Bag LunchOur monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge.  Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room.  Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee or cider are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Tuesday, March 20 — Exploring the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds presented by Amy Duernberger.
The program will explore the wonder and mystery of southern Appalachian grassy balds including their presence in Native American myths, theories on how balds originated, and representation flora and fauna.  Duernberger will spotlight these “treeless wonders” that have long baffled scientists and enchanted outdoor enthusiasts.  These open spaces, often grassy meadows, are found on or near the summits of mountains that are below the tree line.  She’ll discuss these unique ecosystems and offer a guide to nineteen representative hiking trails in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. She is a longtime lover of the outdoors and has worked for the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway and now lives in Hendersonville. She holds a masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina.

Bag Lunch EXTRA — Wednesday, April 11 — A Brief History of Western Theater performance by Looking Glass Playhouse.
The performance will be a presentation of scenes from Euripides through Moliere to Thornton Wilder and Christopher Durang and plenty in between. Looking Glass Playhouse is an acting company  based in the mountains of North Carolina dedicated to performing a wide range of work from the newest playwrights to the classics. The company is comprised of some of the areas favorite actors including ; Andy, Sandi and Mark Thompson, Nita porter, Amy Shute and Kathy Kitahata. Claudia Carter Covington is the founding member of the group. She studied acting with Sandford Meisner and acted professionally for many years before moving to Brevard.

Tuesday, April 17 — The Other Side of Sylvia Plath presented by Pam Blevins.
Sylvia Plath is regarded as a tragic figure of poetry, feminist icon of feminists, and confessional poet whose brilliant imagery illuminated twentieth century poetry and gave it a new voice. Her bouts of mental illness and her suicide at the age of 30 have led to an excess of analysis that casts her life and work as a litany of darkness and despair.  But there was another side to this complex woman, one rich in color, light and imagination that was the alter ego to her poetry – Sylvia Plath the visual artist. Few people realize that Plath was also a gifted illustrator, painter and fashion designer for whom art was always her “deepest source of inspiration.”  As a young woman in college, Plath faced a difficult choice: which path to follow – art or poetry. Poetry won, but her own artistic gift and her love of art stayed with her, giving her poetry its richness, color, depth and vision. She painted with words.  This program explores how her art became one with her poetry; outlines her background; focuses on her development as both a poet and artist, and the trajectory of an illness that eventually consumed her. Illustrated with photographs, examples of Plath’s art and a recording of Plath reading

Brevard resident Pamela Blevins is a music historian, former journalist, photographer and public relations consultant. She is the co-founder and editor of “Signature: Women in Music” an online magazine about women in classical music. She is the author of the critically acclaimed dual biography of English composer-poet Ivor Gurney and English musicologist, critic and writer Marion Scott, “Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott: Song of Pain and Beauty.” She has completed “Beyond the Hand of God,” the first of three non-fiction three books about murders in the town of Weymouth, Massachusetts, where she was the former editor of the local newspaper.

Tuesday, May 15 – The Hidden History of Mayberry presented by Dr. Gary Freeze.

Tuesday, June 19 — Faces of Appalachia by Tim Barnwell.

Tuesday, July 17 — TBA

Tuesday, August 21 — TBA