Rolling with Stone
I hope everyone had an amazing Easter weekend — it was a busy one for me.
We had tons of events going on all over the county for Easter as well as the annual Taste of Chocolate event and the second annual Smoky Mountain Oyster Fest in Maggie Valley. The rainy weather on Saturday didn’t dampen the children’s spirits as they rushed to collect as many Easter eggs and as much candy as they could.
Home brews and chili
After taking lots of cute pictures at Easter egg hunts and attending services for Gen. Carl Mundy Jr., I headed over to Frog Level Brewing to take pictures of the inaugural Home Brew Competition and Chili Cook-off. The beer judges were hard at work when I arrived trying to decide which brews would receive the top awards.
After sampling some of the 28 entries, I’ll have to admit they had their work cut out for them. There were samples of all kind of beer from IPAs, Irish reds, porters, ryes, EBAs and so much more. With the unexpected cold and rainy weather, it was a perfect day to be sampling chili.
One of the most unique batches was Heidi Dunkelberg’s beef tongue chili. At first I told her preferred not to sample that one, but she said like, “A weak stomach is a weak mind.” Not one to turn down a food challenge, I did have a bowl of the beef tongue chili and it was pretty darn good. Dunkelberg’s Sunburst Smoked Trout Stout also was interesting and tasty.
I bet it would go perfectly with Sunburst’s smoked trout dip. See all the results of the competition on page XX. It was a lot of fun and I hope it becomes an annual event to keep promoting our local beer culture.
Relay events this SaturdayDowntown Waynesville will be the place to be this Saturday with several big events going on for several worthy organizations. The excitement begins at 8 a.m. when the 5Kare Fun Run begins on Main Street. The race funds will go to KARE, a nonprofit that supports the effort to end child abuse. To register for the race, visit www.karehouse.org.
After the race, head down Pigeon Street for the first weekend on the Historic Farmers Market and buy some fresh, local produce. After eating lunch somewhere downtown, stay on Main Street for the first ever horse parade out on by STAR Ranch to celebrate national Help a Horse Day. Donations will be accepted for STAR Ranch, a nonprofit that takes in neglected and abused horses as well as other farm animals.
When that is over, you’ll want to walk on down to Miller Street at 2 p.m. near Sweet Onion for a Relay for Life fundraiser — Greater Waynesville Wine Race. Several local restaurants will be participating to see which team of servers can carry a tray of wine glasses (filled with fake wine of course) up and down Miller Street the fastest without any spills. All the entry fees paid by the restaurants will go to fund Relay for Life of West Haywood.
Last but certainly not least, at 3 p.m., walk down to the American Legion for one more Relay for Life fundraiser. The Mountaineer Newsies Relay for Life team is half way to meeting its fundraising goal and we need your help. We will have a car all decorated in Relay colors and we will be offering a sledgehammer in exchange for donations — $5 will get you three hits.
We may even auction off the first hit to the highest bidder. How often do you get to legally smash a car? You don’t want to miss this FUNraiser for Relay!
P.S. - I know I promised you the Dolly Parton interview this week but with so much going on in Haywood, you'll just have to wait another week for it!