Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone | Jul 17, 2013

Get Cultured

There are so many opportunities to soak up some culture this week during the 30th annual Folkmoot USA.

We are so fortunate to have this festival year! Where else can you see performers from eight different countries in your own backyard? Not only does the festival offer residents and visitors several exciting shows all over the county, it gives us all an opportunity to learn from one another.

I hope we all take advantage of this gift to Haywood County. Come out to the International Festival Day Saturday to make these performers from France, Poland, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Slovakia, Japan and Martinique feel welcome to our small corner of the world.

If you’ve ever visited another country you know that negative stereotypes exist — against Americans as well as many other countries. The easiest way to breakdown that stereotype is putting a friendly face to it. Let’s make sure these visitors feel welcomed and that they return to their homelands with nothing but fond memories to share with others about Americans, southerners and North Carolinians — we will be representing all of those labels to them after all.

I know I am very excited to talk to these groups and learn more about their country as well as their impressions of Haywood County. The parade will be held at 1 p.m. Friday on Main Street in Waynesville and the groups will also join the Mountain Street Dance at 6:30 p.m. that night in front of the courthouse.

The Haywood County Arts Council will hold the 2013 International Festival Day on Saturday where people will experience the international groups as well as some local culture from our region. I hear Celtic music and kilts are promised at the courthouse stage as Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans perform.

Local groups will include the Ross Brothers, J. Creek Cloggers and student performers from the Haywood County Arts Council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians program. You can see the complete list of Folkmoot events on page 11.


Alternative plans

While Folkmoot will be the main draw this week in Haywood County, there are other events occurring throughout the county if you are still looking for some local culture.

Haywood Community College’s Foundation will offer a free Community Craft Workshop Day on Saturday in the college’s new Creative Arts Building. There are eight classes to choose from, including Make a Bracelet, Play in the Clay, Designer Pillow, Dovetails Demystified, Artful Finishes for Wood, Appalachian Heritage Arts Music, Learn the Knit Stitch and Handspun Fun.

This is a great opportunity to see the amazing new addition to HCC, but you must register for the classes by Wednesday (today). For more information or to register, call 627-4522.


The Cruso Friendship Club will hold its annual “Old Crab Day” celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the 2013 "Old Crab" is crowned at Cruso Community Center. There will be pony rides, face painting and other fun games for the children, local crafters, live music, dancing and the antique car and truck show. The "Friendship Ladies" will be serving their famous fried pies and people can take home a barbecue plate for dinner. The funds raised will be used for scholarships and the continued refurbishing of the community center.

The Waynesville Lions Club will be holding its 61st Annual Horse Show beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at Haywood County Festival Grounds. The show will have more than 100 entries and will also feature Papa's Final Choice, the reigning Racking Horse World Grand Champion. The show raises money for Lions Club projects, including helping the blind and hearing impaired in our community. So stop by and support the show!

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