Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Jun 18, 2014
Photo by: Jessi Stone Matt Welborn finds the perfect coffee mug while visiting The Newseum in Washington, D.C., last year. Happy 30th birthday Matt!

Some very important events are occurring this week people — the first day of summer and my husband is turning 30 years old.

I’ve been dreading the hot summer, and Matt has been dreading the big 3-0! I couldn't care less about him turning 30 but I’ll bet I’ll be freaking out when it happens to me next year. I mean, where has the time gone?

In the blink of an eye, we went from being immature 16-year olds to almost 30-year-old responsible adults (mostly) with jobs, a house and two crazy dogs.

To me, Matt hasn’t aged one bit since the day we met — actually I think he has gotten better looking with age, and that’s just not fair. But besides a few gray hairs (that he pulls out immediately), he still acts like a big kid. He still likes watching cartoons, making dirty jokes and wearing super hero T-shirts.

But he also does the dishes, gives the crazy dogs a bath and even makes dinner on many occasions. I couldn’t ask for a better husband and I’m looking forward to the next 15 years together — just wish it wouldn’t go by so fast.

To celebrate, I’m taking Matt on a Brews Cruise in Asheville this Saturday with some friends. But you know I can’t just go as a guest — I’m taking my camera and notebook so I can write a story about the brews cruise for next week’s Guide.

We will get chauffeured around Asheville in a bus to tour and sample beer from three breweries. Then we’re off to Pack’s Tavern for burgers and beer. What more could Matt ask for?

Because I’m the extra-mile kind of wife, I’ve invited his family to our house on Sunday for a cookout and more birthday fun. He doesn’t get to see his family much since they live in Georgia so this will be extra special for him. To top it off, I’m going to attempt to make my editor Vicki’s delicious yet devilish chocolate cake!

So while I’m doing all that, I hope you’ll find something you want to do this weekend in this week’s Guide. May I suggest the third annual PlottFest at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds? Whether you’re a dog lover or a bluegrass junkie, you will enjoy this two-day festival with a beautiful Maggie Valley setting.

Hundreds of North Carolina’s state dogs, the bear-hunting Plott hound, will be competing in numerous competitions on one side of the festival grounds and bluegrass music from Balsam Range, Eddie Rose and Highway 40, The Dismembered Tennesseans and more. See all the details on page 12-13.

My second recommendation is to check out the Haywood County Garden Tour. This year’s Haywood County Garden Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21, with the theme of “Forest, Flowers and Food.”

Some of the stops on this year’s tour include Grace Episcopal Church gardens, The Christopher and Marjorie Carrie garden, Fitts garden, The Fangmeyer garden and Hazelwood Elementary School’s garden. See page 5 for more details.

I’m even tempted to drive out to Hot Springs on Friday night for the Sirens on the Mountain festival. Haywood’s own Lorraine Conard will be performing at 4:15 Friday and she is just one of many very talented women who will be there.

Rickie Lee Jones is the headliner and you can read the entire lineup on page A2. So if you and your girlfriends are looking for a girls’ night out, come on out to Hot Springs. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

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