Catch the second ‘Liars Bench’ benefit performance Feb. 23

The second of two benefit performances of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

“The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June 2010. The show’s cast has provided more than 20 free programs of Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry and drama in the Sylva/Cullowhee area since then, but a $10 admission will be charged at the Feb. 23 show.

“Customarily, we ‘pass the hat’ at each performance in order to give a token payment to the performers,” Carden said. “However, in order to stabilize our finances we have decided to charge admission for this special program.”

The shows feature the talents of Carden, Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach, claw-hammer guitarist Paul Iarussi, vocalist and musician William Ritter, poet and musician Barbara Duncan and mandolin player Eric Young, along with Tom Dewees.

Tickets are on sale at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. For more information about the shows, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828.227.7129.

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