We’re all counting down until our favorite patriotic festival hits Tennessee’s Oldest Town, Jonesborough Days. It’s one of the regions first festivals and favorites! Maybe your little ones are thrilled to ride the trackless train or maybe the guys out there can’t stop thinking about the mouthwatering low country shrimp boil. And of course, we all love to stroll through the locally crafted items at the vendor booths. With that in mind, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at a few of the most anticipated vendors for this year’s festival— and they’re all under 14 years old!
Sometimes you meet people and instantly feel at home. You know— those people that have a way about them, they're welcoming, exciting, bubbly and just downright sweet. And that’s exactly who Chasidy Hathorn is. I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Chasidy awhile back. I still deem that as one of the most intentional and truest conversations I’ve had with a complete stranger. She gave me a tour of her art gallery-like home, allowed me to peer inside her studio, and told me the tales of the trinkets on her shelf full of memories. She’s the perfect cross between Rachel Greene and Monica Geller, need I say more?
Enjoy the smell of fresh flowers, sprawling ivy, immaculate English Gardens, and lush landscapes all in the beauty and charm of Tennessee’s Oldest Town. The Garden Gala is a charity event that sets the stage for an entire weekend of fun. The best part is that we’ve already planned out the ultimate garden inspired girls getaway just for you!
Actor Phil McPeak exclaimed after he had been cast in the role of Rounder. It tells the story of a sixteen-year-old who, in 1944, decides to leave Jonesborough by train, go out west, and get rich, only to reach the other side of the country friendless and homesick, and in a hurry to get home. “I did the exact same thing! Saved up money, bought a suitcase and hat to make my fortune and then learned in a hurry how the world worked” he laughed.
Stories abound at the Storytelling Festival each year, and I’m not talking about the tellers. While I was in the Courthouse Tent listening to Corinne Stavish, I took a moment to look around at the crowd. The tent was filled with sixteen hundred people. It occurred to me that those sixteen hundred people were all listening to the same story, but they were all listening for sixteen hundred different reasons.
If you take a walk down Main Street Jonesborough during the week of the National Storytelling Festival, there's no telling who you might run into. Donald Davis, one of the most loved storytellers with roots running across the Appalachian Mountains, can always be found taking in the ambiance of Jonesborough in early October. On this particular sunny, but cool day, Donald was simply enjoying the company of his wife and a cup full of JJ’s ice cream.