Sunday, September 25, 2011

Photo(s) of the Day I: Mountain Magic from Ferrum

Jack Tale Players lay down a Cajun tune.
Happiness is youth and talent.
Fiddle-girl can't find a smile.
Redhead from Central Casting.
Ferrum College's Jack Tale Players entertained a crowd sitting on hay bales at the fall festival on Roanoke City Market yesterday. The Players, whose stock-in-trade is the interpretation of the mountain Jack Tales, were founded by R. Rex Stephenson in 1975 with a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Since then, moe than half a million people in 34 states have watched more than 2,500 performances by the players, including this one. Jack is a character based in regional folklore. The preservation of this part of our heritage is something I highly commend, especially when it's done with energy, style and grace. It is a marvelous example of smart spending of state money for education.

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