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22nd Annual Homemade Holiday Shorts


Homemade Holiday Shorts returns for its 22nd 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 10th.

Doors open: 5:20pm. Reception: 7pm.

Tickets are $35 each (includes the performance and reception) and can be purchased here. All proceeds benefit WHQR. 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

Wiley Cash

New York Times bestselling author of the novels A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy, both available from William Morrow/HarperCollins, Wiley Cash a is writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the low-residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction at Southern New Hampshire University. A North Carolina native, he lives in Wilmington with his wife and their two young daughters.

Jemila Ericson

Jemila was WHQR’s Classical Host and much more for over twenty years. Jemila is also an actor, storyteller, minister and Animal Communicator.

Gwenyfar Rohler

Following in her father's footsteps as a writer, Gwenyfar Rohler is the author of two books: Your Health is in Your Kitchen and The Promise of Peanuts. She also writes the Live Local. Live Small Column in our Alternative Weekly, Encore. You will find her most days at the Book Store where she is slowly cataloging the inventory. She loves to read play scripts, mid 20 th century fiction, and the classics.

Host & Emcee: Rob Zapple, New Hanover County Commissioner

Special Musical Guest: Big Al Hall

Alex Hall, or Big Al, was raised in the bread basket of traditional old time and string band music. He fell in love with the raw beauty in the ancient music. Alex quickly saw and felt a likeness between the energy of the rock music and the rowdy old time string bands. He began to focus on songwriting then moved to Wilmington, NC. It was here he began to combine modern sounds with old and record his original material as well as new takes on traditional songs.