Lots to do in the Cool of the Winter

through February 9

The Haywood County Arts Council will host an exhibition entitled Fire and Ice: Pottery, Glass and Metalwork”.  Gallery 86 on North Main Street in Waynesville is open 10am until 5pm Monday through Saturday.  There will be an artist reception on Friday January 25 from 6-8pm.  You can find more details at www.haywoodarts.org or on their Facebook page.

January 19 thru January 20

Kevin King will be on stage in the Feichter Studio at HART in the adult comedy production of 21A.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 730pm with a Sunday matinee at 3pm.  For ticket information call 828-456-6322 or email harttheater@gmail.com

January 19

MLK Holiday Weekend will begin with a pride march that starts at Harris Chapel AME Zion Church on Prospect Street in Canton.  The march will be followed by the showing of the movie “Skin” at the Colonial Theatre.  The movie will be shown for free at 1pm and again at 6pm.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

The Classic Wineseller and Angelino’s Tapas and Wine Bar will host an evening with Musica Nostra beginning at 7.  The event will include a four course meal, dancing and music.  For reservations or more details call 828-452-6000 or visit www.classicwineseller.com .

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley will be hosting the CrossRidge Band at 10pm.  Check out their Facebook page or call for more details at 828-926-1566.

January 20

MLK Holiday Commemorative Service will be held at 3pm at the Church of God of Prophecy in Canton.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

The Haywood County Arts Council Sunday Concert Series for 2013 begins on January 20 at 3pm.  The free event will be held at the Canton Branch of the Haywood County Library in January.  Performing will be Jim Ridd, currently with Coffee Branch Band of Canton.  Call 828-452-0593 or visit www.haywoodarts.org for more details.

January 21

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast will be held at Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  Breakfast begins at 8am.  Tickets are available for sale at the Berea Welcome Center.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 22

Altrusa Annual Soup and Cornbread. The funds raised from this event go to scholarships for Haywood county students. Each year Altrusa awards about $8000 in scholarships and all these monies come from the sales at the Soup and Cornbread.  The event is Tuesday January 22nd.  Tickets are $8.00.  Visit www.waynesvillealtrusa.org for more information.

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on business start-up issues.  If you are considering a new business venture, this is a great way to look at all the small things that can give you headaches as you start out.

January 23

The deadline for the Lego contest being held at the Haywood County Public Library – Waynesville Branch on February 2 is today!  Rules and other information are on their website.  Carole Dennis is the contact person.

January 24

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals will be hosting their first professional development event of the new year on January 24 at 8am at Bethea Welcome Center.  Contact the Chamber or join them on Facebook for more details.  Andrew Sanderbeck of People Connect Institute will be the guest speaker.

Claymates Pottery is having a ladies night out!  Hors d’oeuvres will be served with a minimum $10 purchase.  Bring your own beverage.  Reserve your spot by calling 828-246-9595.

Haywood County Arts Council Annual Meeting will be held at Gallery 86 in Downtown Waynesville.  Call 828-452-0593 for details.

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on eBay for the serious seller.  There will be a second course offered on the same day on setting up a store on eBay.

January 25

The Canton Armory will be the site for an indoor “Pickin’ in the Park”!  This event is scheduled to be held twice monthly until it can once again be held outside.  Call Carroll Nelson at 828-648-2287.  The event is free and open to the public.

January 29

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on increasing sales.  The course is designed to get salespeople thinking about the sales environment from the customer’s perspective.  There will also be information on recognizing and utilizing verbal and nonverbal cues to increase sales.  Contact the Small Business Center for more information and to register.

February 2

The Haywood County Public Library Waynesville Branch is having a Lego contest at the Cooperative Extension on Raccoon Road.  Check the Library website for more information.

Balsam Range will continue their winter concert series at the Colonial Theatre in Canton.  For information, check out their Facebook page or website or call the ticket office of the Colonial at 828-235-2760.  The latest update on this concert is that it is sold out but there are still tickets available for the March and April concerts.

