Celebrating Appalachia With Storytelling

Blind Pig and the Acorn celebrates Appalachia

Granny Sue (Susanna Holstein) was the featured performer of the Celebration of Appalachia held May 3rd. Susanna and I met online when each of us were just starting out in the blogosphere. After all the years of staying in touch through the internet, it was wonderful to finally meet her and her husband in person. The whole Blind Pig family enjoyed their company so much that we’re already looking forward to their next visit!

You can find out more about Granny Sue’s storytelling here: About Granny Sue

To get to know Granny Sue in a more personal way you can read her blog: Granny Sue’s News and Reviews.

Sadly-I didn’t get any video of Granny Sue at the celebration due to technical difficulties. The next morning before she hit the road for home she told the girls a story-Rindercellar-and I did video it. Some of you may recall Archie Campbell telling the story of Rindercellar.

I hope you enjoyed the story as much as I did! I’m trying to get Chitter to learn it-I think she could put her on spin on it.


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    Mary Lou McKillip
    May 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Tipper. great post on Granny Sue. kinda like to do some storytelling myself.Granny sue is a natural. God has blessed both of you with some many talents.

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    May 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Those unintentional ‘misspeaks’ are due to what we call a ‘peach imspediment’ at our house. My wife in well known around the neighborhood and at church for her frequent ones.

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    May 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Sreat Gory.

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    Tory Seller
    May 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

    So are we thinking that the late great Archie Campbell sorrowed a borie from Colonel Stoopnagle and that Sanny Grue built upon it.

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    Ken Roper
    May 6, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Granny Sue did as good as Archie
    Campbell on that one. I wonder if she’s
    ever pulled that kinda talk on Larry.
    I talked with them both and they’re
    just as natural as if I had known them
    for years. Thank you Suzanna and Larry
    for the stories and friendship. And
    Thank you, Tipper, for introducing us
    to an evening of country entertainment.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike
    May 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Tipper: Granny Sue is GOOD! So natural. We heard a lady doing this kind of taken – kind of like I did until about the second grade. IT WAS NOT FUNNY BACK THEN. But everyone seemed to laugh AT ME – not with me.
    Eva Nell

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    May 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Storytelling is such a wonderful gift. It requires a straight face or holding back a surprise ending or stopping one’s self from giggling is rather a tough skill. It has been a long time since I’ve listened to one.

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    b. Ruth
    May 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I loved the storytelling and sorry if I missed any of it Saturday evening.
    This one tale, “Rinderceller” is a favorite of mine. I may have mentioned it before that I love “spoonerisms” and finally realized that we all on occasion make a spoonerism error (speech error) ourownselves…There are a variety of definitions of the term..but the idea of it is…”The transposition of usually initial sounds of words, producing a humorous result.” by a Word A Day..or by Webster’s…an unintentional interchange of sounds, in two or more words (EX.:
    ‘a well-boiled icicle’ for ‘a well-oiled bicycle’) from Stoopnagl’s Spoonerism book…I have this spoonerism book and love it.
    I think the girls should also learn the “The Pea Little Thrigs” also known as ‘The Three Little Pigs’….I am sure they could give their twist on the two…
    What’s not good is when you get my age and a spoonerism begins to happen more and more often.
    Oh well, I guess it is better than putting the ‘butter in the cabinet and the salt in the fridge’! Yep, it happened to me!
    Loved Granny Sue and all…
    Great post Tipper and thank you Granny Sue!

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    Mike McLain
    May 6, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I remember well hearing Archie Campbell tell the story of Rindercellar many years ago. I really enjoyed Granny Sue’s rendition.

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    Janet Smart
    May 6, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Well, I must have slopped my dripper a long time ago. I’ve been married to my handsome prince for 30 some years. :o)

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    Miss Cindy
    May 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I was there when Granny Sue told that tongue twisting story. It was remarkable to hear. I can’t see how she got all the way through it with no glitches but she did. We laughed and laughed.
    It was a wonderful weekend with Granny Sue and Larry.

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