Chili Country Christmas stars storyteller Donald Davis

Published 11:01 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Nationally acclaimed storyteller, Donald Davis, will be in concert at the annual Chili Country Christmas event at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge Dec. 5 and 6.

“There’s no better way to usher in the Christmas season than wrapped in the warmth of Christmas stories and songs,” said Johnny Steed, president of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society. “And, there’s no better storyteller anywhere than Donald Davis. He is the Dean of Storytelling.”

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Steed said the BHS has waited six years for Davis to be available to perform at the Christmas storytelling concert.

“Donald Davis is a regular at our Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival each January but we couldn’t get him at Christmas until now,” Steed said. “We are very excited and honored to have him.”

Steed said that Chili Country Christmas is special for the professional storytellers as well as the audience.

“Storytellers don’t often get to tell their Christmas stories at traditional storytelling festivals because people don’t want to hear Christmas stories in July,” Steed said. “The Chili Country Christmas is a unique opportunity for the storytellers to share their Christmas stories and for the audience to hear a collection of stories they won’t hear anywhere else.”

“Donald Davis will tell stories that will make you laugh so hard you’ll split your sides and then you’ll get a lump in your throat and maybe even shed a tear at the poignant stories he’ll share.

“So, come join us for Christmas stories from the Appalachian home and the heart of master storyteller Donald Davis.”

Tickets are $20 and include the pre-show of traditional Christmas songs and music by the Benton Brothers and Company and a homemade chili supper with all the trimmings and dessert.

The doors of the We Piddle Around Theater open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6. Those who come early may park at the Johnston Mill Museum on South Main Street and catch the mule and wagon to the theater. On the ride through downtown Brundidge, enjoy the city’s handmade string Christmas lights that light the way to Christmas as they have done for more than 60 years.

Tickets are on sale now by calling 334-735-3125 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 334-670-3602 weekdays or 334-735-3675 nights. Tickets may also be purchased at studio 116 in downtown Brundidge.