Rolling with Stone

May 07, 2014

While the first day of spring was officially in March, spring doesn’t really get going here in Haywood until this weekend as we celebrate the 12th annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival Saturday in Historic Frog Level.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for sunny weather so we can enjoy the opportunity to shop for local plants, flowers, herbs and other local fare.  There also will be plenty of food vendors and live entertainment on stage all day.


Mother’s Day

It’s a great chance to pick up some last minute Mother’s Day gifts for the wonderful women in your life. Guide contributor Fay Grant also has highlighted some great Mother’s Day gifts this week that will allow you to help women all over the world.

With World Fair Trade Day falling on May 10, there are several places here in Haywood County as well as Asheville where you can purchase fair trade items, including Panacea Coffee and Ten Thousand Villages.

When you buy certified fair trade, you know that your money isn’t supporting slave wages and illegal labor. Instead, your money will be supporting businesses and organizations that are in compliance with international labor laws that prevent human trafficking. So buy the mothers in your life something that will also help women all over the world.

This topic is near and dear to Fay’s heart as she has started The Tote Project, a nonprofit to raise awareness about human trafficking and to support organizations that employ women to get them out of the trafficking industry. The Tote Project sells organic and fair-trade bags made by women in India rescued from sex trafficking. For more information about the cause, visit

Even if you can’t find something certified fair trade for your mother, it’s always good to support local businesses and local product by buying from a local artisan — something we have plenty of here in Haywood County.


Next Gen

This week’s Guide also includes our special Haywood’s Next Generation section featuring “Zealous Mom” blogger and educator Susanna Barbee. This month she discusses what Mother’s Day means her and also talks to local students about what they like about their own mothers.

Lastly, Riverbend Elementary student Jordan Sky shares her opinions on Mother’s Day and her idea for a new holiday — Daughter’s Day. I must agree with Jordan on this one. We have a day to celebrate everyone else — why not a day to celebrate kids?

But I know what my own mother would say: You don’t need a special day because I show you how much I love you everyday. And really, we should express our love for our mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc., all year long!

However, teens are in luck this week because the Joe Lasher Jr. Band has you in mind. The band is putting on an End of School Year Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at the Canton Armory.

This alcohol-free event will feature music from Joe Lasher and Asheville band The Lowdown. High school seniors will be entered into a raffle to win one of two $100 cash prizes. So consider this your day to celebrate yourself before giving your mother some special attention throughout the weekend.

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