Our 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, April 16 — “It All Starts with Bacon – Two Foodie Photographers’ View of America’s Southern Appalachian Mountains”. Presented by Janet Garrity Saucier and Les Saucier, who are both professional photographers, educators, and authors of the book Mountain Blue, the Beauty and Grandeur of America’s Southern Appalachian Mountains. During the program they will share their photos, points of interest about the mountains and some of the best locations to view “the gifts” received from “our mountains.” Copies of their book will be available for sale and signing following the program. The couple’s book Mountain Blue is a celebration of the beauty and a tribute to the Blue Ridge, the Smokies, the culture, and the biodiversity found only in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. “We wanted to share our vision of what it’s like to be in this special place,” said Les Saucier. “There’s no where else on earth like it. As photographers, in order to celebrate their beauty, one has to show up. Meaning that on some days, we’re eating bacon way before the sun comes up. That’s what it takes at times to really witness the wonders of these mountains.”
Tuesday, May 21 — Performance “What’s Old is New” by actors from Lookinglass Playhouse. Three new 10 minute plays and 2 classic scenes. Lookinglass Playhouse is a small acting company based in Brevard, NC dedicated to performing a wide range of work – from the newest, young playwrights to the classics. The company is comprised of some of the area’s favorite performers including Mark, Sandi and Andy Thompson; Nita Porter; Amy Shute and others. Claudia Carter Covington is the founding member of the group. She acted professionally and served as literary manager for Charlotte Repertory Theatre for 20 years before moving to Brevard.
Tuesday, June 18 – TBA
Tuesday, July 16 — Photographer Jo Crebbin returns to share some of her amazing photographs from around the world.
Tuesday, August 20 — Katie Edwards from the North Carolina Museum of History will present “Starring North Carolina!” – a program that spotlights many of the films and television programs that have been made in North Carolina, beginning in the early 1900s with silent movies that were shot in the state’s western region. North Carolina’s movie scene changed dramatically in the 1980s when producer Dino De Laurentiis arrived here to film Firestarter. He liked the area so much that he decided to build a studio in Wilmington, thus launching the path to “Hollywood East.” Since then, hundreds of major motion pictures, independent films, made-for-TV movies, television shows, and documentaries have been filmed across the state.
Tuesday, September 17 — TBA
Tuesday, October 15 — Storyteller and performer Gary Greene will present “Carl Sandburg: A Wanderer’s Heart,” PART 2, a character portrayal of Carl Sandburg. Completing the story began in his November 2018 program, Gary will bring to life the story of Carl Sandburg from his youthful wanderings in the Midwest, to his blossoming career as a journalist and poet in Chicago, culminating in the “national treasure” he became in his later years at Connemara. This will be an opportunity to experience Sandburg’s life through his own words, thoughts and passions. Gary Greene has lived in WNC for 30 years and has divided his professional career between the church and the library. He recently retired from Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church as the Director of Family Ministries and currently works part-time in the Youth Services Department at the Library. It was through performing with the theater company Poetry Alive that he became acquainted with the popular poetry of Carl Sandburg. Gary notes, “I found a kindred spirit in Sandburg. We both grew up in the Midwest knowing the same landscapes and people. We both loved telling stories to children and plinking around on a guitar. We both ended up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and have been nourished by its beauty. Today his work seems to me as timely as ever.”
Tuesday, November 19 — TBA
Tuesday, December 17 – TBA