PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Join Smoky Mountain Storytellers’ celebration of World Storytelling Day 2-4 p.m. March 19 at Tribute Theater. A $5 donation is suggested.
Storytellers include Cuz Headrick, Susan Fulbright, Stephen Fulbright and Jim Eastin
Jim Eastin, SMSA President, is an award-winning preacher and storyteller. He is a featured storyteller and teacher all over the Southeast.
Stephen Fulbright‘s tales of a boy growing up in East Tennessee would make Mark Twain proud. Learning chemistry via snow bombs, physics with tater guns, he became a well-known engineer, working for truth, justice and the American way.
Susan Fulbright has told tales in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the Storytelling Capital of the World. She tells folktales, fables, horror tales, holiday tales, and family tales that border truth or fiction. She has her “Storytelling/Reading” Master’s Degree in Education at ETSU.
Cuz Headrick is an energetic, authentic Appalachian humorist and musician. Headrick’s true tales, such as "Green Hair" and “Creek's on Fire", are as exciting as his versions of folktales, legends, Jack Tales, oral history, and tall tales. He plays traditional mountain music, songs from his heart on guitar, jaw harp, spoons and round washboard.
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere. On World Storytelling Day, people tell and listen to stories, in as many languages and at as many places as possible.
All performers are members of National Storytelling Network, Jonesborough, Tennessee; Volunteer State Tellers, Nashville; and Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, Knoxville. All are non-profit organizations registered in Tennessee.
About Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association
Storytelling has been a part of the culture and heritage of humans since time began. We are hardwired to learn and retain through stories. It is the oldest and best way to teach, entertain and enlighten. In the 1980s, storytellers in the region who met and performed in the East Tennessee area, especially the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, named their group “Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association”. They developed a Statement of Purpose and By-Laws, applied and became a non-profit corporation in 1994. With membership varying from 20-40 members, they have spread their living words all over the US, Internationally from China, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Norway, Africa and on the seas. We have entertained and educated in parks, patios, schools, libraries, universities, distilleries, resorts, restaurants, churches, retirement villages, and museums. For more information, visit www.smokymountaintellers.org.
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