Dec. 4 program at Heritage Center to feature music scholar Betty Smith

The fall “Living with the Land” folk life series will continue at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with a program featuring music scholar Betty Smith.

Smith’s presentation, “Coming of the Roads: Songs and Stories,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

A singer who accompanies herself on dulcimer, guitar and psaltery, Smith has worked as a classroom teacher, a music instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School, and an organizer of events such as the Bluff Mountain Music Festival at Hot Springs. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her music and research, including Mars Hill College’s Bascom Lamar Lundsford Award and the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Brown-Hudson Award.

The Mountain Heritage Center is presenting the fall folk life series in conjunction with WCU’s Office of the Provost, Philip Coyle of WCU’s ethnography laboratory, and Tom Hatley, the university’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor in Cherokee Studies.

The museum is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call (828) 227-7129 or visit mhc.wcu.edu on the Web.