February 23

The Blue Ridge Bridal Event will be held at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  The event is being presented by the Mountaineer Publishing Company.  Vendor spaces are still available by calling 828-452-0661 x125 or x129.

March 2

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will be offering Scene Study class with Martin Rader starting March 2, 2013 and lasting eight weeks. The class will be held in the Feichter Studio Theatre on Saturdays from 10:00-1:00. Open to all levels. Enrollment is limited. Please call 828 622-3344 or e-mail mrader@earthlink.net (subject line: HART acting class) to reserve a space.

Ongoing

Smoky Mountain Cinema is open seven days a week showing first run movies.  Monday thru Thursday showings are at 6:50pm.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday times vary based on the length of the movies currently playing.   Show times and the complete lineup can be found by calling 828-452-9091.

Smoky Mountain Sk8way has skating, wall climbing and fun and games galore!  There regular schedule is Tuesday Afternoon Home School Skate 1-4pm; Wednesday Night 6-9pm; Fridays 6-11pm; Saturday day session 11-6pm and night session 6-11pm; Sunday 1-6pm.  They are always open for school or church events as long as there are 30 people or more scheduled to attend.  You can call 828-246-9124 for more information.

Smoky Mountain Jumphouse is open Monday from 10am until 2pm; Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 5pm; and Friday and Saturday from 10am until 6pm on Muse Drive in Waynesville.  (This is above Thad Wood Auction House in west Waynesville, past exit 98).  These are open jump times but they also have times for private jump parties on Sunday afternoons and later on Saturday nights.  There is a party room available for rental with a group jump rate at all times the Jumphouse is open to the public.  On out-of-school days, the Smoky Mountain Jumphouse will sometimes have special hours available.  Call 828-734-8647 or check out their Facebook page for more information.

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley has DJ Side 3 every Friday night.

The Classic Wineseller on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Waynesville continues their Friday Night Live events.

Tipping Point Tavern in Downtown Waynesville has a weekly Trivia Night at 730pm on Wednesdays.  Call 828-246-9230 or visit www.tippingpointtavern.com for more details.

January thru March 31

The Canton Branch of the Haywood County Public Library will be hosting an artist exhibition for Laurel Tewes.  The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours.  This exhibit space is made available by the Haywood County Arts Council.

Cataloochee Ski Area has ongoing programs for skiers of all levels from beginners to the most advanced.  There are also snowboarding programs for all levels.  The CAT Adult Challenge Cup Race Series is on Thursday nights. Registration is at 6pm, racing starts at 7pm. On Sundays, there is NASTAR public racing at the CAT with registration beginning at 11am. Everyone can participate, helmets and goggles are required. Alley Cat Racing Trail will be closed from 12 noon until 4pm for racing on Sunday.  You can check out their website for more information at www.cataloochee.com They have lots of SNOW!

What’s Next for DWA?

Yesterday, Thursday January 17th, I spent the morning and into the early afternoon with a group of people making strategic decisions for the Downtown Waynesville Association (DWA).  As an at-large (no longer merchant) member of the Board of Directors, I attended the annual planning meeting.

Around the table sat 17 people who each have a unique view and vision for the DWA and its role on Main Street, in the Town of Waynesville, in our community and in our region.  The Mayor of Waynesville, Gavin Brown attended along with the Town Manager and the Assistant Town Manager.  The three of them are responsible not just for the municipal service district (MSD) that is the DWA but also for the rest of the Town: Historic Frog Level, Hazelwood, Russ Avenue and all of the nooks and crannies within the town limits.  It is interesting to hear and listen to the perspective of growth and service that these three individuals possess and pass along to the other staff and elected officials and appointed committees within the Town of Waynesville.

Many in the group owned commercial property within the MSD – yet another perspective on the use and stewardship of a great resource to our entire region.  Some of them spoke of “holding out” for the right tenant to enrich and strengthen our NC Main Street town.  Others spoke of the tax burden being heaped upon the struggling merchants and galleries.  Another interesting group were the real estate agents who happened to play dual roles such as property owner and/or retailer.

