French Creek Folk and The Black Hills Story Tellers Entertain and Soothe The Savage Beast

By Herb Ryan

Arriving at the Custer Courthouse Annex Pine Room Saturday evening, my anxiety level registered way over the limit.This had been a long day with a Democratic Rally at the Rocky Knolls Golf Course and a quick trip to Custer High School, for dodgeball shenanigans, home for a quick late lunch and a brief nap. Back out at six thirty and wondering what to expect from the Black Hills Story Tellers. Would the stories be long and drawn out, full of mixed metaphors and deep introspection, I really hoped not.

The stories as it turns out, were told without being overly dramatic or theatrical. There was the perfect combination of verse and motion, allowing for a fluid grace in the story lines that was captivating.

The French Creek Folk have always been a “non attitude” musical group, while appearing  solemn in their presentation, the sheer pleasure of playing for an appreciative audience shines through. Granted both groups have practice sessions to develop their arts, and I know from experience this can be mind numbing and tedious. So, Thank you French Creek Folk and The Black Hills Story Tellers for a delightful evening.

This event was hosted by The Custer County Library.

Members of the French Creek Folk perform at the Custer Courthouse Annex Pine Room Saturday evening. Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Nancy Eldridge – Black Hills Story Tellers. Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Anne Rodman – Black Hills Story Tellers. Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Pam Burrell – Black Hills Story Tellers. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Liz Twomey – Black Hills Story Tellers. Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

Black Hills Storytellers and French Creek Folk Performance at Custer County Library


The Custer County Library, the Black Hills Storytellers, and the French Creek Folk invite you to join them for an evening of tales and tunes.  This year’s performance will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Custer County Annex Building, 447 Crook Street.  Since we barely dodged Friday the thirteenth, the theme for this year’s performance is “With a Little Bit of Luck…”

The Black Hills Storytellers group boasts a variety of tellers from Spearfish, Piedmont, Rapid City, Sturgis, and Custer who promote the ancient art of storytelling.  Although storytelling is commonly thought to be childhood entertainment, this program is targeted at adults.  As always, the French Creek Folk will complement the storytelling with their musical talents.

This annual event is hosted by the Custer County Library.  Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted to support future performances.  Refreshments will be served at intermission.

The French Creek Folk at the 2014 Performance, “The Merry Month of May!”. (submitted photo)