On Friday, November 9, friends of Gary Neil Carden will honor the playwright with a gala event at the Jackson County Library. A reception begins at 6:00 pm in the library's atrium with a program of presentations, proclamations and speeches to follow at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the old Jackson County Courthouse.
Dave Waldrop, local author and personal friend of Carden's said “Gary has worked hard for many years writing and producing plays, teaching Appalachian culture, and realistic portraying Appalachia and its people across multiple genres. He deserves recognition from his friends and community.”
Recognitions planned to be given to Carden include proclamations/awards from Commissioner Doug Cody of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Town of Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody, and Cherrrie' Moses, Chair of the Jackson County Historical Commission.
The Jackson County Friends of the Library will host the reception with food and beverages. Southern Appalachian music will be provided by Eric Young, Paul Iarussi, and Adam Bigelow. All are invited.