Wednesday, October 10, 2018

UNCG professor O’Brien to discuss Lakota Sioux history in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – Learn about the history of the Lakota Sioux in a talk by UNC-Greensboro history professor Dr. Greg O’Brien at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

O’Brien will delve into the Lakota story from the era of Custer and the Little Bighorn to modern-day protests against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL), which passes through the Standing Rock Reservation and ancestral territory of the Lakota Nation.

O’Brien is an associate professor in the Department of History at UNCG, and currently serves as associate head of the department.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, a masters degree from James Madison University and a B.A. from Randolph-Macon College. His areas of research include American Indians of the southeast, American environmental history, and the American revolutionary era.

He is author of The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies, and numerous other books, chapters and articles.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Is your house haunted? Meet paranormal investigators at Asheboro library


ASHEBORO – Are you hearing things that go bump in the night?

Piedmont Triad Paranormal Investigations founder Rick Aiken will visit the Asheboro Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 15, to talk about what it takes to be a paranormal detective, and show off equipment he and his team use to suss out the otherworldly in haunted houses.

The haunting, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Aiken and colleague Brenda Laws will tell ghost stories if time permits.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. Call 336-318-6803 for further information.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Find ancestors in cemeteries in Asheboro library’s ‘Grave Encounters’


ASHEBORO – Go on some ‘Grave Encounters’ as you learn how to find your ancestors in cemeteries, in a genealogy class from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, October 11, at the Asheboro Public Library

Librarian and genealogist Ann Palmer will discuss how to get as much information as you can from a cemetery visit.

“Nothing in your genealogical research will connect you to your ancestors more than to stand where they are buried and to see important pieces of their life carved into stone,” Palmer says.

Topics to be covered include locating your ancestor’s gravesite; reading and recording tombstone engravings; finding unknown ancestors; and photography tips. A handout will be provided with a bibliography and web links.

The class is free and the public is invited. Call 336-318-6815 for more information.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Teens: learn to manage stress through Yoga at Asheboro library


ASHEBORO -- School, relationships, jobs and even play can be stressful. One effective method of dealing with stress is Yoga.

Teens are invited to join instructor jacquie Reininger for “Stress-Buster Yoga for Students,” a series of classes at the Asheboro Public Library that will teach Yoga basics and stress management.

Classes will take place at 6 p.m. Thursdays October 4 and 25, and November 1 and 8. They are free and all teens are welcome.

Sessions include: October 4, “Change Your Posture”; October 25, “Yoga Will Grow on You!”; November 1, “The Zen Zone”; and November 8, “Yoga Math.”

Participants can attend any or all classes; be sure to wear comfortable clothes. Call 336-318-6803 to sign up or for more information.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Asheboro Sunset lecture series featuring embedded journalist Kevin Maurer rescheduled to October 5

Kevin Maurer
ASHEBORO – A talk by journalist Kevin Maurer, who co-wrote the bestselling book No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden with a Navy SEAL who confronted bin Laden, has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Friday, October 5, at downtown Asheboro’s Sunset Theatre.

Maurer will talk about his experiences with the book and as an embedded journalist with U.S. troops around the world in the concluding talk of the 2018 Friends of the Library Sunset Signature Series.

Maurer’s appearance is free and the public is invited. The series is sponsored by the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the City of Asheboro and the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library.

The format of the talk will be a conversation between Maurer and Mike Adams of Asheboro. Adams was editor of The Fayetteville Observer in 2003 when he hired Maurer to cover the newspaper’s military beat.

Shortly after joining the Observer, Maurer followed the 82nd Airborne Division during the initial invasion of Iraq. He returned to cover the soldiers more than a dozen times, most recently in 2010 when he spent 10 weeks with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan. He has also embedded with American soldiers in east Africa and Haiti.

No Easy Day, written with SEAL Mark Owen (a pen-name for Matt Bissionnette), spent several weeks atop the New York Times Best Seller List and became the bestselling hardback book of the year.

Owen and Maurer followed No Easy Day with No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy Seal in 2014, a New York Times bestseller. Last year, Maurer co-authored American Radical: Inside the World of An Undercover Muslim FBI Agent with Tamer Elnoury, which also landed on the bestseller list.

