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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Cashiers Valley Tales" Great First "Balsam Chronicles"

Thursday March 15's show was great start to the "Balsam Chronicles." And you, the audience, were even better. Pam Meister, Curator of the Mountain Heritage Center, thanked the Jackson County and the North Carolina Arts Councils for their help in producing these first three of the "Balsam Chronicles."We, at the Liars Bench really appreciate their help.
Gary opened the show by promoting future "Balsam Chronicles" shows and his soon to be produced plays "Outlander" (Parkway Playhouse-Burnsville in June) and "Mother Jones" (Unitarian Church-Franklin, April 7, 6:00 pm).

Gary told the compelling story of the circumstances of Gus Baty jumping/falling off “Fool's Rock,” sliding sixty yards down the steep mountain side and coming to rest against a Laurel bush suspended on the very edge of Whiteside's cliff a thousand feet above the valley floor, and his heroic rescue by his friend Charlie Wright.

Eric Young played and sang a song about Jimmy Rodgers' last train ride.
And Gary told an abbreviated story about 'Spear-finger'.
 Joe Sam Queen came over from Waynesville and showed us some clogging steps.
Then he called a square dance with some of the audience members.
A good time was had by all.

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