Stina's picks

A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Oct 15, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg Looking for a craft avalanche? Check out the First Presbyterian's Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

When I was little, everything about this time of year, from the turning of the leaves to the starting of school to the time change, was really just a precursor to one, all-important night.

Halloween.

Of course, right? But I don't know want to start this column with a personal anecdote as much as a challenge. As I put together next week's edition of The Guide, I want to hear about your favorite Halloween costumes and/or costume ideas. As a youngster, were you proud as punch of your Ninja Turtle duds? Do you and your hubby create elaborate couple-themed costumes that make your neighbors jealous (salt/pepper, Mario/Luigi, Palin/McCain)? If so, I want to hear about it. Write me paragraph or just a few sentences — and even add a high-res photo if you want — and send them to stina@themountaineer.com by 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Please include your first and last name and city. I will include as many as I can in a special feature for The Guide on Oct. 24.

Thanks, and while you're thinking on that, here are some upcoming events I think you shouldn't miss.

Happy Apple Harvest

I didn't grow up around festivals that drew everyone in town — and then some — so every year, I'm still a little wowed by the Apple Harvest Festival. I still get a little tickled by all the crafts and the mountain music, the cloggers and old-timey apple treats. Apparently, I'm not alone, as this year's 24th edition is expected to draw 35,000 folks. Will you be one of them? This year's fest, slated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Waynesville's Main Street, will feature the tunes of Simple Folk, Bobby and the Blue Ridge Tradition and the Appalachian Fire, along with all the other activities, performers booths and locally grown apples you've come to expect. Call 456-3021 or visit HaywoodAppleFest.com for more info.

'Enchantment Under the Beard'

Really, is there a better title for anything than that? I'm temped to just leave it be, but I think it begs explanation. OK, so the Dixie Beard & Mustache Society (which you are sure to be hearing much more about soon) is hosting a second-time-around homecoming dance at 8 p.m. at the Waynesville Elks Lodge this Saturday night. It might remind you of your homecoming experience, with photos, a live DJ spinning '80s tunes and even the the crowing of a homecoming king and queen. It also might just be your chance for a homecoming do-over — only this time with more drinking, more smoking and far less social drama. Please wear your favorite vintage duds — and your beards. Proceeds go to Warrior Service Dogs & the Elks Lodge Children's Christmas Drive. Visit www.dixiebeardmoustachesociety.com for the full skinny.

Arrivederci, 'Piazza'

You (and I) have just three more chances to see HART's latest musical, "The Light in the Piazza." Let's not let them slip away. While it's true I've only seen a few minutes of this off-kilter musical romance, it was enough to make me a believer. I'm a sucker for sweetness, and this sounds chockfull of it. I could tell you more, about how it's set in Florence in the 1950s and features operatic vocals instead of show-tune-esque ones, or you could just  go and have much of this Broadway play waft over you as a surprise. I've heard nothing by good things, and personally, I can't wait to see it. "Piazza" closes out its run this week with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at HART, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Call 456-6322 for tickets or visit www.harttheater.com.

Getting crafty

There are so many craft shows around here that it's nearly political act to recommend just one on any given weekend, but I can't help but have a soft spot for the First Presbyterian Craft Fair this Saturday. On one hand, the show — to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — is in walking distance of my downtown Waynesville digs. On another, it features "Crafters on a Mission" — a large group of church women you've been crafting together like crazy since February with this show in mind. Come expecting everything, from knitted baby clothes to bejeweled caps to Christmas ornaments galore. The proceeds go to local mission projects, and they also remind this group of lovely, dedicated ladies that what they spend the majority of their year creating really means something to people. Learn more at 456-3243.

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