I’ve got a story. You’ve got a story. We’ve all got a story to tell. You tell me your story. I’ll tell you mine and we’ll have a “Storytelling Time.”
Everyone has a story that is valuable to those you love and worthy of sharing and preserving. If you would like to be a part of a storytelling experience, you are invited to be a participant in Cowan Community Center’s first endeavor to introduce the exquisite art of storytelling as the first component of the Cowan Creek Community Theater Project.
There will be a series of meetings at the Cowan Community Center in which people from all parts of Letcher County are invited to attend and share their stories. The storytelling will be led by Angie DeBord, a well-known playwright, who will at the end of the meetings script the stories into a play. The storytellers may or may not choose to perform in the play, but if their story is used they would need to agree for another person to tell their story. The first performance of the play is scheduled during this year’s Mountain Heritage Festival.
Ideas for stories that could be included are tragedies such as the Scotia mining accident that affected everyone here in the county, life in a coal camp, life in the rural areas including farming for survival, canning, cooking on coal stoves, school experiences in the old on- or two-roomed schools, religious experiences, health and sickness, recreational events and outstanding politicians or community leaders. The basic goal is to gather as many stories as possible that give a broad picture of the history of Letcher County.
The first meeting for the collection of stories is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the Cowan Community Center. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Carol Ison at 606-633-9831 or 606-634- 3683. All Letcher County residents are welcome to attend and participate. Your stories are needed to make Letcher County’s history come alive.