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Five great reasons to say T.G.I.F. in August

By Paul Viau | Jul 30, 2014
Photo by: File photo BY INVITATION ONLY — You and all your friends are hereby invited to an incredible five long weekends in August. Enjoy.

If you are into weekends  — and who isn’t ? — August 2014, is going to be a month to celebrate and remember for a long time to come.

That’s because this particular August contains five (Count ‘em) Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is an opportunity we are not likely to ever see again — unless you just happen to live another 823 years.

The last time the month of August contained five each of the “stuff of which long weekends are made” was the year 1191 A.D. For you history buffs, that was the year Richard the First of England defeated Saladin at the Battle of Arsuf during the Third Crusade. Yes, that was a very long time ago, and no-doubt Richard I made full use of all those restful weekends in August.

The next time we will have five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August will be in the year 2837. I hope I’m wrong, but the way our world is headed, we may never see another nine centuries of civilization on this Earth — I know I won’t.

I would be 890 years old, and no-doubt running out of ideas for my column, “Did you know?”

Speaking of — Did you know? — The Chinese (who have a name for everything) call this phenomenon, “Pocketful of money.” But you don’t need a lot of money to enjoy five weekends in our neck of the woods.

Let’s say, you just want to relax a little. Just get permission from your boss to take Fridays off in August. Tell him you have “a little catching up to do” at home.

Unless he reads this column, he or she will be unaware that you will only be working 16 days in August — and you will have 15 fun-filled days off.

“What-ever would I do with all those day off?” — You might be wondering. Well Haywood County has risen to the occasion and provided weekend after weekend of great things to see and do in August.

Start with August Weekend #1

Weekend #1

Friday, August 1 — Hang with your friends from 6-9 p.m. at Art After Dark in Downtown Waynesville, or catch the Lake Junaluska Singers performance at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart Auditorium.

Saturday, August 2 — Get off your bark-o-lounger and see the canine spectacle of the year — Sarge’s Annual Downtown Dog Walk. The parade starts at 10 a.m. in Downtown Waynesville.

Later in the day, hop down to Frog Level for the dedication of another public art offering — “Chasing Tadpoles.” After the dedication, celebrate the Frog Hop Festival with food, craft beer, live music and children’s activities. (Did I mention craft beer?)

Sunday, August 3 — Head over to Mills River from 1-6 p.m. to Sierra Nevada Brewery and the final stop of Beer Camp Across America. Two Waynesville craft breweries will be among the many brewers sampling their hand-crafted beers.

Weekend #2

Friday, August 8 — Strut your stuff at downtown Waynesville’s Mountain Street Dance, 6:30-9 p.m. or take in the HART theater fundraising event, with The Buddy Holly Summer Dance Party. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. See "Creative Endeavors" craft show at Lake Junaluska from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy some great bluegrass at the annual Fines Creek Bluegrass jam, starting at 5 p.m. at the Fines Creek Community Center.

Saturday, August 9 — Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam continues until 11 p.m. "Creative Endeavors" craft show continues Lake Junaluska, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. And the Buddy Holly Summer Dance Party is on again at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 10 — Still more Buddy Holly Summer Dance Party at the 2 p.m. matinee.

Weekend #3

Friday, August 15 — See the 20-year old piano virtuoso Drew Petersen in concert at HART theater at 7:30 p.m. Go home and rest up for Saturday — You will need it.

Saturday, August 16 — Seems to me I heard something about another Waynesville Craft Beer Faire at the same, great location as last year — at the American Legion ball field. You’ll have a full report on this great festival in my column next week.

Sunday, August 17 — A great freebie — Larry Davis, bluegrass and classical guitarist, performs at the Canton branch library.

Weekends #4 & #5To be continued.

When you pack five weekends into one month, you run out of space. Besides, it’s too overwhelming. Just start enjoying some of the events posted here, and keep checking “The Guide.”

Trust me, there is much more coming up in the second half of August.