Stina's picks

A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Jun 04, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo Jeanne Robertson is coming to town. The humorist will perform at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Lake Junaluska's Stuart Auditorium. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door.

It is such a treat to get blown away by the talent in your own back yard. It happened to me this weekend when I paid my first-ever visit to the Shady Ladies’ Quilt Show out in Lake Logan. I wasn’t just impressed. I was bowled over by the dozens upon dozens of colorful quilts and wall hanging, each with its own personality and style, and almost all far off the grid of my expectations of quilt art. I can hardly remember any specifically (though ones with ornate hay bales and three-dimensional prayer flags do spring to mind). But specifics don’t really matter. What counts is how, when I stepped inside the show, I felt surrounded by a community of women pouring their hearts into what they do. Beautiful.
This week, like always, I’m looking for that same spark of creativity and caring. Here’s where I think I might find it.

A blast from the past
I thought last year’s first-time Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration was about as lovely as it gets. And it’s not just because I got to meet the world’s cutest baby goat (I promise). I loved it because it so seamlessly blended music, art and history into one crowd-pleasing day. While not everyone wants to watch a documentary or read a book about Western North Carolina, it’s a pleasure to watch all that tradition unfold live, in front of your eyes. This year, I recommend checking out the storytelling of Michael Reno Harrell, as well as clogging by local groups. Be sure to pet the new baby goat, too. You’ll know where it is by the sound of the cooing crowd. For more information about the festival — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Waynesville’s Main Street — visit or call 456-3517.

Shelton House shindig
This weekend is one for the history books, literally. As Main Street goes old school, so too will the Shelton House, which will be hosting a day full of tradition. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Civil War commemorative celebration, complete with drills, musket firing, public demonstrations, lectures, a fashion show and a skirmish. Then, from 7 to 10 p.m., Whitewater Bluegrass Co. will deliver a night of contra/square dancing with caller “Uncle Ted” White. Keep in mind that I am a sucker for folk dancing, but with that kind of talent on tap, I think it would be impossible not to have fun. Oh, and for true history buffs, Civil War historian Jule Morrow will give a talk on the War Between the States from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 452-1551 or visit for more information.

Just Jeanne
At 6-feet-2-inches, former Miss North Carolina Jeanne Robertson is a tall drink of something hilarious. The well-known speaker is a humorist, not a comedian, which means she doesn’t tell jokes. Instead, she tells the truth of her life (just dressed up a bit for color). She’ll be performing her good-hearted, one-woman show — which is much more Bill Cosby than it is George Carlin — at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium. For tickets to this benefit for the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center and the United Way with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program, visit or call (877) 435-9849. Not sure if Robertson’s humor is for you? Check out her website, complete with YouTube clips, at

Don’t miss ‘Marvelous’
I have accidentally missed more shows at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre than I care to say — but I’m not going to let that happen this weekend. The final three performances of the “Marvelous Wonderettes” are coming right up at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Don’t let them pass you by — and I won’t, either. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this musical tribute to the ’50s and ’60s, and I could use a vacation, even if it’s only a short trip to another decade. For tickets, call 456-6322 or visit All shows are at 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville.

Of a feather
If you’ve lived around here for any length of time, you know Doris Meager and her birds of prey. If not, it’s high time you met the “Eagle Lady” and her feathered friends. Traveling constantly, she swings through this part of the world at least once a year and gives free talks with her owls and other raptors by her side (or on her arm). At 10 a.m. this Tuesday, June 12, she’ll pay a visit to the Canton Branch Library. Always lively and friendly as can be, she has a habit of picking enthusiastic audience members to help with her demonstrations. For more information, call the library, located at 11 Pennsylvania Ave., at 648-2924. Meager will make a stop at the Waynesville library June 27.