Rolling with Stone
The excitement of Folkmoot is drawing to a close now, but there are still plenty of events to look forward to this weekend.
Library book sale
I’ve been looking forward to the Friends of the Library book sale since I stepped foot into the library basement in April. I’ve been to my fair share of library book sales but this one takes the grand prize — aisles and aisles and row after row of all kinds of books, movies and records to explore!
In my previous experience with these sales, I know I usually have to arrive at the sale a little early to beat the crowd and get the best selection. But I’ve heard from locals that the line tends to form as early as 5 a.m. on opening day — a Thursday no less. So I may not be waiting in line with the other book fanatics this time. My taste in books is not very popular anyway so perhaps I can still take home some new treasures.
My only rule is that I only take a $20 with me so that I can’t go overboard. My husband will roll his eyes when I come home and joke that we don’t have room for another bookshelf.
Bluegrass and barbecue
Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will be holding the Western North Carolina BBQ Festival this weekend at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Even though it’s not my weekend to be on call, I can’t pass up the opportunity to sample some of the best barbecue from 48 teams that will be competing.
These teams take their craft very seriously and they’ll all be salivating for the title of Grand Champion. This event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society — the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts.
There will be a tasting tent for the public to eat and vote on their favorite. The focus for the competition will be cooking abilities for chicken, pork, pork ribs, and beef brisket.
And what goes best with barbecue? — Bluegrass music of course. The festival will also feature arts and crafts vendors, chainsaw art demonstrations and a free Kid’s Zone.
Don’t miss the “Anything Butt Dessert” and “Anything Butt Meat” competitions on Friday that will be judged by local VIP celebrities. The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday featuring the winners from the four competition categories and the NC Governor’s Trophy, Maggie’s Best People’s Choice Award, and Anything Dessert and Anything Meat awards.
Still to come
There are still four more days of Folkmoot events going on if you haven’t had a chance to see all of the international groups yet. The remaining schedule is published in this issue with photos from the parade and International Festival Day. If you are wandering aimlessly around Waynesville Friday night, come on down to Frog Level Brewing Company at 7 p.m. to hear my husband and me picking and singing!
Next week look for stories on the upcoming Mater Fest in Canton and the Haywood County Art Council’s new ArtShare program where art collectors can pick up pieces from local artists for a fraction of the cost. I’m also trying to score an interview with Matt Stillwell, an up and coming country artist who will be performing Aug. 10 at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Stillwell is originally from Sylva and is looking forward to a big show in Maggie. Get your tickets now!