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Mountain Echoes

Storytelling has always been a means of crossing barriers of time and place. It provides a medium for not only entertainment, but also sharing wisdom, joys, and sorrows beyond our own life experiences.

The Mountain Echoes are dedicated to keeping the tradition of storytelling alive in the hills and hollows of West Virginia and beyond. They enjoy the opportunity to share storytelling with a group.

The Mountain Echoes consists of JoAnn Dadisman and June Riffle, both natives of Preston County, West Virginia. They both have undergraduate degrees in education and experience in the classroom K-12. Their graduate work includes Masters degrees in Reading and English.

The Mountain Echoes can bring enrichment to schools, libraries, civic groups, parties and festivals. Their stories bring both classics and folktales to life, interpret history, enhance cultural awareness, reinforce reading skills, and offer creative writing opportunities. At libraries, they can be enrichment activities for reading programs and reading incentives. The Mountain Echoes can be key-note speakers at your next civic event, or the entertainment. They can tell many types of stories including folktales, ghost stories, jack tales, yarns, and mountain lore. Audience participation can be increased with a story, such as one of local history or legends.

The workshops they teach can be designed for your specific needs, but some of the most popular types are Developing Family Stories, Storytelling Across the Curriculum, Why Tell A Tale?, Reviving Classic Tales for Students, and Let's Tell Scary Stories.

The Mountain Echoes performed many different types of stories at the festival, including folktales, ghost stories, and Jack tales.

June currently lives in Fairmont, WV, where she raises her teens, bees, and tends a garden while completing a Folklore minor at Fairmont State College. JoAnn still resides on her family land in Preston County and teaches English courses with Appalachian emphasis at West Virginia University.

Here the duo is performing the story of Ashpet- a mountain reinterpretation of Cinderella.

Contact the Mountain Echoes:

JoAnn Dadisman
1(304) 864-6861
Route 1, Box 69-A
Independence, WV 26374
Email: jdadisman@aol.com

June Riffle
Route 6, Box 161-B
Fairmont, WV 26554
Email: jeriffle@aol.com