June History Alive Festival: COURAGE (June 18, 19, 20, 21)

Meet courageous people – hear their stories – ask them how they survived.

Defend South Carolina with FRANCIS MARION, THE SWAMP FOX

Join HARRIET TUBMAN on the Combahee River Raid to free the slaves

Go to jail for woman’s suffrage with ALICE PAUL

Stand with WINSTON CHURCHILL – and never surrender

You’ll laugh – you’ll cry – you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.

All Buncombe Chautauqua shows will be held at AB Technical College in the Ferguson Auditorium, , Asheville NC. Specific line-up of dates and programs will be posted in October. | MAP

Tickets are $5 per show. Tickets are available at the door. Box Office opens at 6pm each show night. For groups of 20 or more, please contact:  buncombe2016@gmail.com


Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox | portrayed by Ken Johnston

Music by: TBA

Join the crafty and elusive, Francis Marion as he outwits the British in the American Revolution. Marion’s devastating guerilla warfare that earned him the title of “Swamp Fox.” Although virtually in a sea of enemies, Marion and militia leaders Thomas Sumter and Andrew Pickens kept resistance alive in South Carolina until the Continental Army could recapture the region. Meet the Man behind the Myth.

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Harriet Tubman | portrayed by Becky Stone

Music by: TBA

What kind of courage does it take for a fugitive slave to return to Port Royal SC to serve the Union army without pay – nurse the wounded – set up a cooking and washing company to employ escaped slaves and support herself – travel into Confederate South Carolina to spy and recruit slaves – and ultimately to lead Union soldiers with Colonel James Montgomery to raid rice plantations along the Combahee River in South Carolina freeing 750 or more slaves?

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Winston Churchill | portrayed by Larry Bounds

Music by: TBA

“We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

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Alice Paul | portrayed by Leslie Goddard

Music by: TBA

How did a nice young Quaker woman with a PhD in Sociology end up being force fed in a city jail and confined to a prison psychiatric ward? As the psychiatrist who examined her said: “Courage in women is often mistaken for Insanity.” 

Suffragist Alice Paul was a dynamic leader. Innovative and tireless, Paul arranged spectacular parades, organized the first picketing demonstrations outside the White House, lobbied politicians. As fearless as she was pioneering, she remains an icon in the struggle for equal rights.

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