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Authentically Appalachian – An Evening of Storytelling with Donald Davis


Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will perform in Stuart Auditorium on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m as part of the Associate’s Weekend at Lake Junaluska. This performance is open to the public, and tickets are available for purchase at or at the Bethea Welcome Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m daily.

Born in Southern Appalachia, Davis has told stories all his life. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781.

“My family has lived in Haywood County since way before it was Haywood County,” Davis explains. “My dad and his brothers and sisters were all at the opening ceremony at Lake Junaluska in 1913, so I have a lot of history with Lake Junaluska.”

Davis is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, a retired Methodist Minister, and a former Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Storytellers Association. He has been a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World's Fair, and at festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the world. He is also a prolific author and producer of books and tapes of his works.

Accompanying Davis in a weekend of entertainment, The Lake Junaluska Singers, a 16-voice professional ensemble fresh off their summer tour, will perform an inspiring concert on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Auditorium.

“The mission of the Lake Junaluska Singers is to be a vocal ensemble that provides inspirational music for concert and worship, performing at the highest level of musical excellence,” explains Dr. Melodie Galloway, Director of the Lake Junaluska Singers.

A weekend lodging package is available and includes meals and tickets to Donald Davis and the Lake Junaluska Singers performances. The cost for individual tickets to each concert is $17.50. For more information about the weekend lodging package or concerts, visit or call 800-222-4930.

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.


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