Take these stories with a grain of salt
Posted 10/8/2013 11:35:00 AM
There is a fine line between a storyteller and a professional liar.
This year, you can test your discernment abilities (or just enjoy a good tall tale well told) at Hagood Mill’s
annual storytelling festival.
This year’s host is John T. Fowler
– a South Carolina Upstate
native who won the 2013 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award for his work “to keep Appalachian culture alive by sharing the music traditions and stories of his heritage.”
Fowler is noted for his theatrical presentations that include music – he plays the banjo and harmonica – and incorporating traditional stories with those specifically tied to the mountain area of the two Carolinas.
Fowler also is host of an old time radio show on N.C. public radio station WNCW 88.7 FM and has worked on several documentaries for South Carolina Educational Television.
He will be joined by Ellouise Schoettler, an “old-time Southern teller” mixing memories of her grandmother’s front porch in Charlotte with original tales. Schoettler hosts two cable storytelling shows in the Washington, D.C., area where she lives. Earlier this year, she was awarded a National Storytelling Network ORACLE Award for Leadership and Service to the art of Storytelling.
Martha Reed Johnson will bring a little New England sensibility to the event and shares humorous looks at her well-traveled life. Another hometown favorite, Oconee County native Derrick Phillips, rounds out the group of liars, uh, storytellers. Phillips performs at local schools, festivals, coffeehouses, anyplace that won’t throw him out. He also brings his own musical accompaniment and is the music instructor at Clemson Montessori School. His latest CD is “Knife Winds of the City.”
The event is free and kicks off at 10 a.m. at Hagood Mill
(864-898-5963), 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens