Wed, Nov 20 | Burnsville Town Center

Donald Davis Residency

The Center for Pioneer Life is proud to host internationally acclaimed storyteller Donald Davis for a four-day residency. Mr. Davis will participate in a variety of programs aimed at educating and entertaining guests and students from around the region.
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Donald Davis Residency

Time & Location

Nov 20, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Burnsville Town Center, 6 S Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA

About the event

For Donald Davis, storytelling is a way of living and sharing life. He invites his listeners to join his journey, reach deep inside themselves for their own stories, and share their common experiences.

Join us for an exclusive storytelling workshop on November 19 at the Center for Pioneer Life and Mr. Davis's public performance on November 20 at Burnsville Town Center. Reserve your seats here or call 828.536.0337.

Family Memories Workshop

Mr. Davis will lead an exclusive storytelling workshop on November 19 at the Center for Pioneer Life, teaching the art of collecting memories family and friends. Participants will learn how to craft those memories into compelling stories to be passed down for generations. Doors open at 9:30, workshop begins at 10 AM until 2 PM at the Center for Pioneer Life. 134 Joe Young Rd. Burnsville, NC. Bring a brown bag lunch. 

An Evening of Stories with Donald Davis

Experience the warmth, goodness, and homespun honesty of Mr. Davis’s tales in this public performance on November 20 at the Burnsville Town Center. 6 South Main Street, Burnsville. Doors open at 6 PM. 

Storytelling for Students

Mr. Davis will work with students and teachers on how to use storytelling in their writing. In a partnership with Yancey County Schools, Mr. Davis will offer school workshops followed by student visits to the Center for Pioneer Life. Support from the Yancey Fund through the Community Foundation of WNC helps make this partnership possible. 

Mr. Davis’s events sell out quickly. Reserve your seat today!


Why Donald Davis Delights Audiences Around the World

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories, surrounded by a family of traditional storytellers who told him gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales, and most importantly, nourishing, true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. Mr. Davis began retelling the stories he heard and begin adding his own until he was repeatedly asked to "tell it again, on purpose."

During his 25-year career as a United Methodist minister, Mr. Davis began to use stories more. He was also asked to begin performing at festivals and other settings until he retired from the church to tell stories full-time. Mr. Davis has become one of a handful of storytellers to achieve permanent Featured Teller status at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He has served as a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution and the World’s Fair. Davis is recipient of the ORACLE Circle of Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling Network and has guest-hosted NPR’s Good Evening.

Mr. Davis is also a prolific writer, authoring eighteen books and more than 40 original recordings. Click here to learn more about Donald Davis.

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