By Margaret Read MacDonald
The first weekend of October every year a remarkable event takes place in the tiny town of Jonesborough, Tennessee. Around 10,000 people flock into the four block long main street to flow into huge white tents and listen to stories.
This year over 25 tellers are performing. Some of America’s favorite tellers will be there…Donald Davis with his drawling accounts of his own Aunt Laura and other personal tales….Carmen Deedy with her laugh out-loud tales from her Cuban-American heritage….Eth-Noh-Tec with their dramatized Asian folktale classics….and more.
Autumn in Jonesborough is settle-back-and listen time. Somehow those huge crowds just meld into the soft fall landscape.
Everyone feels at home in Jonesborough. Come along and you will too!
The National Storytelling Festival, October 7-9, 2011….or first week of October ANY year. If you haven’t been yet….it’s time to go.
Margaret Read MacDonald is the author of folktale collections and picture books from her own storytelling repertoire…such as The Boy from the Dragon Palace (which has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and a wonderful review in The New York Times, Bat’s Big Game, and Teeny Weeny Bop!