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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

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
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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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
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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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A few months ago I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite writers, Marshall McClung. Marshall's writing style and choice of subject matter reminds me of John Parris, who was well known for his Roaming the Mountains newspaper column in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Marshall McClung is a native of Graham County NC-he was born and raised in the Atoah Community. He is retired from the US Forest Service and has spent many years in service to his county by being a loyal member of the Rescue Squad.

Why do you feel it is important to write about our heritage?

Because it's fading fast. Many of the people I've interviewed are no longer with us. And when those old timers pass on their memories and stories pass on with them.

Do you find there is still a thread of our culture thriving?

A few people are interested in holding on to the old ways. Recently a senior at the high school did his exit project on the heritage of our area. I helped him with it.

Where you always interested in preserving our history and heritage?

Yes. As a child I'd be sitting or hanging around the porch to listen to the older folks talk while the other kids played.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No, you could say I am an accidental writer. I did write press releases for the forest service but other than that I had no experience with writing. One Christmas I came up with the idea of writing an article in dedication to a lady in the community. Helen Bridges was one of my neighbor ladies when I was growing up. She had lots of kids but always welcomed more and many times that was me. After I wrote the short article about her at Christmas the Graham Star got such a huge response to the article, that they asked me to continue writing about the heritage and history of our area.

As Marshall and I ate lunch-you could say I talked his ears off. He is a fountain of knowledge about the things I'm most interested in. He shared stories, folklore, and history about Appalachia with me. One of my favorite stories he shared from his childhood was the following:

My early childhood days were spent playing alone in the woods. All you had to do was step off our porch, and you were in the woods. All of the other children were in school, so I roamed the woods and they became my playground. I suppose this is why I have such a deep love for the woods and feel at home in them. This led to what could be called my first experience with my guardian angel. One day I had followed our dogs deep into the woods. Suddenly, I realized I didn't know where I was or how to get back home. Everything looked the same in any direction. All at once, I could hear what I thought was my mother calling me. I followed the sound of her voice until I came to a ridge top where I could see our home. At this point, the voice immediately stopped. Joyfully, I ran into the yard where my mother was. She looked up and said "There you are. I was wondering where you had gotten off to. I was just about to start calling you."

Marshall's first book Mountain People Mountain Places is a pleasure to read-in fact I've read it more than once. The book is a collection (close to 100) of stories, folklore, and history all told from Marshall's unique perspective. Although much of the history centers on Graham County I believe Marshall's writing style makes it a good read even if you've never been to Western NC. If you'd like a book ($23.00 which includes shipping)-you can order one straight from Marshall:

Marshall McClung, 274 Wiggins Lane, Robbinsville, NC 28771, phone: 828-479-8630, email: mcclungs@verizon.net.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with Marshall McClung. He is currently working on his second book about mountain people and places-I'll let you know when it's published.

Tipper

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