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Gayle Larson learned to play the spoons at her Great Aunt Sue’s house on Turkey Ridge in Pennsylvania. Sunday afternoons Great Aunt Sue played the pump organ, two uncles played a homemade banjo, and after she learned rhythm playing a bucket with sticks, they taught her to play the spoons.
Larson will play the spoons at the February 16 Friends of Murphy Library quarterly pot-luck.  The dinner will spotlight SilverArts NC State Medalists where Gayle Larson won a 2009 gold medalist for performing. The public is invited to bring a dish and join the 6 PM meeting.

NC State SilverArts medalists seated, left to right: Jane Hembree, photography; Marshall Peterson holding his winning woodworking lamp; Millie Crawford, needlework; standing Gayle Larson, performing arts.

One of our favorite MCs, Jane Hembree, will be introducing the winners.
 Jane won the 2009 Silver Arts Bronze Medal for photography.  She is a long-time FML board member and past auction chairman.
Millie Crawford, 2009 bronze needlework medalist, is an FML member and craft shows participant.
 Kathy Hoyt, 2008 gold medalist in knitting, is a founding member of FML, and its first Treasurer. Loye Merwin, 2009 gold medalist for jewelry and Marshall Peterson, 2009 silver medalist for woodworking will also be honored at the dinner.
Marshall Peterson restored and refinished furniture, and four years ago began wood working. His winning lamp, of African paduak wood, is made of 23 different rings and instead of being turned, is shaped by sanding beginning with 40 grit and finishing with 400. His work is available at galleries in Stecoah and Bryson City and the Campbell School Fall Festival.

Millie Crawford (2nd from right) stands with her co-workers at the Penland Senior Center. She won the Bronze Medal in the 2009 Silver Arts for needlework.

Millie Crawford has won 60 ribbons and a best of show at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Her biggest plastic canvas was a Barbie Castle, 30″ high with six rooms which she made for her granddaughter. She also crochets and frames names for gifts. Millie works at the Penland Senior Friendship Center.

Richard Argo will read his prize-winning poem at the Feb. 16, 2010 Friends of Murphy Library potluck.

Richard Argo and Jane Hembree exemplify the Senior Games/SilverArts slogan, “A healthy body, a healthy mind,” because they are local medalists in both Senior Games and SilverArts. Richard won medals in swimming and tennis, and Jane has won shuffleboard doubles and baseball throw.

 Besides Larson’s “spoons concert,” Argo, the 2008 state Silver Medalist, will read his winning poem at the dinner February 16.  He  is a FML Writers Workshop writer.

Friends’ president Nora King has a special invitation to all Friends members.  Our quarterly meeting is Tuesday, November 17, at 6 p.m. in the Murphy Library’s meeting room.  If you would like to join the Friends, dues are $10 per year and can be paid anytime at the library before 6 p.m.

Special guest will be Eleanor Lambert Wilson.  Ellie Wilson is a Brasstown resident who has written two books about her coming to our part of North Carolina from New York.  Her first book is titled “My Journey to Appalachia” and the second, “My Life in Brasstown” describes her experiences in the world of John C. Campbell Folk School.  A Vassar graduate, Mrs. Wilson promises to be an entertaining speaker.

The meeting starts at 6 pm with our pot luck and we have some excellent cooks in our group.  Utensils, plates, napkins and liquid refreshments will be provided.  It is an important meeting because of the election of persons to replace  Board members.

Also, a “must see” is the newly painted background wall with its lovely tree in the meeting room.  It was one of the projects we sponsored along with other volunteers from the community to make the room more inviting for the little ones who meet there for their children’s programs.

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“For the Love of Books” is open to everyone, even if you are not a member of Friends of Murphy Library.  It is the Friends’ potluck dinner and annual meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 18 in the library’s meeting room and you’re invited to invite your friends.
Special guest Don Randall has changed the way Detroit builds cars.  The Georgia-born attorney worked as counsel to the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning in 1967.  In the 1970’s he wrote a book that stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for ten weeks.  Randall will talk about how to write a book that gets attention.  His propelled onto the Today Show, the Tonight Show, the Dinah Shore Show and To Tell the Truth.
Randall’s “The Great American Auto Repair Robbery” documented how American car owners were being  “systematically victimized by car manufacturers, insurance companies, car dealers, service stations and repair shops.”  When consumers started writing their congressmen as Randall suggested, laws were enacted to help them.  Randall is also a retired Colonel, Army Judge Advocate General.
Friends Vice-president Elo-ly Bailey advises everyone to bring a favorite dish and also an empty bag.  After dinner, all attendees will visit the book storage area at the rear of the library and fill their bag with books at no charge.
Bailey will talk about what’s available in the library’s popular bookstore.  And librarian Jeff Murphy will explain, in easy-to-understand language, new technology for book lovers.  There will be something for everyone, with books at the center of attention.  Call 837-2417 for details