More Ringing for the New Year

I’ve come across information for a few more events for New Year’s Eve that I want to pass along.  Look back at yesterday’s post to get the full list.  If you know of more events, pass them along and I’ll post them tomorrow.

December 31

Feeling the need for a creative outlet before the big party plans?  Ms. Artsy Pants will be hosting an open paint session from 7pm until 9pm.  Ms. Artsy Pants is located in Hazelwood.

The Haywood Dancers will be hosting a dance at Angie’s Dance Academy in Clyde.  The dance begins at 8 with music by the Steve Whiddon Band.  Refreshments are included in the $15 fee.  Reservations are encouraged by calling 828-734-8063.

The Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge in Maggie Valley will have music with the Michelle Leigh Band along with an hors d’oeuvres buffet during the evening.  A champagne toast at midnight will be followed by a breakfast buffet.  Reservations are encouraged at 828-926-0201.

Hurley’s Creekside Dining and Rhum Bar will be hosting a New Year’s Eve bash featuring surf and turf.  Music will be provided by Rob Murdock and his quartet.  Reservations are suggested by calling 828-926-1566.

Pub 319 in Waynesville will be hosting an event with live music and champagne.

The Grandview Lodge will host a disco party with DJ On Your Feet Productions.  Cocktails start at 6 with a full dinner menu available starting at 8pm.  Call 828-456-5212 to make reservations.

Tipping Point Tavern on Main Street in Downtown Waynesville will be hosting an event with live music and champagne at midnight.

The Watering Hole will be hosting a DJ to go along with pool tables and champagne at midnight.

Laurel Ridge Country Club will have dance music from Orange Krush, food and champagne.  Call 828-452-0545 for details and reservations.

If gospel music is more your style, Thad Woods Auction will host the event for you with Gem City, The Carolina Crossmen, The Marksmen and Mountain Faith performing live.  Tickets are $10 with concessions available until midnight.  You may reserve your seat by calling 828-456-3298 or purchase at the door.

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 at http://dulcimeru.edu

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.

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Ringing in the New Year

What if you are afraid of the number 13?  How do you cope with next year’s date?????

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is coming to a close.  So much has happened in the last twelve months!  For today, I want to post the New Year’s Eve events that I know about so far.  If you have more, please let me know!  I’m guessing that there will be more to add tomorrow or Monday so come back to check it out!

December 31

There are lots of options in Haywood County and the surrounding area for adults to celebrate the ringing in of the NEW YEAR and at least two for the teens and kids in your life.

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will have their annual event from 6 until 9 pm at the theatre.  It is a potluck event so bring your favorite dish to share.  The event is open to anyone who loves HART theatre.

Old Stone Inn will be hosting a special dinner with an amazing menu “cooked up” by Chef Terry.  Call 828-456-3333 to make your reservations.

Sid’s On Main in Canton will be hosting a special dinner with live music from Bobby G to ring in the new year.  Call 828-492-0618 to make your reservations for the evening.

Maggie Valley Club will be hosting an event with live music from 45 Cherry and a live ball drop and champagne toast.  Call 828-926-4831 for reservations.

The Classic Wineseller and Angelino’s Piattino Ristorante in Waynesville will have live jazz and dinner.  Call 828-452-6000 for reservations.  The price increases at the door so planning in advance is encouraged.

Balsam Mountain Preserve will be hosting an event in the Boarding House beginning at 8pm and continuing until 1am.  There will be live music with Terry Lee and the G.T.’s  along with an awesome dinner menu, desserts and cigars.  There will be a midnight toast and door prizes.  Call for reservations at 828-631-1000.

Smoky Mountain Sk8way will have an all-night skate beginning at 6pm.  Lots of activities and fun for the entire family.  There will be party favors and food.  An open climbing wall and pool table will be available.  There are two end times: 10:30pm for those who want to party elsewhere (or just can’t make it all night) and 6am.  The doors close at 10:30 so no one goes outside without their parent.  Check out their Facebook page for more details.

The Factory in Franklin will host family activities until 2am.

From a little farther away but still a moving event, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will be hosting an event for railroad enthusiasts.  The train departs at 9pm from Bryson City.  Call for more details or check out their Facebook page.

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.

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.

My kids with Santa

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!!

The photo in this post is from Breakfast with Santa in Canton. It was taken by Garrett Photography. I don’t usually scan and post photos from professional photographers but I am giving credit and they wouldn’t let me take my own photos on their background. So here it is. We had fun at the event. Thanks to FOCUS for putting it on. And to Garrett Photography for taking photos. And to Smokey Mountain Santa for being such a great Santa.

