Stina's picks

A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Mar 19, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg

I think it’s a cosmic joke that one of the best changes of the year is also one of the roughest. It’s been just over a week since the time change, and though I have been relishing the extra daylight, I still feel that 8 a.m. comes up awful quick and various morning appointments sneak up without warning. I still feel behind more often than not, but when it’s 7:30 at night and still a bit light out, I know it’s worth it. Spring is one of my favorite times of year, when a sense of possibility sprouts up in me, and I kind of want to set the world on fire. How nice it is to have an extra hour in the day to attempt it.

So, what are you going to do with your bonus time? Here are a few thoughts.

Ready … set … sauté!
Mélange of the Mountains, also known as my favorite Haywood County Chamber event of the year, will soon be served up at The Gateway Club. Coming to town from 5:30 to 8:30 Monday night, the competition is a chance to meet the chefs behind the scenes at your favorite restaurants and cafés and try something different than the menus you’ve surely memorized. The night is full of competitive spirit, culinary artistry and tasty, tasty samples. What’s not to like? For tickets and more information about Mélange, call 456-3021

The running of the Cubs
As a runner, I’m a little biased when I say that the Cubs on the Run 5K is the best thing happening in Haywood this weekend. I’m partial, and I don’t care. Now in its third year, Meadowbrook Elementary School’s 5K race, fun run and health fair is simply a lovely event, with so much community support going for it that last year it made my heart swell. My favorite thing of all was seeing people who you wouldn’t normally associate with races putting themselves out there. There were some tiny children in the fun run and some quite senior folks in the 5K, and they were all applauded loudly when they came across the finish line, regardless of their time. How beautiful and how rare it is to be celebrated for attempting something possibly scary and new. You better bet I’ll be there again. Race-day packet pick-up and same-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Meadowbrook, 85 Morningstar Road, Canton. The Cub Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m., with the 5K starting at 9:30. For more information, call 646-3445 or visit

A meeting of (young) minds
After having spent years in the bush of rural California, New Mexico and Utah, it’s interesting to be a place so cosmopolitan as to actually have a young professionals group. I’ll admit that I’ve been slacking and not attending Young Professionals of Haywood’s meet-ups regularly, but this Thursday might get me back in the groove. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the newly opened Sid’s on Main in Canton, the event will not only be a night to network but to help a relatively new group try to  make a difference in this county. And yes, there will be appetizers. For more information on YPH, open to business professionals aged 22 to 40, call 456-3021 or visit

Haywood County in pictures
These days, when anyone with a phone has the ability to take a lifetime supply of candid snapshots, I think it’s easy to forget how much we all could learn when it comes to photography. Up through June 30 at the Canton Branch Library, a current photo exhibit by Haywood Community College continuing education students shows what happens after months of studying this most accessible but often allusive art form. Be sure to look for work from the Mountaineer’s own DeeAnna Haney. For more information, call the library, at 11 Pennsylvania Ave., at 648-2924.

Stay hungry
Chances are, I don’t need to tell you to see “The Hunger Games.” Either you’ve been dying to for months or you have no idea what I’m talking about, but let me just throw out a quick reminder that the young-adult, sci-fi, dystopian story of survival against casino odds opens just about everywhere this Friday. Let me be clear that I have never read any of the books, but just watching the trailers (there was a big one during the Super Bowl) has got me hooked. In case you’re completely unaware of the “Hunger Games” phenomenon, I will say no more, except that most of it was filmed right here in Western North Carolina. How often can any movie boast that?