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Citizen science author in Asheville April 6

Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
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Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading at Historic Carson House

April 8, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors  Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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Stories of Asheville's homeless

History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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Writers at Home at Malaprops at Malaprops

March 19, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

March 30, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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Hester

HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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Bob Plott replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Hunters and Plott hounds
"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
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Tour of 3 old cemeteries in Swannanoa Valley, May 25

Swannanoa Valley Cemeteries Tour

from press release

[also see other stories: tour of historic Old Toxaway Baptist Church Upper Cemetery; slide show tour of Old Broad River Cemetery and story about it; tour of Mt. Moriah Calvert Baptist Church Cemetery; and book about Decoration Day history]

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, in honor of Memorial Day weekend, the Swannanoa Valley Museum will hold a three-hour tour of some of the oldest cemeteries in the valley, beginning 10 a.m.

 

Local experts Robert Goodson and Bill Alexander will take participants through the Piney Grove, Tabernacle, and Ingram cemeteries while sharing the history of these sacred places as well as the lives of the people buried within them.

 

Piney Grove Cemetery, associated with the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa, dates back to 1794. Veterans from almost every U.S. conflict are buried within the cemetery as are many of Alexander’s relatives.

 

Alexander said, “The earliest gravestone in the cemetery belongs to my ancestor James Alexander, though he is buried on top of his wife. He was first buried in the valley’s earliest cemetery, Patton Cemetery, behind what is now W.D. William’s Elementary School.”

 

But after the congregation of Patton’s Meeting House moved to their present location at Piney Grove, they moved his body and buried him in the same grave as his wife.” Participants will hear many more of Alexander’s stories about those laid to rest in the cemetery throughout the tour.

 

Robert Goodson will lead the tour through both the Ingram and Tabernacle cemeteries.  According to Goodson, “the Ingram cemetery was set aside for the family by Bobbie Ingram and his wife, Jennie Martin Ingram around 1820.”

 

The Tabernacle Cemetery, associated with Tabernacle United Methodist Church, was founded as early as 1837. One exceptional story as once told by Black Mountain resident, Cora Stepp Dula is that in 1889, when she was eight years old, she heard about a black servant who passed away on the North Fork of the Swannanoa. After he was buried in Tabernacle Cemetery someone planted a hemlock seedling at the head of the grave rather than place a headstone.

 

The hemlock grew until it was struck by lightning in 1970.  A cross section of the great tree, with 105 growth rings, is displayed in the church.  Part of the tree’s stump still stands beside a granite marker that shows the original location of the first Tabernacle Meeting House.

 

The tour will meet at 10:00am at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street in Black Mountain. Cost is $20 for museum members or $30 for nonmembers. (Veterans are free with a paying counterpart.) To register contact the museum at 828-669-9566 or info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org. More information can be found on the museum's website www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org.

 

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