Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Nov 20, 2013
Photo by: File photo Santa makes a visit to downtown Waynesville during the 2012 Holiday Open House on Main Street.

Making dreams come true

This week I interviewed two women who gave up lengthy careers in nursing to pursue their more creative sides. Tami Rasmussen of Franklin retired from nursing after 20 years to finally pursue her dream of being a writer and she just published her first book “Murmur.” She will be reading and signing copies of the murder mystery at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Blue Ridge Books. Read more about Tami and her new book on page XX.

Teri Siewert also retired from nursing after 27 years to pursue her lifelong dream of being an artist — well she’s always been an artist, but this time she wanted to make a living by doing it. She is well on her way to making that happen since recently opening the mahogany house art gallery and studios in Frog Level.

The gallery features more than 40 local artists of various mediums, and the studio area in the back of the building can be used by local artists. The gallery is beautifully designed and all the artwork is original and handmade. But I think the studio space is what will set the gallery apart and make great space for different artist demonstrations. Read more about the gallery on page XX.

I just want to congratulate these women for taking that big leap and making their dreams come true. While change is always scary, if you can make it through to the other side, I think it’s always worth it. Just like me, Teri discovered the many wonders of Western North Carolina, decided this was where she needed to be and made it happen.

Tami has found a secluded mountain cabin to focus on her writing — any writer’s dream for sure. As we approach the end of 2013, I hope we all find the time to evaluate the year and set goals for 2014. What is your dream? Are you living it? If not, it’s never to late to make it happen or at least start making moves to set it in motion. I know my secluded cabin in the woods may be years away, but I also know the journey is the most important part of getting there.

 

Let it snow!

OK well we haven’t seen a big snow yet, but Cataloochee Ski Resort has plenty of it. The ski resort is now open for business and if you haven’t noticed, Cataloochee purchased the former grocery store building on Soco Road in Maggie Valley and will be using it to sell merchandise. That’s one less empty building in town and I think it is a great idea for Cataloochee to have a “storefront” presence in Maggie. While I am not a skier, I look forward to taking pictures of others this year. I wish them a great season!

I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but I already have Christmas songs stuck in my head. It’s probably because Matt and I have been learning a few to sing on Main Street this Saturday outside Christmas is Everyday. Hopefully we will help the Downtown Waynesville Association get an early start for its annual Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The open house is a chance for merchants to open on Sunday and for customers to get a sneak peak of what Main Street merchants have to offer for Christmas. I’ll be out and about taking pictures of all the shoppers and holiday decorations so be sure to smile for the camera.

And again, I’d like to remind merchants that if they’d like to be included in my “Shop Local Saturday” special in next week’s Guide, please contact me or email me a photo of something in your store that would make a great gift and tell me why.

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