National storyteller Donald Davis returns to Waynesville Oct. 14

Oct 05, 2012
Donald Davis

All are invited to join Friends of the Smokies as they welcome nationally renowned storyteller Donald Davis back to his ancestral home of Western North Carolina to tell “Tales from the Smokies” at Lake Junaluska in the Harrell Center.  Davis will bring the warmth of a homespun tale to life at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct.14.

Tickets are $15 per person. Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park memberships will be offered at a special discount for $20 with purchase of ticket. Tickets may be purchased at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S Main St, Waynesville; by mailing checks to Friends of the Smokies, 160 S Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786; or online at

Attendees of the benefit event are in for a special treat hearing Davis, a nationally acclaimed storyteller.  This will be Davis’ 32nd year to tell at the National Storytelling festival in Jonesborough, TN. Davis was also featured on a recent CBS Sunday Morning segment, “Storytelling festivals keep an age-old tradition alive.

A graduate of Davidson College and the Duke University Divinity School, after serving for 20 years as a Methodist minister, Davis retired to begin his second career as a full-time storyteller.

Not many who are spellbound by Davis’ stories have the opportunity to do so in the very setting where the events take place.  Davis was born in the shadows of Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside of Waynesville.  His family has lived in Haywood County since before it was even a county, holding land that eventually became part of the Park when it was founded in the 1930’s. Davis grew up “absorbing” local stories told by family and neighbors.  These stories along with his childhood experiences are the basis for his sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, and always captivating stories.

Davis is donating his performance to benefit Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit organization that supports conservation, education, historic preservation and other priorities benefiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, contact Friends of the Smokies at 452-0720, or visit