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Wednesday, September 13, 2000

FUNday Storyteller Presents "Legends,† Ghost Stories and Folklore on Delmarva Peninsula"†

SALISBURY, MD -- National award-winning storyteller Ed Okonowicz presents "Legends, Ghost Stories and Folklore of the Delmarva Peninsula" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, in Salisbury State University’s Blackwell Library. Sponsored by SSU’s Book Rack, the program is for ages 10-100.

Okonowicz’s original works have been heard on A Story Tree, a National Public Radio program that features nationally recognized story tellers. His original story "Concert by Candlelight" won an honor award from Storytelling World Magazine in 1996. In October 1999, he was featured in the program Ghost Waters that aired on The Learning Channel.

Also an award-winning regional author, Okonowicz book Disappearing Delmarva: Portraits of the Peninsula People won two first place awards in 1998 from the National Federation of Press Women. He currently has nine books in the Spirits Between the Bays regional ghost/folklore series, and his murder mystery Halloween House and his short story collection Horror in the Hallway each received a first place award in the National

Federation of Press Women 2000 Communications Contest. Okonowicz teaches storytelling and journalism at the University  of Delaware.

His Salisbury program will incorporate history, yarns, folktales, jokes and legends using events and characters of Delmarva, from Patty Cannon, the peninsula's notorious murderer, to pirates along the Chesapeake and ghosts.

Okonowicz is part of SSU’s FUNday (Festival for University Neighbors), an all day celebration for the people of the Eastern Shore, thanking them for 75 years of support. For more information contact the SSU Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030.

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