This October at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough Tennessee, Donald Davis received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Storytelling Network.
Donald and his wife Merle are residents of Ocracoke. Donald conducts Storytelling Workshops here each June. That's how my wife, Lida, I first came to Ocracoke in 2000. We attended Donald's workshops for many years following that first year and eventually moved here in 2007.
Donald is a master at helping us recall the memories of our lives and then shape them into stories that not only mean something to us, but will have interest to others.
One of Donald's 2009 workshops was filmed and edited into a series of programs that will appear on some PBS stations beginning in early 2011. The series is called "What's Your Story?"
Watch for it. It's not just about the art and power of storytelling; it's also about Ocracoke.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke native Major General Ira Thomas Wyche. You can read the complete story here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092110.htm.