The Christmas festivities and holiday shenanigans continue! In fact, there are several events today that I want to remind you about so I’m sending this blog post out earlier in the week than usual. I hope you don’t mind! Remember to shop local as much as you are able!
I do have cornhole bags available. If you need certain colors for Christmas presents, please let me know soon. I may need to go to the production facility to pick them up. Thanks!
So here I go with a list of some of the events happening around the community:
Canton is the focus of activity in the county today! Santa will be sitting on the porch at Sid’s on Main in Canton before the Christmas Parade. This is sponsored by the Canton Business Group. Canton will be host to the final holiday parade this year on starting at 6pm.
Thursday and Friday are also the Haywood Studios OPEN HOUSE! Haywood Studios is the craft club organization at Haywood Community College. Studio Open House hours are December 6 until 8pm and Friday December 7 from 10am until 4pm in the Student Center. All of the items are created by students at HCC.
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 www.harttheatre.com
My friends, the Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders have their model trains on exhibit at Lambuth Inn this holiday season. The exhibit will run through December 20 and is open to the public. The exhibit will be open during times when meals are served at the Lambuth Inn. If there are no reservations for a particular meal, the exhibit will not be open. So if you want to be sure to see it, make a reservation to eat! Call Sam Hopkins with Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders at 773-9550 for more information.
Gretchen Clasby will be hosting her Cedar Hill Studio Back Door sale 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 on Wall Street in Waynesville to pick up your 2013 Son Shine Promises calendars.
Lake Junaluska Assembly will be hosting Appalachian Christmas this weekend from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. The Junaluska Singers will be performing along with Voices in the Laurel. Call 828-452-2881 for more details and to purchase tickets. There are 3 unique performances by the Junaluska Singers plus the annual craft show in the Harrell Center.
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 Bill Stecher, pianist 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. Earthworks Gallery will be featuring River Glass Studios of Canton for the weekend. Sunburst Market on Montgomery will be hosting a “Sip and Shop” event during the evening.
All three local micro-breweries have special activities for the weekend. Tipping Point Tavern and Brewery will “tip” things off with special entertainment on December 7th during Art After Dark with Chris Williams. Saturday evening during the A Night Before Christmas event, Paul Cataldo will be playing at Tipping Point. On Saturday evening, Headwaters Brewing will be hosting an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Caribbean Cowboys will be playing beginning at 7pm to add to the festivities. Plus a new brew will be unveiled this evening at Headwaters – something about a Snownado Stout. Frog Level Brewing will be serving up some of their newest creations. (Their one year anniversary event is next weekend – more details later!)
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.
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.
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.
First Baptist Church in Waynesville will be hosting a Bethlehem Marketplace from 6 until 8:30pm on Saturday December 8. It is held in conjunction with the Downtown Waynesville Association event.
December 9 Santa will be at Pheasant Hill on Main Street in Waynesville from 4 until 7pm. This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.