All in all a group of people who with vision and discussion crafted a four point plan of attack for 2013 in the MSD of the Downtown Waynesville Association.  The four points are

Organization: strengthen by-laws to improve performance of the group; work effectively with groups outside of the MSD to provide programs and services within the MSD and to be involved in programs outside the MSD; increasing involvement of all board members

Promotion: event and festival planning guidelines and participation guidelines for merchants, galleries and organizations; guidelines for if and when alcohol will be allowed at events; some new festivals or events being added to the calendar

Gateway to the Smokies sign at night

Gateway to the Smokies sign at night

Design:  sign ordinance review and input to give to the Town committee working on this issue; local historic district consideration; parking area refurbishing; cleanliness of business district

Economic restructuring: recruitment of businesses that enhance and improve the shopping, dining and cultural experience of the visitor

Next week I will be facilitating the promotions sub-committee planning meeting.  This will be an opportunity for those “in the trenches” (merchants, gallery owners and restaurant managers) to take the board plan a step further.  I’ll keep you updated on those plans!

So for your comment consideration:

What type of business will enhance your experience as a visitor on Main Street in Waynesville?   Do you find historic districts while you are visiting other areas?  What needs to be considered for improvement in events and festivals?

Until next time, if you need event information, check out the previous posts!

Rain and Snow in the Forecast

Today’s post is brought to you by RAIN!  It has been raining for well over 36 hours at my house.  It is wet.  It is soggy.  It has produced some beautiful waterfalls and water flows that we don’t normally view.  Water can be awe inspiring. It is powerful.  A small drop that falls alone may be ignored, forgotten.  But if that small drop is joined by millions and millions more…..can produce results!

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The small creek near my house!

Take note:  our actions are the same as one small drop of rain.  What are your results?

January 15

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual elected officials reception on January 15 beginning at 530pm at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  There is a $10 registration fee.  Call 828-456-3021 for details.

Voices in the Laurel is having auditions for new youth singers from area counties in grades 1-12 on Tuesday January 15th in Waynesville including a new ensemble featuring changed male voices! For more information or an audition appointment, please call (828) 734-8413. www.voicesinthelaurel.org

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a course on writing a business plan.  If you are considering a new business or revamping a current business, writing a business plan is a must.  This is a great course to get started with the basics and to fine tune a plan already in the works.  Contact the Small Business Center for more details.

January 15 through January 17

Ms. Arty Pants has events and activities just for you!  They do ask that you call or text to register so that materials can be available for your art experience.  January 15 Toddler Tuesday; January 16 Morning Open Paint 9a to 11a and After School Open Paint 330 to 530; January 17 Open Paint 7p to 9p.  The number to call or text to register or for more details is 828-400-6232.

January 16

Networking at Anthony Wayne’s at the Gateway Club in Downtown Waynesville NC.  Contact Wayne Porter of Monetize Your Vision on Facebook or their website www.monetizeyourvision.com to RSVP or for more details.

January 16 through February 9

The Haywood County Arts Council will host an exhibition entitled Fire and Ice: Pottery, Glass and Metalwork”.  Gallery 86 on North Main Street in Waynesville is open 10am until 5pm Monday through Saturday.  There will be an artist reception on Friday January 25 from 6-8pm.  You can find more details at www.haywoodarts.org or on their Facebook page.

January 17

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a program to teach beginners how to use eBay.  The course will teach the basics of buying and selling.  Contact the Small Business Center for more details and to pre-register.

January 18 thru January 20

Kevin King will be on stage in the Feichter Studio at HART in the adult comedy production of 21A.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 730pm with a Sunday matinee at 3pm.  For ticket information call 828-456-6322 or email harttheater@gmail.com

January 19

MLK Holiday Weekend will begin with a pride march that starts at Harris Chapel AME Zion Church on Prospect Street in Canton.  The march will be followed by the showing of the movie “Skin” at the Colonial Theatre.  The movie will be shown for free at 1pm and again at 6pm.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

The Classic Wineseller and Angelino’s Tapas and Wine Bar will host an evening with Musica Nostra beginning at 7.  The event will include a four course meal, dancing and music.  For reservations or more details call 828-452-6000 or visit www.classicwineseller.com .