I want to wish you all the merriest of Christmas seasons! Starting tonight and for the next twelve days until January 6 is the season of Christmas. (We’ve been in Advent, you know.)

I’ll send out a post later this week about weekend events in the Haywood County community. If you have anything special that you want me to post, just let me know.

Naughty or Nice, Checking It Twice

My love of Santa (and specifically Smoky Mountain Santa) is well known.  I respect the tradition and legends that bring Santa to us and that encourage hope and expectation in the lives of our children.  In the last 7 years, I’ve seen “Santa” deliver some pretty big miracles for people of all ages and stages through the work of his helpers.  It is a common legend and spirit that people of almost any faith or creed (or of no faith or creed) can work through and with in their own good deeds.

My children know that I love Santa and that I know the “real” Santa who comes to many of the great events in Haywood County.  I’ve never been one to use Santa’s naughty and nice list as a parenting tool on a regular basis because I want my kids to love the spirit of Santa as much as I do.  Recently, my seven year old son was having a particularly hard evening.  He stopped himself mid-tantrum and said, “Mom, do you think I’m on Santa’s naughty list?  I really want something besides coal.”  My response: “If your behavior doesn’t improve drastically, I’m sure you will be on the naughty list for me.”

About that time, my eight year old daughter chimed in, “It’s OK.  Santa loves Mom so much he would never leave you coal!”  I guess it is a good thing I don’t use that as a tool in my quiver!

I’ve added some pictures to the Facebook page so check them out if you get a chance.

2012 10-20 FTE Final Day  (20)

Remember to shop local during this last week of the year. As you celebrate your traditions with your family, friends and loved ones, take time reflect on your blessings, spread some joy to those around you and have some fun!!

Happy Holidays, Happy Advent and Merry Christmas

I’ve held off writing this post because I have been at a loss for what to say.  So many things have run through my mind and heart in the last 6 days that it is hard to pin them down and then to pen them down.

Like many of you, at times, I’ve been overwhelmed with sadness and despair and at the same time thankfulness and undeserved blessing.  I’ve felt the joy of holding my children close, the sadness of seeing the fear in their eyes.  I’ve laughed at their silly antics and answered their questions even as I struggled with my own questions.

It seems easy to say that I support and pray for the people of Sandy Hook community and the faculty and staff at all of our schools.  It seems easy to blame the lack of mental health service options and the broad range of weapons available.  It is never that easy.

In the end, as many of you who know me well can attest, I will pray and continue to pray: for peace in our hearts and souls; for the people of Sandy Hook community; for the faculty and staff at all of our schools; for the right dialog to occur to make these incidents stop; for guidance to do my part; for those suffering with mental disorders and illnesses and their caregivers; for courage for our political leaders who stand at the edge of meaningful change; for our democracy and the protection of our freedoms; for gun control discussions to be open and meaningful and complete on all sides of the issue; and for guidance and direction and movement in the faith community to be a part of the dialog and work in a meaningful way.

I also believe that to stop our lives and stand still in fear and despair is to allow the terror in our lives to “win”.  It is with that spirit, that I post today’s list of activities for the weekend. If you have any events coming up for your group, organization or business, please send the information to me as a comment here or at funthingsetc@gmail.com I have people asking about family friendly New Year’s Eve activities, so that will be especially appreciated!

Thank you, Happy Advent, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Remember to support our local galleries, shops and restaurants. Purchase those gift cards at your favorites and help spread the word about them through gifts!  No amount is too small because every dollar makes a difference.  Most local shops have sales and specials going on right now in advance of the holidays so check out their wares.

ONGOING

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.

The Haywood County Arts Council show, “It’s A Small, Small Work” will continue through the end of the month.  Gallery 86 is located at 86 North Main Street in Waynesville.  The Gallery is open 10am until 5pm Monday through Saturday except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Call 828-452-0593 for more details.

Smoky Mountain Cinema Beginning Friday, December 14: The Hobbit (PG13) Fri:4:30 8:00 Sat&Sun:1:00 4:30 8:00 Rise of the Guardians(PG) and Flight(R) Fri:4:30 6:50 9:15 Sat&Sun:2:00 4:30 6:50 9:15 All Shows Mon-Thur: 6:50 ONLY  Coming Soon: “Jack Reacher” and “Django Unchained”

Smoky Mountain Sk8way always has fun stuff going on with skating and a climbing wall and fun activities.

