," Kinney said.
 
Kids eagerly listened to her stories, filled with unique voices, rhymes and interactive choreography - from a crocodile chomp, to playful props, one attendee said it's a fun show to participate in.
 
"Kids just get to be free and move along to the song and the dances," Adison Jarrett said. 
 
She's not the first generation to watch Kinney perform. Her mom Melanie said she watched Kinney work her magic 10 years ago.
 
"What I see Jan do with getting everyone involved.... From the wee little ones to the older ones, like myself," Melanie Jarrett said. 
 
Kinney used to perform at the Philipsburg Elementary School, where Melanie is a kindergarten teacher, but the performing arts section of the school's arts program has since been cut.
 
Melanie said it's a loss for students, but this is a way to teach her daughters to appreciate the art form.
 
"It's not something that we always see, it's not something that they've had an opportunity to go and see," Jarrett said. 
 
Kinney said its fitting to perform for Heritage Days because sharing stories is what keeps tradition alive.
 
"Storytelling is passing on our culture," Kinney said. "Storytelling is passing on the lives of people who have been before us."
 
This years final event is a classic car show, which will run from 9 to 3 p.m. Sunday. 

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