On Sunday, August 29, the program starts at 1:00 p.m. in the park with Brian “Fox” Ellis portraying the scholar Peter Christian Asbjornsen,  He and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe were collectors of Norwegian folklore.  Asbjornsen was also a friend of the Grimm Brothers.  In addition, Peter Christian Asbjornsen was a zoologist and one of the first to make the connections between ecology and folklore.

Brian “Fox” Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Fox is a highly sought keynote speaker at regional and international conferences including the International Wetlands Conservation Conference, National Science Teachers Association Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference, et al.  He and his wife run a Bed and Breakfast in Bishop Hill, Illinois, The Twinflower Inn.  Fox is one of the organizers and sponsors of this year’s Chautauqua.

For more information about this event, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.  This festival is free so please bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show!