Rolling with Stone
Easter weekend is approaching and there are endless events going on this weekend in Haywood County. It’s a great problem to have but it also means I can only make it to a few.
Seems like every church is having an Easter egg hunt and other activities for the kiddies, Friends of the Lake are holding its annual 5k run, the second annual Smoky Mountain OysterFest is returning to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Saturday, Frog Level Brewing Company is hosting a Home Brewer’s Competition and chili cook-off and so much more. See page 8-9 for the complete list of Easter events happening in Haywood County.
I can’t miss the home brewer’s competition in honor of North Carolina’s beer month. We have so many great home brewers in Haywood so it will be exciting to try out their latest and greatest concoctions paired with home-cooked chili.
The beer will be judged by certified beer judges as well as some local “celebs.” So come by Frog Level from 3 to 5 p.m. for beer, chili and live music from Todd Hoke.
Honoring Gen. Mundy
And while it is a weekend of Easter celebrations, Saturday will be a bittersweet day for Haywood County and the nation as a four-star general is laid to rest in Waynesville. Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. grew up at Lake Junaluska and went on to be the 30th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Memorials are being held this week in Washington, D.C., but Mundy wished to be buried here. “This was his home,” said his childhood friend Sally Ratcliffe, who still lives in Waynesville.
Many people will be attending the funeral at 1 p.m. at First UMC in Waynesville and the burial to follow at Green Hill Cemetery, including dignitaries from D.C. The logistics of a funeral of this magnitude is complicated so if you are not attending, I strongly urge you to steer clear of downtown from noon to 3 p.m. if at all possible.
It is such an honor and a rarity to have such a military hero from Haywood County and I hope his family finds peace on what is sure to be a difficult day. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Queen of country
The one and only Dolly Parton is still at it! Her new album “Blue Smoke” will be released May 13 and she will be making a stop at Harrah’s Cherokee May 25 in what will be a must-see performance.
In anticipation of the album drop and the show, I got the opportunity to speak with Dolly in a media conference call Monday (I love my job)! I grew up listening to Dolly and watching her in two of my favorite chick flick movies “Steel Magnolias” and “9 to 5.”
She is such an inspiration for so many, I was anxious to ask her about what inspires her. She is always so happy and positive when you see her on TV and she has given so much back to her community through Dollywood and given so many children a head start in life through her Imagination Library program.
I also got a sneak peek of her new album, which features a nice mix of Dolly — from Bluegrass and gospel to classic country. It also features remakes of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” and a gospel version of Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands on Me.”
You may be shaking your head, but Dolly makes it work. Of course the album features to duets with old friends Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers. Get your tickets for the show now before they are all gone and check out next week’s issue of The Guide for the complete interview.