Monthly Archives: November 2012

Holiday Happenings November 30 through December 8

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There is so much going on these days!  I’ve been busy just keeping up with all the events and activities for kids and families.  I know I’ll miss some but I’m going to keep adding items to the list so if you notice an oversight, just send me the information so I can post it here and on Facebook. 

So here I go with a list of some of the events happening around the community:

November 30 through December 1 Mud Dabbers Holiday Open House in Balsam NC.  Free mugs and refreshments to visitors while supplies last.  Brad and Grandpa John have been making mugs for weeks now so they will have enough.  I went out last Saturday night to help with cleaning and prepping.  There are some great pieces available at very reasonable prices.  The glaze colors have expanded a bit but the favorites are still there to complete your collections.  Hours are 10 am until 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, noon until 6 on Sunday.

December 1 at 7pm Appalachian Christmas celebration at HART Theatre hosted by the Museum of NC Handicrafts at the Shelton House.  Music by the Trantham  Family and Rob and Anne Lough along with refreshments.  Tickets are available at several local shops and at the door.  Call Curator Jackie Stephens at 828-456-5384 or check out for more information.

Gretchen Clasby will be hosting her Cedar Hill Studio Back Door sale Saturday December 1 and Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8 from 10 am until 5pm.  Gretchen always has new goodies and old favorites available for purchase on these special days.  Stop in to pick up your 2013 Son Shine Promises calendars.

Everybody loves a parade!  In Haywood County we have three times the love because we have 3 parades!  Maggie Valley is host to the first parade on Saturday December 1 at 6pm.  The parade starts at the Ghost Town parking lot and ends at the Festival Grounds.  Park all along Soco Road to catch a great view of the parade.  Waynesville is next in line with a parade on Monday December 3 at 6.  The parade starts at the corner of Main and Walnut Street (Presbyterian Church/ Badcock corner) and ends at Bogart’s.  Many of the shops and restaurants will be open before and after the parade.  Canton will be host to the final parade this year on Thursday December 6 at 6.

Canton will be busy on Saturday December 1.  The Papertown Craft Fair will be at the Armory and the Owll Produce craft fair will be going on at the same time.

The annual Live Nativity Scene at 3rd Generation Barn and Loft will be Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2.

       Balsam Range will be in Canton on December 1 at the Colonial Theatre with Shawn Camp. Tickets are available by calling 828-235-2760.  This is the first in their winter concert series held each year in Western North Carolina.
      The Waynesville Farmers Market has moved indoors for a little while longer.  Saturday morning will be the at the Indoor Market at the Shelton House Barn – just beside the parking lot where the event is held in warmer weather.  There will be a wide seafood selection this Saturday.  You can check their Facebook page to get details.

Sunday December 2 is the annual Canton Christmas Tour of Homes from 1pm until 6pm.  All proceeds from the tour benefit the Canton Miss Labor Day Scholarship Fund.  Tickets my be purchased at Polly’s Florist and Gifts on Main Street in Canton or at the door of any of the 8 featured homes on Sunday afternoon.  Call 400-0699 for more details.

