Sunday, October 12, 2008

Day Four - The Home Stretch

Doug Elliot, Brenda Wong Aoki, Onawumi Jean Moss, Bil Lepp (again), Waddie Mitchell, Minton Sparks, Bil Lepp, Michael Reno Harrell, Bil Lepp (like I said, I could listed to Bil all day), Onawumi Jean Moss and Ben Haggarty.
Erica Lann-Clark was a delightful teller and in someways reminded me of Anne Louise Sterry. Many of her stories evolve around her Jewish heritage and searching for purpose. I’m very happy to say that Anne Louise will be one of the featured regional tellers this year at Tapestry. I was lucky to get a preview of her storytelling at the OLA/SSD Conference in Newport this year.
Carmen Deedy, John McCutcheon, Peter Cook and Waddie Mitchell.
I could not think of a more perfect way to end the storytelling festival than by hearing a story from Kathryn Windham. I was so surprised the first time I heard her and have fallen in love with her manner and tenor. Could it be that I have family history deeply embedded in the south, it could be?

I was lucky enough to be able to go to Georgia and Alabama in the summers for brief visits throughout my childhood and I still have close relatives that live in the greater Atlanta area. My mother, originally from the south, makes Portland her home with her husband, only a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest. Having lived in the west for so long and having a husband who was born and raised in Oregon, and whose father was also from Oregon, my children don’t quite have that same connection to the south that I do. If there was anywhere I would rather live than Oregon, it would be Eastern Tennessee.

No comments: