My wife and I attended the 8th annual Tellabration in Pine Saturday night, the Nov. 17 for an evening of entertainment with the seven storytellers who had come to Pine to celebrate the international observance of this day of storytelling. This was the seventh time we had been to this event and we were still amazed and greatly impressed with the group which had come to Pine this year.
Most of the storytellers had been here in the past eight years, with a couple of new ones added this year. All of them give of their time with no compensation, other than gas money, to come to the Pine area -- one of only five or six sites for the event in the state -- to tell stories not only of this area and rural lifestyle, but stories of Ireland, Africa and other countries.
The people in attendance were certainly amused and enjoyed the stories told by all the storytellers, including a story related by a young man who combined tap dancing with his rendition of a story from Africa. Another storyteller known to a lot of people in the area, "Buckshot Dot" won the crowd over with her poem and songs, as well as her story.
The cider and homemade cookies during the intermission and mingling with the storytellers truly added to a wonderful evening.
Those of you who enjoy stories would most certainly enjoy this event, which is held the weekend prior to our Thanksgiving or a related date all over the world. Mark your calendars for next year for this date, should you enjoy old-fashioned and modern storytelling!
We are indeed fortunate this group still comes to this area.
Walt and Willene Smith