McMinn-McCredie to present 'One Woman's Appalachia' April 5

Mar 10, 2014
Photo by: Donated STORYTELLER — Marilyn McMinn-McCredie will present 'One Woman's Appalachia' at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

The Friends of the Library present Marilyn McMinn-McCredie at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the auditorium of the Waynesville branch. McMinn-McCredie brings a wicked wit in her telling of stories, singing mountain ballads and accompanying herself on the mountain dulcimer.

McMinn-McCredie isn't from the mountains — she is of the mountains.

"I watched my grandmother wash clothes in a kettle with a battling stick,” said McMinn-McCredie. “I didn't have to 'learn' about mountain culture — I've been personally involved in a century's worth of it."

Born in Hooper's Creek section of Henderson County of a family who has held land there since grant days, McMinn-McCredie grew up steeped in Appalachian folkways and tradition. This, plus her own rich personal experience, is the basis for most of her storytelling material: ghost stories, Indian legends, tall tales, hand-me-down stories of that's-how-it-happened and her own world. She sings "the old songs," and the new ones as well, all with the same integrity of style and content.

McMinn-McCredie is a debunker of myths and a dispeller of stereotypes regarding mountain people, life and living. Her depth of knowledge of her subject and her skillful presentation have led her to be called a cultural ambassador without portfolio. She has performed in numerous folk festivals, both local and national.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free of charge.  These programs are made possible by the funds raised by the annual Book Sale in July. For additional information, contact Linda Arnold at 456-5311 or at

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