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21st Annual Homemade Holiday Shorts

Homemade Holiday Shorts returns for its 21st Anniversary Year with an exciting slate of guests, wonderful holiday music and a delicious feast.

For one evening each year in December, friends of WHQR gather in our MC Erny Gallery and around their radios at home to listen to holiday stories read live by a panel of entertaining guests. Our guests include wonderful radio legends, actors, writers and performers reading emotional and funny tales of the season.

Homemade Holiday Shorts will begin at 6pm on Sunday, December 11th.
Doors open: 5:20pm. Reception: 7pm.

Tickets are $35 each (includes the performance and reception) and can be purchased at whqr.org. All proceeds benefit WHQR.  BUY TICKETS HERE. Purchase your tickets early as last year's event sold out.

The event is broadcast live on WHQR 91.3fm at 6pm. The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR is located on the third floor of 254 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington.  

Storyteller Bios:

Deb Bowen
Actress, author, and sea lover who currently offers spiritual education services.  Deb is a Wrightsville Beach native, and was a founding host of WHQR’s “Magnolia Fatback Folk Hour.”  She is author, with Susan L. Strickler, of “A Good Friend for Bad Times” and currently has several writing projects in various stages of completion.  She is a retired social worker and social work educator.

Cleve Callison
A self described boat person from academia. Cleve is the current Station Manager at WHQR. With academic roots in 10th century English sermons, Cleve has supplemented his public radio passion and experience with his love of topics such as Anglo-Saxon England, History of the English Language, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Faulkner and Reading Poetry.

Lee Lowrimore
Since moving to Wilmington in 1993, Lee has been seen on local stages in a variety of shows, including A Few Good Men, Jake's Women, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and, most recently, The Birds Attack. He has directed numerous plays, including Venus In Fur, which won a StarNews Theater award for best play. Most recently he directed The Real Inspector Hound for which he’s been nominated as best director.

Lee spent five years at the Dallas Theater Center, where he appeared in various shows, and where his adaptation of The Wind In The Willows was first performed.  While in Texas, Lee performed at Shakespeare In The Park in Fort Worth. Lee is also a veteran of outdoor drama, spending eight summers performing in Unto These Hills in Cherokee, NC.  He received his Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in theater from UNCC, and his Master of Fine Arts in acting and playwriting from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

Dorothy Rankin
A native of North Carolina, Dorothy Rankin is a former Board member of WHQR. She received her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and appeared in The Lost Colony and Unto These Hills. She has free-lanced as a writer, taught screenwriting and acting and worked as a story editor and script reader. Her work in theater has included jobs as producer, artistic director, actress, props manager, costumer and stage manager both locally and in several states.

Host & Emcee: Rob Zapple, New Hanover County Commissioner

Special Musical Guest: David Vaughn
A native of Leland, David began writing and playing music at a young age, taking up the piano at 17, and went on to study voice and composition at UNCW. He has played for churches and ministries in the Wilmington area, as well as teaching piano and playing local studio sessions, and was the pianist and arranger for the first Wilmington Mass Choir. Currently he writes and performs with Dirty White Rags, recently featured on WHQR's Soup to Nuts.


Homemade Holiday Shorts will be edited and rebroadcast on 91.3fm at 7 p.m. on December 23rd.