Storytelling and Yellow House Programs

Storytelling takes center stage at the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 Trish Knight St. both Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3. Organized by Carol Silvey, Kay Garrett, and Marideth Sisco, this promises to be an exciting event!

Storytelling schedule:


Noon –                 Marideth Sisco & Danette House — Master storyteller and

apprentice – their first public performance

The presenter is seventh generation native of Howell and Ozark Counties, Danette House. She is currently training with Master Storyteller, Marideth Sisco, through a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant. Her Ozark credentials go back to her three-times great-grandfather, Washington P. Hawkins (Uncle Wash) whose family settled in Ozark County near the North Fork of the White River in 1837. Some of her favorite topics are the early settlement of the Ozarks by different branches of her family tree, the Civil War in the Ozarks, and language of the Ozarks.

1 PM                     Dennis Lancaster, Carol Silvey, & Kay Garrett — History of

Missouri State University – The campus at West Plains

2 PM                     Jim McFarland —     Historic Downtown West Plains – A tour by

way of the stories

3 PM                     Wayne Stewart — The Country Preacher, the Country Church

4 PM                     Dennis VonAllmen –Family arrived in the region in the 1880’s –

no longer “new-comers”


Noon – Marideth Sisco – “These Ozarks Hills” — Thirty years of

researching, writing, and telling the stories

1 PM                     Wendell Bailey –A lifetime of public service – Stories of Local and

regional politics

2 PM                     Vernon Colbert – of the Colbert Brothers Band — Songs, stories,

and tradition – generations of sharing

3 PM                     Dr. Marvin Fowler —   Early medical practice and founding of the

hospital in West Plains

4 PM                     Jack Garrett –The One-room school-house education

The Yellow House will be open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. both days.

After the storytelling, live music will take over the stage:    Friday 6 PM – Anthony Garner

Saturday’s music will include live music by Austin Meher is starting at noon (outside).

Live artist Shawn Maloney also outside at noon. 

Saturday 530-6:30 Jack Bowden “Banjo Jack” (inside)

Saturday 7:00 – Creek Stink

Art Exhibit “Local Artists Art Show and Sale hosted by Ozark Artery” will be throughout the House both Friday and Saturday.

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