Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 26, 2012

Sounds of hammered dulcimers to fill the air

By Susie Randleman
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Are you familiar with the sound of music that is unique to the hammered dulcimer? Many find it is simply beautiful and soothing. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, at noon, talented and entertaining musicians Phyllis Brown and Joyce Stewart will be performing on these instruments while their counterpart, Mark Reda, accompanies them on the guitar. Brown will have her fabulous CDs for sale after the show, which could make for great holiday gifts.

Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Walter Matthau star in the romantic comedy I.Q. at Tuesday’s at the Movies, starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 27. That afternoon at 2 p.m., Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn will play a hilarious duo in the 1987 comedy Overboard. On Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., the all-time favorite film by humorist Jean Sheperd, A Christmas Story will be shown, portraying a nostalgic and witty remembrance of a time gone by. Then that same afternoon at 2 p.m., we will show A Christmas Carol, the classic story by Charles Dickens of a stingy and embittered miser, Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen), which is handsomely brought to screen with splendid period settings. All movies are free, open to the general public and are shown in the Cumberland Meeting Room.

Would you like to learn how to use Microsoft Word Pad? Then plan to attend the next free computer workshop conducted by Alan Baker from the Plateau PC Users Group, Inc., on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Plateau conference room. Topics included will be "What is Word Pad?" Come learn what one can do with it, the user interface, using help, creating and saving a document, finding a saved document, etc. Class size is limited. To register, visit the adult services desk on the library’s second floor or call 484-6790 ext. 235.

There are only two remaining Chris Rayis Signature Concerts, which feature extraordinary fine talent from the Cumberland County Playhouse. Be sure not to miss the one scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., which is titled “Chris Rayis Writes!,” in the Cumberland Meeting Room.

Do you know of a teen or adult who would like to learn how to draw and sketch from a professional artist for free? The library is sponsoring a Beginner’s Drawing and Sketching Workshop, taught by artist Vicken Chikbourkian Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. A separate orientation session is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Cumberland Meeting Room. Participants will learn basic drawing techniques in a relaxed and informal setting, using pencil, charcoal and pastels. All materials will be provided free of charge, compliments of the Friends of the Library volunteer organization.

If you are interested, please register at the second floor adult services desk or call 484-6790, ext. 235. Chikbourkian has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, specializing in landscape and abstract design. He has taught art to grades one through 10 for seven years. He also taught gifted and talented students of all ages for seven years. The library is very proud and pleased to present Chikbourkian.

Information Tip of the Week

What makes the entire world melt away, gives you butterflies in your stomach and makes your heart giddy with desire? Kissing provides a range of health benefits, from increased metabolism to a longer life. During a kiss, the brain releases dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of desire and bonding, said Dr. Yael Varnado, founder of Get Checked 4 Life. The chemicals released from a kiss heal not only physical but also emotional ‘boo-boos,’ and can keep you healthy and build up your immunity. So pucker up and share a smooch with your sweetheart!

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q. What is Santa’s favorite sandwich?

A. Peanut butter and JOLLY!

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by email at or The library, 3 East St., is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cumberland County Archives and Heritage Center, 95 East First St., is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.