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Join Us for the Storyteller's Festival

Dear Lovers of Tall Tales and Adventure,

One of the most entertaining and truly remarkable events occurs over the first weekend of October each year in Jonesborough, Tenn. – the National Storyteller’s Festival!  Inspired by an international renaissance of storytelling, people around the globe are turning to this ancient tradition to produce positive change in our world.

FestivalBro09The festival, now in its 37th year is acclaimed as one of the Top 100 Events for groups in North America.  This is an invitation for you to attend this gala along with a host of interested folks inclined toward the extremes of fanciful imagination and colorful humor.  The Storytellers come from all over the world to display their talents in tiny Jonesborough (population 3,000), the oldest town in historic northeastern Tennessee.

Premiere attractions in 2009 will include Donald Davis, Shelia Kay Adams, Kathryn Windham, Bill Harley, Bill Lepp, Carmen Deedy and a host of others.  We must admit that we find the local Appalachian tall tales from the backwoods the most interesting of all.

A day-pass walking tour of this small historic town permits entrance into multiple very large tents each seating about 1,000 people where the storytellers perform.  The acoustics are very good and speakers from all over the world are filled with talent and good humor.  There is even a children’s tent where the performances are uninhibited and filled with insight and fun.  The whole event is very well organized and you will surely enjoy meeting everyone in attendance.

10 Green Fall Travel Tips

These days, it's not so common to see a deer or a wild turkey. But at Sugar Hollow, you can.



The 300-acre wooded retreat is on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The upscale cabin getaway now has feeders to ensure wildlife fill the area.

Such ideals are part of Sugar Hollow, but as you travel this fall, here are some green travel tips from the the North Carolina Center for Sustainable Tourism.

The Right Room

BUTLER, Tenn. – Jim Gresch will tell it to you straight.

The Sugar Hollow innkeeper loves the 300-acre retreat, but if you’ve got a group of eight adults, you probably don’t want to stay in the Hemlock House – unless two adults want to sleep in bunk beds.

Cool September Events Near Sugar Hollow

September 20-24: Avery County Agricultural & Horticultural Fair

September 22-23: The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
Elizabethton, TN