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StoryTown Radio Show: Off the Beaten Path

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This April 26 at 7 p.m., the StoryTown Radio Show takes a trip through the great outdoors as they explore East Tennessee’s wild side.

Stories about the region’s beloved parks come to life as told by people like Chad Bowers, who serves as the Museum Curatorial Assistant at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton.

Meanwhile, other lesser-known gems are highlighted by Northeast Tennessee Tourism Director, Alicia Phelps, whose stories include adventures kayaking to hidden waterfalls at Wilbur Lake, bike rides to Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park Overlook in Johnson City, and the Laurel Run Park abandoned homestead at the Holston Lake / Bays Mtn. Intersection Overlook in Church Hill.

Stories about building a homestead on Bays Mountain come to life as the cast relates Montreal Brown’s story of his grandfather, who once drove teams of horses from Asheville to Bays Mountain, to sell to local farmers are work animals.

A trip into the wilderness wouldn’t be complete without some bear encounters, which happen deep on the mountain trails as well as in the middle of Johnson City, with stories of the beloved Johnson City Bear, who stopped traffic and closed a few walking trails several years ago and became an internet celebrity.

Also sharing favorite hard-to-find hiking spots will be stories from members of the East Tennessee Hiking and Outdoors group.

The show streams live at 7 p.m. on April 26 on the StoryTown Facebook page. Sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Gary and Sandee Degner, Rae Dee O’Lufver, The Wild Women of Jonesborough. The April episode is supported by David Castel.



StoryTown Radio Show:

Now in its tenth season, “StoryTown Radio Show” is a monthly, scripted production, based on local stories and regional music, and performed by an inter-generational, multi-cultural cast of local actors, storytellers, and musicians, to create an audio patchwork quilt of what it means to be home in the mountains.

The Jonesborough StoryTown performance has traditionally taken place at the International Storytelling Center in Downtown Jonesborough, but due to COVID-19 we now broadcast from our McKinney Center Facebook page HERE and subscribe to our YouTube channel  HERE to watch also. The performance is also broadcasted monthly to the Tri-Cities region on the local NPR station 89.5 FM, WETS. These productions celebrate the culture, history, and stories of the people of Jonesborough and the Southern Appalachian Region.

Tune in to their StoryTown podcast:



April 26
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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