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley will be hosting the CrossRidge Band at 10pm.  Check out their Facebook page or call for more details at 828-926-1566.

January 20

MLK Holiday Commemorative Service will be held at 3pm at the Church of God of Prophecy in Canton.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

The Haywood County Arts Council Sunday Concert Series for 2013 begins on January 20 at 3pm.  The free event will be held at the Canton Branch of the Haywood County Library in January.  Performing will be Jim Ridd, currently with Coffee Branch Band of Canton.  Call 828-452-0593 or visit www.haywoodarts.org for more details.

January 21

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast will be held at Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  Breakfast begins at 8am.  Tickets are available for sale at the Berea Welcome Center.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 22

Altrusa Annual Soup and Cornbread. The funds raised from this event go to scholarships for Haywood county students. Each year Altrusa awards about $8000 in scholarships and all these monies come from the sales at the Soup and Cornbread.  The event is Tuesday January 22nd.  Tickets are $8.00.  Visit www.waynesvillealtrusa.org for more information.

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on business start-up issues.  If you are considering a new business venture, this is a great way to look at all the small things that can give you headaches as you start out.

January 24

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals will be hosting their first professional development event of the new year on January 24 at 8am at Bethea Welcome Center.  Contact the Chamber or join them on Facebook for more details.  Andrew Sanderbeck of People Connect Institute will be the guest speaker.

Haywood County Arts Council Annual Meeting will be held at Gallery 86 in Downtown Waynesville.  Call 828-452-0593 for details.

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on eBay for the serious seller.  There will be a second course offered on the same day on setting up a store on eBay.

January 29

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on increasing sales.  The course is designed to get salespeople thinking about the sales environment from the customer’s perspective.  There will also be information on recognizing and utilizing verbal and nonverbal cues to increase sales.  Contact the Small Business Center for more information and to register.

February 2

Balsam Range will continue their winter concert series at the Colonial Theatre in Canton.  Missy Raines and the New Hip will be performing with the group.  For information, check out their Facebook page or website or call the ticket office of the Colonial at 828-235-2760.

February 23

The Blue Ridge Bridal Event will be held at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  The event is being presented by the Mountaineer Publishing Company.  Vendor spaces are still available by calling 828-452-0661 x125 or x129.

March 2

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will be offering Scene Study class with Martin Rader starting March 2, 2013 and lasting eight weeks. The class will be held in the Feichter Studio Theatre on Saturdays from 10:00-1:00. Open to all levels. Enrollment is limited. Please call 828 622-3344 or e-mail mrader@earthlink.net (subject line: HART acting class) to reserve a space.

Ongoing

Smoky Mountain Cinema is open seven days a week showing first run movies.  Monday thru Thursday showings are at 6:50pm.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday times vary based on the length of the movies currently playing.  This week “Les Miserables”, “Lincoln”, and “The Guilt Trip” will be showing.  Show times and the complete lineup can be found by calling 828-452-9091.

Smoky Mountain Sk8way has skating, wall climbing and fun and games galore!  There regular schedule is Tuesday Afternoon Home School Skate 1-4pm; Wednesday Night 6-9pm; Fridays 6-11pm; Saturday day session 11-6pm and night session 6-11pm; Sunday 1-6pm.  They are always open for school or church events as long as there are 30 people or more scheduled to attend.  You can call 828-246-9124 for more information.

Smoky Mountain Jumphouse is open Monday from 10am until 2pm; Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 5pm; and Friday and Saturday from 10am until 6pm on Muse Drive in Waynesville.  (This is above Thad Wood Auction House in west Waynesville, past exit 98).  These are open jump times but they also have times for private jump parties on Sunday afternoons and later on Saturday nights.  There is a party room available for rental with a group jump rate at all times the Jumphouse is open to the public.  On out-of-school days, the Smoky Mountain Jumphouse will sometimes have special hours available.  Call 828-734-8647 or check out their Facebook page for more information.

