The public is invited to a free performance to hear world-renowned storyteller Donald Davis, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15 at Roxboro Baptist Church. Davis will be telling Christmas stories from his upbringing in Waynesville.
Davis was born in a southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. While he heard many stories about heroic folks, he was most attracted to the stories of his own family and places of origin. He began retelling the stories he heard and then adding his own new stories to them, until he was repeatedly asked to “tell it again, on purpose.” During his 25-year career as a United Methodist Minister, Davis began using stories more and more in his ministry. He was also asked to perform at festivals and in other settings until he retired from the church to tell stories full time. For the last three summers, Dr. DuPre Sanders, pastor of Roxboro Baptist, has been attending an intensive storytelling workshop conducted by Davis on Ocracoke Island, where he now lives.
“You know you’re going to be taken to another place and hear wonderful things every time Donald tells a story,” Saunders said. “When I attend a Donald Davis storytelling event, I leave wanting to tell my own stories more like that.”
Davis is the author of eighteen books and more than forty original recordings. He is the recipient of both the Circle of Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling Network. Davis is a regular performer at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and has been a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution and the World’s Fair.
“I could have listened all morning to Donald Davis… his stories often left listeners limp with laughter at the same time they struggled with a lump in their throats.” – New York Times.