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Connie Regan-Blake will present at solo performance, "Stepping Back in Time," on Friday, June 29 at Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $20 advance and $25 at the door.

“Stories are what connect all humans,” Regan-Blake said. “It is part of being human, telling and listening to stories. If you haven’t been to a storytelling event, the experience can be transformative.”

Regan-Blake has traveled far to tell stories and teach workshops. She regularly presents her workshop participants at the arts center to share their polished work. But on June 29, she will stand alone on stage and draw on her Irish heritage, Southern roots, and sense of humor to tell stories of heroic adventures, personal experiences and at least one traditional Appalachian mountain tale.

One of the highlights of the show will be two new stories that are interconnected. One is a traditional Scottish tale more than 100 years old that Regan-Blake recently discovered from an Irish storyteller.

“The traditional story reflects an aspect of my life that I have recently uncovered,” she said. “I’m very excited to connect the traditional Scottish story with my own personal experience and share them both with listeners.”

Always delightful and entertaining, Regan-Blake has appeared at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, the National Folk Festival and has performed at every one of the National Storytelling Festivals for more than 30 years. She has made numerous recordings, both solo and with Barbara Freeman, of Appalachian and international folktales.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more or to purchase tickets, call 669-0930 or visit blackmountainarts.org.

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