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley has DJ Side 3 every Friday night.

The Classic Wineseller on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Waynesville continues their Friday Night Live events.

Tipping Point Tavern in Downtown Waynesville has a weekly Trivia Night at 730pm on Wednesdays.  Call 828-246-9230 or visit www.tippingpointtavern.com for more details.

Announcements

Wall Street Wines will be hosting a winemaking class in the near future.  Reservations and prepayment are required.  Call 828-450-6399 or visit www.jaspercarrot.net for more detailed information.

The Haywood County Arts Council currently has three opportunities available for local artists.  Check our their website for descriptions of the three calls for artists at www.haywoodarts.org

January through March 31

The Canton Branch of the Haywood County Public Library will be hosting an artist exhibition for Laurel Tewes.  The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours.  This exhibit space is made available by the Haywood County Arts Council.

The Canton Armory will be the site for the an indoor “Pickin’ in the Park”!  This event is scheduled to be held twice monthly until it can once again be held outside.  Call Carroll Nelson at 828-648-2287.  The event is free and open to the public.

Cataloochee Ski Area has ongoing programs for skiers of all levels from beginners to the most advanced.  There are also snowboarding programs for all levels.  The CAT Adult Challenge Cup Race Series is on Thursday nights. Registration is at 6pm, racing starts at 7pm. On Sundays, there is NASTAR public racing at the CAT with registration beginning at 11am. Everyone can participate, helmets and goggles are required. Alley Cat Racing Trail will be closed from 12 noon until 4pm for racing on Sunday.  You can check out their website for more information at www.cataloochee.com They have lots of SNOW!

Blah blah blog…..What do you think?

What are you doing?  How are you?

Why did you read this blog post today?  What will have you coming back time after time to this site?   I want to incorporate your answers into myballoons planning as I look ahead to the new year.

I don’t ever intend to replace the newspapers or magazines or their roles in our world.  I don’t want to review the food or entertainment or the organization of an event.  (I have too many friends who work too hard for me to be publically critical of them and their work.  I am willing to offer constructive criticism in an appropriate private venue.)  I don’t want to become a public calendar like the ones on the websites of the Chamber of Commerce or Smoky Mountain News or The Mountaineer.

So today I am simply asking, “What do you want to see?  Do you want more postings?  More dates?  More listings of events?  Or fewer postings?  More detailed stories about events?  More stories about my life?”

One thought is to have the blog look like this:

Posts occurring about four times a week depending upon what is happening in life and the community.

One or two posts per week that are dates of upcoming events and activities.  The list would include information as far away as a month, give or take.

One post per week that includes all of the current “ongoing” events: movies, skating, jumping, gallery shows, entertainment listings, etc.  This will be updated as new movies are announced or specific artists added, etc.

One or two posts per week highlighting shops, restaurants and galleries throughout the community.

What do you think?  Become a follower and comment so that I can hear from you.

More Than Enough To Do Part II

Here is the promised second installment!  I’m sure there will be new items and more details for events after this weekend.  Just follow my blog and like my Facebook page to get the scoop! Have a great day filled with fun and joyfulness!

Ongoing

Smoky Mountain Jumphouse is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 5pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am until 6pm on Muse Drive in Waynesville.  (This is above Thad Wood Auction House in west Waynesville, past exit 98).  These are open jump times but they also have times for private jump parties on Sunday afternoons and later on Saturday nights.  There is a party room available for rental with a group jump rate at all times the Jumphouse is open to the public.  On out-of-school days, the Smoky Mountain Jumphouse will sometimes have special hours available.  Call 828-734-8647 or check out their Facebook page for more information.

Tipping Point Tavern in Downtown Waynesville has a weekly Trivia Night at 730pm on Wednesdays.  Call 828-246-9230 or visit www.tippingpointtavern.com for more details.

