Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Jun 26, 2013
Photo by: Stina Sieg Joe Sam Queen teaches square dance lessons during last year's Mountain Street Dance.

I can’t remember the last time I was looking forward to summer — probably when summer used to mean a few months off from school. I tend to dread the heat and humidity, but I’m welcoming this North Carolina summer thus far. I’m sure I’ll be complaining when it hits above 90 but for now I’m enjoying the longer days, open windows and cool nights. Summer solstice weekend had a lot to offer in Haywood County. I hope you caught the PlottFest in Maggie Valley last weekend and hope you got a good look at the “Supermoon.” I love when the moon is so close it’s like you can reach out and grab it!

Moms Music Festival

There are a couple of events you don’t to miss this weekend — the first being the second annual Mom’s Music Festival put on by the Women of Waynesville. The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Twin Maples Farm, 143 East St. in Waynesville (right across from The Herren House). The event was originally slated for April 27.

All the vendors were set up and the music was in full swing — but so was the rain. After trying to hang on for an hour the relentless rain forced WOW to cancel the event with hopes of better weather in June. We can only hope the sun will shine down on the festival this time.

These women have worked really hard to make this day successful with live bands performing all day, local vendors, food, local beer, a children’s play area and more. The bands include Smokerise, Bohemian Jean (ME!) and Tarnished Rose.

The event is free for moms and children so please come and support this great cause. All proceeds will benefit the Power of Pink event, which helps pay for cancer screening mammograms for underserved women in Haywood County.

Mountain street dance

Friday will mark the very first Mountain Street Dance of the summer season. Dances are held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday evenings in front of the courthouse. The Downtown Waynesville Association puts on the community get-together. Main Street will be transformed into a dance floor with a thick dusting of corn meal for performers and spectators to kick off their shoes and let loose.

DWA encourages you to bring your own blanket or lawn chair since bleacher seating is limited. Light refreshments are available at the venue for purchase and downtown restaurants are open for dinner.

Each Friday will feature different performers — this Friday will be The Dixie Darlins and Whitewater Bluegrass Company. Joe Sam Queen will be calling the dance and also be teaching audience members some basic square dancing in the traditional Appalachian style. So bring your dancing shoes!

BeerFest

Yes, that’s right — Haywood County will have its first ever BeerFest thanks to our local microbreweries BearWaters Brewing, Frog Level Brewing and Tipping Point Tavern. The brewers recently held their first organizational meeting to give people an idea of what is in store. The event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at the American Legion ball field. Falling on the same weekend as the last street dance as well as Labor Day weekend, BearWaters owner Kevin Sandefur hopes the event will be a boost for our local economy. With all the big name breweries in the state on board, I don’t know how it couldn’t be a rousing success. There are so many possibilities including a local home brewers contest and shuttle buses from Asheville to Waynesville. But I won’t ruin all the details — I’m sure The Guide’s beer columnist Greg Copen will fill you in with all the details soon enough.

Be sure to pick up The Guide next Wednesday to see all the Fourth of July events happening Thursday in Haywood County!

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