Celebrate spring at the 11th Annual 'Whole Bloomin’ Thing' festival May 11

May 01, 2013
Photo by: Stina Sieg

The Historic Frog Level Merchants Association invites everyone to attend Waynesville’s 11th Annual “Whole Bloomin’ Thing” Festival, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Historic Frog Level.

This is the eleventh anniversary of Haywood County’s premier spring festival, kicking off the growing season with beautiful flowering baskets, vegetable and herb starts, berry bushes, and potted ornamental plants to jumpstart the garden.

Local artisans will feature a wide range of nature-inspired gifts and crafts —from baskets and birdhouses to soaps and stemware, pottery and jewelry to metal sculptures and flower planters, and dozens of other handmade creations.

Enjoy fresh cheeses, homemade preserves and jellies, barbecue, tacos, veggie wraps, ice cream and desserts all day long.

Remember to visit the Frog Level businesses, which offer a diverse range of products and services including antiques and antique repair, fine art and pottery, gourmet coffees and foods and more.

Live music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local musicians and dancers, including Chris Minick, Raqs Beledi Belly Dance School, Productive Paranoia, Sheila Gordan, ‘round the Fire, the Frog Level Phil Harmonic, The Ross Brothers and the Jonathan Creek Cloggers.

This year’s event sponsors include Panacea Coffeehouse, Café & Roastery, Scott Link-State Farm Insurance, the Frog Level Studio, Mountain Spirit Wellness, Smoky Mountain Dentistry, Blue Mountain Chiropractic, HT Hackney, Haywood Builders Supply, Sheppard’s Bear Den Antiques, Hughes Electric, Frankie’s Italian Trattoria, United Community Bank, Zoolies Natural Food Market, Stewart Builders and First Citizen’s Bank.

Parking is available at Haywood Builders, and the public parking deck on Branner Avenue and all public parking in the area.

Attend the festival and welcome in the spring season — and find that perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Admission is free. For information, call 734-7723.