Stories! Songs! An array of instruments from trumpet to mandolin, banjo, and whistle! A spirited afternoon of stories, songs, and sing-alongs with Dolores Hydock, Bobby Horton, and special guests Nina Reeves, Sammye Hill, and Tuck Kornegay. The traditional Christmas carols will be familiar ones, but the stories and songs will be different from our BBG Christmas shows of the last two years.
Storyteller Nina Reeves (a legend to all who heard her stories at Camp Sumatanga during her 47-year tenure as Director of Youth Camps there) and storyteller Sammye Hill (a much-loved favorite in her hometown of Hokes Bluff, Alabama) bring new Christmas tales to the stage, and musician Tuck Kornegay adds to the musical mix that includes Bobby Horton on trumpet, fiddle, and other instruments. Dolores Hydock adds Christmas poems, stories, and a reprise of the much-requested "Christmas Letters of Thanks." Come join in the fun of this terrific afternoon of Christmas spirit!
Hers was a world of high-top shoes, inkwells, and mail carried on horseback. But Bobby Horton and I are bringing her into the 21st century. A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster has just been released on CD!
Bobby and I have made a two-CD, nearly-2-hour-long recording of the story of Sallie Independence Foster, who was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the War Between the States began. She was keeping a diary at the time, and kept on keeping a diary for 26 years. I use her journals and letters to tell her story, and Bobby adds camp songs, original tunes, and music of the time to create a poignant, powerful, humorous, and honest picture of a world of innocence turned upside-down.
The two-disc set is $20, and can be purchased at the Alabama Booksmith (2626 19th Place South in Homewood; 870-4242), through the buy CDs here page of this website, or at any of my upcoming story performances.
"There was a man sitting behind me at Dolores' story concert. He was fussing because his wife forced him to come along, and he didn't want to be there. At intermission, he told me that he had never experienced anything like it. HE LOVED IT. Of course, I don't remember him telling that to his wife." --Bettye Boyd, audience member
"Heartwarming tales of wit and intelligence..." --Mary Colurso, Birmingham News
"Dolores becomes the characters and pulls you into the action until you find yourself a part of the story." -- MagicCityMoments.com
Dolores Hydock storyteller and actress
"A stellar performer! ... Dolores' stories are smart but not cynical, heartwarming yet never corny, traditional without being mundane...a neat feat!"
--Mary Colurso, The Birmingham News
"Hydock talks with her hands. And her elbows. And her shoulders. When she speaks, she's literally irrepressible."