ROTARY CLUB TO SPONSOR
STORYTELLING & MUSIC EVENT
TOWNSEND – Maryville-Alcoa Rotary Club will host the third annual “Summer Storytelling and Music” celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend.
The celebration is made possible through funding by the Tennessee Arts Commission, by members of the Alcoa and Maryville Rotary Clubs, and by Alcoa Walmart. Presenters include Lloyd Arneach, Randy McGinnis and Elizabeth Rose.
Lloyd Arneach is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and was born and reared on the Cherokee Reservation in Cherokee, NC. He learned his first legends from two storytelling uncles on the reservation and presents his stories in a style that is humorous, informative and extremely moving. Lloyd’s stories
range from the ‘old stories’ of the Cherokee to contemporary stories collected that include creation stories and
stories from behind the scenes of the film “Dances with Wolves.” In addition to telling stories, he lectures on Cherokee history and culture in schools, universities, libraries, museums, historical societies, and civic groups.
Randy McGinnis is a Cherokee born into the Deer Clan and currently lives in Knoxville with his wife Marsha. A popular performer and teacher at the Heritage Center, he favors the songs he heard as a small boy. He founded the Smoky Mountain Flute CircleinTownsend,TN, is founder of Echota Technologies in Alcoa, and has been recognized by the State of Tennessee as Small Business Owner of the Year. He has also received recognition from the award-winning and nationally known Native American flautist R. Carlos Nakai for his promotion, preservation and education of the Native American Flute.
Elizabeth Rose, in addition to being a professional storyteller, is principal of Cherokee Middle School in Kingston,Tennessee. She serves as the Executive Director of the National Youth Storytelling Showcase and is the
state liaison forTennessee in the national Storytelling Network. She provides workshops for teachers on teaching children to tell, on storytelling in the classroom, on presentation skills, and on teaching strategies and best practices. She also does workshops for adults and children, including mining family stories, folklore, and storytelling as a performance art.
Tickets are $5 and available at Alcoa Wal-Mart and the HeritageCenterin Townsend. Children under 10 and GSMHC members are free. Food and soft drinks by Wal-Mart will be available for purchase on-site.
The Heritage Center is located between the Townsend traffic light and the national park entrance, on Scenic Highway 73.