ARTworks presents 3 holiday storytelling events

The Uncalled For Trio’s “Ugly Sweater” Christmas Tour 2013

Storytelling, comedy and yuletide style will be at Port Royal Elementary School for The Uncalled For Trio’s “Ugly Sweater” Christmas Tour 2013. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and you may win a prize! The Uncalled For

The Uncalled For Trio
The Uncalled For Trio

Trio unravels holiday humor faster than kittens in a knitting shop. You will hear stories and songs from the supremely talented Kim Weitkamp, Andy Irwin, and Bil Lepp, and opening for the trio is Port Royal Elementary School’s own storytelling troupe! Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids, at the door only.

Each member of the Trio is an award-winning, nationally touring artist who will motivate holiday spirits (and grinchiness) with their oh-so fashionable guffaws and cheer. This year is their fourth annual Christmas tour, which has repeatedly sold out in various cities around the country. Young storytellers at Port Royal Elementary school have been working with JW Rone, part of ARTworks’ initiative to develop strong tellers in the community.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at Port Royal Elementary School on Paris Avenue in Old Village Port Royal.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Originally written for BBC radio, Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is holiday nostalgia at its best: “One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town … I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was 12 or whether it snowed for 12 days and 12 nights when I was six.”

Peter Townes is your minstrel for these performances. Through him you will also learn who the Welsh are, and what they think they’re up to; the difference between the Welsh and the Irish, Scots, Picts and the Bloody English; a quick genealogy workshop exploring your own Welsh ancestry; and the Welsh Discovery of America.

Originally from Wales, Townes now lives in upstate South Carolina, and considers Dylan Thomas to be “the master bard of all time. Although he does it in English, he has Welsh storytelling mastered. In one sentence he can floor you. He still floors me.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids, and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street 29902.


Book signing by the local author of “Rambler’s Life: the South Reloaded”

A new collection of true adventure tales has been released by local author Michele Roldán-Shaw. “Rambler’s Life: The South Reloaded” is a hand-bound book featuring original block-printed covers, and continues an odyssey begun in the underground classic “Ain’t a Rambler’s Life Fine: The South.” Both books recount her travels in Dixie, highlighting people and places from the everyday to the extraordinary.

“The South Reloaded” contains stories of the Cajun bayou, Mississippi Delta juke joints, South Carolina’s Swamp Fox Trail, sacred grottos and healing springs, the set of the TV drama “Army Wives,” Smoky Mountain gem mines, the Memphis and Birmingham hoods, Indian mounds, cotton plantations, folk art environments, pirate legends, spirit possession, sharecroppers, tribes of hillbilly moonshiners and more.

Roldán-Shaw has been a freelance journalist based in Bluffton for nearly a decade. In 2010 she started the Rambler’s Life Project as a way to find a bright side to the recession, and now considers herself blessed with freedom and richness of experience. She feels so much gratitude toward all the people who have helped her along the journey.

Roldán-Shaw will read and sign copies of “Rambler’s Life” on Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at ARTworks in Beaufort. Family activities will be going on with other art projects from noon to 4 p.m. that day too. For more information, visit www.ramblerslife.com or www.artworksinbeaufort.org or call 843-379-2787.

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