‘Telling Mountain Stories’ series to continue Dec. 5

The “Telling Mountain Stories” fall folk life series will continue at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Dec. 5, with a screening of the documentary film “Rank Strangers: The Story of Mrs. Hyatt’s OpraHouse,” a performance by the Hominy Valley Boys, and a display of photographs by Ken Abbott.

Opening the free program at 5:30 p.m. will be the Hominy Valley Boys, a traditional music band composed of two sets of brothers who are featured on the “Rank Strangers” soundtrack – Cliff and Matt Wright of Haywood County and Ben and Mike Rathbone of Buncombe County.

The film, a creation of Rod Murphy and Scott B. Morgan, examines the entertaining and poignant connections that make up the typical American community gathering. Shot on location in Asheville, the production tells the story of a tradition of musical gatherings that began more than 50 years ago, and which continues to this day.

A selection of production images from “Rank Strangers” that were taken by visual artist Ken Abbott, a visiting instructor of photography at WCU, will be on display in the museum lobby through Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The program will be held in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. The museum is joining with Philip Coyle of WCU’s ethnography laboratory and Tom Hatley, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor in Cherokee Studies, in presenting the series.

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