Many will recognize these words as the beginning of Truman Capote’s Christmas masterpiece, “A Christmas Memory.”
In it, Capote gives readers the story of a special friendship between a 7-year-old boy and his eccentric elderly cousin, and the fond memories of the old-fashioned South Alabama Christmases they shared.
“You are in for a real treat as Dolores Hydock brings us this delightfully compelling and bittersweet tale of Christmases past vividly to life at the Pell City Library Dec. 18 at noon,” said Susan Mann, assistant director for the Pell City Library.
Hydock’s presentation depicts in heart-warming detail Capote’s wistful boyhood recollections of simpler times as kindred hearts revel in the joys of homemade kites, fresh-baked fruitcakes and shared innocence.
Most everyone knows that Hydock is a master storyteller and actress. Her story programs have been featured at concerts, festivals and for special events all over the United States.
She has been the emcee and a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival held in Jonesboro, Tenn., and a favorite teller of tales at the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival in Selma.
It is no surprise that Hydock’s nine CDs of original stories have received awards from “Storytelling World Magazine” for excellence in storytelling.
Hydock found her interest in acting and storytelling at an early age.
In fact, she won her first blue ribbon for storytelling at the age of 5 in her hometown of Reading, Penn. For this honor, Hydock sported an electrified crown, climbed aboard a floating stage and wowed her audience then, just as she does today, Mann said.
As an actress, she has performed in many one-woman plays, including, but not limited to, “Shirley Valentine,” “Fully Committed,” “The Lady with All the Answers,” “Talking Heads” and “Nothing Sacred: An Evening with Ferrol Sams.”
Hydock completed her studies in American Folklore at Yale University, and she has a master’s degree in story arts/communications from East Tennessee State University. She has taught acting and storytelling at Birmingham Southern College, and continues to do workshops on the art of storytelling at various venues all over the United States.
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and Cajun dance. A founding member of ACME, Birmingham’s Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts, Hydock also teaches Cajun and zydeco dancing in Birmingham where she currently resides.
Hydock will be the featured guest for the Pell City Library’s Wild and Wonderful Wednesday series.
“Hydock’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, is one that you will not want to miss,” Mann said. “Expect to be mesmerized, delighted and thoroughly entertained.”
Afterward, those who attend are invited to enjoy seasonal refreshments and lots of holiday cheer.