Arts & Entertainment – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:03:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Arts & Entertainment – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Arts & Entertainment – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Arts & Entertainment – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/arts-entertainment/ TV-G 63016882 Local Pittsboro man to appear on Wheel of Fortune on January 23 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/22/local-pittsboro-man-appearing-wheel-fortune-january-23/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:16:58 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8341 Culver City, CA – Michael Rodriguez of Pittsboro, N.C., will be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Michael is a small business owner, husband to his wife Kristen, and father to three children. He also…

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Culver City, CA – Michael Rodriguez of Pittsboro, N.C., will be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Michael is a small business owner, husband to his wife Kristen, and father to three children. He also coaches children’s soccer and tee-ball. Michael has been watching America’s Game® for 30 years. He auditioned to be a contestant by submitting a video application online at WheelofFortune.com in hopes of winning a vacation for him and his wife.

Where to watch: Weeknights on WTVD (ABC 11) at 7:30 PM.

Wheel of Fortune is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary season. Michael will be competing during the show’s “Swiss Holiday Week,” which will feature the scenic locations and unique food and culture of Switzerland, in partnership with Collette. He will be spinning the Wheel and solving hangman-style puzzles to win once-in-a-lifetime vacations from Collette, new cars, and cash prizes.

This season, contestants going to the Bonus Round will choose the category of their puzzle from three options. The category options will vary from episode to episode. Also during this week of shows, viewers at home will want to pay specific attention to the Bonus Round. By entering the Bonus Round Puzzle Solution on WheelofFortune.com after each show airs, viewers will have a chance to win an unforgettable Alpine adventure to Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria as part of the Collette Swiss Holiday Giveaway.

Updated 1.23.2018 22:21 EST – Michael will get the vacation he hoped for after winning $52,243 in cash and prizes, including a Mini Cooper and a trip to Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria!

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Came see Santa Claus on trial in a “Miracle on Hillsboro Street” on December 16 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/29/came-see-santa-claus-trial-miracle-hillsboro-street-december-16/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:05:41 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8172 Pittsboro, NC – Come see the trial of the century on Saturday, December 16 at the historic Chatham County Courthouse, where Santa Claus is on trial. Enjoy audience participation, local actors and the real Kris Kringle. Come root for a…

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Pittsboro, NC – Come see the trial of the century on Saturday, December 16 at the historic Chatham County Courthouse, where Santa Claus is on trial. Enjoy audience participation, local actors and the real Kris Kringle. Come root for a Miracle on Hillsboro Street.

Performances will be at 2 pm & 4:30pm. Admission is a $5 donation to benefit Communities In Schools.
Children under 6 are free.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following locations: Chatham Business Services, Pittsboro Toys and the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store.

Have your children write their very own letter to Santa telling him what they love about Santa Claus. Your child’s letter might even be picked to be read at a showing. Drop them off at our Mailbox to Santa by December 15 at Pittsboro Toys.

This event is hosted by the Pittsboro Business Association. It is produced by the Phoenix Theater Group
Check “Going” or “Interested” on Facebook page to stay updated on details.  Share with your friends as there is very limited seating:

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Join the Chatham Arts Council for the 46th Anniversary Concert of the Bluegrass Experience http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/13/join-chatham-arts-council-46th-anniversary-concert-bluegrass-experience/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:57:55 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8117 Pittsboro, NC – Join the Chatham Arts Council for the 46th Anniversary Concert of the Bluegrass Experience. Thanks to Opus Financial Advisors and our other arts-lovin’ sponsors, it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon. The event will take place on…

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Pittsboro, NC – Join the Chatham Arts Council for the 46th Anniversary Concert of the Bluegrass Experience. Thanks to Opus Financial Advisors and our other arts-lovin’ sponsors, it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon.

The event will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the Fearrington Barn in Chatham County’s Fearrington Village.

You can purchase advance tickets at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington or online at bluegrass2017.brownpapertickets.com/. Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door for adults. Tickets for kids (ages 3-12) are $8.

Why: Reason #1: Because 46 years of playing together makes a band really dang good. The Bluegrass Experience’s current band members Tommy Edwards, Snuffy Smith, Keith Thomas, Stan Brown, and Michael Aldridge and former members “Fiddlin Al” McCanless, Leroy Savage, Jimmy Cameron.

