On March 20, Linda Goodman presented her one-woman storytelling show, “Daughters of the Appalachians,” as the first in the Theatre of the Spoken Word series.
The performance was at Created In the Carolinas in downtown Waxhaw before an audience of about 200.
“The room is small, but we had a full house,” Goodman said. “Lots of good feedback followed. Folks loved seeing the metamorphosis from one character to another. Several people in the audience were native Appalachians, and their seal of approval meant a lot to me.”
Goodman and her fellow storytellers are using Theatre of the Spoken Word to educate people about what professional storytelling really is, and to help them understand that this is an art form that grown-ups will enjoy. “Daughters of the Appalachians,” for example, was geared to ages 12 through adult.
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Upcoming events include Geraldine Buckley, a British storyteller now residing in Frederick, Md., who will perform May 22 and conduct two workshops May 23. Storyteller and puppeteer Lona Bartlett of Charlotte also will be performing in the next few months.
“Storytelling is educational, entertaining, inspiring and healing. It is good medicine,” Goodman said.
She said she hopes audiences will continue to attend so Theatre of the Spoken Word can become a recurring event at Created in the Carolinas.
Frank Hawfield, Secretary of the Waxhaw Lions Club, said there will be a free preliminary vision screening 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4.
“In striving to make a difference in the Waxhaw community, the Waxhaw Lions Club brings the NCLI Mobile Screening Unit to the Waxhaw Food Lion parking lot ... to conduct vision and hearing screenings,” Hawfield said. “The electronic equipment will give you a free preliminary vision screening. An eye doctor will evaluate the results of your vision screening and recommend whether you need to have a complete eye exam at an eye doctor’s office.”
Hawfield also said bringing the Mobile Screening Unit to Waxhaw is one of many service projects the Waxhaw Lions Club does to meet its mission of supporting the visually impaired, hearing impaired and other needs in the Waxhaw community.
Hawfield said the Waxhaw Lions Club is always looking for good men and women to join. If you are interested, email Frank Hawfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waxhaw has made Easter the theme for the First Friday in April, and there really is a hidden surprise for everyone.
On April 3, the Small Town Main Street merchants and Town of Waxhaw Assistant Events Coordinator Kayla Harrity invite you to an Easter egg hunt 5-8 p.m.
For the youngest egg seekers, the festivities begin at 5:15 p.m. in David G. Barnes Park on South Main Street, where a “Bunny Hunt” awaits children up to age 9. Anticipating a more competitive event conducted at higher speeds, kids 10 years and older are invited to participate in the “Rabbit Hunt” at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds at 8 Legs Gallery.
Older teenagers and adults are invited to search for the golden eggs. These are hidden at 15 downtown merchants, and if you find one, the prize inside is yours to keep. This particular search begins 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.
Along the way, families will discover all manner of surprises and themed activities including story time, music, egg coloring, Easter crafts and photo opportunities with and without the Easter Bunny.
For information look for the fliers around town, go to www.waxhaw.com, or call the events division at 704-843-2195, ext. 226 or 235.
John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at email@example.com.