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Archive for March 2012

Former Friends’ board member and avid reader Jane Hembree is busy this time of year.  She is the Coordinator for the SilverArts in the Senior Games working alongside Jim and Sue Brent, the Co-Coordinators of the overall Senior Games in Cherokee County.  Starting May 5 Cherokee County, as well as Clay County and Graham County will be having their fifth annual games at Murphy High School track field.

You’d rather ride than race walk?  That’s okay.  They are also sponsoring a car show with special recognition to the best looking, oldest car!  Participating in the Senior Games, however, as well as SilverArts, has multiple benefits.

Friends' member Millie Crawford won the Gold Medal for her crochet work in the State Finals of the Senior Games SilverArts last year.

Read Hembree’s message, then join up:

Senior Games is a national organization and North Carolina is a part of that organization.  It includes a wide ranging series of events for people who are 55 or better.  The main purpose is to have seniors stay involved, active and creative all of our lives.  Our motto here in Cherokee County is “Come Play With Us” and we hope you will. We have had participants in their nineties so you can’t blame age for not jumping in. 

 North Carolina Senior Games is unique in that it is the only state which includes the SilverArts (one word officially!) along with a number of physical activities.

And our county co-coordinator, Sue Brent, is also on the State Board of the North Carolina Senior Games as the State Coordinator of the SilverArts. We are so proud to have one of our own with such an important position

Don’t miss out on such activities as swimming, race walking, football and baseball throws, discus throw, golf, bowling and this year,the state is including the Corn Toss in the competition. If you don’t know what that is, you must find out!

$10! will give you full participation, a tee shirt and a wonderful meal at our closing ceremony.  Now, that is a bargain in any ballpark. 

Included in the SilverArts are pottery, drawing, painting, carving, knitting, performance and literary to just name a FEW.  The competition for the SilverArts will be held at the Mountain Vista Inn beginning May14th. Winning is not the main issue of course.  Being a participant is.  But IF you are a medal winner at the local level, you can advance to the state level.  We have had a number of state winners.

Our website is  Here you will find information, phone numbers,newsletters and a current application which is full of information.The state web site is Please check us out. 

Local resident Gigi Turner won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the local level for the Senior Games SilverArts in quilting.

I promise you will find something that interests you and that will bring you into contact with some wonderful, talented and active people.

– – – – –     Jane Hembree

Do you miss the 60’s and 70’s?  Then come by the Murphy Library as we take a ride through Bob Dylan’s life in I’m Not There, this Thursday’s movie, March 29 at 4 and 6 p.m.  Director Todd Haynes has created a memorable trip.  The film runs 135 minutes and it is rated R.

Six characters appear as parts of Dylan’s persona by actors Cate Blanchett (who is Bob Dylan), Ben Whishaw, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin (my personal favorite, he goes by the name, Woody Guthrie) and Heath Ledger.

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Believe it or not, there is an empty factory in China.  That’s where the next movie at the Murphy Library takes place.  This comedy is filled with music, family drama, and a fearless hero who plays the accordion.  Did I mention welders are in it too?  The library is showing The Piano in a Factory this Thursday, March 22 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Chen and his wife are divorcing and each wants custody of their daughter.  She is holding out for the one who can give her a piano. Chen is the musical one, he’s in a band and he may be fearless, but he is also penniless, unless you count his many friends. However, they decide that together, perhaps, they could build a piano by making use of an empty factory.  Go to to see the trailer.  And don’t miss the Russian music that permeates the Chinese background.

A petty criminal in Barcelona struggles to care for his beloved children.  Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who also made Babel and Amores Perros offers us an emotional story of a loving father and the difficult life he leads in the underbelly of this beautiful Spanish city.  T he Murphy Library is showing  Biutiful this Thursday, March 15 at 4 and 6 p.m.  It stars the unforgettable Javier Bardem and is rated R, not suitable for children or young people. Running time is 148 minutes.  The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.  . Read the rest of this entry »