Well I'm just about everywhere these days. Retired from the library so can go and just keep on going. Leave a week from today for Asia and Europe and Bahrain. Was in Africa and Europe all fall. Jenny and Nat are in Bonn, so I have a home away from home there in between gigs. Lovin' it!
Hi Granny Sue, Have you heard about the Saturday Series of workshops that are sponsored by VASA? The first one will be on Sat. Dec. 6 in Abingdon, VA at the Virginia Highlands Community College, 9:30 a.m. Two workshops will be presented, GROW with Kim Weitkamp on marketing and DIG IT with Paul Conco on developing the oral history. Lunch is included in the price of $75 for VASA members, $85 for non-members, and will be followed by coaching, story labs, and story swaps. Contact me for more info if you're interested in coming. Mimi
So nice to MEET you!! :-)
I soooo enjoy receiving your wonderful newsletters!
Yaw^ko (thank you) for adding me as a friend!!
You certainly are doing some great work out there! :-)
I look forward to our paths crossing sometime, Sister!
Take care--keep in touch--if you can!??
Hey, Granny Sue!
I read your comment on the Storytelling Presenters' page that you help find storytellers for libraries in your area. Please feel free to look over my site at www.mikelockett.com for your future storytelling needs. I am a 33-year veteran educator who always told stories part-time until my retirement 3 years ago. I am now available to travel across the country - and even have a storytelling book coming out in Taiwan this August. (I also travel internationally.) Best regards, Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller
Yes, and there are many nationalities in WV that go against the typical Scots-Irish heritage so typically assigned. Chinese, for example, were in the area as railroad workers, Italians as glassblowers and stonemasons, Russian and Ukrainians, etc. I remember once when I was storytelling in a small town along the Ohio River in northern WV, I stumbled upon a Russian cemetery. And in southern WV coalfields, In McDowell county,we saw a building that was the meeting place of the Croatian brotherhood. In the eastern part of the state there is a strong German heritage, and in Jackson County where I live there was a fairly strong French and Swiss influence. The ridge were I live was named for the Clerc family from Switzerland who came into the area as land speculators in the late 1800's, And my husband's family, who settled in southern WV, came originally from Sweden .They made their way south to Yadkin County, North Carolina, then one traveled with Daniel Boone up into Kanawha County in the 1770's and stayed. They were farmers who became coal miners when the mines came in.
So although the bulk of the population may have British/Irish roots, there is a good mixure of other nationalities here that often are overlooked.
Nice to see you up there. I thought it was a lovely event, and very well organized. Nice crowd Friday evening too.
Interesting part of the country--I was really intrigued by the nexus of Italian/Eastern European/Appalachian. Great pizza and pasta in the University cafeteria--interesting exotic hybrids in the gene pool. Hope to explore the area some more.
There's Charlestown, and Charleston. I'm near Charleston, which is the state capitol. Charlestown is about 5 hours from me. I expect you were in Charleston when you did your play.
I've often thought that we need a regional Appalachian Storytelling Festival that would include Kentucky, WV, southern VA, and northwestern NC. With the focus being entirely on Appalachian stories and songs/ballads/music, and some scholarly-type workshops or seminars added in. I think it would be a blast.
Well, we're practically neighbors - as the crow flies! I love the Charlestown area. I helped to direct a community-based play last year and we took it to a meeting in Charlestown. What a wonderful warm reception we had. It took us about 4 hours to get there. So, who knows, our paths may cross yet! I sure would love to hear you tell. There's not many of us left that tell the Applachian tales. Let's keep in touch - let me know when you're going to be anywhere near my neck of the woods and I'll do my best to come and see you.
I re-read your bio. It sounds like your style of telling is much like mine. I tell the old traditional mountain tales. I'm learning to play the dulcimer in order that I might also use that to enhance my tellings. I'd love to hear you tell. Where are you in WV?