During it’s 46 years of existence, the band has fielded a total of only 12 members. Of the six founders (photo on the left), three have passed on and two, guitarist Edwards and bassist Thomas “Snuffy” Smith, remain with the group to this day. They have four albums to their credit.

The band plays bluegrass with the traditional instruments (banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass) but sometimes “reinterpret” rock, folk or country songs in a bluegrass fashion. They play original tunes and covers of traditional favorites,

Bland Simpson will be the master of ceremonies this year.

Reason #2: Because proceeds from the concert will benefit Chatham County children through the Council’s Artists-in-Schools Initiative. The Bluegrass Experience, led by former Chatham County Schools teacher Tommy Edwards, believes in arts and education. They celebrate their 46th anniversary of making music together, and proceeds go to place more artists in more Chatham schools.

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Strobilus autumn art exhibition coming to Chapel in the Pines http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/11/strobilus-autumn-art-exhibition-coming-chapel-pines/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:23:20 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7971 by *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – An art exhibition featuring 18 accomplished artists and over 50 works of art in a variety of media. Everyone is invited to the opening reception of the Strobilus autumn art exhibition. It will be…

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Pittsboro, NC – An art exhibition featuring 18 accomplished artists and over 50 works of art in a variety of media. Everyone is invited to the opening reception of the Strobilus autumn art exhibition. It will be held in the beautiful new fellowship hall at
Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 22 between 7 pm and 9 pm. Meet many of the artists and view their works. The exhibition will also be open on Sunday, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. until 4 pm.

Chapel in the PinesThis exhibition will feature beautiful original works in acrylics, oils, watercolors, pen and ink, graphite, plus tapestries, macramé, English rug hooking, needlepoint, pottery, photography, fine and exotic wood creations, collages, and more. This exhibition is free and open to everyone. It is a showcase of some of our local talent, and is presented for your enjoyment.

Chapel in the Pines is located at 314 Great Ridge Parkway in northeast Chatham County, off Mann’s Chapel Road, about ½ mile west of 15-501. Signs on Mann’s Chapel Road will direct you to the church.

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One on One: Jim Martin on science and religion http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/10/one-one-jim-martin-science-religion/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:38:49 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7797 By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Can a former North Carolina governor bridge the gap between science and religion? Jim Martin gives it a try in a new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and…

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D.G. MartinChapel Hill, NC – Can a former North Carolina governor bridge the gap between science and religion?

Jim Martin gives it a try in a new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion.”

Why would he want to take on the task of showing that the discoveries of science pose no threat to Christianity or any other religion?

Martin is a Davidson and Princeton trained chemist. He is a champion of the scientific method and, without apology, endorses the discoveries his fellow scientists have made, including the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe and basics of the theory of evolution.

He is also the son of a Presbyterian minister and himself a lifelong Christian. He believes the Bible is “the received word of God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and of any life it holds, on earth or elsewhere. I believe the Bible is our best guide to faith and practice.

“I believe there is, and can be, no irreconcilable conflict between science and religion, for they are revealed from the same God. Even more than that, as a Christian, I believe that God is most clearly revealed in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, I firmly believe that a loving God intended us to have the capacity to observe and interpret nature, so that we would grow in understanding the majesty and mystery of His creation and all that followed.”

revelation through scienceHow can Martin reconcile his scientific truths with the biblical account of a six-day creation or with the related belief that the earth was created about six thousand years ago?

He admits that he would sometimes avoid discussion of these questions when he was involved in electoral politics. For instance, as governor he visited the small town of Hobucken on Pamlico Sound. He stopped at the local fishing supply store at R. E. Mayo Company and saw a “monstrous skeletal whale head standing right outside the store.”

Martin remarked to some of the local people, “Wow! That whale must have lived and died there millions of years ago!”

Martin says that everything got quiet. Then, one person responded, “No, sir, we reckon she couldn’t have been there more’n six thousand years!”

“No,” Martin writes, “I did not stand my ground and debate the age of the earth with these fine gentlemen. I knew what I knew, part of which was that they knew what they knew, and this debate was not winnable.”

