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Elena Diana Miller - "The Frogs Desire A King"

Elena Diana Miller, folk musician, historian, and storyteller performs throughout the region at concert halls, festivals, libraries, and schools. As President of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild Elena co-chaired and was master of ceremony for the North Carolina Storytelling Guild’s Tarheel Tellers Storytelling Festival at Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mt. Airy in 2017. She chaired the 2018 NCSG festival at Henderson County Public Library. As a spin-off of the festival, she was hired as Managing Director of Storytelling at The Center for Art and Inspiration where she hosted Chautauqua tellers. She hosted performances of Native American, Hispanic, and African American performers for the N.C. Arts Council sponsored Diversity Storytelling Series.

Elena was recently inducted into the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Traditional Artist Directory in 2020 for her contributions to perpetuating folk traditions. She won the Southeast National Park Service Interpreter’s Performance Award twice and the National Award for ‘Best Interpretive Arts Program’ in the United States National Park Service for the encouragement of folk traditions and dynamic performances. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch, performs traditional stories and music, and teaches lore of the old country to adults.

John started as a volunteer radio announcer in the spring of 1995, spinning vinyl and a brand new media, the Compact-Disc. He recalls, “In those days we had, reel-to-reel recorded programs, and guests crowding around the one mic to perform live - all bundled up into a 2 hour live old-time radio show." Now This Old Porch is three hours of top notch programming with up-to-date technology.