Distinguished Events Series

Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton

Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton

Did you miss seeing Dolores and Bobby in April? Here's another chance!

"A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The World of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861-1887"

Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in what is now Rogers Hall on the UNA campus when the War Between the States began.  She kept a journal at the time, which continues through the war and for another 22 years, as Sallie grows to be a young woman and begins a family of her own. Storyteller Dolores Hydock and nationally known musician and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie's journals, letters, historical photographs, and music of the time to create a uniquely personal glimpse at a radically changing world.

"A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart . . ." will be performed during the UNA Front Porch Storytelling Festival on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 4 p.m. in the Performance Center, Guillot University Center, on campus. Tickets for the festival are on sale now!

Dolores Hydock is an actress, writer, and storyteller. Her one-woman shows and story performances have been featured at special events throughout the U.S., including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Bobby Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and music historian. He has produced and performed music scores for sixteen films for the National Park Service, and fourteen PBS films by Ken Burns, including The Civil War, Lewis and Clark, and Baseball. His recordings of authentic period music have been acclaimed by historical organizations and publications throughout the US and Europe.

A CD recording of A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The World of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887 earned a 2014 Resource Award from Storytelling World magazine. The CD will be available at the performance and at Dolores' website.

Coming in May . . .

UNA Front Porch Storytelling Festival

The very best professional storytellers (including the "dean of storytelling" Donald Davis) will entertain at the Fourth Annual University of North Alabama Front Porch Storytelling Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 2014 in the Performance Center. Special events are planned to kick off the festival during that week, so check back for more information! 

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