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Aug
13
Sat
In-Person – Sherwood Forest Friends annual “Summer Series” in Brevard, NC @ Robin Hood Barn
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In-Person - Sherwood Forest Friends annual “Summer Series”  in Brevard, NC @ Robin Hood Barn | Brevard | North Carolina | United States

Sherwood Forest Friends annual “Summer Series” in Brevard, NC evening performance featuring acclaimed storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake.

“Finding Your Way Home: Stories of True-Life Adventures & Mountain Roots” Connie has traveled and told stories around the world; from the Appalachian mountains to Uganda to New Zealand and back home again. With engaging humor, southern charm and a full heart, Connie takes her listeners on a journey as she weaves traditional folktales with true life adventures for a unique and entertaining performance.
The evening is free, open to the public, and geared to adults 7:00-8:00 pm.

Event location: Robin Hood Barn, 70 Robin Hood Road, Brevard, NC 28712 (or use Cedar Mountain 28718 – either in your GPS will get you to the correct place!) Take Hwy. 280 into Downtown Brevard, hang a left at Main St. (Hwy. 276) and come up the mountain about 4 miles. The barn is on the right just past the Whistle Stop. Sherwood Forest Friends website for more details. Any questions? Contact info@sherwoodforestfriends.org

Connie is available for your event both here in the Asheville area and beyond.  Her storytelling performances range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life dramas with listeners laughing in one moment and catching their breath in awe in the next. She has performed for national & regional conferences of every genre, family reunions, churches as well as festivals, libraries and more! Connie’s stories are tailored to engage and capture the attention of every single member of the audience. Email her office for more details. 

Aug
25
Thu
In Person: From Another Time: Celebrating the Legacy of Ray Hicks in Asheville @ Pack Memorial Library
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Connie is telling stories at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville.  Her performance is part of the Perspectives Storytelling Project in collaboration with the Asheville Art Museum.

Connie with Rosa and Ray Hicks

Ray Hicks at National Storytelling Festival – Photo by Tom Raymond

From Another Time: Celebrating the Legacy of Ray Hicks

We have been looking up to him from the beginning . . . the lanky 6’ 7’’ man of the mountains, who came out into the world, bearing old-world gifts that have enriched modern lives beyond measure.  Connie Regan-Blake first met Ray Hicks on October 7, 1973, in Jonesborough, Tennessee. It was an afternoon that changed her life . . . and the course of storytelling in the United States. The setting was the first National Storytelling Festival. Come listen to stories of how Ray became the face of traditional Appalachian mountain storytelling along with Connie’s personal reflections on her long friendship with the Hicks family. 

Oct
7
Fri
50th Annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN @ International Storytelling Center
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

Plan now to attend the 50th annual National Storytelling Festival! Connie Regan-Blake is performing and has the distinct pleasure of being on stage for all 49 Festivals so far.

On a warm October weekend in 1973 the first National Storytelling Festival was held in historic Jonesborough, TN. Hay bales and wagons were the stages, and audience and tellers together didn’t number more than 60. It was intimate, but something happened that weekend that forever changed our culture, this traditional art form, and the little Tennessee town.

  • Connie is giving a special featured storytelling performance From Another Time: Celebrating the Legacy of Ray Hicks – We have been looking up to him from the beginning . . . the lanky 6’ 7’’ man of the mountains, who came out into the world, bearing old-world gifts that have enriched modern lives beyond measure. Connie Regan-Blake first met Ray Hicks on October 7, 1973, in Jonesborough, Tennessee. It was an afternoon that changed her life . . . and the course of storytelling in the United States. The setting was the first National Storytelling Festival. Come listen to stories of how Ray became the face of traditional Appalachian mountain storytelling along with Connie’s personal reflections on her long friendship with the Hicks family.

See International Storytelling Center for tickets and more info.

Dec
2
Fri
In-Person Workshop Intensive: Taking Your Story to the Stage, 3-day storytelling intensive @ Asheville, NC
Dec 2 – Dec 4 all-day

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, affirming atmosphere to nurture storytellers’ performance skills and confidence. “Taking Your Story to the Stage” is open only to those who have previously studied with Connie. If you have not had this opportunity and/or Connie has not heard you tell a story, a private coaching session may be required. If you’d like to add your name to the list of participants now contact Connie. For more details check out the Spring Taking page here.

Even if you are not available for the workshop, please join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop tellers in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories” on December 3, 2022 at Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Dec
3
Sat
In-Person Group Performance: A Slice of Life – A Telling of Stories in Black Mountain, NC @ Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join nationally celebrated storyteller Connie Regan-Blake as she hosts her storytelling students for another stellar performance of unique voices in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.”   Enjoy a great lineup of storytellers who are participating! Connie will emcee the evening and also share a story. 

Saturday, December 3, 2022. ​More information to come as available.

Connie’s three-day workshop, “Taking Your Story to the Stage”, emphasizes storytelling performance and supports participants in taking their next step.  As part of this workshop, her participants have the opportunity to exercise these new stage skills in a formal performance setting. The last four “Slice of Life” shows have been sell-outs – so get your tickets early!

“The Round Robin of storytellers at Connie Regan-Blake’s “Slice of Life” show gave me a rare listening treat. Each story was as unique as the voice that told it. What great fun to hear a mountain art form so well-spun!”

–Donna Marie Todd
storyteller, singer and story workshop leader

Jan
25
Thu
2024 In-person: 40th annual Florida Storytelling Festival in Mt. Dora, FL @ Lakeside Inn
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day

Connie Regan-Blake will be a featured teller for the 40th annual Florida Storytelling Festival at Lakeside Inn, Mt. Dora, Florida.

For a taste of what’s in store, take a look at the upcoming 2023 schedule.  

 

In-person: 40th annual Florida Storytelling Festival in Mt. Dora, FL @ Lakeside Inn
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day

Connie Regan-Blake will be a featured teller for the 40th annual Florida Storytelling Festival at Lakeside Inn, Mt. Dora, Florida.

For a taste of what’s in store, take a look at the upcoming 2023 schedule.