"Once Upon a Time... because you know all good stories start with once upon a time..."
Sandy Parks heard Appalachian storytelling for the first time when she was 16 and has been fascinated with the world of story and storytelling ever since. She tells traditional stories -- the ones that are passed down from generation to generation. Her specialty is Appalachian and Affrilachian stories from the mountains of VIrginia, West VIrginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. She has a fondness for trickster tales, and also tells personal narratives and stories from other cultures as well. As the librarian at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg, she shares many stories with her students, but also has performed at other schools, colleges, and festivals, including the Red Wing Roots Festival in Mt. Solon, VA, Floydfest, and the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia.