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Tales among friends

Published 9:32pm Thursday, September 5, 2013

Terry Rollins loves a good story.
Rollins said his love of a good story stems from nostalgia. His family and friends used to tell stories all the time when he was growing up.
“Everybody sat around telling stories and didn’t think of it as storytelling. They were just talking about people they knew,” he said.
Stories are not on the agenda of Wednesday’s meeting of the Inner Banks Storytellers Group, but group members may end up talking about people they know for a while. The club usually meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month (the Labor Day holiday pushed it back a week) at the offices of the Beaufort County Arts Council, 108 Gladden St., Washington,
Rollins said the club is open to any adults who love a good story.
“It’s local folks who just have a love for storytelling. There’s a real down-home feeling about it,” Rollins said about the group.
The storytellers practice their stories when events such as festivals are coming up, but the meetings are mostly for planning the organization’s annual events. Its next event will be sometime in November.
New members do have somewhat of an initiation. They are asked to come with a story to tell.
For those who find the thought of speaking before the small group of storytellers intimidating, Rollins has a bit of advice.
“Just see us all as friends,” he said. “Friends sitting around and talking.”
For more information about the group, contact Terry Rollins at the Brown Library, 946-4300, or Linda Boyer at the N.C. Estuarium, 948-0000.

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