Now Martin is ready, not to debate, but to explain that science’s conclusions about the time of creation (13.7 billion years ago) and the age of the earth (4.5 billion years ago) are firmly based. More importantly for him, they are not in conflict with religion, including the creation accounts in the book of Genesis.

In his 400-page book, he lays out a seminar for the “educated non-scientist,” explaining the awesome complexities and orderliness of our world. He gives details of the sciences of astronomy, physics, biology, evolution, geology, paleontology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and genomics, including efforts to spark living organisms from inert chemicals.

With every scientific advance or explanation of how the world came about and works now, Martin says there is a further revelation from the Creator.

Does he assert that these advances prove the existence of God?

No, but throughout the book he points out what he calls “anthropic coincidences” that made for a universe that “was physically and chemically attuned very precisely for the emergence of life, culminating thus far in an intelligent, self-aware species.”

If the discussions of science and religion are too complicated for some readers, they should not put down the book before reading its final chapter in which Martin describes his personal journey of faith, study, service, and tolerance and respect for the opinions of those who see things differently.

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D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. Preview the upcoming program on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel (over the air and on Time Warner #1276) on Fridays at 8 p.m. To view prior programs: http://video.unctv.org/ program/nc-bookwatch/episodes/

For upcoming programs: www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch

This Thursday’s (July 12) guest is Kevin Adams, author of “North Carolina Waterfalls.” Next week’s (July 16, 20) guest is Elizabeth Cox, author of “A Question of Mercy.”

Thursday 5pm July 12 Kevin Adams, author of “North Carolina Waterfalls” 

Sunday noon July 16 and Thursday 5pm July 19 Elizabeth Cox, author of “A Question of Mercy” 

Sunday noon July 23 and Thursday 5pm July 27 William Ferris, author of “The South In Color” 

Sunday noon July 30 and Thursday 5pm August 3 Angela Pisel, author of “With Love From the Inside” 

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Nu-Blu teams with Siler City PD for Blu-Blast Block Party July 14 as part of National Night Out http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/06/nu-blu-teams-siler-city-police-department-blu-blast-block-party-july-14-part-national-night/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:09:05 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7754 Siler City, NC – Bluegrass/Americana sensation Nu-Blu will be making a rare hometown appearance July 14, when they team with the Siler City Police Department to bring a new event downtown.The Blu-Blast Block Party will be held at the Oasis…

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Siler City, NC – Bluegrass/Americana sensation Nu-Blu will be making a rare hometown appearance July 14, when they team with the Siler City Police Department to bring a new event downtown.The Blu-Blast Block Party will be held at the Oasis Open Air Market, and will celebrate the heritage of Siler City. The award-winning band will be featured in a free concert, as the band celebrates their sixth national album release,Vagabonds, which hit stores in April. The event will serve as the official kickoff event for National Night Out.

“Spending 200 plus days a year on tour doesn’t afford us much time here at home where it all started,” said Carolyn Routh. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Chief Tyson and the officers and support staff of the Siler City Police Department and town staff in putting together this community oriented event. Nu-Blu is always excited to give back to all the folks at home who have supported us and our music over the years.”

There is something for everyone at the Blu-Blast Block Party. In addition to great live music, the event will have great food and fun for the entire family, including games for the kids. Along with food vendors, there will also be arts and crafts vendors on-site, showcasing the very best of central North Carolina. Officers of the Siler City Police Department will also be on-hand to meet with attendees, and help spread the love.

The free Blu-Blast Block Party will take place in Siler City, North Carolina July 14 from 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET. The event will be held at the Oasis Open Air Market, located in Siler City, North Carolina.

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About Nu-Blu:
Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

National Night Out:
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

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Three 360 degree videos of Big Time Band performing at 2017 Pittsboro Summerfest http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/05/7747/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:39:05 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7747 by Gene Galin Pittsboro, NC – Big Time Band was kind enough to let me capture the them playing on the main stage at the Pittsboro Summerfest on Sunday, July 2 with the LG360 CAM. I set the camera up…

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Pittsboro, NC – Big Time Band was kind enough to let me capture the them playing on the main stage at the Pittsboro Summerfest on Sunday, July 2 with the LG360 CAM. I set the camera up in front of the band on the stage to get the videos.

