Connie is delighted to be telling stories for the 93rd Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. And this time it will be virtual, online so no matter where you live, you can tune in! The event will run Thursday through Saturday evening and Connie is performing Saturday evening, August 8th. (Check your local time zone.) You can see a sample and find the link to the live streams here: Virtual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.
Begun by Bascom Lamar Lunsford almost a century ago, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is an invitation-only event to promote the traditions of the Southern Appalachian region. It is the oldest continuously running folk festival in the nation. These traditions of music, dance, and storytelling have spread from coast to coast across the United States and many countries abroad.
From the organizers: “As a thank you to everyone who has attended and supported us for decades, these broadcasts will be presented at no charge through links on our website, FolkHeritage.org. We are thrilled to be able to bring a new version of these historical events to music lovers and appreciate our sponsors for their continuing support during these challenging times.”
VIRTUAL: Connie Regan-Blake is our featured storyteller for this international celebration of storytelling, known as Tellabration! which serves to build grassroots community support for the age-old art of storytelling. Since its beginning in 1988, this annual observance has grown into one of the most impressive collective events in the history of the modern storytelling revival. Joining Connie are storytellers Wayne and Jane Sims, Sherry Lovett, Wallace Shealy, with Catherine Yael Seroda Shealy emceeing the celebration. The Honorable Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville, has declared November 22 Tellabration! day in the city of Asheville. Join us for a warm and wonderful two hours of story enchantment! One ticket lets the whole family view the show and you can access the program anytime from 3p.m. on Sunday, November 22 until Saturday, November 28. Register now.
Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST, www.artistsstandingstrongtogether.net) meets every Monday, 4-5:30 pm (EDT), and is open and free to all. During these meetings many creative topics are presented. Connie Regan-Blake is featured during this session telling about her collection of storytelling memorabilia the Library of Congress.