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John the Baptist Is Coming

posted Oct 2, 2012, 10:53 AM by Interfaith WS   [ updated Oct 3, 2012, 11:11 AM ]

John Ashburn’s tales reflect the best of the Appalachian Mountains storytelling traditions.  He’s a popular visitor on the circuit in Ashe County, appearing frequently at Todd Mercantile and Todd General Store, among other sites.


On Saturday, Nov. 3, John (we call him John the Baptist because he goes to Knollwood Baptist Church) will be joining Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of Temple Emanuel and Imam Khalid Griggs of the Community Mosque for storytelling at the free Interfaith Storytelling Festival in Winston-Salem.  They will be appearing in an adults-only session at 4:15-5:20 p.m. at Knollwood Baptist Church.


While the adults are entertained by these three amigos, Dr. Thomas Moore, Renee Andrews, Judy Willis and Hanadi Rashad will be working with children and youth.  The youth will be creating their own interfaith quilt.


After a 5:30 meal provided by Temple Emanuel, the Annoor Islamic Center and the Hindu community, singer/folk theologian will keep everyone smiling with his own style of musical storytelling.


The event is sponsored by Interfaith Winston-Salem, and is free to the public.  Donations will be accepted to help with the cost of the meal.  Knollwood Baptist is located at 330 Knollwood St. in Winston-Salem.