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 email@example.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.
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.
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
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 Santa will be strolling the street in Downtown Waynesville from 6 until 8pm. This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.
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 Smoky Mountain Sk8way will have a New Year’s Eve Party starting at 6pm. Check their Facebook page for details.