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Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast declared Wallace Shealy the Bold-Faced Liar Champion

With a twinkle in his eye Shealy said, “of course I embellished the truth slightly.”  The Mountain Xpress said in their opinion “Shealy exaggerates more than slightly.” The Tribune revealed that this upstanding local had been caught lying. It doesn’t matter if he is recalling a tale from his childhood, telling a story based on the Good Book or spinning a yarn you will be delighted listening to him stretch the truth all out of proportion.

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Wallace Shealy

(828)581-4603

Asheville, NC

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  • One more  Downtown After 5 produced by the Asheville Downtown Association the 3rd Friday in September. It is going be an awesome show to close the season. Then on to Oktoberfest and the Holiday Parade. It is always a blast to work with ADA but I'm looking forward to winter break starting mid-afternoon on the Saturday before Thanksgiving when the parade is over until next spring. Jamie will be missed as she move on to bigger things for her in Tryon. Road trip.

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  • Alice just called and I'll be headed back to volunteer in Jonesborough for the 43 edition of the National Storytelling Festival. I wasn't there in year one with Connie, Ray and Gwenda. Thirty three years ago when I showed up on my brother's door step for vacation he had tacked a ticket to the door with a message that said "Some of us have to work!" So I headed about three miles up W Walnut to my first National Storytelling Festival. After a couple years they talked me into driving a cart and now for the better part of twenty years doing registration. I can remember telling in front of the courthouse and the coming and going of tents and many amazing tellers. Maybe most fondly I recall the last appearance of Ray, Jackie, Doc, Syd and Katherine. My brother and Faith celebrated their wedding in the International Storytelling Center. As an era passes in my family with brother so ill with ALS it will be good to be back one more time.

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  • It was indeed a privilege to produce the anniversary gala. Three legendary ladies and a great celebration of 20 years for the Asheville Storytelling Circle.

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  • Thanks to Barbara Freeman and folks at Pisgah Dude Ranch. I got to spend a rainy evening in the study telling stories in front of the fireplace. I had planned to head into town for Okie Dokie BBQ, some of the best in town but I got a better offer, they invited me to stay for a wonderful pot roast dinner and I got to stay dry. Barbara take another night off any time. I'd love to be invited back.

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  • It was great to be invited back for another season of Stories on Asheville's Front Porch in the Rino Courtyard at Dianna Wortham Theater, Pack Place. John and Marci were amazing to share the stage with.

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  • Loretta Freeman talked me into working with Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Music Festival this year. I had been many times as a patron to the MDMF and to sit on the green and listen but this was my first time behind the scenes. She convinced me with offers of Okie Dokie BBQ and a double scoop of Hop Ice Cream. I am sold it is an amazing group of people on the Folk Heritage Committee that make mountain music live on. Do you think they will ever have room for a liar and storyteller?

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  • Thanks to the wonderfully warm audience around the campfire at the Vance Birth Place. It was a pleasure to tell to a great crowd at such a beautiful place.

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  • It was a great night to play to host to this group of a dozen Real Estate Pro's from the NC Mountains MLS, Charlotte Regional REALTOR Association and Corelogic. Life membership has its privileges. Dinner was amazing with a Houdini Seance and stage show. The Magic Castle is hard to beat for an evening in Hollywood.
     

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  • Photo by: Marla Hardee Milling

    It was a beautiful day to wrap up another year with the Asheville Downtown Association at the Holiday Parade. Looking forward to 2015.

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  • Thanks to everyone at Smith-McDowell House, I had a great time stretching the truth on the porch. ASHEVILLE – The Asheville History Center will present a storytelling event with Wallace Shealy from 4-6 p.m. Saturday on the front porch of the historic Smith-McDowell House at 283 Victoria Lane. The event is presented in conjunction with the center’s current exhibition, “Hillbilly Land: Myth and Reality of Appalachian Culture.” Shealy was declared the “Southeast Bold-Faced Liar Champion” in early 2010 by the Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast. In an article written by the Tribune, the reporter noted, “It doesn’t matter if he is recalling a tale from his childhood, telling a story based on the Good Book or spinning a yarn, you will be delighted listening to him stretch the truth all out of proportion.” Shealy is the current president of the Asheville Storytelling Circle. He has volunteered for many years with the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. ... Citizen-Times
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  • I snuck in to the Biblical Storytellers epic tell and afterwards got to lie to them at light the fire.
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  • It was great to be in Hendersonville with Zane and Pete to tell at Jongo Java. Thanks Zane for the invite to your part of North Carolina.

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  • It was a great privilage to check off my list getting to tell at the International Storytelling Center theater. The Jonesborourgh Storytelling Guild now calls it home.
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  • Thanks to Penelope and the folks at the picnic. I had a great time telling for you!
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  • Enjoyed talking to the young men of Christ School this morning about Social Media and reputation. It was a pleasure to speak to the guys. My thanks to Ms. Gina Drew for making the connections as well as doing much of the heavy lifting of the preparation and also to Mr, Rankin for inviting me.

