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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

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Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…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
Please 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.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …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,…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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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

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingProgram Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Reader: 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…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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Beacon Blanketeers were industrial baseball stars for 30 years

by Rob Neufeld

PHOTO CAPTION: The 1957 Beacon Blanketeers, Industrial League baseball champions.  Front row, left to right: Bud Harper, Pepper Martin, Ose Waldrup, Wade “Gob” Martin, Mark Ferguson, Charley Ferguson, Jim Gaddy, and batboy, Larry Rhymer.  Back row: Fat Waldrup, Dean Wilkerson, Carlos Maness, Jim Johnson, Butch Harper, Gary Edwards, Bud Matthews, and Jake “Drowsey” Hardin.

 

            The mystique of the Beacon Blanketeers, premiere Industrial League baseball team in this region in the thirty years following the Depression, stemmed not only from their all-star play, but also from their team spirit.  Sponsored by Charles D. Owen, owner of Beacon Manufacturing, and bound by the community ties of Beacon’s village in Swannanoa, they rose above the defeating squabbles of other competitors.

            “We loved one another,” Wade “Gob” Martin, shortstop for the Beacon Blanketeers baseball team, declared.  “When I was a boy, I could go into any home and say, ‘Momma, you don’t have another jelly biscuit, do you?’ and she’d take care of me.” 

            On the field, an error would be greeted not by the pitcher’s grumbling but by the encouragement of a friend, such as Jake “Drowsey” Hardin, who might chirp, “Don’t worry, Gob.  You did good the day before.”

            Everybody had a nickname.  For example, the 1940 championship team featured, among others, Bill “Nanner Nose” Barnwell, Mark “Red Eye” Ferguson, and Wade’s brothers, Quentin “Pepper” and Wayne “Bozo” Martin. 

            Wade was given his nickname, “Gobbler” (shortened to “Gob”) by his brother, Fred “the D.A.” Martin, to describe his late-in-starting and fast-in-catching-up dinner-eating habits. 

            If “Drowsey” Hardin was slow-moving on the mound, it didn’t hurt him.  His pin-point control resulted in a no-hitter in 1941.   However, once a co-worker found him napping atop a jacquard loom head crate at lunch-time and said, “Feeling a little drowsy today?”  It stuck.

            The Blanketeers played in the days of an 18-inch wide plate and no helmets.  They played two to three games a week from April through September—including paid stints on Wednesday afternoons—in an industrial league that included the Canton Champions and the Enka Rayonites. 

            The war years brought two soldier teams, the 28th General Hospital and Moore General Hospital, which in one year featured the New York Yankees’ 1943 Most Valuable Player, Spud Chandler.  By 1960, the industrial teams began dying out as unionization and home ownership ended the patron system in factories.  Beacon joined a non-industrial county league.

            But the Blanketeers had had a long time in the sun, excelling in hundreds of games against league members, the Moore Generals, league all-stars, major league barnstormers, and national non-professional champions.  They drew huge crowds to McCormick Field as well as to their village stadium, Nolan Field. 

            A 1943 box score records a game at McCormick Field in which Beacon scored eleven runs in the last three innings to defeat Moore 13 to 3.  Wade Martin helped execute a triple play; Red Gregg, the first baseman, left the game with a spiked foot; and the opposing catcher broke a finger.

            “One time, when we went to play Sayles (the bleachery’s team),” Wade Martin recalls, “The manager dropped gravel on the shortstop part of the infield” to make Martin’s fielding more difficult. 

            “When he hit the ball,” Martin added, “I made a point of charging it to throw him out.  It made him furious.” 

            The Berkeley Mills manager had other tricks.  He inserted a gramophone needle into a ball to make it wobble; and froze it to deaden its bounce.  “We told him we’d protest the game if he used that ball again,” Martin said.  The threat worked because a protest would stop play, which was worst case scenario.

            Wade and his brother Pepper Martin played professional ball for a number of years in the Coastal League.  (You can read about it in Robert Gaunt’s book, “We Could Have Played Forever.”)  Pepper led the league in home-runs in 1949 and in batting in 1950 and was named to its all-time, first string all-star team.

            But the Martin boys put aside pro ball careers.  Their hearts were in their home.  In 1954, 1955, and 1957, they led the Blanketeers to championships; and, along with Drowsey Hardin, spearheaded Beacon’s renowned, community-wide recreation programs.

 

 

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