Rolling with Stone
Haywood County has a couple of arts & crafts festivals to attend this weekend — the 30th annual Church Street Art & Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 on Main Street and the Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters (BRACA) Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.
BRACA is a group of crafters that formed in 1985 and each year the group has grown. The event was once held at the Maggie Valley Opry House but had to move to a larger location as it grew. Many involved come from a rich heritage of crafters, including everything from baskets, crocheting, candles, jewelry and quilting.
The Church Street show also began as a small group of artisans and now attracts more than 20,000 visitors. More than 120 vendors will be present — not to mention great bluegrass entertainment and local and international food.
With such beautiful fall colors starting to peak through on the trees, it will be a great weekend to wander around Haywood County and make stops at these traditional craft shows. And it’s never too early to start gathering up Christmas presents.
“Met Her on the Mountain”
I love writing. I love talking to writers about their books and hearing about their process. This week I had the opportunity to speak to a writer/journalist who just released a book about his experience investigating a 40-year-old cold case murder. Stories like that are right up my alley — I tend to watch a lot of “CSI,” “Cold Case Files” and “Snapped.”
The murder of Nancy Morgan was a story that caught Mark Pinsky’s interest in 1970 and has weighed on his mind ever since. While he has had a successful career at large daily newspapers and has written four religious-based books, he never lost sight of the case.
He visited the town twice a year for many years and interviewed many locals involved with the perplexing case. It seems to have everything one would want — mystery, murder, small-town politics, clash of cultures and it all really happened in Madison County just a couple of hours from here.
I won’t try to ruin the suspense by telling you his conclusions in the case so you need to pick up a copy yourself and make up your own mind. Pinsky will be in Waynesville at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 to sign copies and read from the book at Blue Ridge Books.
The next couple of Guide issues will be focusing on Halloween events coming up. I’m collecting a list of everything going on around the county whether it’s haunted corn mazes, trunk or treat events at churches or scary movies playing at The Strand. The Oct. 23 issue will be the official Halloween Guide since the Oct. 30 Guide may be too late to make plans. Coming up we will have stories about Pinhead’s Graveyard Outdoor Haunted House, which is supposed to be one of the most horrifying experiences in western North Carolina. We have been arguing in the newsroom over who will go and get photos — no one wants to volunteer. Looks like a job for me and my “I’m not scared of anything” husband. The haunted house, which runs through the end of the month, will feature a few celebrity horror actors playing the roles of Leatherface and Pinhead.
I also have a story in the works about a Clyde native who is now a paranormal investigator in Florida. It might just make the skeptics believe! Please email any Halloween-related events to email@example.com or post it on the calendar at www.themountaineer.com.