Wall Street Wines will be hosting a winemaking class in the near future.  Reservations and prepayment are required.  Call 828-450-6399 or visit www.jaspercarrot.net for more detailed information.  I wonder if you get to stomp grapes like in “I Love Lucy”?  That could be fun!

The Haywood County Arts Council currently has three opportunities available for local artists.  Check our their website for descriptions of the three calls for artists at www.haywoodarts.org

January 7 through March 31

The Canton Branch of the Haywood County Public Library will be hosting an artist exhibition for Laurel Tewes.  The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

January 11

The Classic Wineseller and Angelino’s Tapas and Wine Bar will continue to host Friday Night Live every Friday in January beginning at 7.  Tonight’s musician is Ben Wilson, singer/songwriter and guitarist.  Call 828-452-6000 or visit  www.classicwineseller.com for more details.

Bobby G will be performing live at Headwaters Brewing beginning at 7 pm.

January 12

Blue Ridge Books will host a reading and photo presentation by local author Ronald R Cooper at 2pm.  Cooper will present his book “It’s My Trail, Too: A Comanche Indian’s Journey on the Cherokee Trail of Tears.”  Cooper will discuss his long-distance hike that re-traced the Trail of Tears.  Call 828- or visit their Facebook page for more details.

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley will be hosting the Corbitt Brothers at 9pm.  Check out their Facebook page or call for more details at 828-926-1566.

January 14

The Haywood County Extension Service and the Haywood County Beekeepers Association are sponsoring an event at Haywood Community College in the auditorium.  The Fat Bee Man of Dixie Bee Supply in Lula Georgia will be the featured speaker at the event which begins at 6:30pm.  Call 828-279-5614 or visit www.hcbees.org for more information.  A donation of $5 is suggested to offset costs for the event.  Bees are an important part of our ecosystem – and our economy.

January 15

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a course on writing a business plan.  If you are considering a new business or revamping a current business, writing a business plan is a must.  This is a great course to get started with the basics and to fine tune a plan already in the works.  Contact the Small Business Center for more details.

January 16

Networking at Anthony Wayne’s at the Gateway Club in Downtown Waynesville NC.  Contact Wayne Porter of Monetize Your Vision on Facebook or their website www.monetizeyourvision.com to RSVP or for more details.

January 17

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a program to teach beginners how to use eBay.  The course will teach the basics of buying and selling.  Contact the Small Business Center for more details and to pre-register.

January 19

The Classic Wineseller and Angelino’s Tapas and Wine Bar will host an evening with Musica Nostra beginning at 7.  The event will include a four course meal, dancing and music.  For reservations or more details call 828-452-6000 or visit www.classicwineseller.com .

January 20

The Haywood County Arts Council Sunday Concert Series for 2012 begins on January 20 at 3pm.  The free event will be held at the Canton Branch of the Haywood County Library in January.  Performing will be Jim Ridd, currently with Coffee Branch Band of Canton.  Call 828-452-0593 or visit www.haywoodarts.org for more details.

January 22

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on business start-up issues.  If you are considering a new business venture, this is a great way to look at all the small things that can give you headaches as you start out.

January 24

Haywood County Arts Council Annual Meeting will be held at Gallery 86 in Downtown Waynesville.  Call 828-452-0593 for details.

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on eBay for the serious seller.  There will be a second course offered on the same day on setting up a store on eBay.

January 29

Haywood Community College Small Business Center will be offering a seminar on increasing sales.  The course is designed to get salespeople thinking about the sales environment from the customer’s perspective.  There will also be information on recognizing and utilizing verbal and nonverbal cues to increase sales.  Contact the Small Business Center for more information and to register.

February 2

Balsam Range will continue their winter concert series at the Colonial Theatre in Canton.  Missy Raines and the New Hip will be performing with the group.  For information, check out their Facebook page or website or call the ticket office of the Colonial at 828-235-2760.

