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The Murphy Library is showing the Israeli movie, Vasermil, this Thursday, June 28 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Three teens see soccer as their ticket to success, that is, if they can learn teamwork.  90 minutes.  In Amharic, Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles. 

Director Mushon Salmona won the New Directors Award for his film at the San Francisco Film Fesival.

In an interview with Film Movement, he notes that he “needed a way of telling the story that would plant it deep within the reality it was trying to represent. This dictated the overall style of the film from the first moment of pre-production. Read the rest of this entry »

 “Nothing is as it seems,” the young boy with the big glasses says. Valentin is eight years old and lives in 1960’s Buenos Aires, Argentina with his grandmother.

His parents have split, he rarely sees his dad, and he never sees his mom. What’s a boy to do but study on his own to become an astronaut and fly to the moon.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing, Valentin,  a movie that will tug at your heart making you laugh  —  and cry. Teens who have been studying Spanish, and any adult will fall in love with this kid who needs to take matters into his own hands. It is a movie you will want to see again – I plan to.

 Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti also wrote the screenplay – from his childhood memories.  The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 86 minutes and it is rated PG-13.  Call 837-2417 for details 

I first saw this film several years ago at the Latin American Film Festival at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.  I was involved with the festival for the 25 years it was in existence.  It introduced me to countless filmmakers – some of them who made the trip to Atlanta to introduce their film.

Many of these directors make their way to Hollywood — among them the director of Valentin, Alejandro Agresti who recently directed The Lakehouse.  Want to know what he looks like?  Just watch Valentin — Agresti plays Valentin’s father.

The Nantahala Regional Library System is hosting a photo exhibit about the Civil War in North Carolina titled “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit.”

The exhibit will be at the Murphy Library this week, June 16-22 .

According to press releases, the exhibit “commemorates North Carolina’s role in the Civil War, a defining period in United States history.”

Ziggy Haus and Judy Lott (front row from left) are among the Silver Arts winners. Lott has won Literary Arts medals every year including her 2012 Gold in poetry and Bronze in short story. Dennis Gray,Dwight Moss and Millie Crawford (back row from left) also won 2012 Senior Games and Silver Arts medals . Crawford is a state winner and has participated in Friends events as well as donating her needlework to the Friends annual auction.

Many thanks to former board member of Friends of Murphy Library, Peg Russell, for this update on something close to her heart, the Friends’ Writers Workshop.

Last month members of Friends of Murphy Library Writers Workshop won 3 out of the 4 Gold Medals and 3 out of the 4 Silver Medals in the 2012 Senior Games/SilverArts in Cherokee County.  The competition includes four categories in Literary Arts: poetry, short story, life experience, and essay. 

Marilyn Barker won the 2012 gold for her essay and the Silver Medal for her short story in the Senior Games Silver Arts Literary competition. In 2011 she won Gold in both short story and essay.

Writers Workshop 2012 medalists were Marilyn Barker, Judy Lott, Fran McCord, and Peg Russell.
Over the past years Writers Workshop members have  won the only two (so far!) Cherokee County medals at the state level, the North Carolina State Literary Arts medals : in 2008 the late Richard Argo won Silver for poetry, and in 2011 Ziggy Haus won Silver for writing his life experience story.
Other Writers Workshop medalists have included Jerry Hobbs, Emma Flinn, and Carol McAfee.

Writers Workshop meets the second Monday of the month at 2PM at the Murphy Library. Jerry Hobbs leads the critique group, which welcomes newcomers. Writers  bring five or six copies of up to five pages, double spaced, to be discussed by the group.


Emma Flinn won the Cherokee County 2011 Silver Medal for her essay. She celebrates here with fellow Senior Games participant Gene Smith. They both are national sports winners

In 2011 Ziggy Haus won the gold medal for his life experience story, and he went on to win the North Carolina State Silver Medal, a huge achievement. In 2008 he won the Cherokee County Gold Medal for his writing in the life experience category.



We had a good time last year at Doyle’s – don’t miss the fun, the music and the food this year.

Friends of Murphy Library’s fundraising Dinner at Doyle’s is this Thursday, June 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and are now available for purchase at the Murphy Library.  Easy listening singer songwriter Judith Beyer will be serenading us.

The chefs are cooking up a “Pasta Buffet” with Chicken Picatta, (tender breast of chicken sautéed in butter lemon caper sauce), grilled vegetables, linguini with marinara sauce and garlic bread. Yum!


Posted on: June 10, 2012

Each year, the SilverArts portion of the Senior Games, have the judges choose a Best of Show. Also this year for the first time, a People’s Choice Best of Show was chosen. Rae Forester, Murphy, was chosen by the judges for her watercolor of “Work Horses”.

Marshall Peterson, Murphy, was the People’s Choice for his beautiful wooden vases which are pieced together together and are judged in the woodwork category.

 The winner for the Performance competition was Siegmund “Ziggy”Haus ,Murphy.
He played the violin, and presented “Hungarian Dance # 5” by Brahms, He will represent the Cherokee County Senior
Games/SilverArts in the State Competition in Raleigh in September.

The Senior Games/SilverArts want to thank our distinguished judges who represent a number of areas of expertise in the Arts/Crafts Fields. The Judges this year for the Heritage and Visual competition were Holly Chapman, Andrews: Winfield Clonts, Murphy; Louise McDonald, Murphy; Carol Demme, Blairsville; and Ruth Harris, Murphy. The Judges for the Performance competition were Sue Marler, Vonore, TN; Judy Sugg, Marion, NC; and Dennis Cameron, Murphy.

Submitted by Jane Hembree Coordinator for the SilverArts 837 0910

Friends of the Murphy Library have planned a special night out on Thursday, June 14.  The Friends are holding a fundraising dinner at Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant in Murphy. Read the rest of this entry »

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Hugo, Martin Scorcese’s masterpiece.  We had previously scheduled it for May 31 but the Scholastic Book Fair took over our favorite movie spot with their wonderful books.  This is a film for book lovers and movie lovers and for those of us who like to solve puzzles and make things work. Read the rest of this entry »