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Cassidy United Methodist Church, 5801 Memorial Blvd., Kingsport
Cassidy United Methodist Church Preschool will host a storytelling event to benefit the school’s scholarship fund. “Growing With Stories” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. in the church’s fellowship hall located at 5801 Memorial Boulevard in Indian Springs. Five local storytellers will tell heartwarming tales appropriate for children of all ages. These nationally known, highly entertaining storytellers will present tales that teach children positive principles and moral values. Storytellers who are scheduled to appear include the following: Judy “Butterfly” Farlow Judy Farlow inherited her love of words and books from her writer mother and her appreciation of tall tales from her father. Her extended family serves as the inspiration for many of her “Down Home” stories. A professional clown, teacher and children’s entertainer, Farlow is a nationally known, award winning storyteller she has told stories from backyard picnics up to the White House. Marjorie Shaefer Marjorie Shaefer, also known as Mother Goose, shares her stories, rhymes and fables at events for children and for families. Shaefer has a degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University and tells well-researched historical stories about women of the Bible, the Oregon Trail, the Gold Rush, and Great Lakes lighthouses and shipwrecks. She also tells Mother Goose rhymes and stories and Aesop's Fables. Amy Yeary Holmes Amy Yeary Holmes has been telling stories to audiences since fourth grade. Holmes’ storytelling repertoire revolves around spiritual issues of grief and loss, shame and guilt, and hope and healing for the lost soul. Holmes believes that good stories offers hearts and minds a safe place to rest from the bustle of everyday life. Tim Potter Tim Potter is a veterinarian in the Tri Cities area who was born and raised in East Tennessee. He attended ETSU and served as an officer in the U.S. Army before attending vet school at the University of Tennessee. Potter learned the art of storytelling from his father and older brother, Dan Potter, who is a former member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild. Dr. Potter is the author of a children's novel about the need for healthcare for pets, called “The Gift of Scruffy.” Judy Womack Judy Womack uses dramatic movement and the magic of the spoken word to entertain listeners with stories that stretch their imaginations. Womack has more than 40 years’ experience in theater, playing major roles in comedies, tragedies, musicals and outdoor dramas throughout the Southeast. She has appeared in the films “The River” and “Feud,” and has appeared on the television show “America's Most Wanted.” She has also taught high school drama/theatre and conducted drama and storytelling workshops for children in schools, Kingsport Theatre Guild, Theatre Bristol, Kingsport Ballet, Barter Theatre, and Kingsport Arts. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Emory & Henry College, a B.S. in theatre from ETSU, and a master’s of education with an emphasis in storytelling from ETSU. All proceeds from the event will go towards Cassidy Preschool’s scholarship fund. The fund helps pay monthly tuition for disadvantaged three- and four-year olds who attend the preschool’s high quality programming. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased by calling the preschool at 323-0100 or the church at 323-8142. Tickets will also be available at the door. Cassidy Preschool is rated as a 3-Star rated program by the State of Tennessee’s Quality Star Program. A 3-star rating is the highest level attainable for preschools in Tennessee. The preschool program uses thematic, play-based learning in a loving, Christian environment. Children are provided opportunities to make discoveries, learn problem solving skills and to develop a sense of self and spirituality. For more information, please visit http://cassidyumpreschool.blogspot.com/.