From STAFF REPORTS

This month, the Yarn Exchange Radio Show has cooked up lots of hilarious stories about secrets — some about cooking and most about life.

On Monday, Sept. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center, the monthly radio show will present local stories that have been collected by local cooks, barbecue masters, chefs, grandmothers, church potlucks and neighborhood socials.

While the phrase “Cooking is Love” is a well-known adage, in this region, cooking is a competitive sport, and all means of protective charms and defenses have been put in place through the generations in order to hold onto the secret family recipes.

For this show, however, some light has been shed on these long-held secrets of community members. Hear all about the “tart of the town,” take a guess of exactly what kind of meat was used in the winning entry for the church chili cook-off, and discover why Charlotte could never quite replicate that recipe that aunt Gertrude wrote down for her.

Joining the cast this month is special musical guest Nate Harris of Boone, North Carolina. This singer-songwriter brings his original folk and country music to the stage with a sound that is grown from his home in western North Carolina.

Tickets are available by calling (423) 753-1010 or online at Jonesborough.com/tickets. This StoryTown production is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.