Back Porch Stories coming to Ansonia for third straight year

March 15, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Anson County Writers’ Club is bringing Back Porch Stories to the Ansonia Theatre. The story-telling event will be held at 7 p.m. on April 4. General admission is $5; children 10 and under are admitted free.

Heading the lineup is Mitch Capel, a.k.a “Gran’daddy Junebug.” A native of Southern Pines, Capel has been delighting audiences with his “sto’etry” (stories recited poetically) since 1985 and has been described as a “word magician” and a “national treasure.” He has been featured at The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

Also on the playbill are E. Gale Buck and Brenda Gilbert. Buck, who lives in the Raleigh area, focuses on stories that reveal the magic in our lives. His stories will make you think about who you are, the journey you are on, and who is traveling with you. Buck also is the author of three books about the Woodsmen and the Highlands of Scotland.

Gilbert studied music and theater at East Carolina University and has held many leading roles over the years. She began telling stories in 1980 to students in Scotland County and surrounding school systems. The founder of the Story Spinners Storytelling Guild, she hails from Laurinburg.

Moderating the sessions is J.A. Bolton of Rockingham. Also a storyteller from a young age, he writes a weekly column of tall tales for the Richmond Daily Journal.

Back Porch Stories is sponsored by the Anson County Writers’ Club, the Anson County Arts Council and the Anson County Tourism Development Authority in conjunction with the Carolinas Writers Conference to be held at the Lockhart-Taylor Center April 5. For more information about the storytelling or the conference, visit