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Tue, Mar 21


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IJAMS SUNSET SERIES: World Storytelling Day

Enjoy an evening of inspiring spoken word stories told by members of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association on March 21!

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IJAMS SUNSET SERIES: World Storytelling Day
IJAMS SUNSET SERIES: World Storytelling Day

Time & Location

Mar 21, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA

About the Event

Join Ijams and the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association for a night of traditional Appalachian tales, classical stories from foreign lands, contemporary fiction, personal narratives, and more as part of the World Storytelling Day on March 21!  This year's theme is  “Together We Can.” Considering worldwide events, storytellers across the globe feel the need in society to come together and move forward together, building community and inspiring change.

Featured storytellers for are Jim Eastin, Fred Goddard, and Stephen & Susan Fulbright.

Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12. 

The Ijams Beer Garden and concession area will be open all evening.

This event will be held inside the Visitor Center. If the weather is beautiful, the event will move to the back patio.


About the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association

The Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association comprises folks who love telling, listening to, and rejoicing in our rich heritage of stories. For more information, find them on Facebook or check out

About the Storytellers

Susan Fulbright

Susan has been a teller of tales for over 40 years. Listening to tales on her granny’s knee instilled a love for storytelling. A retired teacher having received a masters in storytelling and reading at ETSU, Susan served an apprenticeship with the Houston Storytellers Guild and became an OGS, an Official Guild Storyteller. With Stephen, she has told stories in schools, churches, distilleries, hospitals, private homes, coffeehouses, Dreammore at Dollywood, and wherever people want a good tale. Her stories include folk tales, legends, created tales, whoppers, family tales, ghost tales, and tandem tales with Stephen.

Stephen Fulbright

Stephen is an engineer by trade, but, being a good Tennessee boy, he has always had a love of stories. Branching out into telling tales has come late, but this Walter’s State math adjunct keeps on learning. Stephen has stories of his misspent youth, which Susan had not heard until a dinner party after they had been married for 7 years! It was hair-raising! He's a natural. Stephen has created tales of the mountains for young and old. With Susan, he performs tandem tales.

Jim Eastin

Jim Eastin has been telling stories about family, friends, and faith for over 40 years. Jim is president of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association and loves to travel, tell, and teach storytelling.

Fred Goddard

Raised in New Jersey, son of an Illinois farmer with ancestry rooted in East Tennessee, Fred blends all three in his tales that brings smiles, giggles, memories, and lessons of softer times. A family-friendly storyteller.


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    +$0.25 service fee
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  • Kids Ticket (Ages 5-12)

    +$0.13 service fee
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