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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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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

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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The Main Show: a mythic story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)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 in our minds,…See More
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

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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IntermissionHear audio by clicking mp3 attachment!(Part of poem, "Coalescence") I thought I might take a break at this point to look around,Now that I’m in the business of making things resound.It’s so nice to have the luxury of being carefree. If you stop and sit back and try to take in everything,It stuns you and you can’t focus on anythingUntil something crops up, and what…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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The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…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
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High school senior held onto tree in raging flood

by Rob Neufeld

(Read about other floods in the area)

(Photo caption: 1) is Lipe home; 2) Biltmore Bridge under water; 3) All Souls Church.  From The North Carolina Flood: July 14, 15, 16, 1916 by W.M. Bell.)

 

            “Mama took Nell, my crippled sister; and my Grandmother Clark to stay with friends on higher ground,” Kathleen Lipe Carter recollected to her daughter, Betty Carter Brock, about the morning of July 16, 1916.

            Higher ground was where the McDonald’s restaurant in Biltmore is now located.

            Two hurricanes were converging on Asheville, and the Lipes, in their home on the banks of the Swannanoa River—today, the site of Moe’s Outdoor Grill—were vulnerable.

            It was very early; still dark.  “I found Papa securing some chickens and turkeys on the front porch,” Lipe said.  Sightseers were arriving to look at the swelling river.  Lipe’s father, James Cornelius Lipe, Biltmore Estate’s superintendent of skilled labor, decided, with a group, that they’d better head toward the village green.

            Unbeknownst to them, dams had broken upriver.

            “As we crossed the train tracks,” Kathleen recalled, “the water became deeper, the current more swift.  Our group held hands…By the time we reached Lodge Street, the water was almost over our heads.”

            James Lipe guided Kathleen, two nurses who were lodging with the Lipes, and one of the nurse’s 15-year-old sister, Marion Walker, who was visiting, to a maple tree, where they tied Kathleen’s sweater around the trunk for hand holds.

            Life guards in canoes tried to reach them, but could not cross the raging water.  “If only they would get a flat-bottomed boat,” Mr. Lipe exclaimed.

            One exceptional swimmer made it to the tree and took the youngest girl in a life guard hold.  “Marion panicked, fought her rescuer, and drowned.  Charlotte, her sister, became hysterical, crying ‘Marion!  Marion!’ and shortly she dropped of the tree.”

            A long time passed, with Vickie Foister, the second nurse; Kathleen; and 60-year-old James Lipe still clinging.

            Kathleen’s father’s arms, encircling her from behind slipped away.  She looked and saw him struggling to grab at the next tree. She wondered if he had a cramp. 

            “Shucks!  Shucks!” she heard him utter as he was swept away.

            “I was praying for the strength to hang on,” Kathleen recollected.  Then she noticed that Vickie was no longer there. 

            A submerged man reached Kathleen’s tree and climbed high into the branches. 

            `”Help me climb up,” Kathleen said.

            The man explained that “as a father and husband, he could not take the risk.”

            Finally, a life guard arrived with a rope and tied Kathleen to the tree.  She lost consciousness.

            “Sometime in the afternoon, about eight or nine hours after I had left home,” Kathleen told her daughter, “men reached the tree in a flat-bottomed boat.  Only after I had spent several days in the hospital was I told that my father, Vickie, and Charlotte had drowned.”

            Kathleen, age 18, “went on to lead a productive and fulfilling life as a teacher, wife, and mother,” Lyn Leslie reported in the online magazine, Asheville.com, in 2004.  “She was an active participant in the passing of a NC law that requires cars to stop behind stopped school busses….She died in 1989 at the age of 90.”

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