Songs and Stories

What Am I Supposed to Do Now?
A Tribute to Helen Lewis

Stories by Brenda Bynum | Songs by Don Saliers

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 4:00 PM | The Craddock Center

Amidst a colorful life and purposeful life, Helen Lewis lived. She made deep and long-lasting friendships, inspired her students and others, pioneered activism in the local context in which she lived, and created change both through her own work and that which she roused others to carry out. Big is her life, but it is the “small stuff” that shaped her into the iconic person she is.

Hear these stories that, the first time told, through the vision, creativity, and scholarship of famed Atlanta-area actor Brenda Bynum. Bynum spent time with Helen at her home in Virginia, read her interviews and books, and will transform for one evening into this lively powerhouse of a woman.

Hear her story, the first time played, through music arranged by accomplished musician and active composer and lecturer Don Saliers. Saliers carefully intermingles period music into this tale to represent the times Helen travels through and the music she loves.

Historically, Songs & Stories has been an annual January event for the community that entertains with, well, songs and stories! Each March, the Helen Lewis Lecture has taken place to share information about Appalachia and all its promise and challenge. In 2013, The Craddock Center combined Songs & Stories and the Helen Lewis Lecture creating Songs & Stories in Honor of Helen Lewis. We know you will be both entertained and informed! This year, it not only honors Helen, it tells her story. Don't miss it!

As always, Songs & Stories is a free event and all are welcome. Seating is limited and doors open at 3pm to the heavenly voices of The Angel Band; please plan to arrive early. Email or call the Center for more information.

The Angel Band

In the Fall of 2014, the Rev. Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music at Candler School of Theology, and director of the Candler Singers, put three women together to sing a trio of The Stanley Brothers "Angel Band." Upon their first rehearsal, it was clear that there was something holy at work in the blend of their voices. As they continued to sing together for choir tour, various chapel services, and even some memorial services, the trio became jokingly, but also affectionately known as "The Angel Band."

Members of the trio are all seminary students, preparing for a variety of ministries in the church and the world. Sarah Corrigan is a third year Master of Divinity student from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She has plans to do college academic advising or pursue a PhD. Gennie Bowles is a third year Master of Divinity student from Fishersville, Virginia seeking ordination in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Taylor Claire Bean is a second year Master of Divinity student from Montgomery, Alabama seeking ordination in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The group has a repertoire ranging from folk and bluegrass tunes to artistically arranged hymn favorites. According to Rev. Miller, "The three truly love making music together. It is their hope and prayer that you will experience the Divine along with them as God is at work in their musical gifts."