       Sunday December 2 will be a performance of the Junaluska-Haywood Community Chorus at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.  The concert is free and open to the public starting at 4pm because it is sponsored by The Junaluskans, The Haywood County Arts Council and the NC Arts Council.
      Santa will be at Pheasant Hill on Main Street in Waynesville on Monday December 3 from 3 until 5 (before the parade) and on Sunday December 9 from 4 until 7pm.
      Tuesday December 4th is a special Christmas Holiday Dinner for the Haywood County Arts Council.  For details, contact the Council at 452-0593.
      HART Theatre presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL this holiday season.  Thursday December 6 will be a preview showing used as a fundraising event for Haywood Spay Neuter.  Tickets are $15 for this event and are available by calling 452-1329.  Opening night for the program is Friday December 7 at 730pm with shows on December 8 (730pm), December 9 (3pm), December 15 (2pm and 730pm) and December 16 (3pm).  Tickets are reported to be selling quickly so call to make your reservations at 456-6322 or by use their online ticket booth at
       December 7th is the final Art After Dark at Waynesville Gallery Association members for the 2012 season.  The event starts at 6 on Friday evening.  There will be refreshments, receptions, music and lots of fun at many of the galleries.  In addition, there is Saturday Stroll the next day from 11 am until 3 pm.  A great opportunity to meet many local artists and discuss their work as well as have a great time.  Twigs and Leaves Gallery will be hosting Caricaturist James Lyle on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday.  Studio 262 will be featuring the works of John Fitzgerald and Suzanne Gernandt.  The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will continue its show “It’s a Small Small Work” through the end of the month.  There will be a reception held during Art After Dark for the WNC Blue Ridge Heritage Area artists.
       December 8 is also one of my favorite events of the year: A Night Before Christmas on Main Street in Downtown Waynesville!  The street is transformed by gorgeous luminaries along with the Christmas lights and decorations of the shops, galleries and restaurants.  It is a wonderful evening that always adds a special feeling to my Christmas spirit.  Santa will be roaming the streets talking to all the kids – naught and nice – big and little so watch out!  Twigs and Leaves will be hosting the Junaluska Music Studio students as entertainment on this evening.
       Voices in the Laurel will be having their Winter Silent Auction on Saturday December 8 from noon until 5pm at the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  The Junaluska Christmas Craft Show is the same day in the Harrell Center from 9am until 5pm.  This is a great fundraising event that provides some unique auction items from various shops, galleries, restaurants, and businesses from throughout the community.
       Voices in the Laurel and The Junaluska Singers will be performing a holiday concert on Saturday December 8 at Stewart Auditorium at 215 pm.  Ticket information can be obtained by calling 800-222-4930.

Shopping Local Every Day

Good Saturday morning!

Today I’ll be out and about a bit to do a little Small Business Saturday shopping.  I try to shop small and local any time I can so a special day is great but not much different from other days for me.

My order of shopping preference:  straight from the producer (farmer,artist), at local market, at local gallery or shop, at locally owned gallery or shop, online locally owned gallery or shop, regionally owned gallery or shop, locally owned franchise, local big box store, online big box store.   For restaurants, it is the same: locally owned, regionally owned, locally owned franchise, chain. The more money I spend in Haywood County, the more of my friends and neighbors have jobs!   How do you spend your money?

Tomorrow I’ll post some events from the coming week and month.  If you have any local events that you want to add to my list, comment here.

Thanks for your support and don’t forget that I have cornhole bags if you need them for Christmas gifts!



Holiday Events and Out of School Things to Do

I hope that this finds you well today!

I just wanted to remind you that Smoky Mountain Jumphouse and Smoky Mountain Sk8way are open today for your school day boredom!  And Smoky Mountain Cinema has announced their new listing of movies beginning today with Rise of the Guardians.

And don’t forget that you can get food from lots of area restaurants tomorrow if you don’t want to cook!

As for me, I still have to stop by the grocery store today for the final little things to finish out the meal!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

An Update on Things

Greetings to you all!

I need you to do two things:  “follow” my blog so you can get updates directly from me  and remember that I have cornhole bags and display units to sell.

Now, I want to catch you up on the happenings around here!

In late August 2012, I announced the closing of Fun Things Etc, the retail toy store in downtown Waynesville.  It was a hard decision that took months of prayer, study and conversation with key people in my life.  You have all heard the story by now I am sure but here is a recap:

Fun Things Etc was open for 6 and one-half years in Waynesville.  For the most part, these were fun years with many wonderful blessings.  But over time, my hours at Fun Things Etc increased and my time with family decreased.  We managed this through the grace of God for several years.  In the last year, things have changed in our family dynamic and so my focus needs to shift.  My roles as mom and wife are second and third only behind my role as a child of God.  So as the shift continued, my husband and I prayerfully set “markers” to measure our progress; time spent with kids, time spent with extended family, time at Fun Things Etc, financial goals, social outreach goals.