More than Enough To Do

Have you ever heard anyone say that there is nothing to do in Haywood County during the winter months?  Well, at least in my opinion, they are wrong!  There is so much to do in the coming weeks that it is going to take at least two blog posts this week to cover it all!

I’ve posted some events today.  I was trying to get everything in one post but it was getting way too long – I didn’t even want to finish it!  So look out tomorrow for another post.  And as always, if you have events not listed, send me a message or comment on the blog with the details.  Thanks and have a great day!

Ongoing

Cataloochee Ski Area has ongoing programs for skiers of all levels from beginners to the most advanced.  There are also snowboarding programs for all levels.  The CAT Adult Challenge Cup Race Series is on Thursday nights. Registration is at 6pm, racing starts at 7pm. On Sundays, there is NASTAR public racing at the CAT with registration beginning at 11am. Everyone can participate, helmets and goggles are required. Alley Cat Racing Trail will be closed from 12 noon until 4pm for racing on Sunday.  You can check out their website for more information at www.cataloochee.com

Smoky Mountain Sk8way has skating, wall climbing and fun and games galore!  There regular schedule is Wednesday Night 6-9pm; Fridays 6-11pm; Saturday day session 11-6pm and night session 6-11pm; Sunday 1-6pm.  They are always open for school or church events as long as there are 30 people or more scheduled to attend.  You can call 828-246-9124 for more information.

January 9 through January 17

Ms. Arty Pants has events and activities just for you!  They do ask that you call or text to register so that materials can be available for your art experience.  January 9 Open Paint After school 330 to 530; January 10 Open Paint; January 12 Midnight Paint 10p to 12a; January 15 Toddler Tuesday; January 16 Morning Open Paint 9a to 11a and After School Open Paint 330 to 530; January 17 Open Paint 7p to 9p.  The number to call or text to register or for more details is 828-400-6232.

January 11

Smoky Mountain Cinema has announced that “Les Miserables”, “Lincoln”, and “The Guilt Trip” will all start showing on Friday, January 11th!  Show times and the complete lineup can be found by calling 828-452-9091.

The Canton Armory will be the site for the an indoor “Pickin’ in the Park”!  This event is scheduled to be held twice monthly until it can once again be held outside.  This session will have the Lisa Price Band and the Dixie Darlings and the Mountain Traditions Square Dance teams.  Call Carroll Nelson at 828-648-2287.  The event is free and open to the public.

January 13

The Pisgah Promenade Square Dance Club will hold a snowflake dance from 645 until 845 pm at the Old Armory Recreation Center on Boundary Street in Waynesville.

January 14

Inspired Art Ministry  First Baptist Church sessions start January 14.  Classes will be offered in: Photography with Ed Kelley; Children’s Art with Jo Ridge Kelley; Adult drawing and painting with Char Avrunin.  Call 828-456-9197 for more information.

January 15

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual elected officials reception on January 15 beginning at 530pm at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  There is a $10 registration fee.  Call 828-456-3021 for details.

Voices in the Laurel is having auditions for new youth singers from area counties in grades 1-12 on Tuesday January 15th in Waynesville including a new ensemble featuring changed male voices! For more information or an audition appointment, please call (828) 734-8413. www.voicesinthelaurel.org

January 16 through February 9

The Haywood County Arts Council will host an exhibition entitled Fire and Ice: Pottery, Glass and Metalwork”.  Gallery 86 on North Main Street in Waynesville is open 10am until 5pm Monday through Saturday.  There will be an artist reception on Friday January 25 from 6-8pm.  You can find more details at www.haywoodarts.org or on their Facebook page.

January 19

MLK Holiday Weekend will begin with a pride march that starts at Harris Chapel AME Zion Church on Prospect Street in Canton.  The march will be followed by the showing of the movie “Skin” at the Colonial Theatre.  The movie will be shown for free at 1pm and again at 6pm.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 20

MLK Holiday Commemorative Service will be held at 3pm at the Church of God of Prophecy in Canton.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 21

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast will be held at Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  Breakfast begins at 8am.  Tickets are available for sale at the Bethea Welcome Center.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 22

Altrusa Annual Soup and Cornbread. The funds raised from this event go to scholarships for Haywood county students. Each year Altrusa awards about $8000 in scholarships and all these monies come from the sales at the Soup and Cornbread.  The event is Tuesday January 22nd.  Tickets are $8.00.  Visit www.waynesvillealtrusa.org for more information.

