The legacy of the Hicks family continues to enrich the lives and touch the hearts of so many. These memories are from years spanning back to the mid 1960’s and up to the present day. Enjoy these reflections, stories and impressions about Ray and Rosa and please share your own.
|… in 1973, I was on a quest to find… the “perfect” storyteller from the rich oral tradition of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Jimmy Neil Smith,
There is a large expanse of dahlias in every color, shape and size, and Rosa practically skipping along, looking like a 16 year old, pointing out her favorite blossoms…
Connie Regan-Blake, Storyteller
Ray boarded the bus to the delight of all the children who cried out to him to tell them a Jack Tale…. And that wasn’t even the first time Ray had rescued his kids in a snowstorm. Read More
Tom Burton, Professor Emeritus, ETSU
Johnson City, TN
|Ray said he was followed by a panther one time. He filled his shirt tail with rocks and kept throwing them at it, but it was in the trees following him.
Doug Elliott, Naturalist & Storyteller
|…[Ray] shut his eyes and started an afternoon and evening of talk, stories, reminiscences, reflections on the practicalities of life and the mysteries of existence, jokes, ghosts and outrageous lies.
Wil Roberts, Greenfield, MA
|Ray taught me the Swapping Song which I still sing to this day. I knew that I was in a rare and wonderful situation and thanked the storytelling muse for putting me there. Read More
Dennis Freeman, Storyteller