Stina's Picks

A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Jan 07, 2013
Photo by: Stina Sieg PICKIN' IN THE ... ARMORY — "Pickin' in the Park," which fills the Canton Rec Park every summer, is moving indoors this winter. Starting this Friday night, the show will feature lots of local talent, like this teen, who played during a recent edition of Pickin'.

Every once in a great while, someone asks me if I do everything I “pick” each week. The truth is, it doesn’t always happen, though I probably attend more plays, concerts and random/lovely community get-togethers than if I were working any other job. Last week, I recommended night skiing, and so I felt obligated to do it myself. If you happened to be at Cataloochee Ski Area Friday night, you might have seen me, not that you would have recognized me. I was incognito — as a pretty mediocre skier in a big, second-hand turquoise jacket.

I didn't mind, though. Being out there, on those quiet and frosty slopes, was enough of a gift. Skiing well would have only been gravy. And who knows? Maybe with a few more dark ski trips under my belt, I may get there yet. If you’re ready for your own nighttime skiing journey, Cataloochee Ski Area is open until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. If you'd rather have your fun indoors, however, here are a few places to start.

Winter pickin’
There are almost no downsides to “Pickin’ in the Park,” Canton’s weekly, free celebration of down-home music and dance — except for its timing, that is. While those who love mountain music and clogging do so all year long, “Pickin’” only goes on throughout the summer. At least that was the old way. Introducing “Winter Pickin’ in the Park,” which moves the party inside the Canton Armory, at 71 Penland St., until summertime. From 7 to 10 this Friday night, Jan. 11, the very first in the series, the Lisa Price Band will play, and the Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers and Mountain Tradition will dance. The show will go on twice a month, with new dancers and music makers each time out. Want to know more? Call 648-2287.

Live from Waynesville, it’s ...
The Winter Pickin’ folks will surely be selling some baked goods and other treats, but if you like your music with a little wine and dinner, “Friday Night Live” at The Classic Wineseller might be more your speed. Becoming a pretty well-known weekly event, the night offers free music — included with a $10 purchase of food and/or drink, of course — from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Though I’ve never heard of this week’s selection, singer-songwriter Ben Wilson, I trust that he will be good. I became a Wineseller believer the night they brought the explosively fun Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans to town. I’ll try not to hold it against Mr. Wilson that he’s not a kilt-wearing, crazy Celtic rocker, too. For reservations and more information, call 452-6000 or visit 20 Church St., Waynesville.

Cooking Korean
I know very little about Kim Shipman’s upcoming Korean cooking class, except for the most important aspect, of course, that Kim is known for her fantastic food. She’s offering a total of four courses, either to be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays, at her home — and each with the promise of a full-course Korean meal at the end. Sounds like I know all I need to, as the only way to get Korean food around here is to make it yourself — or become Kim’s good buddy. To learn more or sign up, call her at 648-2423.

Steep Canyon sounds
Are you completely bummed about the Steep Canyon Rangers’ Saturday night show being sold out? I get it, especially with such a weird/wonderful guest as Malcolm Holcombe on tap, but don’t fret too much. The Steep Canyon Rangers have a countrified sound so nice that they’re playing Asheville twice, and as of press time there were still tickets available to their 9 p.m. show this Friday with Peter Rowan. No, Steve Martin and his banjo probably won’t be there, but I’ll bet these bluegrass-playing boys won’t leave you wanting for mountain music. For tickets and more information, visit or call 225-5851. If you want to learn more about the Brevard-based band, which has played with everyone from Paul McCartney to the Dixie Chicks, visit