A 2011 interview with the late activist, Isaac Coleman by Rob NeufeldCivil rights activist and local civic leader Isaac Coleman, born Nov. 6, 1943 in Lexington, Ky., lived his last 44 years in Asheville, and died on May 10, 2016,.We talked in 2011 about his career, starting with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. Q: Was the SNCC your first involvement in civil rights? A: I was a student at Knoxville College, an African-American College in Knoxville, Tennessee, and…See More
Sip a drink by the river and enjoy stories and songs on a warm spring day!All donations benefit Girls Rock Asheville!Stories read by:Lori Horvitz Melanie McGee Bianchi Kim Winter Mako Ky Delaney and Lockie Huntermusical guests Leo+VirgoSee More
Author Susan S. Kelly will the speaker at Montreat College Friends of the Library annual luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 4, 2016. She is the author of five novels and a major contributing author to Our State Magazine.Call 828-669-8012 Ext. 3502 for Reservations. $16.00See More
"This is an interesting article. It gives a few clues to the neighborhood I imagine from the old days.
The woman from who my husband and I bought our Oakley home, Melody, always talks about "Mr. Wilson" who entrusted her with…"
Oakley is a place with an unforgettable historyby Rob NeufeldAn earlier time PHOTO CAPTION: The Taylor family of Oakley: Jean, Virgil, Sadie Louise, and Dan, c. 1936. Photo courtesy Dan Taylor. “We had hobos come to our house, and my mother would never turn them away,” Dan Taylor says of his experience…See More
Join your fellow literature-craving citizens at the next upcoming Juniper Bends reading on Friday May 6th at 7PM. We will be luxuriating in sound, soaking up nutritious poetry & prose after the dark winter. Our series aims to bring together both established and emerging writers, and we are honored to bring together Gary Hawkins, Catherine Campbell, Stephanie Johnson and Michael Pittard's collective word-magic for this lovely spring evening. As usual, our generous host site is Downtown Books…See More
"Do none consider that a greater power has designed all this and that all these recent discoveries are a tiny part of it? von Humboldt will not rise from the dust until I do and I am still upright so he must wait. Upon that eventful day it will be…"
Joe Epley recently was elected to Board of Directors of the Military Writers Society of America. The MWSA has around 700 members around the country. Details on the website: http://www.mwsadispatches.com. ; The organization's purpose is to help military service members, veterans, their families, supporters of the military,and historians record history and the complexities of military life--and encourage writing as therapy. The…See More
"So chuffed about this! Sadly, I won't be there except in spirit. Andrea Wulf is a force of nature, herself. Her amazing work The Brother Gardeners should be made into a feature-length film - the characters live and breathe again between the…"
Author of key book of our times comes to AshevilleAndrea Wulf makes Malaprop's Bookstore one her stops, Sun., May 1, 5 p.m., in talking about her thrilling work of non-fiction, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von…See More
Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
“An Old Time Appalachian Christmas With Randy Flack” Liars Bench To Play At WCU Mountain Heritage Center.”The Liars Bench is proud to present “An Old Time Appalachian Christmas with Randy Flack” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium Thursday December 13 at 7:00 pm. Member stars…See More
“Dramatic performance of “Birdell” to be centerpiece of Liars Bench benefit show at WCU Mountain Heritage Center.”Sylva November 5, 2012—Thursday November 15 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench presents “Birdell” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Centerauditorium. “Birdell,” a dramatic monologue by Gary Carden starring Bobbie Curtis, is the story of a defiant mountain woman forced off her land by the TVA caused rising waters of Fontana Lake. Carden has announced that this show will be a benefit for the…See More
"The Liars Bench presents southern Appalachian fright tales at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.”Thursday October 18 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench presents “Appalachian Spook Tales” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member Stars Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi; guest Star storyteller Dot Jackson; and the Tuckaseegee Boys, Ethan Fortner, Russel Messer, and Wyatt Messer perform Southern Appalachian 'scary' in story and song on one stage. Free Admission.Carden said “I've been a…See More
Please don't miss the Liars Bench Show in the Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium at the WCU Mountain Heritage Day Festival. Liars Bench Stars Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, Barbara Duncan, and the Tuckaseigee Boys will be delighting you with their music and songs and Gary will tell you the astounding story of the life of Cherokee Chief Osley Bird Saunooke. Free Admission! All Welcome. Show starts at 1:30 pm in the MHC auditorium. Don't be late.See More
