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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
Jan 23
Ed Stephens of Dillsboro has a problem with the Great Smoky Mountain

Railroad. According to the Sylva Herald Stephens says the railroad is abandoning

old train cars on his property. Stephens “called them and asked them to remove the

cars.” “They told me to get a lawyer.” Now this wouldn’t be much more than a

‘tempest in a teapot’ ‘cept Stephens drove his pick-up truck up on the tracks and

left it there for a couple of days. Now why would he do a thing like that?

Up here in the mountains where folks have been livin’ real close to each

to each other, cousins and all, for longer than anybody can remember, you got to

expect a little craziness now and then. I don’t know who done what to who

but it sure does recollect me of my Cousin Eugene and the time he fought the train.

Cousin Eugene was a few cards short of a full deck mentally speaking. He’d

got that way by racin’ his homemade chopper-style bicycle through the woods.

For Eugene it was ‘live to ride and ride like hell’ and it seemed that every time I

stopped by to visit he’d hit another rock, flown through air like Evel Knievel the

motorcycle daredevil, and knocked a considerable amount of bark off of a hapless

tree with his head. In fact Cousin Eugene had been held back in the third grade three

times and twice in sixth for his mental deficiencies. Sayin’ he actually graduated would

be kind ‘cause when Eugene turned sixteen he quit darkenen’ the school house door.

Cousin Eugene’s need for speed eventually led him to make a deal with Fred

the junkyard man on Scott’s Creek to let him work stripping cars in exchange for

a beat-up 1962 Chevy pick-up. It back-fired and lurched a lot but it got Eugene

on down the road. Soon as Eugene had real wheels he made a deal with some fellers

(no names please!) up the branch he lived on to haul certain illicit distilled spirits

over to some warehouse in Asheville.

On the way home Eugene always liked to sample a pint (yep in a Mason jar)

of the latest product. By this time the ‘shine might have aged a whole day! Somewhere

between Waynesville and the house Eugene would get a little drowsy from sampling

that Smoky Mountain mother’s milk and usually fall asleep right on one of the

railroad crossings that cut over U.S. 74.

Now Southern Railway, which by the early ‘70s was pretty much running

one passenger and one freight train a day, would sometimes put on an extra freight

to haul cardboard out of the Mead plant in Sylva. All of the regular engineers

knew about Cousin Eugene and had figured out that the easiest way to get him off

the tracks was to drive the engine right up to Eugene’s truck and slowly rev the big

diesel motor. Cousin Eugene would come to, see the immediate necessity of moving

his truck off the tracks and slowly pull off down the road.

One time for some reason or another the extra freight had a substitute engineer

driving it. He was from up north somewhere and had a low tolerance for Southern

‘Hillbillies.’ Cousin Eugene had made it as far as Balsam before passing out on the

crossing and was slumped over the wheel with the beat-up Chevy blocking the tracks like

he owned ‘em. The Yankee engineer gave out a couple of short toots on his air horns.

These warnings weren’t successful in cuttin’ through Eugene’s befuddled head. The

frustrated trainman pulled the train a little closer to Cousin Eugene’s truck and hit

the air horn with a longer, much louder blare, kinda like a thunderstorm reverberating

off Waterrock Knob. Finally the engineer moved right up to Eugene’s truck, gave

it a nudge and cut loose with a blast that could have raised the dead down at Ochre Hill.

Cousin Eugene jumped up, grabbed his 12 gauge double-barreled shotgun and blew the

engine’s head light into a thousand pieces. This scared the Yankee engineer so much

he wet his pants and backed the train up almost to Barber’s Orchard. Eugene calmly

cranked up the truck and headed down to the house.

Later on Cousin Eugene had to pay for the engine’s headlight. I don’t know

if he ever apologized to the substitute engineer though. I reckon if Cousin Eugene

was to pass on a little experience to Ed Stephens of Dillsboro he might say “Don’t

let’em try to scare you with a huff an’ a puff an’ a big noise, ’least as long as you got

a 12 gauge double-barreled shotgun in your pick‘em-up truck.”

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