Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Aug 07, 2013
Photo by: Jessi Stone My dogs Ginger, left, and the newest addition, Atticus.

Matt Stillwell show

This weekend the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will be rocking when Matt Stillwell hits the stage Saturday night. Stillwell is an up and coming country artist originally from Sylva and we’ll be lucky to have him here. You have probably heard his song “Shine” on the radio or seen the moonshine-themed video on TV.

During a recent interview, Matt promised an energy packed show and plenty of fun. He will also be at Lucky Jake’s in Maggie Valley after the show signing autographs!

If you haven’t already bought your tickets, we have eight tickets at The Mountaineer to give away to some worthy fans. I’ve started a contest on our Facebook page — tell us why you deserve a pair of tickets to see Matt live and the comments with the most "likes" will win the tickets. Read more about Matt’s career on page 5.

Fines Creek Bluegrass

Guide contributor Mary Ann Enloe also wrote about an amazing upcoming concert — the 16th annual Fines Creek Bluegrass Festival on Aug. 9 and 10. The two-day festival will take place at the historic Fines Creek Community Center and will feature Balsam Range, Darren Nicholson Band, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, Crowe Brothers, Timbre Fox, The Dismembered Tennesseans and Eddie Rose & Highway 40.

As Mary Ann pointed out, this is the first time all of these local bluegrass favorites will be playing at one venue so you definitely don’t want to miss it. Read more about the bands and the show on page 10-11.

New pup

Speaking of missing things, I totally had to miss the ‘Mater Fest, the end of the Friends on the Library Book Sale and Sarge’s Dog Walk on Saturday so I feel like I hardly have any stories to tell this week. I really wanted more cheap books, a piece of tomato pie and a chance to show off my cute dogs. I’ve been mostly distracted with my new puppy — Atticus (yes, I named him after one of my favorite book characters, Atticus Finch from "To Kill A Mockingbird").

He is exhausting. With my other dog being 4-years-old, I almost forgot how much work they are. But it’s all coming back to me now — the early mornings, the frequent vet visits, potty training and whining. He and my other dog, Ginger, also are having an adjustment period, which has turned my house into a wrestling ring.

While I’ve been bemoaning my lack of sleep and inability to have a social life because of the pup, last Saturday put things in perspective. I spent the day in Georgia for my nephew’s first birthday party — along with 10 other kids ranging in age from 6 weeks to 6 years old.

What a bad idea! My nephew was grumpy the whole time because of the over stimulation. We had to sing "Happy Birthday" at a whisper so he wouldn't start crying and he wouldn't even touch his dairy-free cake his aunt spent hours baking. Kids "helped" him open his presents before running off with them. I couldn't move in the house without running into a screaming child. A young mom who was chasing her little boy looked at me and said, "Having a puppy is so much easier isn't it?"

It's true. You can't put your kid in a crate while you're at work. So I will stop complaining and enjoy every minute with the little guy! He is adorable — and I don't have to change diapers.

I'm on call next weekend so perhaps I will have better stories for you.

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