Big Time Band at Pittsboro SummerfestYou can view the videos on YouTube. Use your cursor to scroll all around the videos to see the band and the audience in a 360 degree perspective. For some reason the videos’ initial view is of the crowd. You will need to scroll to your left or right to see the band.

Big Time Band performs “Play that Funky Music”

 

Big Time Band plays “Can’t Stop that Feeling”

NOTE: In the 2:40 point on the video you can scroll to see the bass player on street level playing to the audience

 

Big Time Band plays “Cherry Groove”

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One on One: Four books to entertain and disturb you during summer vacation http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/04/one-one-four-books-entertain-disturb-summer-vacation/ Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:17:57 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7736 By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – If you are willing to be both entertained and disturbed by your summer vacation books, I have four new volumes for your consideration: two books by important photographers and two literary mysteries that raise…

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D.G. MartinChapel Hill, NC – If you are willing to be both entertained and disturbed by your summer vacation books, I have four new volumes for your consideration: two books by important photographers and two literary mysteries that raise important public policy issues.

First the photographs.

If you grew up in the rural South of yesteryear and remember the landscapes, the crops, the tractors, the people, the country stores and churches, you will identify with UNC-Chapel Hill Professor William Ferris’s book, “The South in Color: A Visual Journal.” In the introduction Ferris writes, “As a photographer of the American South, I sought the Holy Grail—that single image that captures the region in its fullest, most engaging expression.”

His 100 color photographs document life in the South while he was growing up in the latter half of the last century.  The striking photos of ordinary scenes include farm fields, families, and churches. Lovely, but they also disturb as they illustrate the racial divisions that characterized the South. His beautiful and unsettling images mark Ferris as a true artist with an important message.

Earlier editions of Waynesville’s Kevin Adams’s “North Carolina Waterfalls” sold more than 65,000 copies. That is an amazing report, but easier to understand when the reader and viewer see his photographs of hundreds of our state’s enchanting waterfalls and read his detailed and compelling descriptions of the falls, how Adams approached his task, and the dangers to these treasures from human activity.

North Carolina WaterfallsAdams teaches nature photography seminars and leads popular waterfall photography tours. He is the author and photographer of a series of earlier books about scenic Western North Carolina. His new edition of  “North Carolina Waterfalls” includes 300 full color waterfall profiles and, in addition, 700 descriptions of other nearby falls. Adams writes. “The two years I worked on this project were grueling, but they reminded me just how much North Carolina’s waterfalls are in my bloodstream.”

The resulting combination of lovely photography and accompanying background information makes for a classic.

Now, the question-raising fiction.

In award-winning poet, novelist and former Duke professor Elizabeth Cox’s latest novel, “A Question of Mercy,” actions of a mentally challenged teenaged boy begin to frighten other children and alarm their parents. Set in the North Carolina of the early 1950s, we learn the family’s side of this situation through the voice of Jess Booker, the teenaged stepsister of Adam, who suffers from a disabling mental condition.

A question of mercyAt first, Jess is Adam’s unwilling and uncomfortable caregiver. Then she warms to Adam and becomes his advocate, arguing against her stepmother’s determination to send him to a state institution where he would be subject to radical medical treatments including lobotomy and sterilization. As Adam comes to understand what is in store for him, he becomes desperately sad. After a walk with Jess along the French Broad River, Adam disappears. When Adam’s body is found downriver, Jess, who has run away on a long journey of her own, becomes a murder suspect, and the novel’s story becomes, in part, a murder mystery.

with love from the insideThe central character of Hickory’s Angela Pisel’s debut novel, “With Love from the Inside,” is Grace Bradshaw. She knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing—reconnecting with her daughter Sophie, who has moved on to a new life, convinced that her mother was guilty. Over time Sophie learns facts that show her mother was innocent and unfairly convicted. With the help of her mother’s lawyer, Sophie fights against all obstacles to stop the execution. Whether she succeeds or not, her life is forever changed, as will be the lives of many readers who will be moved by Pisel’s poignant debut.

