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Archive for August 2012

The Murphy Library is showing, Hidalgo,  Viggo Mortensen’s 2004 film about a down and out cross country horse racer who enters the Ocean of Fire, a life and death 3,000 mile race across the Arabian desert.  Mortensen’s fast as lightning bareback ride is a sight not to miss.

Mortensen is not just an actor, renown for films like Lord of the Rings and A History of Violence.  He is also a painter, musician, photographer, poet, and a publisher of other writers and artists.

Best of all, he knows how to ride a horse and he loves the horses he rides.

 The library is showing the film at 4 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Thursday, August 30.  It is rated PG-13 and runs 136 minutes. In English, Arabic and Sioux (some dialogue).  Call 837-2417.

Listen closely and you can hear the Americus Brass Band.  I first thought it was from Americus, Georgia, but it is actually an American Civil War reenactment band from California named after Americus, Georgia. In the film you can hear the musicians play old Civil War tunes including “The Passing of the Red Man, “Wyoming Days,” “Bufffalo Bill’s Equestrian March” and “Gilmore’s Triumphal March.”

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who donated items to the Friends of Murphy Library’s annual Silent Auction, the Cooking Supplies Sale, the Cookbook Sale, and the Book Sale!

Thanks also to the hard-working volunteers, the library staff, and the finger food makers.

Most of all, our deep gratitude goes to all of you who came to the auction and found one, two or many treasures. We made over $2,900 from the Silent Auction and over $550 from the Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sale. Funds will be used to enhance the Cherokee Cultural and Research Center that is being established in the Genealogy Room for all to enjoy.

This coming Thursday, August 23, the Murphy Library is showing King of Devil’s Island, a Norwegian film from Film Movement at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. A young man is sent to an infamous boys’ island reformatory.  In Norwegian w/ English subtitles. Not for young children.  115 min.

“Haunting! Skarsgård is excellent as always and moody atmospherics enhance the conventional structure.” – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“Excellent! Marius Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to his sturdy acting, direction and cinematography.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post

“Conceptually ambitious…[KING OF DEVIL’S ISLAND] evokes a blood-chilling climate of eternal winter.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Get ready to open your pocketbooks! The Murphy Public Library Silent Auction and Cooking Supplies & Book Sale take place Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 at the library on 9 Blumental Street, Murphy, North Carolina 28906.

The Silent Auction runs  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the bidding sheets are taken up and calculated.  The Cooking Supplies with wonderful cookbooks in addition to the kitchen items, and the Book Sale of fiction and nonfiction runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 17 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. 


Each day different items will be featured in the Silent Auction and every donation to the auction has been exceptional.  Most recently local artist Mickey Altenderfer donated two portraits she painted of Native American men.  Mickey is a descendent of several notable Americans, among them, Penobscot Indians.

Mickey Altenderfer shows Jeff Murphy the two portraits of Native American men she painted for the Murphy Library’s Silent Auction on Friday and Saturday August 17 and 18.

Here are some other items to browse through.  Don’t miss the imaginative candleholder made from a wooden branch.

Friends’ president Elo-ly Bailey and her husband Corey donated a cute kitty jigsaw puzzle with a matching bag. Notice the antique school desk and red carryon that are also in the Silent Auction.

Three special items at Murphy Library’s Silent Auction Aug 17 & 18: the red, black and white afgan by Kathy Bolyard, a pizza paddle by Tom Yorkovitch, and a long candlestick made from a tree branch by local craftsman Bill Hounsell.

Antique nursing rocker in Murphy Library’s Silent Auction Aug 17 & 18.

Purses for any occasion and a painting made in a John C Campbell Folkschool class.

Child’s antique rocker and Bobbi Umbach glass bowl

Many thanks to Louise MacDonald, Jan Ruiz, Linda Tempke, Martha Penz, Gail MacLean, Carey Randall, and Nora King for volunteering, and to Jo Ann Allen, Sharon Francis, Sammie Simpson, Margie King, Kathy Hoyt, Diane Pelczynski, Leslie Beaster, and Michelle Campbell for selling their crafts at Friends of Murphy Library’s Craft and Book Sale last week.

Special appreciation goes to Donna Getch and Donna Cook in the Cherokee Scout’s advertising department for their excellent advice. 

Our wonderful community made this event a success and local students are the winners. Proceeds will provide awards for the Cherokee County Middle School Spelling Bee later this fall.

Nora King brought her friends who volunteered to re-organize the books in the back breezeway.  They made it fun and easy to browse through the shelves and discover treasures.

The Murphy Library is showing The Adventures of Tintin, Stephen’s Spielberg’s animated action film about a young reporter and a drunken ship’s captain in search of the treasure from a sunken ship.  107 min. Rated PG. Thursday, August 9 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Belgian writer Herge created this character.  If you have a young reader at home who likes this movie, the Moss-Hayesville library carries Herge’s books in the youth fiction section.