Carpetbag Theatre Company
Carpetbag Theatre, Inc hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where they create and perform original, theatrical works. They’ve worked in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders since 1969. Their mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.
They will perform on Wednesday, April 15th.
Hills & Hollows Mountain Music and Storytelling
Mike and Kathy Gwinn have been performing as “Hills & Hollows Mountain Music and Storytelling” for the past twelve years. Both have a special love and appreciation for these mountains and the people that settled them years ago. “We believe their stories and songs are worth being remembered and shared,” says Mike.
They've developed quite a local reputation and knowledge. As a Guide in the Great Smoky Mountains and a former History Teacher, Kathy uses her love for this area plus the wealth of information that she has acquired combined with a delightful communication style to share memorable stories. Throughout High School and College, she was involved in drama and public speaking. Mike, a charter member of the bluegrass group, Pine Mountain Railroad, has been singing and playing instruments since he was a young boy. He plays a variety of instruments during their presentations including the guitar, “clawhammer” banjo, and banjola.
Perhaps what makes this husband and wife team unique is the way they combine their stories and songs together. If Kathy shares a story about Dolly, Mike will follow it with a song about Dolly or one that she sang, thus creating a total listening experience.
Mike and Kathy have performed for various churches, schools, Family Reunions, Travel Clubs, Military and Corporate Groups, Country Inns and Resorts, the National Park and local events like Wilderness Wildlife Week. Kathy says that, “At the conclusion of each performance, we know we have accomplished our objective if we made you laugh, helped you remember the ‘good ole days’, learned something new about the mountains, and inspired you to appreciate and enjoy life more.”
They will perform during the evening reception on Tuesday, April 14th.