Smoky Mountain Jumphouse is open to get all of the holiday energy out!  Call them for hours and details.

Cattaloochee Ski Area will be open until sometime in March.  Hours, slopes and conditions change constantly so check their website.  I’ll announce special upcoming events and days as I have information.

December 20

Tipping Point Tavern in Waynesville will be hosting Beermageddon on Thursday 12-20/ 2012.  The event will have activities throughout the day with door prizes and music.  There will be jazz in the afternoon with Ian Moore performing live beginning at 7pm.  Food and drink specials will also be available.  This is a customer appreciation event as well as a celebration of our “last night on Earth” according to the Mayan calendar.   Call or check their Facebook page for more details.  828-246-9230

December 21

The Classic Wineseller and Angelino’s Piattion Ristorante at 20 Church Street in Waynesville will be hosting live music every Friday night in December.  Call ahead for reservations if possible at 828-452-0593.

December 22

December 22 Santa will be strolling the street in Downtown Waynesville from 6 until 8pm.  This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.

December 24

December 24 Santa will be strolling the street in Downtown Waynesville from 11:30am until 2pm.  This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.

December 31

December 31 Smoky Mountain Sk8way will have a New Year’s Eve Party starting at 6pm.  Check their Facebook page for details.

Holiday Event Updates

I have added a few more events for the coming week.  Haywood County always has so many choices of things to do!  When you add in sports leagues (high school, middle school, and recreation) plus the service clubs …..wooo there is a lot to do.  To hopefully make it a little easier to spot the new stuff, I’ve highlighted it at the top AND included it on the appropriate dates below.

Remember to support our local bakeries and restaurants as you prepare for your holiday parties and events.  And stop by local places to grab a bite while you are shopping at the local galleries and shops.  Every little bit makes a big difference to our neighbors who own, manage and work at these small businesses.  And every little bit makes a big difference to our economy.

If you have any additional events or you want to add me to your organizations newsletter so I can keep up with activities, just send it to funthingsetc@gmail.com.  If you want to keep up with community activities, follow my blog!  You can register your email at www.funthingsetc.net

New Additions

Blue Ridge Books will be hosting Author Wilma Hicks Simpson who will sign copies of her new book, Greater Than the Mountains Was He: The True Story of Johann Jacob Shook of Haywood County, North Carolina on Friday, December 14 at 6:00 pm in Waynesville.

Smoky Mountain Cinema announced their show times and offerings.  Not bad for a small-town local theatre!  Support our local theatre by attending a show or two.

Beginning Friday, December 14:
The Hobbit (PG13) Fri:4:30 8:00 Sat&Sun:1:00 4:30 8:00
Rise of the Guardians(PG) and Flight(R)

Fri:4:30 6:50 9:15 Sat&Sun:2:00 4:30 6:50 9:15
All Shows Mon-Thur: 6:50 ONLY

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley will be hosting a party this evening starting at 10pm.  You may check their Facebook page or call for more details.  828-926-1566.

The Haywood County Public Library Waynesville Branch will be hosting a writing workshop for children on Saturday December 15th at 11am.  The group will read the holiday story that has been written and decide what the next story will be about. Author Stacy Wright generously donates his time and talent to lead this writing group for young children. Call Carole Dennis at 828-452-5169 for details.

Sid’s on Main in Canton is proud to present a Holiday Wine dinner prepared with local flair.  Sid’s says: “The event will be seated, but only as “formal” as Sid’s on Main can get (so not very!).  It will be a night filled with local food and local people coming together to taste some amazing wines presented by Grapevine Wines and paired with local ACF Certified Executive Chef Denny Trantham’s creative cuisine.”  The price for the evening will be $60.00 ++ per person.  Space will be limited, so make your reservations now by calling 828-492-0618 for December 15 at 7pm.

Tipping Point Tavern in Waynesville will be hosting Beermageddon on Thursday 12-20/ 2012.  The event will have activities throughout the day with door prizes and music.  There will be jazz in the afternoon with Ian Moore performing live beginning at 7pm.  Food and drink specials will also be available.  This is a customer appreciation event as well as a celebration of our “last night on Earth” according to the Mayan calendar.   Call or check their Facebook page for more details.  828-246-9230

ONGOING

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.

