Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Jan 22, 2014
Photo by: Jessi Stone Mountaineer Newsies Relay team member Shelby Harrell wins some swag at the West Haywood Relay For Life kick-off party.

I have to tell you I’m feeling quite energized and excited about my second year putting together The Guide. And I have many people to thank for The Guide’s success in 2013 and it’s continued success in 2014. I held a planning session last week and many of the freelancers for The Guide came together to talk about new ideas for the New Year.

Once we had everyone in one room, the ideas just started to flow. We want to bring our readers more of what they like to read about with the ultimate goal of informing locals and visitors about what is going on in Haywood County each week.

I am so thankful for the people in this community who contribute to The Guide simply because they enjoy it. Because of them, you get to read about local artists, local bands, brewing beer, local authors, suggestions on what books you should be reading and much more.

But we still feel like we can be better by doing more to cover our local music scene and to work closer with our local restaurants. This county has some great options when it comes to cuisine and we want to highlight that in The Guide. So readers should look forward to reading more about what Haywood has to offer for different taste buds — farm to table, spicy cuisine, sushi, the best burgers and so much more. If a restaurant has a new chef, we want to tell you about them. With so many self-proclaimed “foodies” on my team, I have no doubt we can tell you about the best Haywood has to offer.

I will admit that I am one of those people who take a picture of a good meal when I’m out somewhere and I encourage you to do the same. If you have an amazing meal somewhere in Haywood County, snap a photo and email it to me with the name of the dish and the restaurant. I will post it on Facebook and have people guess where it came from — what a great way to spread the word!

As always, send me your story ideas for The Guide at

In this week’s Guide you will read a review from one of my newest contributors Fay Grant on The DuPont Brothers who performed last week at The Classic Wineseller. If you missed the show, don’t worry. They will be making their way through Haywood County again soon.

Fay is new to Haywood County. She moved here from Los Angeles with her woodturning husband Ben Grant and is eager to become more involved in the community. She is a music editor for several major TV shows and has plenty of experience reviewing bands. So if you see her out and about, say hi and welcome her to Waynesville.

I don’t usually shamelessly plug myself in my column, but when I do, it’s for a good cause. My husband and I are performing at Frog Level Brewing at 7 p.m. this Friday and we will be donating half of our tips to Relay For Life. So please come and please tell your friends to come.

The Mountaineer has formed a Relay team and we are very enthusiastic about the cause this year. Our goal is to raise at $2,000 for the West Haywood Relay For Life event on May 9 so be on the look out for a bunch of fun fundraisers — we’re planning a spring yard sale, a Jiu Jitsu tournament and maybe even a cornhole tournament at Frog Level when the weather heats up a bit.

If your business or organization hasn’t formed a team yet, I strongly encourage you to do so to show support for the cause. All the money raised through Relay goes to cancer research — research that could save the lives of your loved ones in the future. Visit to sign up now!

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