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Fall Folk Arts Festival

October 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kingsport, TN – We may be tired of hearing it, but the COVID-19 virus continues to dominate our
thinking as to what to do and how to do it. In the case of Exchange Place, the Steering Committee
decided that the Fall Folk Arts Festival could be held in September as a modified, outdoor-only event, and
that proved to be very successful. However, the always-popular Witches Wynd (that second word is
pronounced “why-nd,” rhymes with “kind”), does not have that luxury. These in-person, Halloween-
themed series of stories are best told live and inside many of the antebellum structures that allow
Exchange Place to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This means that some two-dozen
audience members are shoulder-to-shoulder with one another in small, enclosed spaces, the type of
environment in which the virus thrives.

It is not our goal to allow COVID-19 to breed. It IS our goal, however, to continue our long-standing
tradition of providing quality stories. Therefore, for this 29 th edition, we will, for the second
consecutive year, offer Witches Wynd as a virtual affair.

Beginning on Friday, October 22 and available right through October 31 – Halloween night,
when witches ride the night sky – you will be able to log onto witcheswynd.com and experience tales
of the macabre, the paranormal, the unexplained, all from the comfort of your home. Exchange Place is
suggesting a donation of $10.00, which can be paid right at the time of viewing with any major
credit card. Please note that if you want to watch this special Witches Wynd more than once, you will be
asked to make the $10.00 donation each time. However, unlike previous years, when people were only
able to attend on the Friday and Saturday nights prior to Halloween, this year there will be multiple
opportunities to log on and hear these marvelous stories.

This year’s event will be a little different than it was last year. We are offering four major storytellers:
Judy (Butterfly) Farlow is a woman of many talents and personalities. She has been educating and
performing for more than twenty years, from backyard picnics to the White House. A national award-
winning storyteller, she is a performing member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, participates with
the National Storytelling Network, and has appeared at numerous festivals and events, including
Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Tales and Tunes, and the Virginia Renaissance Faire.

Agnese Goin holds a master’s degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University. Until COVID
wreaked havoc with our lives, she had been a Storyteller in Residence at Lincoln Elementary School and
Washington Elementary School, and freely admitted that teaching storytelling to children had been the
highlight of her week.

Hannah Harvey, Ph.D., is a nationally-known storyteller and award-winning teacher, with a doctorate
in oral history performance (performance ethnography).  She has performed at the National Storytelling
Festival, the International Fringe Festival in Scotland, Yale University, and in three storytelling programs
with The Great Courses.  Dr. Harvey specializes in Appalachian oral histories, and has worked as a
consultant for physicians, pastors, and psychiatrists on the power of storytelling to shape cultural

Judy Womack has been a professional storyteller and actor for more than thirty years. Her use of

dramatic movement and the spoken word allows stories to come alive, and encourages listeners to
stretch their imaginations. A past recipient of the Arts Council of Kingsport’s Distinguished Artist Award,
she has conducted drama and storytelling workshops at Barter Theatre, the Kingsport Ballet and Theatre
Bristol, among other venues.

And we are also offering two very special guests:
Katie Hoffman, Ph. D., will be providing music throughout the program. A scholar of Appalachian
cultural heritage with a doctorate in English, she is the founder of Appalworks, a company that focuses
on different aspects of Appalachian culture, history, and heritage, and weaves them into programs that
educate and entertain.  She is a talented singer/songwriter, and has been singing, playing, and lecturing
about traditional Appalachian music for over three decades.

Billee Moore has been a volunteer at Exchange Place for more than forty years, which included serving
for several years as the Chair of the Steering Committee. She was the person who created Witches
Wynd back in the early 1990s, and for this virtual edition, Billee opens the program with her exclusive
memory of how this event came to be.

For more information, please call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071.
Exchange Place is a non-profit, volunteer-run living history farm, educational facility and regional
attraction that seeks to preserve, protect, interpret, and manage the history, heritage, and artifacts
pertaining to mid-19 th century farm life in Northeast Tennessee.


October 13
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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