The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange, a monthly stage production that tells the many stories of Tennessee oldest’s town in the format of an old-time radio show, will make its way across the radio waves for the first time Wednesday.
Through a new partnership with East Tennessee State University’s public radio station WETS, tonight’s Yarn Exchange performance of songs, skits and stories dedicated to the festival that won Jonesborough its title as Storytelling Capital of the World will be broadcast at 8 at 89.5 on the FM dial and on the WETS.org website’s HD-3 stream.
The broadcast will continue on WETS every fourth Wednesday of the month and the live stage production will go on as it has for the past two years on the fourth Monday of each month in Jonesborough.
Jules Corriere, one of the estimated 80 volunteers who make the show possible and also rotates through its cast of 15 to 20 people, said the Yarn Exchange is a way for Jonesborough to continue telling the many stories that span back to its mid-1700s founding.
The show originated as a spinoff of the town’s “I Am Home” collection of Jonesborough stories that were gathered by Corriere for a stage performance by a volunteer cast of town residents that was so well received no one wanted it to end. Like the cast, the show and its stories change monthly, and each month a new musical guest is featured.
Tonight’s performance will begin at 7 at the International Storytelling Center and will delve into the ancient origins storytelling, the roots of the 40-year-old festival, its behind-the-scenes preparations, the people who put it all together and some of the thousands of visitors it brings to town annually. The special musical guest will be award-winning blues harpist Freddie Vanderfort.
Seating is limited and those who wish to attend should keep in mind that the show has a history of selling out.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Jonesborough Visitors Center and online at jonesboroughtheatre.com.