Everybody’s got a story to tell, and a benefit event at Grace Lutheran Church will try to improve the current narrative of a particularly vulnerable population. Proceeds from the Do Tell Storyfest will go to Homes For Youth, a Henderson County nonprofit whose stated mission is “to provide stable, safe, and appropriate housing with positive role models to homeless youth in Henderson County.”
On the roster: Karen-Eve Bayne, a therapeutic/inspirational speaker of worldwide renown whose repertoire zig-zags from Bible tales to ancient forest wisdom; Ronnie Pepper, a Henderson County native and teller of African-American folk tales, and a frequent special guest at area schools; Native American teller Nancy Basket; and Sherry Lovett of Little Switzerland, a prolific performer and member of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild.
Festival coordinator Bayne emphasizes an appearance by musicians Jenna Lindbo and Kim Richardson, whom she styles “singing storytellers.” Lindbo’s debut disc featured input by such major players in the folk genre as Catie Curtis. Her lyrics, light and warm, embody the general thrust of the event: “Angels on the subway/ angels in the sky/ Your heart can still detect them even when they’re in disguise … When you’re low down on your luck they’ll come to your side … And when you meet those angels I hope you see yourself … You are an angel in the life of somebody else.”