Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Jan 15, 2014

MLK weekend

It’s so great to see Haywood County not only honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for not just one day but for an entire weekend.

The events kick-off at 11 a.m. Saturday morning with a pride march through downtown Waynesville followed by a special service at Long’s Chapel on Sunday and a prayer breakfast Monday morning at Lambuth Inn.

I hope everyone finds a time they can participate in one of these events and reflect on the importance of King’s message and the impact he made not just in the South but also on the world. There will be great speakers at the service and prayer breakfast so you don’t want to miss it. Purchase tickets at the Administration Building at Lake Junaluska. See more details about the event on page XX.


Never nothing to do

I don’t ever want to hear anyone say there’s nothing to do in Haywood — not even in the cold winter months. If you have found yourself sitting on the couch on a Friday night whining to your friends or significant other that you are bored and there’s nothing to do in this town, you aren’t paying close enough attention. And obviously you aren’t picking up this Guide every week.

Sure, things might slow down during the winter but there is still plenty of fun to be had all over Haywood County. Our local artists keep working, bands keep playing and rest assured the beer and wine is still flowing freely in our local restaurants and breweries.

Right here in Waynesville, I know Frog Level Brewing, BearWaters Brewing, Tipping Point Tavern, The Water’n Hole, Alley Kats Tavern and The Classic Wineseller have live music regularly on the weekends. The Strand at 38 Main is back in business with movies, open mic nights and live entertainment. Read about The Stuart Brothers show coming up on page XX.

Plenty of places in Canton and Maggie also offer live music at night, including The Rendezvous at Maggie Valley Inn and Lucky Jake’s in Maggie and Sid’s on Main in Canton. Search the Guide calendar and find a good excuse to get out of the house on Friday or Saturday night.

There’s no excuse for boredom even if you like to be inside before the sun goes down. Haywood County Arts Council presents Jim Sorrells Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Canton Public Library for free. Or if you are more into classical music, catch classic pianist Michael Lazenby at the Waynesville Library at the same day and time.

So please continue to support your local businesses and your local musicians throughout the winter months when all the tourists have returned home and they rely more on local support. I can tell you, every time I’ve wondered into one of the breweries to find live music, I’ve never been disappointed. We have some great local talent.

My husband and I are happy to be in a place where we have the opportunity to perform in the winter. We were very pleasantly surprised to have a full house at The Classic Wineseller last Friday night for our show. Wineseller will have another full line up for three nights for MLK weekend so check out one of these shows while enjoying some delicious wine and Italian fare.

But music isn’t the only thing going on around town. Cedar Hill Studio on Main Street Waynesville is now holding weekly art demos in different mediums from different local artists. Check out the upcoming schedule on page XX.

HART ‘s latest winter production, “Agnes of God,” also premieres this weekend. This award-winning show is a gripping drama not to be missed. HART has a great 2014 season planned so go ahead and get your season passes by visiting

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