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Storytelling event coming to Log Cabin


The Friends of Tuckabatchee and the Talisi Historical Preservation Society are co-sponsoring a "Storytelling Festival" thanks in part to a grant from the Alabama State Council of the Arts on Saturday, May 25. The festival will be held at the Patterson Log Cabin on Sims Avenue in East Tallassee.                                             

Highway 280 Bluegrass will perform at 2:30 p.m. The group formed over 20 years ago. They have played at various public and private events over the years such as Oktoberfest in Alexander City and the Lee County Fair. Their longest run was at Good Ol' Boy's Restaurant where they played weekly for over 14 years.  Their musical genre covers traditional bluegrass, old-time country and gospel. They have had many personnel changes, but they still hold true to bluegrass and old-time roots in their music.


Storytellers Bill King of Opelika, Dolores Hydock of Birmingham, Carol Cain of LaGrange and Randy Nix of LaGrange by way of Slapout will follow. At 5:30, a "pioneer supper" will be served, the cost of which is included in the $20 ticket fee. Children are free when accompanied by a paid adult.

Highway 280 Bluegrass will perform again at 7 p.m., after which the Storytellers will return.

"The sponsors are pleased to have four of the best Alabama and Georgia storytellers to perform  for Tallassee's first Storytelling Festival," said Bob Taunton, president of the Historical Society, who has attended storytelling festivals in other towns. "We are hopeful that the community at large as well as surrounding areas will support this event."

Echoing that is Cyndi Townley, president of the Friends of Tuckabatchee. 

"Numerous towns in the south have discovered  that storytelling is an amazing way to capture and connect events of the past and present to humor, adventure, imagination, and history," she said. "It is also an important part of education."

The festival will conclude at 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets are available at WACQ, from members of the Friends of Tuckabatchee or Talisi Historical Presentation Society, and at the festival the day of the event.