Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide Editor | May 01, 2013

 

This rain has got to go. People are chomping at the bit to get out of the house and enjoy some fun and sun.

 

Rain, rain go away

But sadly the April showers didn’t let up last weekend. I was excited about the Women of Waynesville’s Mom’s Music Festival where Matt and I were going to play some tunes, but it was called off after just an hour due to the relentless weather. Never fear, WOW plans to reschedule the fundraising event tentatively for June 1 — I’ll keep you updated.

Must say thanks to all the Mother’s Day gift vendors, volunteers and sound people who tried to wait out the rain but it just wasn’t meant to be on Saturday.

I can’t complain though — at least I wasn’t sitting on top of the old Belk building all weekend in the rain and cold like Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Blagg. I bet he was wondering what he had gotten himself into after a few hours. Did he not see the forecast? It was definitely for a good cause though — to raise money for Special Olympics.

 

Special Olympics

Haywood County’s Special Olympics ceremony will kick off at 9 a.m. May 3 at the Waynesville Recreation Center outdoor track. Many may overlook the event unless they know a participant, but I encourage everyone to go and support these athletes, especially if you have never been.

I’ve had the pleasure of covering these inspirational games in other counties and I always walk away with a smile. I’ve met some amazing people and heard some of the most heart-wrenching yet hopeful stories from families. I even like to brag that I won a Georgia Press Association award for “Best Sports Feature Photo.” Of course I am no sports reporter — but the photo was from a Special Olympics event. The photo of a mother and her son athlete is so moving it still brings tears to my eyes.

To know how hard these athletes have worked to prepare and to see the excitement in their eyes is overwhelming. And what makes their experience even more special is the cheers and applause from the audience. So if you have the time, please go cheer in the stands for a little during the events.

 

EcoFest

Hopefully the sun will come out this Saturday for the first ever WNC EcoFest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Haywood Community College. Residents who have been thinking about how they can simplify their lives and save money should come experience this festival. People will be offering demonstrations on organic gardening, growing hops, raising chickens, canning vegetables, beekeeping, cooking local and composting.

I’ve always been envious of people who make the extra effort to do these things — my brother and sister-in-law included. They have chickens and grow a beautiful garden and make their soaps and detergents. I feel like I don’t have the time to do those things that I know would be healthier for me (add getting up early to exercise to that list.) But perhaps I will be inspired during EcoFest.

 

Ramp Festival

What a big weekend! It definitely can’t rain — the 80th annual Ramp Festival will be taking place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion field. This is another first for me — yes, someone had to tell me what a ramp was — a wild onion that grows in the mountains. I think I actually have some growing in my yard right now. Is that possible? They might just be green onions, I can't tell. Perhaps after attending the festival and tasting some ramp inspired dishes I’ll be able to tell the difference. Thanks to the American Legion for this long tradition and everything else they do for our community.

 

Cinco de Mayo

This is another one of those holidays rarely celebrated in Mexico and typically used by Americans as an excuse to drink margaritas. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16. It marks a Mexican Army victory in 1862 against the French in the Battle of Puebla. But I will conform to crazy American tradition and make my famous fresh salsa and eat tacos. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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