Jessi's Picks

A point in the right direction
By Jessi Stone | Feb 13, 2013

Stina Sieg has been pointing Mountaineer readers in the right direction for entertainment for more than two years.

While I am brand new to The Mountaineer and Haywood County, I hope to continue her guidance as the new Guide Editor. But it is difficult to pick a few things when I haven't done any of them yet. So for a few months, at least, I will be depending on my readers to point me in the right direction. If you think an event is worthy - call me at 452-0661or email me at - and plead your case.

I may be new to Haywood, but I am no stranger to mountain towns. I am originally from Helen, Ga., and lived in Clayton, Ga., for nearly three years where I covered everything from local politics to all the Bluegrass, BBQ and Mountaineer festivals one could imagine.

I've been living near Pensacola Beach, Florida for the last year and a half covering a small beach community (tough life I know), but I'm so happy to be back in the mountains. I didn't even mind moving into my new house during the steady snowfall.

As I'm sure you will get to know, I am a huge fan of all types of music, performing arts, pottery, reading and writing - so I think this Guide will be a great fit for me. I’m getting excited just looking over the calendar for the next few weeks.


Meeting a local author

First on my list of things to do is to stop by the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 to hear local author Louise Nelson talk about her many books on Haywood County. I figure she can teach me a little something about the history of the county. Nelson will continue her talks at 2 p.m. Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8 and invited others to come and listen as well as safe their own memories.


Friday Night blues

There's nothing like the blues. One way to sooth your Friday night blues is to get out of the house to hear blues singer Karen “Sugar” Barnes (vocals, guitar) and musician Dave Magill (guitar, bass) perform from 7-10 p.m. at The Classic Wine Seller, 20 Church Street in Waynesville.

Since my husband and I will both being working on Valentine’s Day, I think we may substitute Friday night as our Valentine’s date to hear some great music, sample some wines and share some food at Angelino’s.


A record collector’s dream

As a newby to the area, I think I will venture out of Haywood on Saturday, Feb. 16 to attend The Asheville Music Collectors Show at The Sheraton four Points. My collection is small compared to others, but I have a few gems that I’m quite proud of, including some early Beatles, Van Morrison and Neil young. But for me it’s more about finding an album that absolutely has to be listened to on vinyl – iTunes just won’t do.

The event will have music dealers from all over the Southeast offering rare vinyl, CDs, DVDs and other memorabilia. Even better, attendees are welcome to bring their own collection items to sell or trade. Admission is $2.