Rolling with Stone
My weekend recap
It was another jam-packed weekend in Haywood County. Sarge’s Dog Walk had an incredible turnout Saturday morning. I loved seeing so many different breeds of dogs and mingling around the courthouse. Hopefully I wont be on call next time so I can bring my furry heathens to walk. They would love it.
I want to say thank you to the Canton Moose Lodge for carrying on the tomato tradition with the ‘Mater Fair. I had a piece of ‘mater pie with bacon in it (bacon makes everything better), but now I’m regretting not buying an entire pie to take home with me. I’ll have to make my own maybe for Thanksgiving this year.
Despite the rain on Saturday afternoon, Hillbilly Woodstock in Maggie Valley was in full swing at the festival grounds. What a fun event! The music was good and loud and there were so many funny characters to meet, including Big Juicy from the reality series “Lizard Lick Towing.”
I had no idea how popular she was until I saw the line forming at her table. Then I ran into two old hillbillies from South Carolina sitting a spell behind their 1931 Chevy. They were generous enough to pose for me next to the classic that surely carried moonshine back in the day.
I made my last stop of the day in Historic Frog Level for the dedication of a new piece of public art at the corner of Commerce and Depot streets. It’s a wonderful statue piece made by former Tuscola High School art teacher Bill Eleazer.
Thank you to the town of Waynesville and the Waynesville Public Arts Commission for making sure this piece came back to Haywood after being removed from the old Biltmore Square Mall. It makes a beautiful addition to Frog Level.
Back to school
It feels like summer just started, but students will be returning to school in about two weeks. I’m sure most parents can’t wait while many kids are dreading it. To make the transition a little easier, local educator and parent Susanna Barbee has written a story in this week’s Guide with tips on how families can ease back into the school schedule routine.
If you are a parent sending your child to school for the first time, you can probably relate to Susanna’s column about sending her first born to kindergarten this year. It can be a bittersweet time for parents. You worry about separation anxiety (for you probably more so than your child), worry about whether they will make friends and whether the teacher will be a good fit.
Hopefully our monthly Next Generation section will help you overcome some of those fears. I wish all Haywood County students and educators a wonderful start.
More to enjoy
For those of use who still have a month or more of summer to enjoy, there are plenty of things coming up in Haywood County to keep you busy on the weekends.
Next weekend is the annual Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam featuring Balsam Range and other Haywood favorites. Aug. 16 will be another busy day — the Blue Ridge Breakaway will start that morning at Lake Junaluska, Richard’s Run will also be held that morning in Cataloochee to raise money for brain cancer research and then the second annual Waynesville Craft Beer Faire will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion.
I hope you will all buy tickets for the Red Carpet Movie Premiere party and viewing of “Bigfoot Wars” on Aug. 23 at The Strand. The movie “Bigfoot Wars” is based on a novel by Canton writer Eric S. Brown and Brown’s many fans are already purchasing tickets for the big event. Get your tickets now by calling The Strand at 283-0079.