Storyteller & Character Portrayals Slated for 225th Overmountain Victory Celebration09.17.2005
ABINGDON, VA ? Nationally known storyteller Chetter Galloway will present "A Slave's Perspective of the Revolutionary War" at A Call to Arms ? Overmountain Victory Celebration September 23-25, 2005.
In addition, historic character portrayals and exhibitions will be presented by the Black's Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the General Campbell Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, along with local historian Hendrika Schuster.
The celebration commemorates the 225th anniversary of the Battle of King's Mountain, and the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. The event ? to be held on the same grounds where the citizen soldiers mustered over two centuries ago ? will feature character portrayals, demonstrations, exhibitions, lectures, and other special events.
The Historical Society of Washington County will also sponsor self-guided tours of Abingdon during A Call to Arms. Bus tours will depart from Dunn's Meadow at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 24 with the last tour at 12:30 PM. Local historians will give a brief history of each site. The first stop will be at The Tavern with Kathy Shearer. The next stop is the Ratcliff Cabin on Plumb Alley with George Metcalf. The third stop will be at the Breckenridge Cabin, where Bob Gilmer will greet visitors. The final stop includes Sinking Spring Cemetery hosted by Gene Matthis and Parson Cummings Cabin with Klell Napps. The tour will end at Craig's Meadow. Shuttle buses will run in a continuous loop and will stop at each site. Participants will be able to get off one bus, hear the presentation, and board the next bus that comes along for the next stop.
Galloway's performances are full of animation and audience participation. His dynamic, imaginative style is best described as eclectic and energetic. Galloway uses music and drumming to captivate the listener as he weaves his tales. He is an accomplished Jembe drum player and incorporates this traditional West African instrument into his storytelling.
This Suffolk, VA native first experienced the power of storytelling at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in Williamsburg, VA. He earned his Masters of Arts Degree in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. His stories connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Recently, Galloway recorded his story, "The Three Hens," for the Jonesborough Storyteller's Guild 10th anniversary CD. He is an approved artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Galloway will be featured on SCETV's (South Carolina Educational Television) Storytelling Series in 2005. Additionally, he has appeared at West Virginia University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, on WCYB, the NBC affiliate of Bristol, VA, and was featured in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
A Call to Arms events are free. Dunn's Meadow is in the 700 block of Colonial Road in Abingdon. Events run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday; and 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday. There will be no parking on site, as Colonial Road will be closed during the event. There will be free shuttle buses running from the parking lots of the Highlands Union Bank, the Blue Ridge Bank, the New Peoples Bank, the Abingdon Police Station, and the Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Call to Arms ? Overmountain Victory Celebration is made possible by the National Park Service, the Town of Abingdon, the County of Washington, VA, and the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon.
For more information on the Celebration as well as accommodations and other attractions in historic Abingdon, please call the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-435-3440 or 276-676-2282 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.