Storyteller to Visit
Hogansville’s own storyteller extraordinaire, Carol Cain, is scheduled to entertain seniors during a special program next week.
Cain will be performing her storytelling craft at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Hogansville Senior Center, located on Church Street.
“Having grown up in Hogansville, most of my stories are about the people and places of my youth,” Cain explains. “It's always fun to tell these stories in Hogansville with people who share some of the same memories. My approach to storytelling I learned from nationally known storyteller Donald Davis. I think of a story as a picture that I have in my head that I want my audience to see. If a story works, the audience isn't listening...they are watching. I will know that they see the pictures I try to create in my stories through their reactions, laughter, and nodding heads.”
Quality storytelling is an art dating back beyond medieval times when minstrels, poets, balladeers and others would travel, often on foot, from village to village where they would regale audiences with their stories in an effort to not only share information, but to earn money, food or lodging.
Learning from Davis, Cain said that creating a story is like, “gathering scraps to make a quilt (story). He encourages those in his workshops to think about three questions while listening to someone's story: Does this remind me of anyone I've ever known? Does this story remind me of a place I've ever been? Does this story remind me of anything that happened to me or someone I know?”
Cain’s storytelling plan at the senior center includes conducting, “a series of sessions where I will first share a story and hopefully, stir up memories and ideas for those in attendance who can then informally share with each other. We won't create stories; we will find them. We will hunt for our stories by recalling people and places.”
Senior citizens have a lot of stories to share, they only need to be coaxed into doing so and Cain noted that if someone attending wants to share a story, they will be encouraged to do so.
“Maybe down the road we can record these stories as a record of Hogansville's history,” Cain noted.
Cain is a member of the Azalea Storytelling Festival committee, which will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in March.
Sheila Howington, Director of the Hogansville Senior Center, indicated that Cain could be making future storytelling visits to the center.
The center continues to seek volunteers interested in teaching any type of class or activity. The center is also gladly accepting financial contributions that will be used to purchase new items for the facility.
For more information about the center, helping the center, or making a contribution, contact Howington at 706-637-6606.