Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Oct 02, 2013

Autumn in the air
Happy October Haywood County! I remember driving up Apple Creek Road with our moving truck in February and thinking, “this is going to be gorgeous in October.”

And in the blink of an eye it’s here already. While the leaves are just beginning to change, fall is definitely here. The days are cooler, pumpkins are popping up all over the county, and I’m already looking for Halloween costumes. My fall sunflower placemats are out and the warm cider candles are filtering the scents of autumn throughout my house.

It’s times like these that I feel so fortunate to be where I am and to be doing what I’m doing. October has so much to offer for residents and tourists in Western North Carolina. Now is the perfect time for enjoying all the natural resources around us — a peaceful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking, camp fires, picnics and more.


Fall events will kick off this weekend with the two-day Oktoberfest being held at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Local businesses, including Jim Higel with Legend’s Sports Grill in Maggie, have worked really hard to organize and promote this event so we should show our support by making plans to go.

It’s not a hard sell — German food, beer, live music, games and prizes. Being part German and hailing from the small German Alpine village of Helen, Georgia, I will definitely be there for a little taste of home. While my first job was in Helen, I was lucky enough not to have to wear any German garb.

My mother on the other hand could tell you all about the comforts of serving fudge in a dirndl. Oktoberfest is a great tradition in my family, and I’m glad I don’t have to drive two and a half hours to Helen (not to mention dealing with the traffic) this year to enjoy it.

Horror at The Strand

If you are more of an indoor person, The Strand at 38 Main has a lot of great entertainment planned for October. I love Halloween movies — but not the really scary ones. If you are the same way, you will love the line up of classic movies coming up, including "Hocus Pocus," "Night of the Living Dead," (OK, that one is scary) "The Birds" and "Ghostbusters." Patrons are invited to dress in costume for the movies. Read more about the schedule of events at The Strand on page XX.

In this week's Guide

The staff really strives to include all the local events you need to know about each week in The Guide. If you think we might be missing something — please call and let us know so we can make sure it gets included in the calendar.

Be sure to read Anne Baker's story this week about Luke Allsbrook, a local artist who served as a tour artist for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. How many people can say they did that?

Another local artist, Margaret Roberts of Waynesville, is being honored as the featured artist this month at Twigs and Leaves. Roberts will be at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday night during Art After Dark to demonstrate her collage artwork. Read more about Roberts on page XX.

Paul Viau's column has some very important information for people who have always dreamed about being a brewer. Only six people will be selected to participate in Frog Level Brewing upcoming beer school, and you must read the directions carefully to find out how to get your chance.

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