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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.