Bristol, Va.-Tenn. (September 22, 2021) – Fall is in the air, a time when tales of ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night send chills down our spines. If you’re up for a friendly fright, join us on the evening of Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. for virtual campfire stories and their origins with Spookers & Haints: Affrilachian Storytelling with storyteller Lyn Ford as part of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Virtual Speaker Series.
This free online event (via Zoom) will explore the importance of “Affrilachian” storytelling within Appalachian communities as Ford discusses her own family and the power of telling tales of “spookers and haints.” She’ll explore the origins and history of these types of tales and even spin a yarn or two that’s bound to get you into the Halloween spirit!
Lyn Ford is a teaching artist, author, and creative narrative workshop presenter and a two-time recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award. Heralded as one of the country’s top ghost storytellers, Ford has appeared at a number of notable storytelling festivals including Jonesborough’s National Storytelling Festival, Hawaii’s Talk Story Festival, and the Timpanagos Storytelling Festival. She has also shared keynote presentations internationally.
Ford’s favorite stories include silly stories for kids and creepy tales for teens and adults. She has penned several books including Affrilachian Tales, Beyond the Briar Patch, and Hot Wind, Boiling Rain. For more information about Lyn Ford, visit her website at StorytellerLynFord.com.
Virtual Speaker Series – Spookers & Haints: Affrilachian Storytelling is a free event, but you must pre-register online to participate. Visit the Events Page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org to pre-register and for more information about other events at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.