Christmas in Appalachia
Southern Appalachian Studies Series
Thursday, December 1, 7 p.m., Library Main Gallery
Popular local author Charles Maynard presents Christmas in Appalachia. This story-telling event highlights the patchwork of traditions from many countries that make up the Appalachian Christmas experience.
Maynard says, “This evening will be a look at those traditions mixed with fun stories from the mountains.”
Maynard, an ordained United Methodist minister who serves as District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church in Maryville, worked with the Camp and Retreat Ministry of the Holston Conference and pastored churches in Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee.
He has an undergraduate degree from Emory and Henry College and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The first executive director of Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Maynard has written 21 children’s books as well as national park guidebooks, including “Time Well Spent,” a family hiking guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He received the Reed Environmental Writing Award for his essays in “The Blue Ridge–Ancient and Majestic.”
Open to the public, this program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For more information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.