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A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Mar 29, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg Pisgah High School's country show, "Backroads and Fishin' Holes," is celebrating more than two decades of cowboy-themed music and dance this  Thursday through Saturday night.

What kind of person cuts out of work an hour early just to see a flick aimed at teenagers? I guess that would be me. Last Friday, I played hooky and drank in the current opiate of the masses, otherwise known as “The Hunger Games.” I had a swell time, but as I stepped out of the theater and into the daylight, a sinking realization caught up to me. I didn’t have any big, cinematic events to look forward to anymore. How sad. The movie was no let down, but somehow the re-entry into the real world was. Driving home, I thought about how much more work it is to do anything other than stare at a screen.

This week, I’m feeling motivated to stay away from all that intoxicating electronic entertainment (even movies, my drug of choice). We’ll see how it goes. Here are a few things coming up that fit the bill.


Cowboy cavalcade

For a quarter century or so, Pisgah High School’s brightest young singers and dancers have been performing their annual country show to full houses. If you’ve never been, aren’t you a little curious what all the hoopla is about? This week is your chance to catch up on tradition, with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 29-31, in Pisgah’s auditorium. Called “Backroads and Fishin’ Holes,” it’s heavy on group numbers and dancing — and good old-fashioned country pride. Call 646-3440 for more information or just get your tickets at the door.


Calendar girls

Do you know what Haywood County has been painfully lacking for years? Roller derby, hands down. You may not have realized it, but we badly needed a team of sexy, aggressive, roller-skating ladies. Luckily, the Balsam Mountain Roller Girls are finally here, and you can even take them home with you — in a sense. The fierce females recently shot a calendar and are holding a release and signing party at 8 p.m. this Saturday at Smoky Mountain Sk8way. Come meet these vivacious vixens — if you dare. Regular skating will also be available from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information, call the rink, located at 19025 Smoky Mountain Expressway, at 246-9124. You can learn more about the Roller Girls at


Sweet, cheap eats

While you might believe the best thing about Wednesday is its proximity to the weekend, I happen to think it’s the Waffle House in Waynesville. From 2 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday, the place sells waffles for a mere $1 each. That means you could have an all-out waffle feast for far less than the price of a gallon of gas. I have no idea how this could possibly work financially for the joint, but every time I sink my teeth into those crispy, golden-delicious treats, I tend to forget such worries. Waffle House is located at 32 Barber Blvd. (in front of Ingles), and can be reached at 452-0499.


A jazzy affair

Jazz singer and new Haywood resident Eve Haslam has been impressing diners at Hurley’s for more than a month now, and while she’s sure to be back at the Maggie Valley eatery soon, her last scheduled show is at 7 p.m. Saturday. If smooth, classy, enjoyable jazz is your thing, it’s time to be introduced to Haslam and her group of intrepid, local players. Visit for more information about Haslam, and call Hurley’s, located at 4352 Soco Road, at 926-1566 for more info about the restaurant and bar.


Early Easter with the Elks

While Easter is still a little ways down the road, there’s no reason not to start the festivities as soon as possible. Really, what kid can get enough of the excitement that goes along with a mad dash for brightly colored eggs? Beginning at 1 p.m. this Saturday, all children 9 and under are invited to an entirely free Easter egg hunt, hosted by Elks Lodge #1769, 510 Dellwood Road, in Waynesville. I’ve never been, so I can’t say what to expect exactly. I do know, however, that I have never seen an Easter egg that wasn’t fun, sweet and good-hearted. For more information, call 452-1343.

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