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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.

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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.

Santa Sightings

We’ve talked about parades and craft fairs and auctions and festivals…..I’ve even listed some of the upcoming SANTA SIGHTINGS in Haywood County.

I love Santa and his love of children.  He has such a sweet spirit.  The conversations that I’ve had with Santa recently confirm my belief in the spirit of Saint Nicholas since childhood.  He gives wholly of himself in a grace-filled and graceful manner that challenges me to reach beyond my self and my wants and desires to fulfill the desires of those around me.  The legend of Saint Nicholas is fascinating and inspiring.  The spirit of Saint Nicholas from hundreds of years ago carried forward into Santa Claus and his helpers of today is beautiful.  Protect the innocence of children for as long as you can.  Once innocence is lost, it is never regained.

(As a side-note, I went to see “Rise of the Guardians” with my kids at Smoky Mountain Cinema just before Thanksgiving.  It was a good movie in my opinion about protecting the innocence of children – and having fun!  And you know I love FUN!)

I want to list a few more of those SANTA SIGHTINGS and re-cap the ones I’ve listed before.

December 3 Santa will be at Pheasant Hill on Main Street in Waynesville on Monday December 3 from 3 until 5 (before the parade).  This is sponsored by Pheasant Hill.  Santa will be in the parade.  This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.

December 6 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.   

December 8 Santa will be strolling the street in Downtown Waynesville during A Night Before Christmas from 6 until 9 pm.  This is sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.
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.

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 from 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

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. 

So do you know of any other Santa Sightings that I should post for people?  Post some pictures on our Facebook page too so we can see!  Thanks!