tells new-traditional stories about Jack, the classic folk
character. Lew was once introduced as “joined at the hip with
Jack.” Maybe not the hip, but at least the “lip” of Jack—as
Lew speaks through Jack, and Jack speaks through Lew.
Originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, Lew first felt at home
here in the Smokies when he performed at UT’s Hunter Hills Theater,
1966-68. And he made it his adopted home in 1976. This
is where he found the Appalachian Jack Tales in 1977 and claimed
Jack as a lifelong friend.
Lew has performed Smoky Mountain Jack Tales since 1987, outside
Gatlinburg at Adventure Bound Camping Resort; the format is
interactive storytelling theater. Lew has entertained families
of all ages from the States and beyond, as well as Dollywood.
Also, he currently tells and writes his versions of
Jack Tales oriented to the Smokies.
Smoky Mountain Jack Tales of Winter and Old Christmas
is the title of Lew’s book, featuring nine Christmas and twelve
all-season stories. Based on traditional folk and fairy tales,
these are performance-oriented for reading aloud at home or in
public, memorized for oral interpretation, or re-told in your own
words. Primarily for older youth and grownups, these varied tales
are for readers and tellers who already know Jack and those about to
a new friend. All the stories are about Jack—sometimes the
trickster, sometimes aided by good fortune, but all fun. They are
Smoky Mountain Jack Tales.
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and Adventure Bound Camping Resort, Gatlinburg, TN
The stories are all about Jack—sometimes the trickster,
aided by good fortune, but always fun.
They are Smoky Mountain Jack Tales.