Other books he has co-authored include Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds with Rusty Bradley; No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan with Pulitzer Prize winner Mitch Weiss; and Hunting Che: How A U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World’s Most Famous Revolutionary, also with Weiss.

Based in Wilmington, Maurer is a native of Virginia Beach, Va., and a graduate of Old Dominion University.

Maurer’s appearance was postponed from an earlier date due to Hurricane Florence.

The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Avenue. For further information, call 800-626-2672.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Unique theatrical presentation to honor Randolph County’s WWI Company K on battle anniversary

ASHEBORO – The sacrifice and heroism of soldiers from Randolph County in World War I will be on display in a one-time dramatic presentation on the 100th anniversary of the decisive battle in which they played a leading role.

“Company K: From Asheboro to the Fields of France,” by Asheboro-born poet and playwright Barbara Presnell, will tell the story of the local soldiers – and their loved ones on the home front – at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 29 at downtown Asheboro’s Sunset Theatre. It is being staged by RhinoLeap Productions, the non-profit professional theatre company based in Asheboro.

The play, sponsored by the City of Asheboro in association with RhinoLeap and the Randolph County Public Library, is free and the public is invited. A discussion with members of the cast and crew, and County History Librarian Mac Whatley, will follow the show.

Company K was raised in Asheboro in 1911 as the local unit of the State Militia, a forerunner of the National Guard. The unit was called up for service in the U.S. Army in World War I and sent to France.

Barbara Presnell
There, the local troops were in the vanguard of an Allied attack on September 29, 1918, near the village of Bellicourt, that broke the German Hindenburg Line defensive position and hastened the end of the war. The unit sustained over 60 percent casualties, with 27 young men killed.

The play draws on firsthand documents and accounts, especially letters home from Company K soldiers – with recognizable Randolph County names like Dixon, Bunting, Luck, Gatlin, Kivett, Bulla, Burgess, McDowell and others – that routinely were reprinted Asheboro’s newspaper, The Courier. Featuring music from the period performed live, it focuses not only on the soldiers but on those at home awaiting their return, as well as the often-overlooked contribution to the war effort of women and African Americans.

Rhinoleap Artistic Director Jeremy Skidmore is directing the production, in which a small team of professional actors who hail from around the United States and Canada take on multiple roles. The cast includes James Alton, Chance Carroll, Isaac Klein, Patrick Osteen, Scott Thomas and Dayna Tietzen. Music will be performed by Mark Dillon and Christen Blanton.

The crew includes Dorothy Austin-Harrell, costume designer; Noah Trimmer, lighting designer; Tara Raczenski, stage manager; Dillon, musical director; and Whatley, dramaturg.

RhinoLeap was founded in 2017 by Dr. Tom Osteen and his son Patrick, a graduate of UNC School of the Arts, to present professional theatrical productions in Asheboro that then tour to towns across the state, and to provide educational residencies that bring North Carolina high school students into direct contact with experienced working artists.

Presnell, an award-winning writer who now lives in Lexington, has penned four books of poetry. Her most recent book, Blue Star, considers on the impact of war on her family from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan, and includes poems related to her grandfather, who was a member of Company K.

Another of her books, Piece Work, was about her father’s experience in the textile mills of Asheboro from their heyday to their decline in recent years. Piece Work was developed into a play by the Touring Theatre of North Carolina, and was performed around the state for several years.

The Sunset Theater is located at 234 Sunset Avenue. For further information, call 336-318-6803.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Asheboro Sunset Series event with journalist Kevin Maurer postponed


ASHEBORO – The Friends of the Library Sunset Signature Series event featuring Kevin Maurer, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 13, has been postponed due to Hurricane Florence.

Maurer and his family live in Wilmington.

The talk by Maurer was the final 2018 installment of the Sunset series, which is sponsored by the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the City of Asheboro and the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library.

It will be rescheduled and a new date announced shortly.

Maurer was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, east Africa and Haiti. In 2012, he co-authored the bestselling book No Easy Day with Mark Owen, a Navy SEAL who was present when Osama bin-Laden was killed.

For further information, call 800-626-2672.