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Tom Musgrave

Master Storytellers Will Share Haint Tales at
Makings of a Master Exhibit in Owingsville

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2017) — Kentucky storytellers Octavia Sexton and Mitch Barrett will help usher in the spirit of Halloween Oct. 30, sharing traditional Kentucky haint tales, or ghost stories, at the Bath County Memorial Library.

The program is part of Owingsville’s annual Halloween celebration and accompanies the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” traveling exhibit, which is in Owingsville through Nov. 30. The Bath County Memorial Library is at 24 W. Main St. in Owingsville.

“Makings of a Master” contains seven display cases housing a variety of musical instruments, tools and artworks made by master tradition bearers, interpretive panels, display photos and quotes, along with a push-button video display.

The storytelling program is important, said library director Michael Richter, because it will focus on ghost stories unique to eastern Kentucky and the region the library serves.

“It keeps us connected to the history of our community by having these storytellers come and perform,” Richter said. “It also keeps us in touch with our community’s tales, and the things that make this place in Kentucky our home.”

For more information on the “Makings of a Master” exhibit, contact Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director, at or 502-892-3115.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.