|The main street at dawn ...|
|Old Medicine Show wagon from a previous storyteller ...|
|Original log cabin, 1777, moved about 1 mile to this location ....|
First, a little about Jonesborough. To say the town is scenic is a ridiculous understatement. You'll find eye candy architecture everywhere you look from the main street to the back alleys. It's ridiculous. There are shops there to cater to all your needs, wants, and those souvenirs to take back to those you left behind. There are some gorgeous inns there you can set your sights (and wallet) to staying in some far future year. Talk to them about what's possible and what's not. My wife and I stayed in Kingsport and that worked out fine.
|Baptist church to the far right of street scene ...|
|History Museum ...|
|First abolitionist publication site ... |
that's the Presbyterian church right there.
My Dad and Mom have gone to this festival for decades and raved about it. I was always planning on going with them both one fine year. Then Mom developed the evil disease ALS ... and that opportunity was lost. So, this year my wife and I went with Dad and some mutual friends (we're definitely mutual friends now after sharing in the laughter) and had a ball.
This was the 41st National Storytelling Festival and there will be many more to come. Go, see for yourself. Unless you don't have a funny bone and hate stories. In that case, stay far, far away from this blessed event.
|Striking house next to the site of the abolitionist publication ...|
|Church next door to yellow house|
|Old advertising ...|
|Flowers and tobacco ...|
|Eureka Inn ... you'd be lucky to get reservations ...|
|One of many places to be good to yourself between sets ...|
|It's scenic on the back streets too ...|
|It's scenic down the alley ...|
|Mural and whimsy ...|
|Recent restoration ...|
|Inside the big Courthouse tent!|
|Bill Lepp, 5 time winner of the West Virginia |
Liar's Contest! Really!!
|Geraldine Buckley, British storyteller, |
former prison chaplain ...
|Ed Stivender, storyteller and Catholic theologian ...|
|Minton Sparks, with John Jackson on acoustic guitar, |
poetry and storytelling ... but, like I said, don't let her write your
|Reverend Robert Jones, Baptist preacher, |
blues man with a steel guitar, storyteller ...
|Donald Davis, brings to life his childhood in Southern Appalachia. |
Oo, oo, oo, is he good!
|Sheila Kay Adams, knows sooo many ballads!|
|Tim Lowry, a new voice this year, teller of folk tales, history, |
and hysterical antics from school!
|Syd Lieberman, whose stories about his Mom will make you laugh|
and stories about his daughter may bring a tear to the eye.
|International Storytelling Center|
For more about storytelling and its virtues, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2013/05/telling-story-can-be-more-convincing.html