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Archive for June 2010

You don’t have to go to Italy to experience an unforgettable vacation.  Tim Pratt has donated a weekend stay at a cabin in Vineyard Creek Estates to Friends of Murphy Library’s auction on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions. The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by the Live Auction at 7 p.m.

Vineyard Creek Estates developer Tim Pratt (left) along with homeowners Kathy and Tom Downes show how the grapes are progressing in their community vineyard off Joe Brown Highway. Pratt has donated a weekend cabin stay to the Friends of Murphy Library August 7 auction at Bob Grove Auctions. Call 837-2417.

Pratt experienced an “aha” moment during a trip to Italy several years ago.  He stayed at a bed and breakfast in Tuscany – with its own vineyard.   Then he developed his upscale log cabin development off Joe Brown Highway in Unaka, and planted a hillside with, what else, rows of grapevines.  

 Now homeowners wake to see the Traminette and Cabernet Franc grapes of Vineyard Creek Estates sparkle in the early morning sunshine.

Kathy Downes, Tom Downes Tim Pratt, and Friends of Murphy Library board member Mike Moumousis enjoy the scent of grapes ripening at Vineyard Creek Estates. A weekend stay in an upscale cabin will go to the lucky bidder at the August 7 Auction at Bob Grove Auctions.

Among the other items at the auction are gift certificates for, Atlanta Waverly Renaissance Hotel, Copper Door Restaurant in Haysville and Blue Ridge Mountain Railroad.  Chef and cookbook author Paula Deen even sent one for her Savannah restaurant, The Lady & Sons, along with books and photos.

And several of the gift baskets at the auction will contain a bottle of Vineyard Creek Estates wine made with those special grapes.  Donations are still gladly accepted.  Call 837-2417 for more information.

If movies made in Paris make you sigh, be prepared.  “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie” will make you laugh, and sigh.


The Murphy Library is showing “Rugrats in Paris” Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.  It is animated.  The children are in diapers.  And it has laughs for adults, children and grandchildren.  Rated G, it runs 78 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Nantahala Regional Youth Services librarian Sarah Arnaudin and her reading buddy Roberta the orangutan receive a check from Barbara Roche at Brothers Restaurant for Friends' Community Night proceeds. Brothers' also sell the Friends' cookbook, Cooking by the Book, to benefit Cherokee County Schools annual Spelling Bee.

Friends of Murphy Library are holding the annual Craft Supplies Sale on July 23 and 24 in the library’s meeting room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a book sale in the Bookmobile area.

Local crafters sell their excess craft supplies and donate a portion of their proceeds to the Spelling Bee fund to pay for prizes in the Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 

There is no rental charge and any donation to the library is voluntary.  The library will also accept donations of supplies to sell at the library craft supplies table.

Call Julie Chautin at 837-4598 to sign up or email

 A former officer in the Yugoslavian National Army is on trial in The Hague for the killings of Bosnian-Muslim civilians.  Then a leading witness for the prosecution commits suicide and the case starts to fall apart. When the prosecutor attends his funeral she meets the dead man’s sister who knows more than meets the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Road warriors take heed.  The next movie at the Murphy Library is for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Bird houses, beautiful baskets and lions and tigers and bears oh my!

Jane and Steve Hembree donated this exquisite gold flatware set in its own box.

Friends of Murphy Library’s Auction Committee are busy organizing donations for the August 7 Auction at Bob Grove Auctions.  Here are some of the beautiful items: 

Don't miss the china teapot with cups and saucers, cake plate and even a watering can.

Board and Auction Committee members Nora King and Diane Hines open up our room at Valley River Merchants for auction donations every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations may also be dropped off at the Murphy Library.

Wall art, handsome shelving, and a chest of drawers.

Check out Jane Hembree’s comment about the “gold” flatware set from Thailand. See comments above.

There is something for everyone, even the most adventurous of us.

 In a little German town, an accordion player is captivated by the charms of Zydeco music.  Soon he is cooking a Cajun meal.  And then, with the help of his friends, he answers the siren call and heads to Louisiana.


The Murphy Library is showing the 2004 film “Schultze Gets the Blues” Thursday at 6 p.m., a quiet German rhapsody on Louisiana, its people, and the music that helps them get through tough times.  Read the rest of this entry »

On August 7, Bob Grove Auctions on Highway 64 East, two miles east of Murphy Medical Center will host Friends of Murphy Library’s Sixth Annual Art, Antiques and Uniques Auction.  The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by the Live Auction.

Ask Judy and Bob Grove about their grandchildren and their eyes light up.  But if the conversation turns to finding abandoned baby birds, they know how to care for them too.  So when the Groves visited with Friends of Murphy Library at their May 18 potluck, Fundraising chair Nora King knew just what to give them.  She handed them a handmade birdhouse for their feathered friends and a “Wizard of Oz” gift set for their granddaughters, small tokens for their generosity to the library.


The Friends are hoping to raise $9,000 this year for the purchase of new nonfiction books for the children and teen section of the library.  An updated set of books on each of the states is first on the list.


Donations have been coming in but more are needed.  Crafts, antiques, and unique items such as gift certificates may be brought to the library anytime or to the Friends’ room at Valley River Merchants on Thursdays from 10:30 to 1 p.m.  Call 837-2417 for details. 

The Murphy Library is holding a mini-tribute to cats and dogs.  Last week we showed “Mine,” a documentary about pets lost during Hurricane Katrina and the humans who searched for them. Read the rest of this entry »