Have You (Yes, You!) Heard Our Storytellers? They Are a Delight.
Here at the Wren’s Nest we invite folks for storytelling every Saturday at 1pm. Kids like it, sure. But truth be told it’s the adults who really get a kick out of the performance.
I’m a dedicated fan of Mama KoKu, one of our four Wren’s Nest Ramblers. Legend even has it that her voice cures hangovers.
The next time you’re looking for an authentic experience in Atlanta, trick someone into storytelling at the Wren’s Nest. We’ll be ready every Saturday at 1 pm.
REMIX: Atlanta History, our Last Book by the Scribes at Brown Middle School
In May of this year, our Scribes at Brown Middle School launched their new book, REMIX: Atlanta History. The book contains stories that are a re-imagining, or remix of Atlanta’s African American Historic Sites. We paired the students to work 1-on-1 with professional and semi-professional writing mentors for an hour each week.
REMIX: Atlanta History includes stories set at historic sites like: The Atlanta Daily World, Booker T. Washington High School, Butler Street YMCA, Fire Station 16, Herndon Home, The MLK Jr. National Historic Site, Oakland Cemetery’s African American section, Paschal’s Restaurant and The Royal Peacock.
Want to mentor a student in our 2017 program? Simply email Kalin at Kalin@wrensnest.org.
Everything You’ve Heard About Uncle Remus Is Wrong
Recently in the media you might have heard a thing or two about the tar baby story or about Brer Rabbit. But what’s the deal with Uncle Remus, the character who narrates the Brer Rabbit stories? You’ll be surprised to find that everything you’ve heard about Uncle Remus may very well be wrong.
Remus is a fictional character crafted by Joel Chandler Harris to narrate African American folk tales to a little white boy. But in the process, Remus gives the kid an unusual education. He says things like:
“Your dad’s an idiot.”
“I’m dating your mom.”
“The stories in the Bible aren’t true.”
“When civilization started, everyone used to be black.”
These ideas aren’t exactly what you’d expect to hear in children’s stories from 19th century Georgia. Discover the whole story about Remus in five easy-reading parts.
Akbar Imhotep Performs “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story” in HD
Professor and documentarian Spenser Simrill, Jr. stopped by the other day to record Akbar in action. Take a gander:
I can’t promise that every Saturday at 1 pm we’ll have a documentarian filming in sweet, sweet HD, but I can promise you an amazing storytelling performance.
Did you restore your museum called the Wren’s Nest?
No? I don’t blame you. It costs a lot of money to look this handsome.
Feel free to follow the progress of our $190,000 conservation project from the planning stages (March 2008) to the fancy-pants architectural photos (December 2009).
The before and after pictures are pretty remarkable. Go ahead and check ’em out. I’ll wait.