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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Nance Dude by Gary Carden, starring Elizabeth Westall (DVD, 2009, 60 minutes, $23, distributed from 236 Cherry St., Sylva, N. C. 28779). See Holler Notes.

For authentic, character-driven stories from the mountain past, we go to Gary Carden, illustrious Sylva storyteller, from whom, thankfully, we now have a third DVD of one of his stage productions. Carden’s sympathetic view of Nance Dude, the Haywood County woman who, in 1913, disposed of her granddaughter in a closed-up cave, comes through in a monologue performed--no, completely inhabited--by Elizabeth Westall.

“Maybe some of you folks is heared of me,” Westall-as-Dude starts out, after quieting off-stage dogs. People get on high horses, even still, harrumphing disdain for her misdeed.

The legendary pariah then goes on to reveal what she has endured as a woman trapped in poverty. When she'd left a grim marriage and conceived a daughter by another man, the community began their contempt. The man who eventually gave her and Flossie a home makes a bargain with Nance: marriage to the girl, now fourteen, in exchange for survival.

The granddaughter comes along, and Nance’s son-in-law wants her taken away. Days of wandering by Nance elicit no foster parents. Carden’s portrayal succeeds against odds in making the legend human. Has the Smithsonian stepped up yet to name him a national treasure?

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I bought this play from Gary at the City Lights book fair a few months back - looking forward to watching it (with holidays and being out of state, and meeting my deadline, I've not had time to sit back and watch it yet!).

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