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Today’s Email Announcements

Camp Grier and Presbyterian Episcopal Campus Ministry at ASU Host 2nd Annual Camp-a-Looza

On April 23, Camp Grier and Presbyterian Episcopal Campus Ministry at ASU host their 2nd annual Camp-a-Looza. Come out for an afternoon of camp activities like arts and crafts, environmental education, riding bikes, field games and more. 

Parents are welcome to stay for the fun, but if not, they are more than welcome to sign their kids in and they will be returned worn out at the end of the event. 

All rising 2nd-8th graders are welcome to participate!

The event takes place at the Valle Crucis Community Park at 2892 Broadstone Rd. on Sunday, Apr. 23, from 1-4 p.m. 


Opening Day for Storytelling Season Is May 2 at International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN

Storytelling season in Jonesborough is about to begin. On May 2, the International Storytelling Center (ISC) will launch the 2017 season of its popular Storytelling Live! series, a six-month showcase of the country’s top storytellers.

Now in its 16th year, Storytelling Live! brings a new “teller in residence” to the town of Jonesborough each week for a week’s worth of performances. The program runs through the end of October, and includes special guests in November and December.

Storyteller Bil Lepp will usher in the first week of the series, followed by 25 more master storytellers who will take turns hosting weeklong residencies at ISC’s downtown center. The season’s highlights will include cowboy poet Joe Herrington and other newcomers Donna Washington, Sam Payne, and Ingrid Nixon; world-class musicians like David Holt and Michael Reno Harrell; international voice Liz Weir; and fan favorites like Donald Davis, Ed Stivender, and Kim Weitkamp.

Woven throughout the season, many storytellers will also offer exclusive children’s programming, evening concerts and workshops. The latter will focus on topics as diverse as faith-based storytelling, eldercare, and boosting literacy. Tickets for these events are all sold separately.

“Our Teller-in-Residence program is such a great resource for people who live around Jonesborough and across the region,” says Susan O’Connor, ISC’s director or programs, “but it also attracts visitors to Jonesborough from all over the country. Storytelling Live! has been recognized at the regional, state, and national levels through organizations like the East Tennessee Foundation, the Niswonger Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts. We’re so proud to have crafted a world-class program that’s worthy of their support.”

All Storytelling Live! performances are in ISC’s intimate theater in Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.

Tickets for all matinee performances are just $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18, and ticket holders will receive discounts at many downtown establishments on the day of the performance.

Season passes that offer nearly half off the price of regular admission are available (only as supplies last).

Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule for 2017, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net. The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is the Heart & Soul program of Mountain States. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the East Tennessee Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, the Niswonger Foundation, Citi and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, Cumulus Media, and Foster Signs.

The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.


Ashe Family Literacy CommUnity Feast on Saturday, May 6 in West Jefferson

Saturday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Ashe County Arts Council, West Jefferson

You are cordially invited to attend the second annual CommUnity Feast to support a Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge grantee agency, Ashe Family Literacy!

Join Ashe Family Literacy for a lavish spread of the traditional ethnic cuisine of their students, followed by a Latin dance demonstration, and lessons for those who are interested.

Money raised through this event will support the costs of childcare and transportation for women who attend Ashe Family Literacy’s programs. They provide women with classes for English as a Second Language, Adult High School Diploma or GED prep, college and career transition, and support in being their child’s first and most important teacher.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Ashe County Arts Council, or email Ashe Family Literacy’s Executive Director, Beth Sorrell, at[email protected] to reserve your tickets at the door.