The Haywood County Arts Council show, “It’s A Small, Small Work” will continue through the end of the month.  Gallery 86 is located at 86 North Main Street in Waynesville.  The Gallery is open 10am until 5pm Monday through Saturday except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Call 828-452-0593 for more details.

Smoky Mountain Cinema announced their show times and offerings.  Not bad for a small-town local theatre!  Support our local theatre by attending a show or two.  Beginning Friday, December 14: The Hobbit (PG13) Fri:4:30 8:00 Sat&Sun:1:00 4:30 8:00 Rise of the Guardians(PG) and Flight(R) Fri:4:30 6:50 9:15 Sat&Sun:2:00 4:30 6:50 9:15 All Shows Mon-Thur: 6:50 ONLY  Coming Soon: “Jack Reacher” and “Django Unchained”

December 14

Blue Ridge Books will be hosting Author Wilma Hicks Simpson who will sign copies of her new book, Greater Than the Mountains Was He: The True Story of Johann Jacob Shook of Haywood County, North Carolina on Friday, December 14 at 6:00 pm in Waynesville.

The Classic Wineseller and Angelino’s Piattion Ristorante at 20 Church Street in Waynesville will be hosting live music every Friday night in December.  Call ahead for reservations if possible at 828-452-0593.

Frog Level Brewing Company will host the Darren Nicholson Band this Friday evening to celebrate the brewery’s one year anniversary.  Music starts at 7pm.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots or make a $20 donation.  This is the last collection at Frog Level Brewing Company for the this worthwhile cause.

HART Theatre presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL this holiday season.  The remaining shows are December 14th at 730pm, December 15th at 2pm and 730pm; and December 16th at 3pm.  Call to make your reservations at 456-6322 or use their online ticket booth at harttheatre.com   When we made our reservations earlier this week, tickets were selling briskly so it is best to call now!

Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley will be hosting a party this evening starting at 10pm.  You may check their Facebook page or call for more details.  828-926-1566.

December 15

December 15 Breakfast with Santa at the Canton Armory from 8am until 11am.  This is sponsored by FOCUS.  Kids will be able to purchase some small gifts for mom and dad from local crafters.  Every child will leave with a treat bag and a toy from Santa. Breakfast will be $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids 10 and under.  Pictures can be purchased from a professional photographer or bring your own camera.  Proceeds will be donated to Haywood County Hospice

The Haywood County Public Library Waynesville Branch will be hosting a writing workshop for children on Saturday December 15th at 11am.  The group will read the holiday story that has been written and decide what the next story will be about. Author Stacy Wright generously donates his time and talent to lead this writing group for young children. Call Carole Dennis at 828-452-5169 for details.

Sid’s on Main in Canton is proud to present a Holiday Wine dinner prepared with local flair.  Sid’s says: “The event will be seated, but only as “formal” as Sid’s on Main can get (so not very!).  It will be a night filled with local food and local people coming together to taste some amazing wines presented by Grapevine Wines and paired with local ACF Certified Executive Chef Denny Trantham’s creative cuisine.”  The price for the evening will be $60.00 ++ per person.  Space will be limited, so make your reservations now by calling 828-492-0618 for December 15 at 7pm.

December 17

This is a note directly from Smoky Mountain Living:  Smoky Mountain Living prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to the issue’s overall theme.  The next edition of Smoky Mountain Living will focus on the theme “Adorn.” What decorations do you see—on people and on things—that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary? Send your images to photos@smliv.com by Dec. 17, 2013. For more information, visit smliv.com.

December 18

The Canton Branch of the Haywood County Library will host An Evening of Holiday Tales & Other Stories on Tuesday December 18th from 530-630pm with Storyteller Amerie Helton who has enchanted audiences of all ages with world folktales, Norse myths, medieval stories, and other tales. Refreshments, generously provided by the Friends of the Library, will be served. For more information, call (828) 648-2924.

December 20

Tipping Point Tavern in Waynesville will be hosting Beermageddon on Thursday 12-20/ 2012.  The event will have activities throughout the day with door prizes and music.  There will be jazz in the afternoon with Ian Moore performing live beginning at 7pm.  Food and drink specials will also be available.  This is a customer appreciation event as well as a celebration of our “last night on Earth” according to the Mayan calendar.   Call or check their Facebook page for more details.  828-246-9230

December 22

December 22 Santa will be strolling the street in Downtown Waynesville from 6 until 8pm.  This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.

December 24

December 24 Santa will be strolling the street in Downtown Waynesville from 11:30am until 2pm.  This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.