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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
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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
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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
Feb 8
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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
Jan 23
Some of ya’ll might have heard about the bear that staged a break-in at the WNC

Nature Center in Asheville awhile back. Accordin’ to media reports a yearling black

bear scaled a ten foot fence and dropped in to do a little visitin’ with the center’s

herd of deer. Bob Fay, the nature center’s critter curator, said the deer “didn’t much

appreciate the visitor.” Why wouldn’t Bambi welcome a friendly visit with his ole buddy

Smokey the Bear?

Speakin’ of visitin’ that reminds me of the time brother bear visited my Aunt

Lucille. Aunt Lucille was a nurse up at C.J. Harris hospital and a lot of times she’d

work over-time and get back to the house pretty late. Her husband Rufus would leave the

back door unlocked when he left to go to work at the mill in Sylva ‘cause sometimes

Aunt Lucille would forget her key to the house. The bolt on the back door didn’t catch

too well and Aunt Lucille had been pestern’ Uncle Rufus to fix it for the longest time.

You know how us men-folks can be with those honey-do’s though.

It had been a cool spring with a late freeze and most of the berries and such that

bears and other critters in the woods ate just weren’t coming out. A big ‘ole black boar

bear happened to be huntin’ up some garbage cans close to town and scented Aunt

Lucille’s pot roast simmerin’ on the back of the stove. He peered into the house

and spotted a plate of cookies settin’ on the kitchen table like they was just waiting for

him! Well it weren’t long ‘fore brother bear just happened to nose up to the back door

and give it a little push. The pearly gates opened up and brother bear was in heaven!

First, brother bear devoured the oatmeal-raisin cookies on the kitchen table.

Like a lot of us folks brother bear’s motto was dessert first main course later.

Next he attacked the pot roast on the back of the stove—sliding it frontwards and spilling

the juicy meat and vegetables all over the kitchen floor. A perfect mess!

After devouring the tasty pot roast off the kitchen floor, brother bear smelled a

strange scent coming from the pantry. He ambled over to the pantry door pushing it

open. There sittin’ in the corner was Uncle Rufus’ beer crock plum full of strong bubbly

brew. After chowing down on the cookies and the pot roast brother bear had a powerful

thirst. He knocked the heavy clay top off and commenced to slurpin’ up Uncle Rufus’

best homebrew.

When ‘ole brother bear was done he belched contentedly and feeling a little

sleepy padded up the stairs wobbling from side-to-side. Nosing the bedroom door open

brother bear saw Lucille and Rufus’ bed which looked just fine for a post-feast nap.

Aunt Lucille came home to find the back door wide open to the world. She

took one look at the hog wallow in her kitchen and just about had a hissy fit.

“That man,” she thought, “he’s a gonna get my broom on his backside” as she

commenced to cleanin’ up.

When Aunt Lucille got done cleaning up the mess she was plum wore

Out. As she started to the head of the stairs she could hear the snorin’ and thought to

herself, “Rufe ate all that pot roast, cleaned out the brewin’ crock of homemade beer

and now it sounds like he’s logging the whole forest. Can’t I ever get any rest?”

The light was burnt out in the hallway and Aunt Lucille felt her way up the stairs

to the bedroom that she and Uncle Rufus shared. As she opened the door the snoring

from brother bear sounded like hogs tussling over the feeding trough. Aunt Lucille got

into her night gown and slippin’ into bed gave brother bear a poke with her elbow and

said “Rufe quiet down so’s I can get a little sleep.” Brother bear grunted and shifted in

his home brew induced stupor.

When brother bear wouldn’t quit snoring Aunt Lucille gave the bruin a little

nudge with her hip. Well brother bear didn’t like that too much and gave out a little

growl that made Lucille sit up and take notice. She took one look at who her bed partner

was and sprang out of bed like she’d seen the Booger man himself!

Aunt Lucille grabbed the broom settin’ in the corner and commenced to chasin’

brother bear ‘round the room. Just when she was gainin’ on him the bear would give a

little jump and get away. Finally, Aunt Lucille cornered the poor drunken bruin by the

dresser and gave him a good whop with the broom. Brother bear saw his chance and

leaped towards the window like one of them gold medal winnin’ Olympic high jumpers

and crashed right through it. Aunt Lucille rushed to the window and all she could see

was brother bear high-tailin’ it for the woods like a thirsty man headed for his still.

After that little incident Aunt Lucille made sure Uncle Rufus fixed that bolt on the

back door. So the next time you see brother bear pokin’ ‘round the backyard of your

‘little house in the big woods’ just remember he’s hungry and it’s his front yard!

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