Rolling with Stone
I’ve now been living in Haywood County for five months, 10 days and a few hours. It’s amazing how time flies. Seems like last week I was leaving the 70-degree Florida weather in February and moving into my house here as the snow fell. Now it’s the middle of June and I feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration
You may have seen me this Saturday making my way around the Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration several times and taking tons of pictures. What a great event! The entertainment was second to none and I didn’t even get to hear everyone. The Radio Hill Jam Group was finishing up the last 20 minutes of their set when I arrived. It’s amazing how 13 people playing at one time can blend well but they do!
Barefoot Movement played on the other side of Main Street — three young pickers with great voices and harmony. Their lead singer Noah Wall has a beautiful voice. The Southern Appalachian Cloggers were amazing and got the crowd going around noon. You can tell by their smiles and enthusiasm that they really enjoy it. Many of the clogging couples were father and daughter and grandfather and granddaughter.
Thanks to the food vendors for supplying me with a delicious pulled pork sandwich and a fried coconut pie to keep me going through the heat — and don’t knock it till you try it! That pie was to die for! Also, thanks to Laura Mullis for her skills. I bought a cloth bag she made with sunflowers on it. You know the long slender bags you use to put your recycled plastic bags in? Yes, my husband also pointed out the irony of buying a bag to put your bags in, but it looks so much better in my sunflower décor kitchen.
Just in case you haven’t noticed (but surely you have), The Guide has some pretty great people writing columns on so many varied topics. Paul Viau has been making readers laugh with his “Did You Know” column for more than four years.
Eric S. Brown, a local and successful author, writes a bi-weekly (or whenever we have room) column about the endless world of comic books. I actually had the opportunity to interview Eric last week about his writing as well as a huge announcement he has coming up. Thanks Eric for giving your local newspaper first dibs on the big news, but everyone will have to wait for another week or two before it can be officially announced. Stay tuned.
We also have a couple of new columnists writing for us. Greg Copen is now writing a monthly column (second Wednesday of the month) about beer — specifically home brewing since that is his hobby. I would probably consider it more than a hobby. This guy talks like he went to beer college, but I’ve tried his beer — it’s incredible. If you have a question about making your own beer or just beer in general, email it to me and I’ll pass it along to our beer expert.
Allison Lee, owner of Blue Ridge Books, and Kathy Olsen with the Haywood County Public Library, have joined forces to help book lovers get more out of their readings. Whether you’re in a book club or just a loner book lover, their monthly “Book Club Banter” column on the third Wednesday of the month, will give you ideas for which book to read next. Look for their column next week.
Dog days of summer
For the dog lovers out there, you may want to attend the AKC all breed dog show this weekend. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center on Crabtree Road. The free event will feature more than 1,000 dogs competing for Best In Show.
Also, don't forget about PlottFest is scheduled for June 22 and 23. While it is a fundraiser for Headstart, the event showcases the North Carolina state dog the Plott Hound. Look for a more detailed story about PlottFest next week.