Rolling with Stone
We are three weeks into this expanded Guide journey, and I’m still hanging in there.
It’s still a process, but I’m hearing some positive feedback on what we are producing so far. So keep the comments coming — I want to know what you want to read about that you can’t find anywhere else.
Can you believe June is here already? June means Father’s Day is around the corner, and in my family, it also means tons of birthdays — my husband, my mom, my sister, my dad and my cousin all celebrate birthdays this month. I’m making big plans for Matt’s 30th birthday so stay tuned. June also means more festivals, more sunny weather and more opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the mountains around us.
Find an outdoor adventure
Now that summer is just around the corner and the weather is perfect, I’ve been trying to have more coverage of outdoor adventures readers can experience in Haywood County and throughout the region.
This week we featured a hike that also is featured in our Hiking Guide. If you want the complete hiking and waterfall guides published by The Mountaineer, come pick one up at the office anytime. It can tell you how strenuous a hike is, what to take with you, how long the hike takes and the best place to park to get there.
On the Haywood side of things, the 19th annual Spring Farm Fest will be returning to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds this weekend. This is a great event for the young and old who like screaming engines and riding on tractors. This year, the tractor club will be raffling off a John Deere 720 pedal tractor.
If you want to get outdoors without heading into the woods, the Waynesville Gallery Association is holding its monthly Art After Dark event this Friday evening. You can walk around Main Street and down to Frog Level and enjoy our many local, talented artists being featured.
As usual, the first Guide of the month features Haywood’s Next Generation from Susanna Barbee — a local mother, teacher, writer extraordinaire. Every month Susanna and I get together to come up with a theme for the monthly special in hopes that parents and children in the community can find helpful tips to keep their family entertained.
This month we chose to highlight some of our graduating seniors to find out what their best memories will be of high school and also what they plan to do in the future. For the younger children, we have featured some summertime activities that will keep everyone entertained while out of school. For the teens looking for a summer job, we have some suggestions for you.
I’m sure many parents will be able to relate to Susanna’s column this week about watching her little boy graduate from pre-K. While it may seem like a small step to some, it is just one example of how life moves so fast.
Before you know it, he will be standing on a bigger stage graduating from high school. It is a good reminder to appreciate the big and small moments in the lives of your loved ones. We wish all the graduates a wonderful summer full of adventures. We also wish you all luck in whatever path you take after school, whether it’s a career path or four more years of college.
And remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”