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HCC Gears Up for June 4 Anniversary Celebration

Waynesville Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC) , May 18, 2005


Two Grammy award winning musicians will be a part of the many talented performers at Haywood Community Collegeís 40th anniversary celebration, Mountain Echoes: A Homecoming. The birthday event will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the HCC campus.

While the musical talent is outstanding, some of the areaís best storytellers will also be performing at Mountain Echoes. The storytelling lineup includes: Sheila Kay Adams, Davy Arch, Connie Reagan-Blake, Hawk Hurst, Jerry Wolfe, and Ila Jean Yount.

Sheila Kay Adams is a storyteller, musician, singer, and published author from Western North Carolina. Seven generations of her family have passed down the ballads of her ancestors. Adams plays the clawhammer banjo and sings traditional Appalachian ballads.

Davy Arch tells Cherokee stories, presents lectures on Cherokee history and culture, and demonstrates carving, flint knapping, and mask making. His carved masks have been on display at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His stories have been published in the award-winning book, Living Stories of the Cherokee. For six years, Arch has participated in the North Carolina Arts Councilís Visiting Artist Program. He has spoken at the North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Art, and on National Public Radio. He also works with public school teachers through the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Connie Reagan-Blake has entertained audiences in 46 states and 14 countries as a storyteller drawing on her southern roots and gift of humor. Blake lives in Asheville and has seven award-winning audio and video recordings. She has been on Good Morning America, National Public Radioís All Things Considered, and CNNís Evening News.

Hawk Hurst is an animated storyteller and musician. He has been crafting and playing traditional Native American flutes and drums for nearly 15 years and began playing and teaching West African style drumming almost 20 years ago. Hurst is a long-standing member of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild, The Mountain Arts Program, and the Yarnspinners Storytelling Group.

Jerry Wolfe tells stories and talks about Cherokee History, culture, and language. He works in the Outreach Program of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

Ila Jean Yount is a storyteller and published author whose work focuses on her family history of pioneer settlers. Yount, a Haywood County native, taught creative writing at HCC for about 10 years. One of her books is on the reading list at area middle and high schools. She speaks at nearby schools and senior groups frequently.

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