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D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. Preview the upcoming program on UNC-TV’s North Carolina digital channel  (Spectrum #1276) on Fridays at 8 p.m.

This Thursday’s (July 6) guest is Southern Book Prize Finalist Vivian Howard, author of “Deep Run Roots.”

Next week’s (July 9, July 12) guest is Kevin Adams, author of “North Carolina Waterfalls.”

To view prior programs: http://video.unctv.org/program/nc-bookwatch/episodes/

For upcoming programs: www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch

Sunday noon July 2 and Thursday 5pm July 6 Vivian Howard, author of “Deep Run Roots” 

Sunday noon July 9 and Thursday 5pm July 12 Kevin Adams, author of “North Carolina Waterfalls” 

Sunday noon July 16 and Thursday 5pm July 20 Elizabeth Cox, author of “A Question of Mercy” 

Sunday noon July 23 and Thursday 5pm July 27 William Ferris, author of “The South In Color” 

Sunday noon July 30 and Thursday 5pm August 3 Angela Pisel, author of “With Love From the Inside” 

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This week at Chatham County Libraries – Week of June 26, 2017 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/06/26/week-chatham-county-libraries-week-june-26-2017/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:26:59 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7689 Pittsboro, NC – Here is a rundown of the events taking place at this week at Chatham County Libraries. Tuesday, June 27 10am                          Preschool Story Time 11am-12pm  …

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Pittsboro, NC – Here is a rundown of the events taking place at this week at Chatham County Libraries.

Tuesday, June 27
10am                          Preschool Story Time
11am-12pm              CCL Summer Reading Program – Come join us for a Summer Reading activity or craft pertaining to this year’s theme of  Build A Better World!

Wednesday, June 28
1-2pm                         Wellness Wednesdays for Kids. Every Wednesday at 1:00 we will be hosting a mover and some shakers; local dance instructors, yogis and personal trainers will be sharing a movement based activity that will get the whole family moving. Classes will be at the Chatham Community Library in the Holmes Meeting Room. Today’s activity for the kids is with Heather D’Arnell from Siler City Dance & Gymnastics Academy. “Students will learn a short hip-hop dance, experiment with breakdancing, and end the class with some fun rhythm games.”

Thursday, June 29
9am-12pm                 Genealogy Assistance- Volunteer genealogists are available to assist with family history research, whether your ancestors lived in Chatham County, the 50 states, or overseas.  A genealogist is on site in the library most Thursdays from 9:00 am to noon, and other days and times by appointment. Call 919-545-8086 to make an appointment. Sessions take place in the Local History & Genealogy area of Chatham Community Library.  Please bring as much written documentation as you have about the topic you are researching, as well as a flash drive for saving documents and/or money for printing.
1pm                            Cool Off with a Movie! It’s Summer time and on these hot days you can get in from the heat and cool off with a movie! Every Thursday at 1:00 at Chatham Community Library we will be showing a family friendly movie. Today’s showing is: March of the Penguins.

Friday, June 30
9:30am                           Toddler Story Time
10:30am                         Preschool Story Time
3:30pm                           Summer Reading Performer: Capital Balloon Studios at CCL. Building Your Future, Inflate Your Mind! Free Children’s   Reading Empowerment Show Using Balloons, Magic, & Comedy. For more information contact Youth Services at 919-545-8085.

Wren Library, Siler City
Monday, June 26
4pm                              Afternoon Movies at Wren. Come enjoy a Free afternoon movie at Wren! Today’s showing is: Storks

Wednesday, June 28
10:30am                           Story Time
11:30am & 12:30pm      Wren Summer Reading Program. Come join us for a Summer Reading activity or craft pertaining to this year’s theme of Build A Better World!

Friday, June 30
12pm                                Summer Reading Performer: Capital Balloon Studios at CCL. Building Your Future, Inflate Your Mind! Free Children’s    Reading Empowerment Show Using Balloons, Magic, & Comedy. For more information contact Youth Services at 919-545-8085.

Goldston Library, Goldston
Thursday, June 29
10:30am                        Story Time for all ages
11:30am                        Goldston Summer Reading Program. Come join us for a Summer Reading activity or craft pertaining to this year’s   theme of Build A Better World!