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  • Why is it that I feel the need to post photographic evidence when I get recognized in my "Real" Estate life? REALTOR® of the Year. It was quite an honor and one of the few times I have been left speechless. Thanks to Mark Ledbetter outgoing president of ABR for presenting the award and his support.
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  • Looking forward to sharing a mix of holiday and other stories some biblical and others just fun at First Baptist Swannanoa December 7th. Might even invite the jolly old feller himself to set his part in the Christmas story straight. They might hear about Conrad’s Christmas Guest, Duvall Scots Store, Nicholas’ Story, maybe Twas the Night and end with an oral telling of the Christmas story based on the Gospel of Luke’s account.
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  • I am so excited for the chance to stretch the truth Sunday November 24th 4pm at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway for Tellabration 2013

    On stage at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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  • It was great to be invited to be a regional teller at the 2013 edition of the Toe River Storytelling Festival.

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  • Having emcee and appeared at Feed and Seed several times before it is great to be invited back as a featured teller on May 19th at 3pm. Come out and hear me stretch the truth all out of proportion or follow me on Feed and Seeds live stream.

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  • It was amazing to be the emcee for Asheville and the worlds premier storytelling weekend Tellabration!™ at the Folk Art Center. It was great to share the stage with Donna Washington, Vixi Jil Glenn, Susa Sosa, and Roy Harris. I shall always remember Donna telling the Exploding Frog.

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  • It was a great pleasure to emcee Asheville Storytelling Circles - Tales in Tennessee featuring ghost stories in the Gazebo. We enjoyed a meal and more tales at Creek-side. It was a great way to spend Halloween weekend.

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  • It was indeed an honor to be invited to share the Shoe Story and introduce the amazing Michael Reno Harrell at the closing performance of Stories on Asheville's Front Porch. We enjoyed telling in outdoor space which adjoins Diana Worthan Theatre at Pack Place. It was great to see some many friends and visitors.

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  • The second edition of Stories at Feed and Seed featured three ladies telling their best Celtic Stories and a foil. It was my honor to play host to three of Western North Carolina's most amazing Celtic Storytellers; Elana Diana Miller, Vixi Jil Glenn, and Sherry Lovett. For a moment there I was almost sure I saw a faerie scurrying behind a chair and that man on the end looked like a leprechaun. It couldn't be could it? I was blessed with the opportunity, as president of the Asheville Storytelling Circle, to emcee and offer my favorite stories as interludes. We look forward to the next edition May 20th, Feed and Seed is becoming a favorite venue. Many thanks to Feed and Seed, The Fletcher Arts and Heritage Association, Asheville Storytelling Circle, and The Henderson County Arts Council for sponsoring the stories.

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  • Liar Do Tell Storytelling Shealy

    Hendersonville's Premier Storytelling Festival Do Tell moved to Flat Rock Theater Downtown for its 3rd season. The performances were superb. I was privileged to step in to emcee the Sunday show featuring Candler Willis and Elana Diana Miller as Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln. Saturday evening Michael Reno Harrell filled the bill after an afternoon of regional tellers. On Friday 700 local school children got to visit the theater and hear stories.

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  • Asheville Storytelling Circle 

    No not of The United States, that would be a lie. No cherry tree involved in this deal. Although rumor has has it he offered bribes if anyone would run against him. In-spite of his propensity to stretch the truth, Wallace was elected president of The Asheville Storytelling Circle. It looks to be a year filled with stories, workshops and great events. Thanks to Wayne and Jane Sims the circles outgoing presidents for getting everything in great shape. See you every third Monday at 7 at Asheville Terrace Apartments on Tunnel Road for more stories.  

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  • Last January The Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast declared Wallace Shealy the 2010 Southeast Bold-Faced Liar Champion. In an interview after the competition and with a twinkle in his eye Shealy said, “of course I embellished the truth slightly.” The Mountain Xpress said in their opinion “Shealy exaggerates more than slightly.” The Tribune revealed that this upstanding local citizen had been caught lying. Recently Shealy announced he would tell his last lie at an appearance at the Reuter Center on November 12th at 11:30am opening the field to other talented liars who have not yet reached his stature. It doesn’t matter if he is recalling a tale from his childhood, telling a story based on the Good Book or spinning a yarn you will be delighted listening to him stretch the truth all out of proportion.

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  • Liar Do Tell Storytelling Shealy

    It is true, I am the featured Liar at
    Do Tell StoryFest 7/10 in Hendersonville, NC. http://facebook.com/AshevilleLiving Link for tickets on left.

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  • Had a blast lying to the youth at North Buncombe Middle during a break from End of Year Test.

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  • A talented group of storytellers will be spinning yarns at Music and Mud: A Heritage, Pottery and Music Festival on April 10-11 at the Newton-Conover Auditorium including: Wallace Shealy: Winner 2010 Bold-Faced Liar Showdown

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