Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Oct 16, 2013

Apple Harvest Festival

The Apple Harvest Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary this Saturday on Main Street in Waynesville.

In honor of that tradition, here are some apple tidbits for you. North Carolina is ranked seventh in apple production in the U.S. and has more than 300 commercial apple operations. While National Apple Month is in October, North Carolina celebrates its apple appreciation in September.

The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea and was brought to North Carolina by English settlers. The average U.S. consumer eats an estimated 45 pounds of apples a year.

Apples not only provide nutrition, they are an important part of our agricultural industry by providing jobs and orchards boost our growing agritourism industry by allowing visitors to come pick their own apple harvest.

So it’s only right that the apple gets its own day so we can show visitors and locals what delicious apples we grow right here in North Carolina. Be sure to come by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for local apples, live bluegrass music, clogging groups, arts and crafts and food!


Ukulele concert

I was tipped off last week that Rhonda and Lee Kram, owners of the Stone Cottage Band Instrument Shoppe, are offering a ukulele event on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the community.

If you recall, I wrote a story a couple of months ago about Char Mayer, a ukulele maker originally from Haywood. Today she lives in Oregon and her home-started business makes ukuleles for Dave Matthews Band, Mumford and Sons and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam.

She basically convinced me that I should pick up the miniature instrument with her enthusiasm for the ukulele and since I’ve failed to learn guitar. While a uke is definitely on my Christmas wish list, this might be a good opportunity to try it out and listen to the performers who will be there.

Not only do they provide a beautiful tone to fit any music style, they are just fun. So while you make your way down Main Street for the Apple Harvest Festival, keep traveling south and the Stone Cottage Band Instrument Shoppe is located on the left in the rock home.


Chasing Nashville

Here is another important piece of news — one of our own will be featured on a new TV show on Lifetime Channel. The newest docu-series, “Chasing Nashville,” will star Helena hunt from Clyde. Helena lives in an actual log cabin and is known for her incredible music talent, including her prowess while playing the banjo.

The series takes a peek into the lives of four teenage singers from Appalachia as they follow their dreams to become country-singing sensations. The pressure mounts onstage as they are coached and recruited for high-profile showcases by some of country’s best scouts, including renowned Grammy-winning producer Keith Thomas (Trisha Yearwood’s "You’re Where I Belong") and respected writer/producer Deanna Walker (The Dixie Chicks).

The show kicks off at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 on Lifetime. Be sure to tune in for the series and root for Helena. I’ll try to catch up with her in the nest week for an interview for next week’s Guide so we can get her reaction to seeing herself on the TV screen.

Over the years, Hunt has made musical appearances at the county fair, fundraisers locally and in Nashville and can often be seen at restaurants such as The Patio and Frog Level Brewing.

We did a story about Helena in February about her experience with reality TV. Humble and true to herself, she is the real deal. She has earned every bit of her exposure by working hard. We wish her the best in the future!

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