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Audience demand spurs second performance

On the fourth Monday of every month at the International Storytelling Center, audience members line up for tickets to be part of the live studio audience for Jonesborough’s original storytelling Radio Show.
For the past several months, that line has been stretching out the doors!
Along with recently winning a Pinnacle Award from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, which recognizes tourism’s peak performers (individuals, groups, businesses and organizations) that significantly contribute to the region’s economy through tourism promotion and development, the Radio Show has been performing to a packed house on a regular basis this past year.
Recently, audience members have been turned away, since the 95-seat theater often fills up fast.
Due to large crowds, the Radio Show will now be performed twice on Monday evenings.
“I want the whole community to be part of this experience, by strengthening our relationships and performing our shared stories,” writer and founding member of the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Jules Corriere said.
“We want to provide more opportunities for storytelling to take place in Jonesborough. Monday night worked because it didn’t conflict with any other major event,” she added.
“It means a slight change in time for the productions. The new schedule will have performances at 6 and 7:30 p.m.”
“With this new schedule, we hope that everyone who wants to see the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange and hear the great stories that come from our own community will have a chance to do so,” said Rachel Conger, director of Parks and Recreation.
“The Radio Show is a fun, family friendly performance that is perfect for church groups, families, and folks of all ages,” McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons said.
Hammons hopes that civic groups and non-profit organizations such as senior centers, home school co-ops and churches will take advantage of the additional show and economical ticket price.
“This show is absolutely wonderful! The audience is small enough that you feel like you are a part of the show,” she said. “You laugh, you cry and you are in the show just as much as the cast.
“Once you go to a show, you will be hooked. You will want to keep coming back.”
The next several episodes promise to be popular topics.
In June, the Yarn Exchange has teamed up with the Washington County Humane Society, and the stories in the show revolve around “Pet Tales,” featuring the antics of pets and the important role of service animals, as well as rescue stories.
In July, the hunt is on, as the Yarn Exchange performs an audience request episode, featuring stories of survival.
August features “Traveling Tales,” with stories of how our families settled in and around the region with horses and covered wagons.
This show features a story from a man born in 1929, who recalls a tale about his own father, born in 1854.
It will be living history, right on stage, with a tale from a man whose father was born before the Civil War.
“All stories performed on the Radio Show come from real oral stories that have been gathered locally, and then scripted into the one-hour format.
“Regional musical guests perform each month as well,” Corriere said.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children, and may be purchased by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 753-1010.
Tickets may also be purchased online at
The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange performs the fourth Monday of every month with shows at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.
If you have a story you would like to share for the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Radio Show, or if you would like more information on how to be involved, call McKinney Center Outreach Program Director Jules Corriere at 794-6320 or [email protected]