Final storytelling event set today

By Keith Strange

August 9, 2014

Today’s final installment of the popular storytelling series at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History means the end for this year, but organizers say they plan on expanding the program next summer.

The event gets under way at 2 p.m. in the third-floor performance space at the museum, and features well-known storyteller Terri Ingalls, according to museum director Matt Edwards.

“This is a program we started last year to kind of break up the museum’s History Talks program with something that may be more universal in appeal,” Edwards said.

“This will be the final program in the series for the summer, but it’s something that I’m hoping to be able to expand next year since it’s been so popular,” he said. “Whether that expansion is in the form of doing it for more months or more times a month, I don’t know, but this is a great way for us to be able to a piece of regular programming in the summer when we have out-of-town guests visiting our community.”

This is the second year for the storytelling series, and Edwards has offered three events each year.

Ingalls is returning to the program for the final event. She is a member of the ImagineThat! Storytelling Guild and has been involved in local theater for years, according to Edwards.

“She tends to engage the audience by bringing those theatrical skills and engages the audience,” he said. “I feel sure there will be opportunities for the people in the audience to be a part of the story.”

Edwards said Ingalls is also a guide for the museum’s Ghost and Darker Side of Mayberry tours.

As for the topic of Ingalls’ stories, Edwards shrugged.

“That’s the great thing about bringing in professional storytellers,” he said, “that I have no idea what the story will be about.”

Ingalls, Edwards promised, will simply “come in and weave a story for the audience.”

“She will begin telling a story and will work with the type of crowd on hand to make it fun and enjoyable for everyone,” Edwards said.

“I guarantee that it will be fun for everyone who comes out to hear the story,” he added. “Terri has a long connection with our museum doing programs like this, and we’re always happy to have her come back and spin her yarns.

“She’s capable of taking her audience along on a ride to faraway places or long-ago times.

“It’s an experience not to be missed.”

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.