Stina's picksA point in the right direction
In places big and small, the phrase “something for everyone” gets tossed about enough to make your head spin. But every once in a while, it does ring true. Without sounding like a tourism brochure, I think our little area fits the bill this week. Between a dog walk and tomato fest, art, street dancing and dueling odes to Haywood County’s most famous moonshiner, there’s got to be something that tickles your fancy in the next few days.
For many people, I would guess this festivity-festooned weekend is a welcome distraction as they come down from their Folkmoot high. I was actually at the Folkmoot Friendship Center Sunday night, as performers, volunteers and guides hugged and cried their goodbyes. As morning got closer and the return to everyday life approached, it seemed most folks were reveling in everything and everyone they loved at the festival before boarding buses out of town. I’m not trying to be overly sentimental, but I didn’t hear any arguments or complaints between anyone that night — only tears, hyper giggles and promises to visit one another.
Now back to the real world, for them and for me. This busy weekend should help the transition. Here’s my take on the goings on.
A day for dogs
Can dogs walk tall and proud? Pretty much any dog person will tell you so — and you might be inclined to agree after watching Saturday’s Downtown Dog Walk. The pooch parade, which will take off from the Historic Haywood County Courthouse at 10 a.m., always attracts a wide variety of canines — big and shaggy, small and scrappy, fat and happy — but they somehow look like they belong together as they strut down the street. Call me crazy, but I think most of them like the limelight. Day-of registration for this, the biggest fundraiser for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation of the year, begins at 9 a.m. Or you can still preregister from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Sarge’s, at 256B Industrial Parkway in the Waynesville Industrial Park near Lowe’s. Need more info? Call 246-9050 or visit www.sargeandfriends.org.
Right now I’m picturing digging into one of the Canton Moose Lodge’s famed tomato pies while Balsam Range plays in the background. That’s my idea of a rockin’ Saturday night. Luckily, the ninth annual Mountain ’Mater Fest gets me. Set for Friday and Saturday at the Canton Rec Park, this love letter to summer’s favorite vegetable (or fruit, if you must) has got more things going for it this year than I have space to mention. From ’mater cupcakes to crafts, music to martial arts demos and clogging to a car show, there is a reason this celebration is stretching across two days. Also, I’d check out downtown Canton’s Tommy Toe festival, which will include sidewalk sales from several businesses. Plus, you’re bound to see a few folks traipsing through town dressed as giant tomatoes. Really. For a full schedule, flip to page 7. For more info, call 776-2527.
Make time for art
There’s not much to be said about this Friday night’s “Art After Dark” or the following day’s “Saturday Stroll,” except for one word: Go. With so much art to be seen, snacks to be munched and complimentary wine to be quaffed, it’s next to impossible not to have a good time at these two art walks. I personally recommend stopping by Gallery 86’s newest show by the Shady Ladies — also known as the most eclectic quilting group I’ve ever met — as well as paying a visit to The Lone Backpacker Gallery, which brings photography from around the world to Depot Street. With both of these galleries, you’re sure to be taken somewhere unexpected, colorful and surprising — which is just about all you can ask from a piece of art. Call 452-0593 or visit www.haywoodarts.org for more information.
Jamming for Popcorn
In an only-in-Maggie-Valley scenario, there is not one but two tributes to legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton this Friday and Saturday — and I know better than to speculate why that might be. What I do know is that the older event, the Popcorn Sutton Acoustic Jam, is celebrating its third year and will be held at the Maggie Valley Festival Ground s from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. A large number of bands is on tap, including Haywood County’s Rafe Hollister.
The Popcorn Sutton Friends and Family Reunion will be held at the Stompin’ Ground from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same days, and will include a full lineup of bluegrass, country and gospel tunes.
Call 926-0866 for more info on the Acoustic Jam and 926-7767 for more on the Family Reunion. And have fun, no matter which you choose.