For Old Times Sake is built around an Appalachian tradition of storytelling used as a path toward environmental stewardship.  Our oral historian, Anndrena Belcher, says it best in a story from her childhood:

It was that ---
everything had to rot and go back into the ground. 

We peeled the apple peelin's into a coal bucket. 
All the peelings filled the bucket,
and then ----
my grandmother sent me and my sister,
our cousins,
out to the apple trees,
to the orchard,
and she told us:

"Place the peelings around the base of the tree
so that the peelings will rot back into the earth. 
We're going to
give back
to that old earth and
to that tree
part of what we just took away."

Anndrena Belcher leading a workshop at Dungannon Intermediate SchoolAnndrena Belcher's tales are rooted in an Appalachian tradition centuries old, one that bridges the gap between humans and nature.  Through performances, teacher in-service programs, and one-on-one workshops with children, Anndrena reintroduces our youth to the Appalachian land ethic of environmental stewardship. 

Her workshops use art as leadership development, highlighting the notion that each of us counts in the making of democracy.  Students learn to define themselves through personal oral history, and in the process of self definition they learn to challenge our current extractive culture and protect the earth.

Click on the news articles below to read more about For Old Times Sake's recent work.  Or explore Anndrena Belcher's songs and storytelling through her website and myspace page.

Anndrena and the Wild Boys
Posted Mon May 27 17:49:51 2013 by Anna
Enjoy Anndrena's performance live online
Posted Thu Mar 28 14:53:41 2013 by Anna
Anndrena playing at the Down Home
Posted Wed Feb 6 12:12:09 2013 by Anna
Princess Witch gets rave reviews
Posted Wed Oct 24 22:34:48 2012 by Anna
For Old Times Sake Patron Fund
Posted Sun Jul 22 00:27:23 2012 by Anna
Anndrena speaks on Appalachian migration
Posted Fri Dec 23 23:47:06 2011 by Anna
"Two Gals": A retelling of "Greasybeard"
Posted Wed Dec 14 23:53:02 2011 by Anna
In praise of Anndrena Belcher
Posted Thu Nov 17 19:20:37 2011 by Anna
Developing a taste for tale-tellin'
Posted Thu Nov 10 23:20:14 2011 by Anna
"Your inspiration has been carried through another generation"
Posted Sat Apr 2 20:14:48 2011 by Caitlin Harper