As time marched into the summer, we made the difficult decision that the shop would close because the goals were not being met.  I discussed timeframes and timelines with my landlords and my vendors.  A public announcement was made.  A party was thrown in early October to allow for closure for me and for you, my friends and customers.  After this, I stayed for the festivals to sell displays and remaining merchandise.  Then, I made a donation to Toys for Tots and the Second Blessing at the Open Door.  I moved the remaining displays and demonstration merchandise to storage units and cleaned.

On November 7th at 1pm, I turned in my keys.  I’m still working through details and finances and closing out things from an administrative level.  (I’ll be working on that for awhile.)

So here I am now:  I’ve got some time on my hands while the kids are at school.  I love being “in the know” about events and activities.  So I’ll be blogging about the activities and events in Haywood County and the surrounding region.  If you have events that you want me to post, you should get information to me.  Some of it will be re-posted on Facebook.  Some of it will find its way to my blog.

I’ll be doing some other things too: selling cornhole bags (I’ve got them if you need them!); teaching some social media seminars through the Small Business Center; selling displays and racks on Craig’s List and EBay and in the Classifieds; writing some grants for some local non-profits; and other fun things.

Mostly, I hope to focus more time and energy on my family and their needs.

Thanks for reading!

Holiday Happenings…A little more


ImageIt is Saturday morning.  In late November.  The busiest retail season of the year.  I am at home.  I haven’t been at home on a Saturday morning in late November since 2005.  I’m excited to hear the sounds of my children playing and laughing and going about their days.  I’m glad I could be the one to ride as my oldest drove to a Boy Scout camping trip this morning.  I’m sad that I am not on Main Street in Waynesville talking to customers and listening to Christmas music.  It is time to break out the holiday tunes!

Last year, I had 41 different renditions of Silent Night and 39 of The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting….) on my music system at Fun Things Etc.  I’m trying to figure out a way to rig this up at home so I can torture my kids!

I want to let you know about some things coming up in the next week or so in our community.

November 17: TODAY

Lenoir Creek Beef and Bakery is opening in Canton!  Lenoir Creek Beef has sold grass-fed beef at the local farmer’s markets for awhile.  They now have a full-time retail location.  I’ve heard great things about the bakery as well as the beef so be supportive and check out what they have to offer!

Smoky Mountain Sk8way is have a Quirky Turkey Skating event this evening.  In case you haven’t been following them, there is now a climbing wall and some other activities at the center in addition to skating.

Sunday November 18 has one of my favorite traditions of the holiday season — Downtown Waynesville will have the Holiday Open House.  The stores are packed with merchandise for browsing; the windows are decorated; the street lights are decked out and Santa is roaming the streets!  I love this day!  I hope that I’ll see you there while I take my kids to browse and check out all the cool displays.  Olde Brick House, Twigs and Leaves, Christmas is Everyday, Home Tech (the Kitchen Shop), Mast General Store and so many more shops and galleries will be open and have surprises and goodies for us.

On Monday November 19 Hazelwood Soap Company will be hosting Sip and Shop in the evening.  There will be some great company and some great deals so you should make a trip to Hazelwood to see them!

On Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24, I will miss tie-dye days but the Tool Shed is having a special Tote-ally Vera Offer that will be great to check out.  Plus all of the shops in Canton, Waynesville and Hazelwood will be open and waiting for you!  Check out the galleries in Frog Level and the specialty shops in Clyde as well as visiting with your favorite merchants all over town!  Plus if you are an American Express customer and use your card in a small business on Saturday, you’ll get a reward!

On Sunday November 25, The Tool Shed will host their annual open house.

So many things coming up!  So much energy and excitement.  I do love this time of year.  I hope you do too!

Holiday Happenings: Just the Beginning!

I’m getting excited about the holidays and all of the events and activities available to kids, adults and families this year!  I’ve started compiling some information and will just keep adding to this list as I hear of more things.  If you have something that you want to add to the list, just leave a comment or message me at 

I would also love to hear about your adventures! 



My friend Debi at Just Simply Delicious Cakes, Desserts and Confections wants to get some feedback from area wedding vendors about Operation Military Marry Me.  Contact her for more information!

