Rolling with Stone
I bought my first pair of flip-flops of the year on Saturday. While the weather might not quite be ready for bare toes, I can’t help but be ready for it. We’ve had some gorgeous spring days lately — everything is blooming, some of our part-time residents are resurfacing and downtown in looking busy again.
My dogs are especially happy for warmer weather since it means more trips to the dog park and more long walks around Lake Junaluska. Nothing feels better than the sun hitting your face after a long and cold winter. If you are catching the spring fever, there are plenty of events coming up to satisfy your craving.
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering a white water rafting trip April 19, and a hiking trip April 13. Even if you don’t go for a group trip, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore in Haywood County. The Mountaineer offers waterfall and hiking guides, which are a great resource for the great outdoors. You can pick on up at our office.
Coming up this weekend is the annual Melange of the Mountains culinary event. But this year the food events will continue throughout the weekend. The weekend will start with the culinary gala from 5 to 7 p.m. April 10 at Laurel Ridge Country Club.
This is when local restaurants will be creating their masterpieces to be judged and awarded in several categories. Our local breweries will also be included in the judging process this year. After the competition, the community has the chance to sample some delicious selections from the restaurants.
You don’t want to miss this event. The ticket price is well worth bring able to sample different dishes from more than a dozen restaurants while getting to know our local chefs.
The fun will continue through the weekend with special events around town, including live music and tapas at The Classic Wineseller, a beer and wine tasting at Sunburst Market and a murder mystery dinner at The Herren House. To see a full schedule of events, see page 8-9.
Relay for Life
Springtime also marks another important fundraising event — Relay for Life. Relay is an overnight fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about supporting our local residents who are fighting cancer, celebrate the ones who have survived cancer and to honor those we have lost to cancer.
And there is so much going on leading up to the actual overnight Relay events in May — West Haywood’s event is May 9 at Waynesville Rec Center and Canton’s event is May 16 at Sorrells Park.
This past weekend, The Mountaineer Newsies and Tuscola High School Relay teams joined together to host a Grapple-thon and self-defense class at the school gym.
This year’s West Haywood Relay theme, “Celebrating the Courage to Fight,” definitely inspired this kind of event, and our lifestyles editor Rachel Robles had the jujitsu contacts at Gracie to make it happen. We raised more than $500 for cancer research and we’re now half way to our goal of $2,000.
Thank you to Tuscola for hosting us, thanks to Tuscola Relay and SWAT club for helping us set up, thanks to Armando Basulto for donating his time to teaching the self-defense class, thank you to all the jujitsu students for their amazing sponsorships for the grapple-thon and thank you to all my team members for making it happen.
Our next fundraiser will be a car smash, but we’re still working on the details. The annual Cancer Survivor dinner will be held April 29 at Cornerstone Baptist Church. If you know of any survivors in the community, make sure they are signed up for this event. The dinner is free to survivors and there will be some amazing door prizes. Be sure to check the Mountaineer’s online calendar for other Relay for Life events.