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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, October 6, 2016 Local storyteller selected as finalist, for National Storytelling Festival's Story Slam The National Storytelling Festival has its history in the heart of Jonesborough, TN. From hay bales and tailgates, the festival has grown to attract thousands. Tellers now gather hundreds of eager listeners under large white tents that dot the his- toric streets of downtown. Arid for a weekend, the rolling hills of Jonesborough trade the sounds of a bustling little town for the multitudes of laughter, gasps and victori- ous applause the audience trades for an entertaining se'-~,ion of stories and s'o Within this magical set- ring is an opportunity. And that opportunity is Just right for those who don't mind a little competition. For the past few years, the festival has hosted a STORY SLAM. In the sto- rytelling world, the term means competition. The first round of competition at this National Storytelling Festival SLAM is an open invite to any and all who send in a two minute excerpt from a five minute story. From that pool, six winners are invited to the stage to com- pete for the grand prize. This year a local story- teller was selected. Amy Yeary Holmes is a Johnson City resident and member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild. She Will compete against tellers from Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and Massachusetts for the title of Champion and a $300 cash prize. Amy is a Milligan College graduate who is trained as a pulpit minister for the United Methodist Church. In 2013, she took a leave of absence from pulpit ministry to focus on her family and joined the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild as a hobby. After a few months on stage, she began receiving calls and ~mails asking for stories. Sihce then, her hobby has grown into a part time job. Amy has entertained and led workshops for senior 6itizens, lectured on narra- Amy Yeary Holmes tive preaching for preach- ers and lay speakers and entertained elementary schools with a focus on self-esteem. Last year, Amy released her first CD, entitled Amy Yeary Holmes LIVE. The CD is full of stories from her childhood home and family as well as her current life as a mother and minister. Amy is not a stranger to the SLAM stage. Earlier this year, she was crowned the 2016 Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival Liar's Champion. The 2016 National Festival SLAM is sure to see the best of Amy's creativity. The theme of this year's Story Slam is "Lost and Found". Amy's story encompasses that theme and will tackle controversial subjects like race, national security and raising a child in a world that seems upside down at times. If this sounds intriguing to you, we invite you to seek tickets for Saturday, October 8 or all weekend. Tickets can be bought at If you'd like to watch a local girl do well, catch Amy as well as other great tellers in the National Slam October 8 at 5:30 in the Courthouse Tent. Just come early, the tent is always packed. Amy's BIO Amy Yeary Holmes began her storytelling career in the principal's office of St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Virginia. Her knack for "telling it well" afforded her several opportunities, most notably a seminary degree. After spending 10 years in parish ministry for the United Methodist Church, Amy trained at James H. Quillen Medical Center as a resident in chaplaincy. Her reputation for collecting stories as well as spinning yarns made her a favorite among our nation's wounded sol- diers. Amy now travels the Appalachian mountains and beyond presenting workshops, filling pulpits and telling stories. Amy specializes in spir- itual stories about hope, healing and wholeness. She tells Bible stories, his- torical stories and personal stories sure to delight the audience with gentle laughter and sometimes a tear or two. Amy is married to Kevin Holmes, a hospice chaplain. Together, they manage the busy social life of an eight year old, who recently wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy, arguing the finer points of inflation. A good story offers our hearts and minds,a safe place to rest from the bustling of our busy lives. As the listener gives time and attention to the emo- tions presented through story and often neglected due to our busy-ness, hope, healing and resolve begin to emerge in the story, the teller and the listener. All three connect in a most sacred way through humor, hope and humility. What an honor to be part of that holy dance! Amy Yeary Holmes Amy would love to per- form at your event. Get on her calendar by emailing her at amyyearyholmes@ yahoo.c om More info at Amy's website amyyeary- holmes.wixsite.corn/amyh 'Round the Mountain announces new juried members 'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network has announced results from the , September 13, 2016 jury session. A total of fifteen artisan members from throughout Southwest Virginia were accepted in 'Round the Mountain's most recent session. Those members are: Michael Armstrong (Blacksburg); Matt B i r c h f i e 1 d (Christiansburg); Carol F Blevins (Abingdon); Donna Brown (Damascus); Regan Carlton (Wise); " Regina Dawson (Abingdon); Patty Hertzog (Grundy); Cindy Howe (Patrick Springs); Jennifer F Meade (Gate City); Judy K Miller (Abingdon); Ayla Mullen (Floyd); Ivan G Scott (Abingdon); Nancy & Roger Songer (Abingdon); John Todd (Wytheville); and Michele Tuell (Chilhowie). "Each session brings new and distinctive work for consideration, and this session was no exception," said Diana Blackburn, executive director, 'Round the Mountain. "From beau- tiful quilts, stained and blown glass, to fine wood- working, photography, painting and jewelry the new work is unique and wonderfully done," adds Blackburn. As a benefit of member- ship, "Round the Mountain members can submit their work to the jury process. A panel of their peers evalu- ates the work and provides the member with a written critique of their work, Blackburn explains. "This is the 21st jury session held by 'Round the Mountain since 2009 and total of 446 artisans from throughout Southwest Virginia have passed the jury process. Once juried, members have the opportunity to have their work for sale at Heartwood: Somhwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, VA and can participate in special shows and events," says Blackburn. Jury sessions are held each year in March and September. The jury process is one of the many benefits of being a member of "Round the Mountain. Other bene- fits include: a "profile page" on the RTM website; credit union membership; being a trail site along the Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia, and more. Visit www.roundthemountain.or g to learn more or contact Diana Blackburn at dblack- burn@ roundthemountain.o rg or (276) 492-2410. Items of Interest... Southern Gospel Recording Artists The Babb's will be in concert at the; Highpoint Community Church 5652 Highpoint Rd. Castlewood Virginia on October 30, 2016@ 11:00 am. andat Ma & Pa"s Restsurant 18928 US Highway 58 Castlewood Virginia @ 2:00 pm. Everyone Welcome. The Holiday Craft Faire 2016 will be held on October 7 and October 8 at the Russell County Fairgrounds in Castlewood each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at the Russell County Conference Center, Lebanon, Virginia. Meetings of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees The regular monthly meeting of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wise County Public Library. The Finance Committee will meet at 12:15 p.m. to review monthly payables. NEW at Shoe Town Open Monday through Saturday Milton Shopping Center Castlewood 276-762-9531 Calendar From Page 1 ,to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment .Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult leamers, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Altemative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information conceming GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. NARCONON COUNSEL- ING- Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your fam- ily from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800- 431 - 1754 or AMERICAN LEGION POST # 208 welcomes new mem- bers. If 3~ou served on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves then you should be eligible to join us. You are not required to have served overseas or have seen actual combat. Contact us at American Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box 1261, Lebanon, VA 24266 with your name, address and phone number. Transfers are welcome.