Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Debbie Dunn and Marcia Donovan telling ghost stories at the Hermitage

Introduction: Professional Storytellers Debbie Dunn and Marcia Donovan will tell family-friendly ghost stories at the 12th annual ‘Hauntings at the Hermitage’ located in Nashville, TN: 10-20-2012 and 10-27-2012. Listen to spooky tales in ‘Cabin by the Spring’ building.

Do you want a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your family and friends? Do you enjoy exploring historical locations? Travel to Nashville, Tennessee, and visit the Hermitage.

Special two-night event at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee

October 20th and October 27th of 2012 are the dates for the 12th annual ‘Hauntings at the Hermitage’ located in Nashville, Tenn. Two professional storytellers will share the stage at the ‘Cabin by the Spring’ to tell family-friendly ghost stories both nights.

Marcia Donovan will tell ghost and spooky stories on the hour (6:00, 7:00, and 8:00). Debbie Dunn will tell ghost and spooky stories on the half hour (6:30, 7:30, and 8:30). Both Marcia and Debbie will be performing during the final performance scheduled from 9:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Bio for Marcia Donovan

Marcia has been a professional storyteller since 1984 and Putnam County Library Storyteller in Cookeville, TN. since 1988. With voice, guitar and unique percussion instruments Marcia blends music and story for a fresh look at the world. Audiences sing along and help in the telling. She has been Storytelling Artist in Residence with Putnam Pacesetters developmentally disabled adults since 2000, with whom she presents an annual dramatization of a multicultural folktale. Marcia has performed at Rugby’s Ghostly Gathering, Crossville’s Boo Bash, Cookeville’s History Museum, and numerous Middle Tennessee classrooms, teacher in-services and community groups. 

Marcia is a member of the Tennessee Storytelling Association (TSA) and the National Storytelling Network (NSN). She has been a Tennessee Arts Commission Roster Artist since 1993 and was an Artist in Residence in Putnam County fourth grades 1993-99.

Marcia holds Tennessee K-3 certification, has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and has 15 years pre-school and remedial teaching experience. Marcia has presented storytelling workshops in Middle Tennessee classrooms, at TSA conferences, Governor's Academy for Teachers of Writing, local teacher in-services and community groups.  

Bio for Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons has been a professional storyteller and author since 1989. That is the year she earned her M.A. at ETSU in Elementary Education with a specialization in Storytelling. Debbie tells age-appropriate stories. She encourages lots of audience participation as she performs. She has been a member of the National Storytelling Network and the Tennessee Storytelling Association since 1990. Using her pen name of DJ Lyons, she is the author of “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist” and “White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales Of Wonder.” Additionally, Debbie taught school for 14 1/2 years. She is certified to teach grades K-8. For more information about her storytelling performances and workshops, please visit her storytelling website of

More details about the ‘Hauntings at the Hermitage’ event

What is the Hermitage? It is a historical site that was the home of former President Andrew Jackson. He was our seventh president. He led our country from 1829 to 1837.

Where is the Hermitage located? The Hermitage is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The mailing address is: The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, 4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville, TN 37076.

This is how the two-night event is described on the Hermitage website:

Join us Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, October 27th for the 12th Annual Hauntings at The Hermitage. Celebrate the holiday with ghost stories, a haunted hay ride through the Hermitage fields and old barn, fun Halloween themed movies on our outdoor movie theater, music, food, games and activities for kids, and more. New this year is a Presidential Trick or Treat Trail and hay maze! Don't miss this great community event!

If you need directions, have further questions, or wish to order tickets, visit the Hermitage website. For your convenience, here is the link to click:

Here is the Hermitage page advertising all the storytellers performing those two nights:

Professional Storytellers Marcia Donovan and Debbie Dunn hope to see you there.

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