Saturday night with Donald Davis: A ‘Grand’ Occasion

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You’ve heard about it; now you can hear it!

Seven years ago, Donald Davis, the Dean of Storytelling, had the audience at the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival roaring with laughter at the story of his experience riding a mule (the four-legged kind) to the floor of the Grand Canyon. Those who heard the story have been “itching” to hear it again.

Now, with the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival celebrating its seventh year, Davis has agreed to scratch that itch. He will tell the famous, funny-as-all-get-out story at the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trojan Center Theater.

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Johnny Steed, president of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society, said that, for seven years now, people have been hoping to hear Davis’ story of his Grand Canyon excursion one more time.

“Every story that Donald Davis tells is incredible,” Steed said. “Grown men laugh until they cry. You can’t help it. So, the Grand Canyon story is not Donald Davis’ ‘best’ story; it’s just one that people, who have heard it, want to hear again and those who haven’t are itching to hear it for the first time.”

Steed said because this is a much requested story, the historical society wants to make sure everyone knows that Davis probably will not scratch that itch again for another seven years.

“Donald Davis is one of the most sought-after storytellers in the country,” Steed said. “He has been called a ‘national treasure’ and once you hear him, you’ll understand why.”

The 7th Annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival features Davis, Sheila Kay Adams, Michael Reno Harrell and Andy Offutt Irwin, all back by popular demand.

The Saturday storytelling concerts are at 10 a.m. ($10), and 2 ($10) and 6:30 p.m. ($15) at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University.

Pre-show music begins 30 minutes prior to the storytelling concerts. The Broken Strings Bluegrass Band will perform at the morning concert, The Benton Brothers & Company in the afternoon and The Lighthouse String Ensemble in the evening.

A folk art exhibit will also be on display in the lobby of the Trojan Center Theater and feature the art of Alabama artists including Mose Tolliver, Charlie Lucas, whose artwork is featured on the festival tee shirts, Betty Sue Matthews and Woodie Long.

For tickets, call 334-735-3125 or 334-670-6302. Tickets are available at studio 116 in Brundidge and The Messenger in Troy.