Friday, June 7, 2019

Weekly Happenings

It's Been A Busy Week!

Hello everyone! This has been one of those weeks when I have had two and sometimes three things to do in a day. I've been off the radar all this week (meaning the blog) and am totally exhausted today! I thought I would share with you a day trip that my friend, Sharon, and I took yesterday to Jonesborough, Tennessee. I had never been there before and I truly enjoyed getting to visit this historic and quaint town. 

Our main purpose in going there yesterday was to hear a storyteller at the International Storytelling Center. Sharon has attended events here many times but this was my first time. 

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Main Street Cafe. I was fascinated by the vintage interior and came home to read about the building online. 

I found out that the building was constructed in the 1930's and the ceiling tiles, hanging globe lamps and booths are original from that era. The food was quite tasty and reasonably priced, I thought.

We very much enjoyed the teller-in-residence, Anne Shimojima, who inspired us with her professional storytelling ability. Anne was a media specialist for many years in her native Chicago and has been a professional storyteller now for over 30 years. One of her stories was about "Hannah's Suitcase" which Sharon and I were familiar with from our work in the gifted program when we were teaching. Anne was lovely and gracious to talk with and I came away interested in more storytelling! 

There was a bit of excitement after the storytelling when one couple felt like they had been ignored by the storyteller and very rudely interrupted another couple speaking to her and for a moment we thought the event might end in fisticuffs! However, Anne graciously smoothed the ruffled feelings and all was well! I kiddingly told Sharon that I didn't know if I could engage with these dangerous activities she includes me in anymore!

All in all, it was a lovely day and a great way to end a very full and busy week. Today, I'm laying low and resting as much as possible. How about you? How has your week been? 

Until Next Time,

* I had the best of intentions to take my camera with me on this trip but forgot and left it at home! So, I had to make do with snapping photos with my phone. 


Clearissa said...

I certainly aware that there were great storytellers but I had no idea there were professional ones and an international storyteller center...WoW!! I learned something here. I have a friend who has worked with children for years and is a retired librarian. She loves volunteering at the library as a storyteller. She would absolutely love this. I have to mention this to my friend. TFS

Sharon said...

I enjoyed your blog post as a recap of our recent trip. I thought it was a fun day, and the storyteller was one of the best I've heard.

Joy said...

It's been a good week, thanks. How very rude of that couple though. xxx

Karen said...

What a fun day! Such a nice break from a busy week! This sounds like a truly relaxing thing to do. I never knew there was such a thing as a professional story teller! I enjoyed the pictures of the town and the cafe. This inspires me to take advantage of the nicer weather and do some exploring!