This Sunday’s annual Friends of the Library meeting will feature a program of Appalachian stories and songs.
The Friends of the Library will host its annual meting on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. A brief meeting will include installation of officers and will be followed by a guest speaker — John Fowler.
Fowler is a musician/storyteller/music collector who has produced several recordings and conducted a number of documentaries for South Carolina ETV, and he regularly conducts folklore research and workshops for grant development projects.
Fowler has also been part of WNCW 88.7 FM’s weekly radio show “This Old Porch” since 1995. The show continues to air each Sunday from 3-6 p.m.
When “This Old Porch” first began in 1995, the program was recorded with guests crowding around one microphone to perform live, and Fowler spun vinyl records and what was then a brand new media — compact discs. He currently co-hosts the show with award-winning musician Carol Rifkin.
During Sunday’s program in Union, Fowler will present “Appalachian Stories & Songs,” which will include a combination of traditional and personal stories with music presentation on banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica and spoons. The program will celebrate the culture of Southern Appalachia and its influences, and Fowler — drawing from his roots — will present stories and songs from the southern mountains with a personal touch about grandparents, apron-strings and his first telephone experience. He often presents his brand of old-time storytelling and music programs at schools, festivals, colleges and special events throughout the local region.
Sunday’s event — co-sponsored by the Humanities Council of South Carolina — is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.