The Haywood County Library has announced that there is a volunteer tutor available on Thursday afternoons starting at 3:30 pm in the Children’s area of the Waynesville library. No need to sign up; no reservations required! Bring your homework and get some help!

 Calendar Items:

Through November 17

Hazelwood Soap is wrapping up orders for their holiday specials on Saturday so you need to get cracking if you are going to take advantage of their specials. 


*Ordering available from 10/1-11/17 Will be available for pick up or delivery via UPS starting on 12/1

November 16 until November 21

Smoky Mountain Cinema has announced its weekend lineup and that it will be open for a matinee next Wednesday!  The lineup is listed below. My daughter is hoping to see “Rise of the Guardians”.  We went to see “Wreck-It Ralph” on Monday for the matinee.  It was a full house!

Friday, November 16:
“Breaking Dawn Part 2″(PG13) “Wreck it Ralph”(PG)
Fri: 4:30 6:50 9:15 Sat: 2:00 4:30 6:50 9:15
Sun:2:00 4:30 6:50 Mon-Tues:6:50 only Wed:2:00 4:30 6:50
Thur: 6:50 9:15
“Skyfall 007″(PG13)
Fri:4:00 7:00 9:45 Sat: 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:45 Sun:1:00 4:00 7:00
Mon-Tues:6:50 only Wed:1:00 4:00 7:00 Thur:7:00 9:45
Coming Friday, November 21: “Rise of the Guardians”
Any thoughts on the other shows playing?
Barber Orchard Fruitstand
Only one week until Thanksgiving!!! Place your orders now for cakes, pies, and other tasty goodies. (828) 456-3598. NO ONLINE ORDERS PLEASE
November 18
This event is a great opportunity to check out all of the local galleries and shops decked out in their holiday finest.  It has always been a favorite event for me.  I love to hear the first Christmas music and see the trees trimmed in lights and the lampposts striped like candy canes.
November 24
Small Business Saturday
Love to shop? Shop Small on Nov. 24th, Small Business Saturday.
December 1
Canton has two craft fairs and a live nativity on December 1.  The live nativity is a beautiful scene that will certainly bring the true spirit of the season into your heart.
WNC ~ Put 12/01/12 on your calendar ~we have two craft fairs that day! Come join Owll Produce for day of only hand made crafts, as well as refreshment and a fire to keep you warm! Then head over to the Canton Armory and check out the Papertown Craft Fair.. and then that night 3rd Generation Barn Loft has their Live Nativity scene as well.

December 8

Voices in the Laurel Winter Silent Auction

Public Event · By Voices in the Laurel

Saturday, December 8, 2012
12:00-5:30 p.m.
Lake Junaluska, Harrell Center, Room 202

Come bid on a variety of local and national items, art, pottery, salon and massage services, restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, resort vacations, and tickets to various regional theme parks.

This auction is on the same day as the Junaluska Christmas Craft Show which will be held 9am-5 pm on Sat Dec 8th at the Harrell Center.

Come do your Holiday Shopping!!
For more information call 828-564-3638

Skating or the Movies?

A few things to do with the kids this windy afternoon!

Smoky Mountain Cinema is reporting these shows:

Starting Friday November 9th:
“Wreck it Ralph”(PG) “Argo”(R)
Fri: 4:30 6:50 9:15 Sat: 2:00 4:30 6:50 9:15
Sun: 2:00 4:30 6:50 Mon:2:00 4:30 6:50-Veterans Special
Tues-Thurs: 6:50 ONLY

“Skyfall 007”:
Fri:4:00 7:00 9:45
Sat:1:00 4:00 7:00 9:45
Sun & Mon:1:00 4:00 7:00
Tues-Thurs: 6:50 ONLY


COMING SOON: “Rise of the Guardians”(PG) “The Hobbit”

Smoky Mountain Sk8way

Free skating for all vets Today and Tomorrow with proof of military id!
Sunday Skating 2-5pm
OPEN MONDAY! 11am-4pm

Plus they have posted a full November calendar and schedule on their Facebook page.