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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
Apr 8
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"luv ya Renea ... Kephart bio finally done after 40 years ... free at last ... free at last... great god almighty ... free a last!"
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
Apr 1
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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
Apr 1
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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
Apr 1
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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
Apr 1
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Stealth Hazy - 'Gun Clap'

Stealth Hazy - Gun ClapI got 80 rounds with a beam on it riding dirty I'm smoking chronic top off hear that system pound 808 thats subsonicI double down quadruple upstraight droppin with no cutwilt chamberlain on the reboundand you a fan just starstruckI…See More
Mar 26
Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

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
Jan 28
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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 SettingPrologue Narrator:   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…See More
Jan 26
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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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Bill Payne, 1930s Payne and Turner gang, series in High Point Enterprise

The High Point Enterprise has just finished a series of articles on the life and crimes of Bill Payne, quite a notorious outlaw along with partner Wash Turner in NC during the 1930s, culminating with…Continue

Tags: prison, robbery, escape, wanted, men

Started Jul 19, 2013

Brown Mountain Lights, Jim and Belinda Legend
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I ran across a reference to this story while doing some research on Brown Mountain Lights legends. Just recently got a copy of the original cited material and thought I might make it available here,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD Feb 29, 2016.

Hood girl gone bad, or Lord Douglas; the Dook meets his match!
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The Dook, local moniker of the man known variously as Charles Asquith, Lord Walter Beresford and, genuinely, Sidney Lascelles, came to Asheville and died in October of 1904. Within days it is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vance Pollock Feb 27, 2016.

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Doing some research on county executions (primarily hanging) before 1909, when the state called for such things to be done in the electric chair at Raleigh. I have found few web accounts of the Nash…Continue

Tags: omens, signs, violence, murder, execution

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Carden Jan 17, 2011.

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Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD replied to Vance Pollock's discussion Brown Mountain Lights, Jim and Belinda Legend
"Welsir, I'll tell you the truth! I hered this "Brown Mountain Lights" story from my Daddy. He was borned in 1900ad and he had a good memorey! This story alls skerd me and my brothers and sisters! We diden't have electricity so we…"
Feb 29, 2016
Vance Pollock replied to Vance Pollock's discussion Hood girl gone bad, or Lord Douglas; the Dook meets his match!
"I might know just the people to get that done! A friend has the mayor reading a proclamation for Zelda Fitzgerald Day next month... The Duke's story is fascinating enough to warrant public attention."
Feb 27, 2016
Scott Lunsford replied to Vance Pollock's discussion Hood girl gone bad, or Lord Douglas; the Dook meets his match!
"Lord love the Duke of Asheville.   RIP City should do a proclamation in his Honor. Not to glorify but teach his folly. "
Feb 27, 2016
Scott Lunsford left a comment for Vance Pollock
"I was able to locate some news papers articles.  I will try to post copies.  I thought I had found where his father worked at one time.  I was able to make contact with the "Castle and lands where I thought he was…"
Feb 27, 2016
Vance Pollock left a comment for Scott Lunsford
"Hey Scott, Good to see you here. I'm not very active, but occasionally when I feel the need to hammer away at some tedious history and put it in a good place for the search engines, this is the place! Have you done any more work on…"
Feb 26, 2016
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Bill Payne, 1930s Payne and Turner gang, series in High Point Enterprise

The High Point Enterprise has just finished a series of articles on the life and crimes of Bill Payne, quite a notorious outlaw along with partner Wash Turner in NC during the 1930s, culminating with the shooting death of State Trooper George Penn in Fairview. While the press of their day was filled with articles, there has been little in the way of a compiled account of their deeds made available online. This is a great start. I shared a number of articles from my collection with the author…See More
Jul 19, 2013
Mary A. Berger left a comment for Vance Pollock
"Hello! Hope you're enjoying your time on The Read. The amount of talent and information here is amazing. When you have a moment, come on over and visit my blog at Mattie's Mysteries. Hope to see you soon! Mary"
Jun 10, 2011
Vance Pollock replied to Vance Pollock's discussion Brown Mountain Lights, Jim and Belinda Legend
"Leota's Visit with Granny Clark; A Creative Supplement to her Brown Mountain story. "Wash Lay weren't no father to me," Granny Clark said, "He mighta been blood, but he never lifted one finger toward raisin'…"
May 11, 2011
Vance Pollock posted a discussion

Brown Mountain Lights, Jim and Belinda Legend

I ran across a reference to this story while doing some research on Brown Mountain Lights legends. Just recently got a copy of the original cited material and thought I might make it available here, since it is apparently not readily in digital format elsewhere. After reading this essay I took up the author's 40-year-old challenge to sleuths and attempted to find some substance to these events, at least some record of the characters as real life people. I soon found Mrs. Ira Vance, nee Clark,…See More
May 11, 2011
Vance Pollock replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Young Arthur Murray in dancetown Asheville
"I notice one of the local ladies who danced with Mr. Murray was Doris Davenport. I would assume this is the same lady who went on to marry Chester Pierce Munroe and lived for years on Edgemont Rd in Grove Park. Pack Library just received a…"
Feb 22, 2011
Rick Russell replied to Vance Pollock's discussion Hood girl gone bad, or Lord Douglas; the Dook meets his match!
"Vance, this is a fascinating story and sounds like a hollywood movie! Great research!"
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Vance Pollock posted a discussion

Hood girl gone bad, or Lord Douglas; the Dook meets his match!

The Dook, local moniker of the man known variously as Charles Asquith, Lord Walter Beresford and, genuinely, Sidney Lascelles, came to Asheville and died in October of 1904. Within days it is discovered that he had arrived here under a fictitious name and for months his true identity is unknown. During the time that he remained unidentified, there was speculation. Naturally, people wondered if he were any of several well-known imposters, con-men and bigamists still at large. One guess was that…See More
Feb 18, 2011
Gary Carden replied to Vance Pollock's discussion Strange Rain
"I suspect that your memory of frogs and fish falling from the sky come from Charles Fort's wonderful Book of the Damned. Fort has been much on my mind lately in view of the recent fall of birds from the sky. There are a few earthquakes that…"
Jan 17, 2011
Vance Pollock posted a discussion

Strange Rain

Doing some research on county executions (primarily hanging) before 1909, when the state called for such things to be done in the electric chair at Raleigh. I have found few web accounts of the Nash County double hanging of 1900. The condemned men were John Henry Taylor and Robert Fortune for the murder of Robert Hester, though one of the pair had confessed they had murdered at least one other man. What I found more curious was the following result: Rained Ink on day of Nash County hangings,…See More
Jan 15, 2011

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At 12:15am on February 27, 2016, Scott Lunsford said…

I was able to locate some news papers articles.  I will try to post copies.  I thought I had found where his father worked at one time.  I was able to make contact with the "Castle and lands where I thought he was from'  They still had records going back that far on file.  It ended up being a dead end as far as records are concerned. The current descendant of the land owner was so intrigued by the dukes story he called me from England and we had a good conversation.   He filed the information on the inquires in the castles archives.  Thought that was pretty cool.  I do have some information we should get together and update the Dukes History.

At 11:56am on June 10, 2011, Mary A. Berger said…

Hello! Hope you're enjoying your time on The Read. The amount of talent and information here is amazing. When you have a moment, come on over and visit my blog at Mattie's Mysteries. Hope to see you soon!

Mary
 
 
 

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