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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

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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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Tar heel Roots in Sedro Woolley Washington


I am a transplanted "Tar heel". I have never forgotten my Western North Carolina roots, and although I have lived in California for a good portion of my life, I still consider Western North Carolina as "home."

In August of 1981, after my Dad's memorial service, a group of family members went out to eat at a family style restaurant in Sylva. At that point, one or another of my family members mentioned about Sedro Woolley, and said that the settlers there had retained their Mountain Crafts and arts. I have had it on my mind ever since. Every time I had conversation with someone from Washington State, I would ask them if they knew about the North Carolina lumbermen who settled in Sedro Woolley, but no one seemed to be informed about them.


I was very excited to hear that Washington State has a large population of "Tar heel" Descendants, since I have lived in Northern California for some time, and Washington State is fairly close. I have since acquired family members from the Pacific Northwest, but they did not know very much about Sedro Woolley . Below is a photo of downtown Sedro Woolley, Washington.



These "Tar heels" moved to Sedro Woolley in the early 1900's and became a permanent part of that community. They kept their Mountain Crafts and arts and they have a festival now and then to celebrate. There are approximately 17,000 descendants of these "Tar heels" living in Washington State in and around Sedro Woolley.

Found somewhere or other on the Web; "Tar Heel Project History Panels Coming Home
Nearly 6 million people reside in Washington State. Who are we and where did we come from? How did we come to be
Washingtonians?
In 2006 Humanities Washington, in partnership with the Ethnic Heritage Council and the Museum of History and In-
dustry (MOHAI), launched Washington Stories to answer these questions. A special exhibit project funded through a
National Endowment for the Humanities' We the People grant, Washington Stories told stories of selected ethnic and
tribal groups in a traveling exhibit, and connected these small grassroots organizations with resources and technical
assistance.
Each of the groups worked with MOHAI and Humanities Washington staff over the summer of 2006 to research and
designed two exhibit panels each. The complete group of panels toured throughout the state of Washington.
A wave of immigrants from North Carolina, known as "Tar Heels", arrived in Skagit County in the early 1900s to work in
coal, logging and, later, agricultural fields. The "Tar Heels Roots project" is an impressive documentation of the history and culture of these migrants to Washington State. Today over 17,000 descendents of this internal migration live in the valley.
Now the project is coming home. The Lincoln Theatre Foundation is proud to offer the Tar Heel Roots Panels for their first viewing in Skagit County at the November 7, 2008, meeting of the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce. Later
the panels will be displayed at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, and ultimately they will have a permanent home at the Sedro-Woolley Museum.
Kathy Reim, Lincoln Board member and co-facilitator with Vicky Young of the research, will share information about
the project and the hopes of making a bi-annual Tar Heel Festival and Reunion a part of our community planning for
2008. As she explains," This is a rich part of our history in Skagit County, and I believe we learn to respect others when we respect our own roots. It is great to find the places where history and hearts can connect."
Lynn Hotaling, who writes a column for the Sylva Herald wrote about this celebration..in her Sept 7, 2006
Ruralite Cafe.

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Comment by Tipper on March 10, 2010 at 5:24pm
Just Wonderful Sallie!! Such a neat connection to western NC. Thank you for letting me know about it!

Tipper

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