Master storyteller coming to Ashland

Hydock-DAlabama’s master storyteller, Dolores Hydock, will appear at the Ashland Theatre in downtown Ashland at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hydock will be presenting At Home Between Earth and Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain. Sponsored by the Ashland City Library through Alabama Humanities Foundation, the program is free.

In Hydock’s presentation, the spirit and voices of Alabama’s Chandler Mountain community come to life in this funny and tender story of strong women and Southern hospitality. Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, poke salad, tomato stakes, the recipe for Scripture Cake, an old-timey cure for hiccups and other folk remedies, superstitions and family stories are all part of this affectionate portrait of a close-knit mountain community in the 1970s, where modern-day life mixed with old-fashioned ways.

Audience members are invited to recall superstitions and folk remedies of their own as they recall people from their own lives who were as strong, generous and beloved as the people described in this presentation.

This program is based on an oral history/folklore collection project completed as part of an American Studies undergraduate degree program at Yale University. The presentation blends Alabama history, folklore and storytelling to create a portrait of a moment when folk traditions are forced to blend with modern ways. This program is especially relevant to anyone with an interest in women’s history, oral history, folklore or Alabama traditions.

Hydock is an actress, speaker and storyteller. Her one-woman shows and presentations bring to life the voices and spirits of a wide range of characters from history and literature. Her work has been featured at conferences, concerts and special events throughout the United States, and her six CDs of original stories have all received awards from Storytelling World Magazine for excellence in storytelling.

She completed her studies in American Folklore at Yale University, and she has a Master of Arts in Story Arts/Communications from East Tennessee State University. She has taught acting and storytelling at Birmingham-Southern College and has been the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tenn.

Following Hydock’s presentation, all are invited to tour the Smithsonian exhibit, The Way We Worked, across the street at the old Adams Drugstore Building.

Both programs are made possible in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Hydock is part of AHF’s Road Scholars program, which provides speakers to groups across the state. The Way We Worked is made possible through a partnership between AHF and the Smithsonian Institution and is featured in only six small towns in Alabama during a yearlong traveling exhibit.

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