Tellabration! 2012

Durham, NC storyteller Donna Washington.

During the last weekend before Thanksgiving, Jane Simsit’s Time for Tellabration! gathers thousands of people in small towns and big cities around the world to celebrate storytelling. The annual international celebration of storytelling serves to build grassroots community support for the age-old art of storytelling.

Since its inception in 1988, Tellabration! has grown into one of the most impressive collective events in the modern storytelling revival. Citizens from Asheville and surrounding areas will participate for the seventeenth year, as Asheville Storytelling Circle hosts the local event Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m. at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The outstanding and diverse line-up showcases Asheville Storytelling Circle members Vixi Jil Glen, Roy Harris, and Susa Silvermarie and features nationally known Durham, NC, storyteller and author Donna Washington.

Donna Washington has been a professional storyteller for more than twenty years. Her expressive face and vocal pyrotechnics bring stories to life at national festivals around the country. Her books include A Big Spooky House, A Pride of African Tales, The Story of Kwanzaa, and Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa. Her seven CDs have garnered more than a dozen awards from Gold Parent’s Choice Awards to Children’s Music Web Awards.

Tellabration! A Worldwide Storytelling Event takes place November 18 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

General admission tickets are $7 and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, available at the door on the day of the event. For more information call (828) 581-4603 or 274-1123.

Directions to the Folk Art Center: From Interstate 40 East: Take Exit 55 to Highway 70. Turn left and go about one mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Go underneath the Parkway bridge and exit right onto the Parkway entrance ramp. At the stop sign, turn left (north) onto the Parkway; the Folk Art Center is on the left approximately one-half mile north.

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