Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | May 15, 2013
Photo by: Jessi Stone BRA PONG — Children play Bra Pong Friday night at Haywood West Relay for Life.

Finally! A beautiful weekend. While a little rain lingered on Friday, the dedicated Relayers came out to Maggie Valley for the annual Relay for Life event. The Mountaineer team set up a fundraiser game, Bra Pong, and it was a success. It gave the kids something fun to do while raising a little extra money for the cause.

The object was to try to throw a Ping-Pong ball into one of the various sized bras on a board. We will definitely have to use this game again — perhaps for breast cancer awareness month. Thanks to all the parents who kept doling out the dollars so their kids could keep playing for prizes.  If you missed your chance to participate in the West Haywood Relay for Life event, it’s not too late to join the Canton event this weekend. Relay will kick off at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Canton Recreation Park. For more information, call Jenny Stamey at 734-3552.

Rain threatened the annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing Spring Festival held Saturday at Historic Frog Level but it held off. I ventured out pretty early Saturday to get my mom some different herbs from the vendors — which proved to be a harder choice than I thought it would be. There was so much to choose from! Mother’s Day was gorgeous, and I spent the day with some of my favorite people: my mom, my husband, my brother and sister-in-law and my adorable 9-month-old nephew August (who was born in July by the way).


Artist interview

Last Friday I had the pleasure of interviewing international artist George Widener for The main Guide feature. He has gone from living on the streets to selling his work for up to $50,000 a piece. You can read a little about his interesting life and unique artwork on page 9, but people like George can rarely be summed up in 800 words.

I’ve been showing his work to people around me since last week. One response was “I don’t get it” while another artist friend said,  “How cool to create art from history and math. Freaking brilliant.” And that is the beauty of art – it means different things to different people.

As I told George before our interview, I’m not an artist and don’t claim to know much about it other than appreciate it. But for me, I see tremendous value in his craft, and can examine a piece of his work for hours —continually finding something new. So thank you to George for speaking with me, and good luck to you in the future.


Coming up this week

This evening (May 15) I will be heading over to Blue Ridge Books and so should you. Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will be performing a selection of Ron Rash’s short stories along with her musical accompanist Jeff Sebens. This “Ron Rash Roundup” will include stories from “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Burning Bright,” “Chemistry and Other Stories” and “The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth.” I’ve heard great things about Barbara and apparently Rash gave her personal permission to perform his work.

The Dogs & Suds event to benefit Sarge’s will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Frog Level Brewing Company. Not only is this a good cause, it’s a chance for dog lovers like me to socialize with other dogs and their owners. Tickets are $20 in advance and include a FLBC craft beer and food.

Then on Sunday, the Community Band Concert will start its new season at 6:30 p.m. at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. The show will feature memorable music from the past, including “Over the Rainbow,” “Strike up the Band” and “All Shook Up.” I’ll be bringing along the hubby and a picnic dinner as suggested. There’s nothing better than a little outdoor music and a beautiful evening. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain. See you there.

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