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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
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The Main Show: A Story Poem Cycle(formerly, Coalescence) (part of  Living Poem)The Main Show  Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and…See More
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming…See More
Oct 28, 2018

Connie Regan-Blake CD Release event: Leap and Laugh! Tales of Adventure

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Connie Regan-Blake CD Release event: Leap and Laugh! Tales of Adventure

Time: March 10, 2019 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: Isis Music Hall & Kitchen 743
Street: 743 Haywood Rd
City/Town: Asheville
Website or Map:…
Phone: 828-575-2737
Event Type: storytelling, &amp, cd, release
Organized By: Connie Regan-Blake
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March 10, 2019, at 7:30 pm.

Isis Music Hall 743 Haywood Road West Asheville 28806

Show-Only Tickets:

Dinner-and-Show Reservations by phone 828-575-2737

$15 in advance/$18 day of show

Connie Regan-Blake celebrates the release of her new storytelling CD “Leap and Laugh! Tales of Adventure” on March 10th, 7:30pm at Isis Music Hall on Haywood Road in West Asheville. Audiences will enjoy a laugh-out-loud and remarkable storytelling journey from a leap in New Zealand to “Dorky Spandex vs. Macho Leather” on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the sparkling “Well at the End of the World.”

One of America’s most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake has performed her folktales and true-life stories for audiences in 47 states, 18 countries, and 6 continents so far! She has told at main stage concert halls, schools, festivals, libraries and at corporate conferences. Good Morning America credits her as “the mother of the American storytelling renaissance.” Her archive was recently adopted by the Library of Congress. Even with such accolades and world-wide fame, Regan-Blake still touches audiences with the authentic mountain charm she did when she first started her career in the 1970s, traveling America’s highways in a pick-up truck, stopping in towns to tell stories, quite some time before “storytelling” left the front porches of Appalachia.

Regan-Blake is the only performer invited onstage for every National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, since its conception in 1973 when featured a handful of tellers, a handful of audience, and a load of haybales to sit on. One of the tellers was Regan-Blake’s mentor, Ray Hicks, the only human ever featured on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine—which only ever has treasures on it. Hicks was a master of telling Jack Tales. When word of his talent reached across the nation, Johnny Carson sent a producer up to the Hicks home (they did not have a telephone) to arrange an appearance on The Tonight Show. Hicks replied, “You tell Johnny if he wants to hear a story, he can come up here and I’ll be happy to tell him one.” It has been Regan-Blake who has carried Hicks’ mastery into the world, stirring a whole series of generations to, in the words of Hicks himself, “Connie, tell on, tell on.”


Local poet and producer, Laura Hope-Gill, says of Regan-Blakes’ performances, “Hearing Connie tell reminds me to slow down and pay attention to life. There’s always story going on, and we can miss it.”


Throughout her career, Connie’s rare talent has transformed convention halls into wondrous landscapes and turned packed theaters into intimate circles of friends. She has performed at the nation’s top folk music and storytelling festivals, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C., the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah, and to Ugandan women building their lives through the paper-bead jewelry collective, Bead for Life, for which Regan-Blake is an ambassador.


Audiences can expect to laugh out loud as Regan-Blake describes her selection process of a hang-gliding guide in New Zealand and to hold their breath as her husband, Phil, takes on the Blue Ridge Parkway on bicycle, as well as to be enthralled by an old traditional story made new in Regan-Blake’s talent and skill in telling. This is a family friendly event.


Connie Regan-Blake, office: 828-258-1113 email:  

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