TCAC to welcome renowned storyteller

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TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) believes that the show must go on, and to keep up with the momentum they have of presenting art in all forms, they will soon be welcoming an Appalachian storyteller.

“Join us as we experience the Tall Tales of Tony Beaver,” said TCAC representatives. “The stories are sure to captivate and entertain you!”

While they are not currently utilizing their building, the arts council is striving to continue to provide residents with an artistic outlet that can help expand their minds. 

To do so, the council will be welcoming the 2022 West Virginia Folk Artist of the Year Adam Booth on Tuesday, June 7 as part of his statewide Tall Tales of Tony Beaver Storytelling Tour. 

Join the talented storyteller in concert, as he presents historical West Virginia tall tales featuring Tony Beaver, a native son and lumberjack! 

The program is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., so get there early to grab prime seating.

The event is free and open to the public, and the stories are suitable for a general audience ages mid-elementary school through late adulthood, according to council members.

“So come on out and be sure to bring the family and friends,” a TCAC member voiced. “We will be starting repairs on the building, but if we are still not able to be open, we’ll be directing folks across the street from the TCAC’s location to the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society’s historic M&M Bank Building.”

Booth’s stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia, according to his website.

“Learned from storytellers, sound archives, recordings and Appalachians met along his travels, Adam’s repertoire of traditional Appalachian stories includes wonder tales / märchen (what a lot of folks call fairy tales), ballads (stories in the form of songs), tall tales (such as Tony Beaver), ghostlore, witchlore, pourquoi tales (stories that explain reasoning or existence) and regional lore that has become traditional,” his site states.

Many of his stories are based off of real-life events, helping to lend a personal touch to his storytelling. And while they may have some truth in their roots, his anecdotes are filled with what he calls tall sections, that help to deliver a stronger narrative.

With his focus on the mountains of Appalachia, he makes his way around the country telling tales as he goes.

Appearances have included shows at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and as a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada).

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

To learn more about Booth and the art behind his storytelling, be sure to log on to www.adam-booth.com.

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