Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Jul 10, 2013
Folkmoot USA, the festival of international music and dance, celebrated its 29th year in Haywood County this summer. Above, dancers from the island nation of Guadeloupe get ready for the annual Parade of Nations in downtown Waynesville.

Roberta Brunck

Last week I met another incredible person here in Haywood County. While she doesn’t fancy herself an author and said she would feel strange signing copies of her new book, she has told a heartbreaking yet triumphant story. It is her story of growing up in an abusive home, being abandoned by her own parents and living in foster homes.

But most importantly, it is s story about forgiveness that she felt needed to be shared with the world. With all that she has been through in her life, no one would expect her to be the person she is today — a happy and courageous mother, wife, daughter and missionary sharing her story with others.

You have to read this book (it’s only 60 pages) and you must meet Roberta Brunck. She will be signing and reading from her book, “I Choose Forgiveness,” this Saturday at Blue Ridge Books. Buy it for yourself as a reminder of all the stupid, petty things we hold onto in life and buy it for the people in your life who need to forgive for their own sake. Until then, you can read more about Roberta and her story in this week’s Guide.


Ladies Night Out

Every woman loves to hear these three words right? A ladies night out means giggling with the girls, no men to impress and enjoying all of your favorite things together. Well that is what we at The Mountaineer have been planning for months now.

The other goal is to let women in Haywood County see that they don’t need to leave our area to find most of the products or services they are looking for, including retailers, salons, lingerie and more.

During the free event, women can sample some of the best sellers from Chocolate Bear in downtown Waynesville, mini massages from Mia Salon and Botox and Juvaderm demonstrations by Mountain Radiance. Other vendors include Clinique, GCT Jewelers, Belle on Main, Forte Photography, Thirty One, Origami Owl and many more.

BearWaters Brewing also will be on hand with its handcrafted beer and there will be raffles during the evening. So come on out from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11 to Laurel Ridge Country Club to relax with your girlfriends and hopefully meet some new ones. Hopefully this will be a great first-time event for Haywood County that can turn into a larger annual event!


Folkmoot on the horizon

While it’s not in this week’s Guide — Folkmoot USA is not far away! The July 17 issue of The Guide will have full coverage of the 30th anniversary festival from July 17 to 28. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-877-365-5872 or by visiting

As for most things in Haywood County, this will be the first time I've been a part of Folkmoot and I'm really excited. How lucky we are to have something like this here in our county. The anniversary festival will feature many local Appalachian groups as well as performers from Mexico, Thailand, Slovakia, Japan, Canada, Poland and France.

Haywood County Arts Council presents International Festival Day on Saturday, July 20 in downtown Waynesville. The one-day free festival features international cuisine, a juried international and regional art show and local and past regional entertainment, including Uncle Hamish & the Hooligans.

BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville is now producing a Folkmoot 30th Anniversary beer that should be ready to tap before the Festival kicks off on July 17. Folkmoot will also be working with local growers and the Buy Haywood Program to provide the freshest local produce to help fuel the international performers.

So be sure to pick up next week’s Guide for a full schedule list, information about the performers, countries and more.

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