Stories by the Lakeshore with Donald Davis

By Lake Junaluska Center | Mar 14, 2013
The opening ceremony at Lake Junaluska, 1913.

Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will perform in Stuart Auditorium during the 2013 Lake Junaluska Centennial Celebration opening presentation at 7:30 p.m. April 18. This performance is free and open to the public.  This event will also be available for viewing via live streaming that evening at

Born in Southern Appalachia, Davis has told stories all his life.

"I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he said as he recounted tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781.

“My family has lived in Haywood County since way before it was Haywood County,” Davis explains. “My dad and his brothers and sisters were all at the opening ceremony at Lake Junaluska in 1913, so I have a lot of history with Lake Junaluska.”

Davis is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, a retired Methodist Minister, and a former Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Storytellers Association. He has been a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World's Fair, and at festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the World.  He is also a prolific author and producer of books and tapes of his works.

“The kick off presentation will be a great evening of storytelling that will highlight who and what Lake Junaluska is about,” said Bishop Lawrence McCleskey, Centennial Celebration Program Chair. “During the week of June 30 through July 7, we will have an exciting lineup of preachers, music, tours of the original Junaluska homes, reunions, and performances by the Lake Junaluska Singers and Balsam Range."

For more information about the 2013 Centennial Celebration, visit