This year has been full of memorable events and enrichment at the historic T. M. Rickman Store, and Friday, Dec. 9, will be one you won’t want to miss. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a day of artistic festivity with crafters and artisans who will display their work, including exhibits of the art work of artist in residence, Kathrine Cays, and photographer, Ralph Preston. At 3 p.m., the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players, led by Sally DeLawter, will delight everyone with Christmas tunes. Guests can purchase unique holiday gifts for all ages, and fresh-cut Christmas trees and hand-made wreaths will be available for a donation to the store.
At 6 p.m., playwright, Gary Carden will present “The Liar’s Bench” for a taste of an Appalachian Christmas with mandolin player Eric Young, Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Ameach, and poet Dave Waldrop. “The Liar’s Bench” is brought to the Cowee community thanks to a project supported by a Grassroots Arts Program grant from the Arts Council of Macon County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Admission is free for the day’s festivities, but seating for The Liar’s Bench is limited, so plan to arrive early to take advantage of one-of-a-kind crafts and gifts, enjoy holiday music, and pick out your Christmas tree and wreath before the 6 p.m. performance.
This celebration will top off a year of enrichment and entertainment for the community and visitors to the region - all organized by the Friends of the Rickman Store (FORS). Programs included a gardening series, arts programs and ARTSaturday, theater productions such as “Nance Dude”, and several openmic evenings of local music, storytelling and poetry.
Rickman Store will reopen on March 3, 2012, with a Bartering Day to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the store. It was on March 3, 1925, that Eva Bryson, Mr. Rickman’s first customer, exchanged three eggs for a spool of thread. FORS later adopted the eggs and thread as their logo. The store was purchased in 2007 by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) to preserve the cultural heritage of the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District.
Rickman Store is located at 259 Cowee Creek Road, which is located just past Cowee Baptist Church seven miles north of Franklin on NC Highway 28, next to the Cowee Elementary School. For more information about this celebration and other Rickman Store programs, call (828)369-5595 or visit us on Facebook at “Friends of the Rickman Store.”