Category Archives: Festivals

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!

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Shenanigans Continue for the Holidays

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.

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 www.sheltonhouse.org 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 www.harttheatre.com
       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.