Rolling with Stone
Halloween is here
Last week was our Halloween issue, but there is still plenty of Halloween fun tomorrow. I’m looking forward to taking pictures of all the children dressed up to go trick-or-treating along Main Street during Treats in the Street.
They always look so excited — I remember that feeling. They are so proud of whatever costume they choose and anxious to fill up that bag or bucket with sugary goodies. I feel like I still have that anticipation for Halloween but now I don’t get the satisfaction of coming home to pour through a bag full of chocolate. (I’ll just stock up on the discounted candy on Nov. 1).
I think my Wicked Witch of the West costume and my husband’s flying monkey costume got some pretty good laughs at the Halloween party last Saturday. But the feeling of regret set in as soon as I started globbing that green paint onto my face. And don’t even get me started on trying to get it off at the end of the night. I thought for sure I’d be terrifying to all the small children running around but they either just stared at me for several minutes or laughing at me. Matt’s flying monkey getup on the other hand received several shrieks.
Check out the Halloween calendar in this week’s Guide for all the church trunk or treat events. The VFW is holding a trunk or treat for kids and also a costume party for adults!
In this issue
We have several great features in this week’s issue and more we couldn’t fit so they will have to wait until next week. Guide freelancer Michelle Bacallao covered a recent concert at The Strand at 38 Main and interviewed the band Red June. Keep an eye on the new Stand calendar for classic movies, local music, open mic nights and more. Thank you to Rodney and Lorraine Conard for giving residents and visitors something more to do on Main Street after hours.
I wrote a story about local artist Nina Howard who is displaying her work for the next few weeks at HART during the production of “The Heiress.” Read about what she was doing up north for so many years before returning to Waynesville on page XX. Her story is inspiring because she has been able to combine all of her loves into one successful career.
If you see her around, be sure to welcome her back to the community. And if you go to see “The Heiress” at HART, which I’m sure you will after reading Mary Ann Enloe’s wonderful review, check out her artwork.
Last days of the season
Even though the weather has turned cold quickly, town is still bustling with leaf lookers from all over. I was lucky enough to get to chat with several visitors last Friday night at our gig at The Classic Wineseller. One table was from Hollywood, Florida, another couple from Charleston, South Carolina and a couple from Ohio.
They were a great audience — they listened, interacted with us, made requests and stuck around until closing time. They didn’t even mind that Matt broke a string in the middle of a song and we called “mulligan.”
I think we made a good impression though. The table from Florida gave us their contact info and made us promise to come visit them soon. With the promise of beaches, free room and board and homemade Italian food in exchange for a house party gig, how could we say no? It’s a good feeling being able to be a part of someone’s happy vacation memories. With all that Haywood has to offer, I know they will be back next year.