Smart Bets: Appalachian Storytelling Extravaganza

For its latest program, the nonprofit Center for Cultural Preservation seeks to connect community elders with younger generations, sustaining their legacies and values through the art of storytelling. On Thursday, March 28, Scots-Irish tales, African-American stories and Cherokee fables will fill the Thomas Auditorium on Blue Ridge Community College’s Flat Rock campus as part of the Appalachian Storytelling Extravaganza. On the docket are Jack Tales specialist Michael “Badhair” Williams; Cherokee elder Freeman Owle; and African-American storyteller Ronnie Pepper, who says, “Stories help people see the world through another’s eyes, allowing them to open up to the world’s possibilities.” The show starts at 7 p.m. $15. Photos of Owle, left, courtesy of David Weintraub, and Pepper courtesy of Larry Ketron


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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