‘Liars Bench’ show set for Thursday at museum

“The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show will continue its third season with a guest performance by storyteller Marilyn McMinn McCredie on Thursday, May 16, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

The free show will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Donations will be accepted to provide a token payment for the performers.

A Henderson County native, McCredie has developed an oral tradition that includes ghost stories, Indian legends, tall tales and hand-me-down memories of “that is how it happened.” She also sings new and traditional songs while accompanying herself on the mountain dulcimer.

Also during the show, Liars Bench founder Gary Carden of Sylva will present an installment from his “Appalachian Bestiary” series, stories of whimsical and imaginary animals written by Carden and illustrated by Mandy Newham. Other performers will be two Liars Bench regulars, Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach and claw-hammer guitarist Paul Iarussi.

For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.