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One on One: A North Carolina mountain woman’s adventure in Bulgaria http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/23/one-one-north-carolina-mountain-womans-adventure-bulgaria/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:40:58 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7618 By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Why would North Carolinian Elizabeth Kostova, who is a New York Times No.1 bestselling author, set her action-packed novel in Bulgaria? I will give you an answer in a minute. But first, a…

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D.G. MartinChapel Hill, NC – Why would North Carolinian Elizabeth Kostova, who is a New York Times No.1 bestselling author, set her action-packed novel in Bulgaria?

I will give you an answer in a minute. But first, a little bit about her new book, “The Shadow Land.”

Its main character is a young North Carolina mountain woman, Alexandra Boyd. On her first day in the country she meets a small Bulgarian family group. They tell her they are on the way to a beautiful monastery and suggest she consider visiting it later. After they part ways, Alexandra finds that she has a satchel that belongs to the Bulgarian group.

A young taxi driver called Bobby befriends her as she seeks to find the satchel’s owners. In the satchel is a wooden urn, containing ashes and inscribed with the name Stoyan Lazarov.

She and Bobby report the incident to the local police. They give them an address for Lazarov.

Elizabeth Kostova Shadow LandFirst, they rush to the monastery and search for the Bulgarian group, but find no one. As they prepare to leave, they realize that they have been locked in a room. Alexandra thinks, “nothing in her previous experience had prepared her for the feeling of being suddenly locked in a monastic room with a stranger five thousand miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains, holding an urn containing the ashes of another stranger. In addition to being tired and afraid, she was suddenly a thief, a vagrant and a prisoner.”

Although they escape from the monastery, they cannot escape a growing awareness that they are being followed and that possessing this urn has put them in danger.

Nevertheless, the next day they go to the address the police had provided. The house is empty of people, but photos and papers there confirm that the urn’s owners had lived there. A neighbor gave them another address elsewhere in Bulgaria.

Before they leave town, they adopt a stray dog, which becomes an important character with a major role in one of the concluding scenes. Kostova introduces other people, including an older, wealthy businessman-turned-politician named Kurilkov and known as “The Bear.” He is seeking to win the next election on the promise of “non-corruption.”

There are growing and inexplicable dangers: vandalized cars, threats, murder and kidnapping. Only if the urn contains some valuable secret can there be an explanation for this unsettling situation.

An explanation of the urn’s secret and its dangerous value becomes the spine on which Kostova builds the book’s surprising and violent resolution.

On that same spine she attaches another story, that of Stoyan Lazarov, a talented violinist, lover of Vivaldi, loving husband and father, who ran afoul of Bulgaria’s post-World War II brutal communist dictatorship. He was confined for many years in a torturous labor camp where work conditions and weather almost killed him and destroyed his health and his prospects for a fulfilling musical career.

At the work camp, he met two men, one a friend and fellow inmate, and the other a guard who becomes a heated enemy. Both characters play a major part in the book’s dramatic conclusion.

Why then did Kostova set this book in Bulgaria? Explaining her fascination for that nation, she writes about her first visit, when she first came to “this mysterious country, hidden for so long behind the Iron Curtain,” and she felt, “I had somehow come home.”

Kostova’s novel takes her readers on a tour of Bulgaria, its mountains, its cities and villages its forests and seashores. Her poetic descriptions of Bulgaria’s landscapes and people made this reader want to see for myself the country she loves so much.

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D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. Preview the upcoming program on Preview the upcoming program on UNC-TV’s North Carolina digital channel  (Spectrum-Time Warner #1276) on Fridays at 8 p.m.

This week’s (April 23, 27) guests ware Richard Rosen and Joseph Mosnier, authors of “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights.”

To view prior programs: http://video.unctv.org/program/nc-bookwatch/episodes/

For upcoming programs: www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch

Sunday noon April 23 and Thursday 5pm April 27 Richard Rosen and Joseph Mosnier, authors of “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights”

Sunday noon April 30 and Thursday 5pm May 4 Matthew Griffin, author of “Hide”

One on One: A North Carolina mountain woman’s adventure in Bulgaria appeared first on Chatham Journal Newspaper.

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