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A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Apr 30, 2012
Photo by: Adam Malis The Lone Backpacker Gallery is brand new to the art scene and will be open to the public at this Friday and Saturday's art events. Above is "Swayambhunath," an image of Kathmandu, by gallery owner, artist and dedicated traveler Adam Malis.

I know that talking about the weather can be limited, predictable and boring, but with temps as schizophrenic as ours have been, I can’t help it. Last weekend, I was dumbfounded by the sunny skies and warm breezes that were suddenly upon us. They make me happy but also freak me right out. As I child of the Pacific Northwest, I’m not ready for a real Southern summer, even one tempered by the mountains. So, I’ve decided to live each week as if it’s my last (in bearable weather, that is). Here are a few of my thoughts for the coming one.

For the ‘MOMS’
While I think Mother’s Day is great, it doesn’t seem like nearly enough, does it? From changing our diapers to nagging us out of love, our mamas work much harder than a scarf or nice floral arrangement could ever repay. I’m no better than these gifts, but I would like to be. For those feeling the same, there’s the first-ever MOMS Music Festival, happening from noon to 6 p.m. this Sunday, May 6, at the Herren House, 94 East St., in Waynesville. Free to moms and children under 10, the afternoon of music, vendors and children’s activities is both a fundraiser for KARE and a celebration of moms the county over. Mine is 3,000 miles away, but if yours lives right down the road, why not bring her? There’s no reason Mother’s Day shouldn’t start early. For more information, call 545-6879 or 452-7837.

Art day and night

I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed Art After Dark dearly. Waynesville’s seasonal art stroll, which runs from May through December, isn’t just a time to browse galleries, drink wine and munch on snacks. It’s a chance to delight in the creative culture that Waynesville continues to cultivate. The first art stroll of the season is headed our way from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday. The day after, a brand-new “Saturday Stroll” is coming to town, as well. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy the galleries you might have missed the night before. At both, make sure to check out Waynesville’s newest addition to the art scene, Lone Backpacker Gallery of World Photographer, located just off the main drag at 94 Depot St. Its concept — of showcasing work from traveler and owner Adam Malis — is fascinating and certainly worth a look see. For more information on the Friday/Saturday events, visit or call 452-9284. For more info on Lone Backpacker, call 550-8105.

‘Ramp’ it up
Hate them or hanker for them, ramps are finally here in Haywood, and it’s time once again to toast their stinky arrival. Now celebrating its 79th year, the Ramp Festival is practically as old as the dirt from which these wild mountain onions spring. The day, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Field, will feature Balsam Range — and more ramp-infused dishes than it would ever be advisable to ingest. Call the Legion, located at 171 Legion Dr., in Waynesville, at 456-8691 for more information.

Show ‘Angel’

It’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll see HART’s newest play next weekend — until there is no next weekend. We’re coming upon the last few days of the theater company’s rendition of “Look Homeward, Angel,” the famed autobiographical-novel-turned-play that tells of Thomas Wolfe’s rough upbringing in Asheville. You have exactly four chances to catch the Broadway hit: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at HART, 250 Pigeon St., in Waynesville. Don’t say you “coulda, shoulda, woulda” gone. Just do it — and you’ll be happy you did. Call 456-6322 or visit for more information.

Wanna meet Ira Glass (on the right day)?
Well, I do — so much so, in fact, that last week I accidentally moved up the dates his public radio’s show, “This American Life,” will be broadcast live in theaters across the country. May 12 and 15, are the correct days a live version of Glass’ amazingly literate and addictive ode to the lives of everyday people will be beamed across countless big screens — The Carolina Asheville’s included. Though this is still a ways out, I say get your tickets now, as David Sedaris was just added to the show’s roster, and he sells out auditoriums in cool cities like none other. Find out more at

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