In-Person – 97th Mountain Dance & Folk Festival @ UNCA Lipinsky Hall
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 11:00 pm

It’s time for the 97th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival® – the nation’s oldest continuously operating folk festival. One of Connie’s favorite Folk festivals and she encourages you to catch one of the shows.

Connie has performed there numerous times over the years and she and her cousin, Barbara Freeman were awarded PERFORMER OF THE YEAR.  The festival is a celebration of the Southern Appalachians with musicians, dancers, and storytellers who are preserving the traditions of these Mountains. The traditions involve not only the hand-clapping, toe-tapping rhythms of Bluegrass, the style and stories of century-old ballads, the high energy of clogging, the elegance of Big Circle Mountain Smooth Dance, the fun and entertainment of storytelling, but also include an awareness of the hardships and trials that have brought us to this place and time. More information at: and 

In-Person Group Performance: A Slice of Life – A Telling of Stories in Black Mountain, NC @ Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join nationally celebrated storyteller Connie Regan-Blake as she welcomes her storytelling workshop participants to the stage for “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” This show’s tellers are to be announced!

Connie is emceeing this evening of unique voices. The last several “Slice of Life” shows have been sell-outs – so get your tickets early!

Tickets are $18 if purchased in advance, or $22 at the door, if available. Doors open at 6:30pm and seating is first come first served. Online ticket sales end an hour before the performance time, but there may still be tickets available for purchase at the door. Call Black Mountain Center of the Arts for availability at 828.669.0930.

What participants have said:

  • Intense and Rewarding. Opportunity to take risks and grow with others who care about stories and those who tell them.
  • This workshop offers a retreat environment in which realignment occurs allowing freedom for the story to take the stage as I, the entertainer, offer it as a gift to the audience.

“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

In-Person: Alleghany Highlands Story Fest @ Clifton Forge, VA
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 10:00 pm
Connie Regan-Blake will be a featured performer at this two-day event.

WHEN: 7:00 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre
510 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA 24422

MORE INFO? 540-862-5655

Call for more details on 2024 Alleghany Highlands Storyfest


In Person: Amelia Island Festival of Stories and Songs @ Fernandina Beach, FL
Jan 31 – Feb 2 all-day

The Amelia Island Festival of Stories & Songs will take place from January 31–February 2, 2025 at the Story & Song Centre for Arts and Culture  in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The festival will feature a variety of storytelling styles and content, including spoken and musical storytelling, and performances from both local favorites and nationally known performers. The festival’s goals are to celebrate diversity, preserve history, and perpetuate important elements of the human experience. Connie Regan-Blake will be one of the featured performers and will also be presenting a workshop.