When he delivers tales such as “The Mule Egg” and “Lizy Lu,” storyteller Ronnie Pepper paints a picture of life in rural Henderson County and mixes it with folkloric mystery. Souls are unstopped from jugs, cousins get into blazing mischief, and the earthly and unearthly planes are mixed with mesmerizing wit.
“Storytelling is part verbal and part physical. This cannot be demonstrated better than Ronnie Pepper,” fan and storytelling aficionado Kristen Jansen commented on an online video clip.
A regular performer at regional festivals and at the Feed & Seed in Fletcher, Pepper will appear at the Henderson County Heritage Museum (inside the Historic Courthouse on Main Street) on February 20 and 21 for an event celebrating Black History Month. His program’s theme will address “struggle, freedom, strides and triumph in the African-American experience,” and he’ll be joined by the Glade Creek Baptist Church Choir, featuring spiritual singer Sandra Suber.
“You can call us early for tickets or get them at the door,” says a museum representative. “This will be an absolutely delightful performance.” 2:30pm on Saturday; 3pm on Sunday. $10. 828-694-1619.