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Storytelling celebrates centennial
By Jody O'Hara
Apr 28, 2016, 09:09

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Calling all raconteurs, storytellers and flat-out liars.
You will have an opportunity to practice your craft this Saturday at the Big Level Community Center, 1345 City Bridge Road.
Tales, Yarns and Lies is the brainchild of Dick O'Neal and is an opportunity to keep the oral tradition of passing on history alive.
In addition to scheduled speakers, there will be an opportunity for those with their own story to tell it.
"I've had conversations with individuals who have stories to tell," O'Neal said. "Others are welcome to share their stories as well."
The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and light refreshments are planned.
O'Neal said the idea for the event was spurred by Kathryn Lewis and Daisha Walker of the Telling Trees Project.
"They've talked about stories helping people gain a sense of the place we call home," he said. "In addition, it preserves history.
"My ancestors told me stories and some of them went right over my head."
He said he thought it was important to keep the old stories alive and allow them to be captured and preserved for future generations.
"If they're not written down and they're not shared in that oral tradition, they're lost," he said. "And that's a shame."
O'Neal said the occasion of the county's centennial seemed like a perfect time to organize a story-telling event.
"There's a high level of interest because of the centennial," he said. "We'd like everybody who has an interest in the history of Stone County to come out and participate."

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