Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | May 21, 2014

Flip for the new Guide

You may notice something different about The Guide this week — it’s doubled in size and half of the pages are upside down. There is nothing to be alarmed about folks. This is simply the first expanded Guide to give our readers more regional information for arts and entertainment.

Haywood County readers will see little change in the first 20 pages, as I will continue to focus on providing you with all the great events going on in our community. The only change you will see is a larger calendar of events on the centerspread in the middle.

But if you flip The Guide upside down, you will see a second cover highlighting events in Buncombe County and beyond, including Sylva, Cherokee, Hendersonville and more. The last 20 pages will be dedicated to A&E news going on beyond Haywood County.

Mountaineer Publishing wants to test out this expansion idea to offer our readers a variety of options when choosing what to do each weekend. While there are plenty of great things going on here, Haywood residents still travel to Buncombe to eat at restaurants, to go shopping, to see a show and more.

And since the new expanded Guide will be inserted into The Biltmore Beacon, our free weekly newspaper in the Biltmore communities, our hope is that Buncombe residents will find something going on here to make them travel west into Haywood.

We’re thinking this is a win-win situation for everyone. But it’s also a work in progress and we want to hear feedback from you. What kind of content is not being provided elsewhere that you want to read about? I’m excited about adding more outdoor content, including a hiking column and tips for numerous outdoor adventures.

Guide contributor Fay Grant will be providing healthy living tips, including recipes for in-season fruits and veggies, five feel-good things you can do this week and teaming with local merchants to highlight some of our best local products.

Columnist Paul Viau, who has written “Did You Know?” for five years, is also branching out with the expansion. Of course he will still be writing his signature column when needed but expanding to Asheville allows him to write about something else he loves — beer, wine and spirits. Check out his new column about Asheville Beer Week on the Buncombe side of The Guide.

I’m also looking for more freelancers willing to contribute something fresh to The Guide. If you have an idea for Haywood or Buncombe and beyond coverage, email me at jstone@themountaineer.com. The Guide has always been a community effort filled with different voices from the community and I am to keep it that way.

Lastly, remember next Monday is Memorial Day, which means The Guide has an early deadline. If you are submitting news to me for the May 28 issue, I need it by Friday, May 23. Thank you to everyone who has helped me through this expansion process and I look forward to hearing your input.

Highlights in this week’s issue include a feature on the annual Shady Ladies Quilt Show, which will be held May 30-June 1 in Cruso. These wonderfully talented women create some of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen, and the proceeds from the show go back to the community through local charities.

Lake Logan is a beautiful setting for the quilt show and a wonderful opportunity to learn about the quilting craft. See page XX for the complete story.

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