Rolling with Stone
It’s heating up out there Haywood! I got my first sunburn of the season already as I was up visiting Ghost Town last week, but it’s not too bad though — just a red neck. For your skin’s sake, please remember to wear your sunscreen.
This is the best time of year though. It’s the point when people are so sick and tired of the cold and all of a sudden it seems like summer already. I'm pulling out all my cool summer dresses and sandals. The pools are opening this week. Women are getting pedicures and wearing flipflops.
I’m trying not to be jealous of everyone’s beach vacation pictures on Facebook because deep down I’m not a beach person. I prefer to take my vacations in the fall anyway. My doors and windows are open to let in the fresh air — and the bugs. I’ve been walking my dog around Lake Junaluska a few times a week when I find the time, and it seems that everyone else has had the same idea. We’ve met a lot of new people and doggies along the way.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the warm weather this weekend in Haywood County. With the warm weather comes plenty of fresh food from local gardens and kitchens. Local produce, breads, meats, sodas and more can be found at the Canton and Waynesville farmers markets.
Waynesville holds a farmers market from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays in the HART parking lot off Pigeon Street. The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market is held each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon at 171 Legion Drive. Canton recently began its market, which is held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays in downtown Canton.
Art After Dark
The second Art After Dark event of the season will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday night on Main Street. Take a stroll around downtown and enjoy all that our art galleries have to offer right now. Even if you came out last month, you can be sure you will find something new!
Look for the festive flags that denote participating galleries, including Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Main Street Artist’s Co-op, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery and the Village Framer. Read more about the featured artists and exhibits on page 5.
Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration
The third annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, presented by the Downtown Waynesville Association, will return to Main Street this Saturday. It’s a time to relive our heritage through Appalachian music, dance, food and life skills. The event will feature square dances called by Rep. Joe Sam Queen, delicious home-style food, bluegrass music and local arts and crafts.
The demonstrations will include basket making, quilting, weaving, woodworking, pottery, soap making and so much more. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can read the entire schedule of events on page 8-9.
The Radio Hill Jam Group will be playing from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the top of Miller Street under the tent. This group of pickers from many skills levels has been getting together for years to play music. Their ability to play together no matter how many people show up is pretty incredible to me. They’ve drawn some pretty big crowds over the years even though their jam location seems to change as much as the make up of the group. I’m really looking forward to hearing them.
Pickin’ in the Park
This is another event I’ve heard great things about and the first one starts Friday night at the Canton Recreation Park. I’ll be making my way over there after spending a little time at Art After Dark in Waynesville. Entertainment lined up for the first show of the season is Carolina Band, Green Valley Cloggers and Mountain Tradition. The show is free so bring a blanket or chair and a picnic to enjoy a beautiful night of mountain music. See you there!