Asheville Storytelling Circle

Stephen Boyer, president-elect of Asheville Storytelling Circle

Founded in 1995, the Asheville Storytelling Circle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in the oral tradition. ASC affirms various cultures through storytelling, and nourishes the development of emerging and established artists.

ASC will host the local Tellabration! event Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at 3 p.m. at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Tellabration! is a worldwide event that brings thousands of people together to celebrate storytelling. Since its beginning in 1988, the event has been a means of building grassroots community support for the age-old art, and has been one of the most impressive collective events in the history of the modern storytelling revival.

“The same weekend we’re sharing stories here in Western North Carolina, people all over the globe will be gathering to tell and listen to stories of their own,” says Wayne Sims, co-president of ASC. Sandra Gudger, ASC founder and board member, adds, “We have a terrific lineup of tellers [this year]. Listeners will hear humorous tales, folklore, stories that touch the heart and much more.”

There is a $5 donation to attend the event. Advance tickets may be purchased at The Reader’s Corner. Tellabration! 2007 is sponsored in partnership with Southern Highlands Craft Guild and the National Storytelling Network. For more info: 274-1123 or 658-4151.

ASC holds meetings every 3rd Monday at 7 p.m. at YWCA Asheville, 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: 254-7206.

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