Tales to tell: ‘Tin Man’ joins lineup for festival
Published 3:00 am Saturday, January 23, 2016
Alabama folk artist Charlie Lucas of Pink Lily, Alabama will be a guest storyteller at the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival on January 29 and 30.
Lucas, laughingly, said he is not a storyteller just a “talker.”
“I could talk all night about my friend, Kathryn Windham,” Lucas said. “What a lady she was. I’ll never forget her.”
Kathryn Tucker Windham was Alabama’s Legendary Storyteller. She held audiences spellbound all across the country. No one knew her better than Charlie Lucas.
“We were friends for many years,” he said. “I love to talk about ‘Miss Kathryn.”
Lucas will be at the We Piddle Around Theater Friday night and at the Trojan Center Theater on Saturday morning to pay tribute to Windham. He will tell his favorite stories about Kathryn Windham and the friendship they shared.”
Lucas said he wants to attend the festival also as a way to honor his buddy, the late Dr. Doug Hawkins.
“I’ve lost two good friends,” Lucas said. “They were artists but to me they were friends.”
Lucas will sign the festival t-shirts which are his design and “just might” doodle a few “Dougies” in honor of his buddy.
Lucas was featured in “Miss Kathryn and Me” at the We Piddle Around Theater in 2012 and delighted the audience with stories of his longtime friend.
Lucas and Windham were neighbors on Royal Street in Selma for many years.
The Brundidge Historical Society will celebrate its 10th annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival on January 29 and 30. The festival will feature four nationally acclaimed storytellers, Donald Davis, the Dean of Storytelling, Kevin Kling who has performed all across the United States and in Europe, Australia and Thailand, Josh Goforth, a Grammy nominee whose fiddling was featured in the movie “Songcatcher,” and Kim Weitkamp, award-winning storyteller, humorist, singer and songwriter. All four tellers are return tellers at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.
The Friday night performance at the We Piddle Around Theater is sold out.
Tickets are available for the three concerts at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University. Concert times are 10 a.m. ($10) and 2 ($15) and 6:30 p.m. ($10); all day tickets ($30). All storytelling concerts open with traditional music by area bands 30 minutes prior to the concerts. All concerts feature different stories.
For tickets call 334-685-5524 or 334-670-6302. Tickets are available at The Messenger.