StoryTown Radio Show
Now in its ninth season, “StoryTown Radio Show” is a monthly, scripted production, based on local stories and regional music, and performed by an inter-generational, multi-cultural cast of local actors, storytellers, and musicians, to create an audio patchwork quilt of what it means to be home in the mountains.
The Jonesborough StoryTown performance takes place at the International Storytelling Center in Downtown Jonesborough and is broadcasted monthly to the Tri-Cities region on the local NPR station 89.5 FM, WETS. These productions celebrate the culture, history, and stories of the people of Jonesborough and the Southern Appalachian Region.
Real stories, real people. This one-hour storytelling program is filled with true-life adventures of people past and present from Jonesborough, Tennessee, and the surrounding Southern Appalachian Region. Each program presents stories built around a common theme. All of these stories, which are collected from the hills and hollers, and sometimes up in the mountains of East Tennessee, are scripted into a show that explores the culture, heritage and history of these diverse voices. Home to the town of the first Abolitionist Newspaper in the Country. Home to the state that made Women’s Suffrage a reality. Home to Warner Institute, training Freedmen and Women as teachers beginning less than a decade after the end of the Civil War. Surprising, heartwarming and often hilarious stories of the independent East Tennessee people come to life with a voice and accent that can be found nowhere else.
The Jonesborough StoryTown is a community building group and open to anyone who would like to participate. Everyone is welcome, from all ages and backgrounds, regardless of experience. If you live here, you belong! If you have a story to tell, this is the place! For more information contact Jules Corriere at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423.794.6320.
Feature story for January is “Our Favorite Things”
Live Performance – January 27, 2020
Based on real stories from the region, the cast presents stories about residents’ favorite things, to include a special moonshine recipe from Malone Holler; A unique business that is a combination Antique Store, Tax Service, and have your pet spayed every Monday; a collection of letters written from a father during war time to his daughter he would not meet for years to come; Finn’s favorite toys (a story from a dog’s perspective) and many more.
Podcast of the January episode is HERE.
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