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Master Storyteller, Donald Davis, Returns to Historic Jonesborough

You only get one chance a year to laugh until you cry, or cry until you laugh. Donald Davis, one of America's favorite master storytellers, is coming to the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center on April 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian Mountain world that was rich in stories. “I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them, he says as he recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781.

Davis’ resume boasts numerous experiences including Davidson College, Duke University Divinity School, a retired Methodist minister and former chairperson of the board of Directors for the National Storytelling Association. He is a favorite at the National Storytelling Festival, and has also served as a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institute, the World’s Fair as well as festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the world.

For Donald Davis, storytelling is a way of giving and living life. He invites each listener to come along, pull deep inside for one’s own stories and personally share the common experiences that celebrate the creative spirit. For Donald Davis, storytelling “is not what I do for a living, but it is how I do all that I do while I am living.”   For more information about Davis, visit ddavisstoryteller.com.

General admission to the Donald Davis concert is $12. A special group rate for 15 or more people is also available for $9 per person.  For tickets or more information, call 423.753.1010 or visit www.jonesboroughtn.org.





Ricky Skaggs has been credited with “saving country music” and called one of the best mandolin players in the world. On Saturday, March 28, the 14-time Grammy winner and his band, Kentucky Thunder, will roll into ETSU’s Culp Auditorium at 7:30 with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band opening the show. For more information and tickets, visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-8587. 

 Egg Decorating Contest –Artful Entries Sought for Cash Prizes

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin program for the Arts at the McKinney Center is egg-cited to announce its First Egg Decorating Contest, in partnership with the Town of Jonesborough’s Easter Eggstravaganza on March 28. 

 With cash prizes at stake in the adult category and gift certificates from local merchants given in the youth category, the McKinney Center is seeking entries from gifted artists who take egg decorating to the next level. Beyond simple egg dyes, this contest is seeking artistic entries incorporating any media, to turn a standard large chicken egg into an artistic masterpiece. The winning eggs in each category will be displayed at the International Storytelling Center during Easter Eggstravaganza on March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.

 Decorated eggs will be judged equally (20% each) on five factors, which include: (1) Design (theme, uniqueness, overall appeal); (2) Artistic Merit (quality of work with media); (3) Creativity (use of unique ideas/materials); (4) Technical Merit (clean edges, glue hidden, attractive finishing); and (5) Effective use of the Egg (meaningful use of space and shape).

 $100 will be awarded to first place, $50 to second, and $25 to third place winners in the adult category. Entry fee is $5. The adult category is age 16 through adult. Youth category is age 15 and under. All entries must be turned in at the McKinney Center by March 26. Judging will take place by a distinguished panel of judges between March 26 and March 27. Winners will be announced and awards given during Easter Eggstravaganza. Full entry guidelines are listed below

 Entry Guidelines:

 All entries, entry forms, and artist biography may be dropped off at the McKinney Center Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday March 26, 9 a.m. 3 p.m.

 Any artistic medium may be used to decorate the egg.

 Only large chicken eggs, with contents removed, may be used. Eggs other than large will not be eligible for judging.

 Eggs must be freestanding without an attached base, stand or decoration on the bottom and must balance easily. Stands will be provided for display purposes.

 The small end of the egg must be facing up.

 For more information, please email Theresa Hammons at mailto:tehresah@jonesboroughtn.org or call her 423-753-0562.



Senior Center Hosts Free Community Dance Event March 28

Time to pull out those dancing shoes for Jonesborough Senior Center’s Let’s Dance Event at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center on Saturday, March 28.

 The Senior Center Dance Instructors will cut loose as they showcase their own moves featuring ball room, line and square, clogging, contra and round dancing.  Next, everyone will be invited to join in on the fun as the group gives lessons involving beginner to moderate steps. The event is free and open to all ages. 

Jonesborough’s Senior Center has eight dance instructors and offer six dance classes each week with nearly 15 participants in each class.

 For information on the Jonesborough Senior Center’s dance classes or the Let’s Dance Event, call 423-753-4781.




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