Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch

Dedicated to promoting excellence in the oral traditions, the Asheville Storytelling Circle partners with Leadership Asheville Seniors 23 and the Pack Square Conservancy to present Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch held on Saturday mornings throughout the summer season (with the exception of Bele Chere weekend).

The free series kicks off on Saturday, June 19, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the Reuter Terrace at Pack Square Park. The first guest performer to take the Terrace stage is David Novak, a trained storyteller with a background in theatrical arts, including Shakespeare, clowning, playwriting and directing. Other featured guests include Asheville’s own Connie Regan-Blake, known for her “engaging humor and Southern charm” as a folk storyteller, and Marvin Cole, a member of the Asheville Storytelling Circle who tells “mountain tales … riverboat tales and experiences derived from this five years of living in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Cole also specializes in telling stories taken from the literary works of Mark Twain.

All stories shared on the porch are appropriate for the entire family. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring children to the Reuter Terrace early for face-painting and balloon-sculpture fun.

For more information about the series visit, or call 450-5462.

About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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