January 24

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals will be hosting their first professional development event of the new year on January 24 at 8am at Bethea Welcome Center.  Contact the Chamber or join them on Facebook for more details.  Andrew Sanderbeck of People Connect Institute will be the guest speaker.

February 23

The Blue Ridge Bridal Event will be held at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  The event is being presented by the Mountaineer Publishing Company.  Vendor spaces are still available by calling 828-452-0661 x125 or x129.

Music, Cornbread, Art, Prayers and More for January

January 3

For later in the week, the Dulcimer U Winter Weekend is January 3-6 at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  The event at the Terrace Hotel is sponsored by Western Carolina University Continuing and Professional Education.  Registration is required.

January 4

Frog Level Auctions at 255 Depot Street in Waynesville will host their weekly personal property, estate and benefit auction beginning at 6pm.  These are booked dealer sales.  For more information call 828-775-9317.

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley has a DJ Side 3 every Friday night.

The Classic Wineseller on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Waynesville will be continuing their Friday Night Live events including this Friday.  Jay Brown will begin playing live at 7pm this Friday.

Smoky Mountain Sk8way will be open as usual on Friday evenings for more family fun.  Friday night skates are from 6 until 11pm.

Frog Level Brewing in the Historic Frog Level District of Waynesville will host live music on Friday evening.  Chris Minick begins playing at 7pm.  Don’t forget to that Blue Ridge Barbeque and Smoky Mountain Sub Shop will deliver or you can bring your own food.  Call 828-454-5664 for more information.

January 5

Frog Level Brewing in the Historic Frog Level District of Waynesville will host live music on Saturday evening too!  Ginny McAfee begins playing at 7pm.  Don’t forget to that Blue Ridge Barbeque and Smoky Mountain Sub Shop will deliver or you can bring your own food.

January 16 through February 9

The Haywood County Arts Council will host an exhibition entitled Fire and Ice: Pottery, Glass and Metalwork”.  Gallery 86 on North Main Street in Waynesville is open 10am until 5pm Monday through Saturday.  There will be an artist reception on Friday January 25 from 6-8pm.  You can find more details at www.haywoodarts.org or on their Facebook page.

January 19

MLK Holiday Weekend will begin with a pride march that starts at Harris Chapel AME Zion Church on Hillside Street in Canton.  The march will be followed by the showing of the movie “Skin” at the Colonial Theatre.  The movie will be shown for free at 1pm and again at 6pm.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 20

MLK Holiday Commemorative Service will be held at 3pm at the Church of God of Prophecy in Canton.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 21

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast will be held at Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  Breakfast begins at 8am.  Tickets are available for sale at the Berea Welcome Center.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 22

Altrusa Annual Soup and Cornbread. The funds raised from this event go to scholarships for Haywood county students. Each year Altrusa awards about $8000 in scholarships and all these monies come from the sales at the Soup and Cornbread.  The event is Tuesday January 22nd.  Tickets are $8.00.  Visit www.waynesvillealtrusa.org for more information.

January 24

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals will be hosting their first professional development event of the new year on January 24 at 8am at Bethea Welcome Center.  Contact the Chamber or join them on Facebook for more details.  Andrew Sanderbeck of People Connect Institute will be the guest speaker.

February 23

The Blue Ridge Bridal Event will be held at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  The event is being presented by the Mountaineer Publishing Company.  Vendor spaces are still available by calling 828-452-0661 x125 or x129.

Today is local artist Gretchen Clasby’s birthday.  She was walking by some paper and crayons one day and just had to stop for a few minutes to create this beautiful Sonshine Promise just for me (and you too, of course!)  Have a great dayImage