Liars Bench Show To Play 9th Annual Franklin, NC Folk Festival Coming up Saturday July 21, two BIG Liars Bench Shows at the 9th Annual Franklin Folk Festival in downtown Franklin, NC. Go here for more info on the festival: http://www.franklinfolkfestival.com/ . Gary, Lloyd, Paul, and probably a mystery guest or two will be performing at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm above and adjacent to Peebles Department Store. Admission is FREE. Come see us!…See More
Liars Bench Fans! Coming up this Thursday July 12 at 7pm your favorite Liars Bench Stars will be at the Macon County Library in Franklin. The show was well-attended last time so please come early.Admission is Free.Gary, Lloyd, Paul, Karen, and maybe a mystery guest (or two) will be there for a 'Best Of' show on WNCs only Live, Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Drama, and Folk Arts presentation.Come out and join us. Bodine will be lookin' for…See More
Jackson County Library welcomes Gary Carden's Liars Bench show.Gary Carden, creator of the Liars Bench, a successful regional authentic, traditional southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation announced that the show will play the Jackson County Library community room on Friday June 15 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.Guest host Newt Smith will fill in…See More
Hey Liars Bench fans. Bodine and Gary wanted you to know that we have a special treat for you this Saturday June 9 in downtown Waynesville. As part of the second-annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration the Liars Bench is going to play not one, but two free-admission performances for you inside Main Street Perks coffee shop (next to the old Whitman's Bakery, now City Bakery). Our first performance starts at 1:00 pm, the second kicks off at 2:30 pm and Liars Bench regulars Gary Carden, host…See More
On Thursday May 17 at 7:00 pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium The Liars Bench will present the third of the "Balsam Chronicles" series continuing with the story of Osley Bird Saunooke, "Colorful Chief of the Cherokees."This is the fascinating story of a young EBCI man's rise from Indian boarding school, entry into and success in the world of professional wrestling, and finally becoming the elected leader of his band during a turbulent period in their history.In addition to Liars…See More
TWO BIG LIARS BENCH SHOWS!The Liars Bench presents Storytelling, Oldtime Music, and Dr. Gary Carden's dramatic monologue "Coy," the poignant story of a young man facing his grandfather's and his own mortality; played by Tom DeWees.First performance: Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 7:00 pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.Second performance: Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 7:00 pm also at the Mountain…See More
The Liars BenchStories of the Southern Appalachians“A Live, Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Drama, and Folk Arts Presentation”“Wild Mountain Music” Liars Bench To Play At WCU Mountain Heritage Center.”Sylva January 11, 2012—Thursday January 19 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench presents “Wild Mountain Music” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi; special guest artists Laurence Holden…See More
The Liars Bench Show To Be Broadcast On Regional TV!Folks, we have learned at the Liars Bench Show that "Life in the Carolinas", hosted by Carl White will broadcast a complete show based on the filming and interviews Mr. White did at our October MHC show. This special segment of "Life in the Carolinas" will be broadcast on WMYA "My 40" (Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville) on Sunday January 15 @ 2:00 pm. Besides the show footage you will enjoy the interviews that Mr. White did with Gary, Lloyd,…See More
The Liars Bench at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center, Cullowhee
November 17, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
"Legendary Hunters & Hounds of the Great Smokies" to play on The Liars Bench Folks, have we got a treat for you. Coming next Thursday November 17 at 7pm at the Mountain Heritage Center, The Liars Bench presents "Legendary Hunters & Hounds of the Great Smokies." Our star member artists Gary Carden, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi, Dave Waldrop; guest artists William Ritter and Liz Nance; and a special guest artist, Bob Plott with one of his famous Plott Hounds will perform southern…See More
Liars Bench fans have we got a treat (no pun intended) for you this Thursday October 20 at 7pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center. Dr. Gary Carden presents "Haints, Boogers, and Belled Buzzards" on The Liars Bench, WNCs only live, authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, folk arts presentation. Including Carden, other member artists scheduled to perform are Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, and Paul Iarussi.…See More