Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Mar 26, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo From left, Leilah Stone, Jessi Stone, Shelby Harrell and Fay Grant get ready for the 80s party.

Party like its 1989

Ah the 80s — the decade of weird music and tacky wardrobes. Though I am an 80s baby, I didn’t get to fully appreciate or take advantage of all the culture from that decade. So to make up for that, a few friends and I decided to go all out for the 80s dance party last weekend at BearWaters Brewing.

We had a blast! We spent hours picking out our outfits and making sure our makeup was over the top and our hair was as big as we could make it! (Luckily each table at the brewery was fully stocked with Aqua Net). My sister Leilah and her boyfriend Ryan were in town for spring break. Unlike me, they went the authentic route when picking out their 80s gear at Salvation Army.

While I just wanted to sport the cutesy Tiffany mallrat look, they chose the ugliest and brightest clothes they could find and paired it with tacky glasses and what my sister likes to call “mom jeans.”

But in the end it paid off for them since they won the best 80s costume contest at the party. They were sent home with plenty of great BearWaters prizes. I think the only thing that would have made the party better was if it had 80s karaoke. We definitely need that next time!


Funny lady

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing C.J. Deering who will be presenting her one-woman show this weekend at HART. And after meeting and interviewing this lady, I can promise you she is funny!

I love women like C.J. because she has literally fit so many great experiences into her life — she’s been a tour manager for rock stars like Jethro Tull, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers and Jackson Browne (one of my favorites), she’s been a disc jockey (C.J. the D.J.) and a flight attendant just to name a few. She’s done it all and she has the most hilarious stories to tell about it.

Not everything in her life has been sunshine and rainbows, but she has made the best of it and lived to tell it to the rest of us. She also comes highly recommended by her friend and “Granny D” actress Barbara Bates Smith. And if Barbara says she’s funny, then you know it to be true.

C.J. has lived all over the country but I’m so glad she chose Waynesville as her latest home. Read her complete story on page 12. I hope to see you all at her show, “Most Improved Camper” this Saturday at HART. She also has show times at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday.


Sultans of String

Another fun show I recommend is the Sultans of String — a global fusion string band from Canada that will be making its debut at The Strand at 38 Main. The bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool and rhythm guitarist Kevin Laliberté will be making the trip south to put on a duo show at The Strand.

From listening to their newest album, "Symphony," I believe these two talented musicians will put on a surprising show featuring something for everyone. Chris said many of the solos done during their set are being made up as they go — it takes some talent to improvise something like that. Read the complete story on page 8-9.

To listen to some of their music before the show on April 3, visit and see what you think. Then visit to purchase your tickets to the show.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Mar 26, 2014 20:05

I am so envious right now.  The best I got was a cross-country flight with a surprisingly similar safety theme.  (Maybe Ms. Stone was an "extra" in the film?)  I actually found myself watching the whole thing.  Can we bring the 80's back?


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