Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Miss Julia” author Ann B. Ross to visit Asheboro

Ann B. Ross (photo by Sarah Sneeden)
ASHEBORO – Miss Julia will lay down the law as author Ann B. Ross visits Asheboro to talk about her popular series of novels and sign books at a luncheon hosted by the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will take place at noon Saturday, June 20, at Pinewood Country Club. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased thru June 11 at the Asheboro, Archdale, Liberty and Randleman public libraries, and at the Friends of the Library Bookshop in downtown Asheboro.

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is the most recent of 17 books featuring Miss Julia Springer, an outspoken “woman of a certain age,” and set in Ross’s hometown of Hendersonville. The previous installment, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover, debuted at #10 on The New York Times Bestseller list when it was published in 2014.

The series began in 1999 with Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, which went through six printings in the space of a year and was ranked #9 on the Independent Booksellers’ 76 most highly recommended books for that year. It also was named to the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list, and has been translated into twelve foreign languages.

Ross, mother of two daughters and a son, enrolled at UNC-Asheville when she became an empty-nester to complete her Bachelors degree. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in English at UNC-Chapel Hill, and returned to UNC-Asheville to teach literature and humanities.

She published her first novels, two paperback mysteries, in the early 1980s, and embarked on a full-time writing career with the publication of the first Miss Julia book.

Pinewood Country Club is located at 247 Pinewood Road in Asheboro. For more information, call 318-6801.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Quadcopter videographers to swoop down on Asheboro library

SkyHound takes an aerial look at the Asheboro library.
ASHEBORO – “See beyond” with quadcopter pilots and videographers Josh Hogan and Ben Harless at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in and around the Asheboro Public Library.

Their visit is hosted by the TeenZone and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free and the public is invited.

Hogan and Harless operate under the name SkyHound and are using quadcopter drones to shoot aerial footage of Asheboro and surrounding communities.

Their slogan is “see beyond” because they love to give viewers a birds-eye view to help people see the “big picture.”

The pair will talk about flying quadcopters and then demonstrate them in the library parking lot.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fabulous Beekman Boys to bring tales of farm living to Asheboro

ASHEBORO – Downtown Asheboro’s Sunset Theatre is be the place to be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, as the Fabulous Beekman Boys reflect on their agricultural adventures.

The duo, Randleman native Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, will share “10 Things We Learned from Goats, or How We Got Where We Are Today.”

Their appearance is free and the public is invited. A book signing will follow.

The couple purchased the historic 1802 Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y., in 2007, as a weekend getaway. When both lost their jobs during the recession and risked foreclosure, they set about to make the farm profitable.

They started with goats, making and marketing cheese and soap. Soon they had drawn other farmers and artisans from the area into the project, which included seasonal festivals and cookbooks, and drew major media coverage.

The Discovery Channel’s Planet Green network tracked their ups and downs in a reality series, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” which brought them worldwide renown. In 2012, they competed in — and won — CBS’s Amazing Race.

Ridge is a graduate of Randleman High School and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and also holds an MBA from the New York University’s Stern School of Business. While working as a fellow in geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he collaborated with world-famous architect I.M. Pei to design a care center for older adults, and recruited Martha Stewart as benefactor.

He later became  vice president for healthy living at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, the post he lost prior to the launch of Beekman 1802.

Kilmer-Purcell, from Albany, N.Y., is a journalist and best-selling author of six books including the memoirs I am Not Myself These Days, and The Bucolic Plague, about the Beekman experience. He grew up in Wisconsin and holds a degree in English literature from Michigan State University.

The Beekman Boys’ appearance is the last event of the 2015 Sunset Cultural Series and is sponsored by the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library as part of the group’s annual meeting. Reserved seating is available for Friends members until 10 minutes before start time.

The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Avenue. Call 318-6814 for further information.

Teens invited for book discussion night at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – What  books have you been reading? What would you recommend to others?

Teens are invited to gather at the Asheboro Public Library for a TeenZone Discussion Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Talk about book you have read or are reading, and give and get recommendations for what’s popular in young adult literature or literature in general.

The discussion is free and all teens are invited.

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mother-Daughter Tea at the library

ASHEBORO – Mothers and daughters are invited to enjoy a special tea party in celebration of Mother’s Day at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Dress your best in true, proper tea party fashion. Tea, juice and snacks will be provided by Friends of the Library.

Space is limited so registration is required; call 318-6804 or visit the Children’s Room to sign up.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Library Friends bookshop to offer discount on biographies

ASHEBORO – Get the lowdown on your favorite historical figures, politicians, celebrities and other famous people as the Friends of the Library Bookshop offers an end-of-April 50%-off sale on biographies.

The sale will take place on Saturday, April 25; Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30.

The bookshop, located at 226 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 629-1536 during operating hours for more information. 

Asheboro library seminar series to cover end of life planning


ASHEBORO – End of life planning is the topic of a three-part seminar series at the Asheboro Public Library during May.

The sessions will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays beginning May 5. They are free and the public is invited.

The series opens with “Beginning the Conversation.” Kelly Olmeda, a social worker with Hospice of Randolph County, will focus on advance care planning.

Next, “Legal Documents in Place,” on May 12, will feature elder law expert Bob Mason, who will provide more in-depth information about creating the necessary legal documents.

In “Financial House in Order,” on May 19, senior adviser Warren Coble will talk about Social Security, Medicare and insurance.

The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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