Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone | Sep 11, 2013
Photo by: File photo Above, music fan Dana Russell claps at last year's Music at the Mill fundraiser.

Going North

I am leaving for vacation this Saturday and I’m going to miss several great events going on in Haywood, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss them. I will be in a car for a week with my husband and my dad as we make our way up to Delaware to see my younger sister. I know what you’re thinking — why would anyone live in Delaware? Apparently the only thing in Delaware is a private art school where my sister received a scholarship to attend.

She’s been there for more than a year and none of my family has been able to go up and visit so someone has to do it. But we will make the most of it — drive through Shenandoah National Park, site seeing in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia (my sister’s favorite city) and New York City.

I’ll still be checking my email to deal with the car boredom. If you have a “must see” or better yet, a “best eat” place along my route — email me about it. I’ve never been to D.C. so I’m very excited about seeing The White House and the monuments. But because I am a journalism nerd, I’m more excited to visit the Newseum.


Musical weekend

So while I may be away, I hope you will attend at least one of the music events happening this weekend.

The Haywood County Arts Council will present 19-year-old pianist phenomenon Drew Petersen at 7:30 p.m. Friday at HART on Pigeon Street. He currently attends Julliard School for piano and also attends Harvard University to get a liberal arts bachelor’s degree. This is a great opportunity to support the arts and hear some beautiful music. Tickets can be purchased at Gallery 86 on Main Street or at HART.

The eighth annual Music at the Mill will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Francis Grist Mill. The event will feature music from bluegrass favorites Whitewater Bluegrass Co. and Hill Country Band. The Frog Level Philharmonic will perform some Dixieland and jazz.

Tickets are only $7 and all the money helps the Francis Mill Preservation Society to continue its mission of preserving our history. Read more about the mill’s history and the event on page 5.

Another fundraiser to protect something precious to Haywood County will be happening in Cruso on Saturday. The first ever Shining Rock Riverfest will take place from 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14 at Cape Hope. Tickets cost $7 and that will allow you to listen to nine bands perform in the beautiful river setting of Camp Hope.

Proceeds from the show will help the Friends of Camp Hope group with its mission of raising awareness of the asset and also to improve the facilities. Performers include David Teague, Petticoat Government, McKayla Reece, Soldiers Heart, Black Robin Hero, Rain or Shine Goodtime Stringband, Owner of the Sun, Swayback Sisters and Indigo. See the complete schedule on page 13.

And lastly — the most disappointing for me to miss is the fourth annual Haywood’s Got Talent at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at HART. I love talent shows and I told Steven Lloyd, HART’s executive director, to consider me for a judge next year! Even though I won’t be there to see it, the $1,000 grand-prize winner needs to stay after the show for an interview with someone from The Mountaineer or schedule a phone interview Sunday.

We want to put the winner on the cover of The Guide for next week and have a story. Second and third-place winners should hang around afterward too so we can make sure we have your picture for The Guide. Break a leg!

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