Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Jul 03, 2013


I want to thank everyone who came out to the Mom’s Music Festival and all the amazing Women of Waynesville who carried out the second annual event on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful location behind Tin Maples Farmhouse in downtown. And if you missed it — you definitely missed out. We had sun and shade, a creek, fun for kids, food, local vendors and great live music. The event was to raise money for Power of Pink, a program that funds mammograms for women who can’t afford it in Haywood County.

My husband Matt and I played music for a couple of hours and really enjoyed getting to know the other musicians. Thanks to Smokerise for letting us use their equipment and also a great performance.

The WOW members really care about their community and also know how to have fun. Thank you ladies for all you do and we’d be happy to come back next year!


Fourth of July

As I’m sitting here writing this column (Sunday) I’m still unsure of what my Fourth of July plans will be for Thursday. Matt has to work late because he couldn’t resist getting the holiday pay and my mom, my backup date, will be out of town. I may be on my own for the special occasion — so don't be surprised if I decide to sit down with your family on the Fourth.

This is my first Fourth in Haywood and I can’t decide which show I want to attend. I will definitely be taking pictures of the children’s patriotic parade at 11 a.m. on Main Street and participating in the cookout at United Comnunity Bank afterward during the Stars & Stripes Celebration.

But as for fireworks, I live close to Lake Junaluska, which would be convenient, but I cover Maggie Valley for the Mountaineer. Either way, I’m sure the paper will have a reporter at the Canton, lake and Maggie displays.

Lake Junaluska will have some traffic changes after 6 p.m. on July 4, and if you don’t want to deal with crazy traffic — remember, the lake display can be seen from several other locations in the county. The lake also has much more going on this week than fireworks as it celebrates its Centennial Homecoming Week.

Check The Guide calendar for special events. Whichever show you choose to attend on July 4, leave for your destination early, be patient with traffic, look out for increased pedestrians and don’t drink and drive!

The newspaper has an early deadline for the Friday edition because of the Thursday holiday. That means all the wonderful photos we take at the events on Thursday will not make it into the Friday paper. But reporters will upload their photos to the website as soon as we can so you can view them at


Weekend festivities

The fun surely won’t end Thursday night. I’ll be in Maggie Valley Saturday for the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Summer Arts & Crafts Festival at the festival grounds. There will be tons on vendors from all over the Southeast selling their homemade wares. The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.


A farewell

Lastly, I’d like to say farewell to one of The Guide’s designers Laura Barry. Her last day at The Mountaineer was Friday and she will soon be starting her new job at The Mountain Xpress in Asheville. While I know this is a great opportunity for her to be closer to home and a new challenge, we will definitely miss her. Just the other day I got a compliment from a reader who loved to read a column she did with fellow designer Kim Perry on their hike to Looking Glass Rock. Now who will go on hikes with Kim and write about them? I guess it will have to be a requirement for her replacement. But our readers shouldn’t worry — we are still very fortunate to have the creative talents of Kim and Casey Davis in our design department.

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