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More than Enough To Do

Have you ever heard anyone say that there is nothing to do in Haywood County during the winter months?  Well, at least in my opinion, they are wrong!  There is so much to do in the coming weeks that it is going to take at least two blog posts this week to cover it all!

I’ve posted some events today.  I was trying to get everything in one post but it was getting way too long – I didn’t even want to finish it!  So look out tomorrow for another post.  And as always, if you have events not listed, send me a message or comment on the blog with the details.  Thanks and have a great day!

Ongoing

Cataloochee Ski Area has ongoing programs for skiers of all levels from beginners to the most advanced.  There are also snowboarding programs for all levels.  The CAT Adult Challenge Cup Race Series is on Thursday nights. Registration is at 6pm, racing starts at 7pm. On Sundays, there is NASTAR public racing at the CAT with registration beginning at 11am. Everyone can participate, helmets and goggles are required. Alley Cat Racing Trail will be closed from 12 noon until 4pm for racing on Sunday.  You can check out their website for more information at www.cataloochee.com

Smoky Mountain Sk8way has skating, wall climbing and fun and games galore!  There regular schedule is Wednesday Night 6-9pm; Fridays 6-11pm; Saturday day session 11-6pm and night session 6-11pm; Sunday 1-6pm.  They are always open for school or church events as long as there are 30 people or more scheduled to attend.  You can call 828-246-9124 for more information.

January 9 through January 17

Ms. Arty Pants has events and activities just for you!  They do ask that you call or text to register so that materials can be available for your art experience.  January 9 Open Paint After school 330 to 530; January 10 Open Paint; January 12 Midnight Paint 10p to 12a; January 15 Toddler Tuesday; January 16 Morning Open Paint 9a to 11a and After School Open Paint 330 to 530; January 17 Open Paint 7p to 9p.  The number to call or text to register or for more details is 828-400-6232.

January 11

Smoky Mountain Cinema has announced that “Les Miserables”, “Lincoln”, and “The Guilt Trip” will all start showing on Friday, January 11th!  Show times and the complete lineup can be found by calling 828-452-9091.

The Canton Armory will be the site for the an indoor “Pickin’ in the Park”!  This event is scheduled to be held twice monthly until it can once again be held outside.  This session will have the Lisa Price Band and the Dixie Darlings and the Mountain Traditions Square Dance teams.  Call Carroll Nelson at 828-648-2287.  The event is free and open to the public.

January 13

The Pisgah Promenade Square Dance Club will hold a snowflake dance from 645 until 845 pm at the Old Armory Recreation Center on Boundary Street in Waynesville.

January 14

Inspired Art Ministry  First Baptist Church sessions start January 14.  Classes will be offered in: Photography with Ed Kelley; Children’s Art with Jo Ridge Kelley; Adult drawing and painting with Char Avrunin.  Call 828-456-9197 for more information.

January 15

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual elected officials reception on January 15 beginning at 530pm at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  There is a $10 registration fee.  Call 828-456-3021 for details.

Voices in the Laurel is having auditions for new youth singers from area counties in grades 1-12 on Tuesday January 15th in Waynesville including a new ensemble featuring changed male voices! For more information or an audition appointment, please call (828) 734-8413. www.voicesinthelaurel.org

January 16 through February 9

The Haywood County Arts Council will host an exhibition entitled Fire and Ice: Pottery, Glass and Metalwork”.  Gallery 86 on North Main Street in Waynesville is open 10am until 5pm Monday through Saturday.  There will be an artist reception on Friday January 25 from 6-8pm.  You can find more details at www.haywoodarts.org or on their Facebook page.

January 19

MLK Holiday Weekend will begin with a pride march that starts at Harris Chapel AME Zion Church on Prospect Street in Canton.  The march will be followed by the showing of the movie “Skin” at the Colonial Theatre.  The movie will be shown for free at 1pm and again at 6pm.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 20

MLK Holiday Commemorative Service will be held at 3pm at the Church of God of Prophecy in Canton.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

January 21

MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast will be held at Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  Breakfast begins at 8am.  Tickets are available for sale at the Bethea Welcome Center.  Call 828-646-0125 for more details.

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.  Visit www.waynesvillealtrusa.org for more information.

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.

February 23

The Blue Ridge Bridal Event will be held at Lake Junaluska Assembly.  The event is being presented by the Mountaineer Publishing Company.  Vendor spaces are still available by calling 828-452-0661 x125 or x129.

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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.

Holiday Happenings: Just the Beginning!

I’m getting excited about the holidays and all of the events and activities available to kids, adults and families this year!  I’ve started compiling some information and will just keep adding to this list as I hear of more things.  If you have something that you want to add to the list, just leave a comment or message me at funthingsetc@gmail.com 

I would also love to hear about your adventures! 

 

Announcements:

My friend Debi at Just Simply Delicious Cakes, Desserts and Confections wants to get some feedback from area wedding vendors about Operation Military Marry Me.  Contact her for more information!

The Haywood County Library has announced that there is a volunteer tutor available on Thursday afternoons starting at 3:30 pm in the Children’s area of the Waynesville library. No need to sign up; no reservations required! Bring your homework and get some help!

 Calendar Items:

Through November 17

Hazelwood Soap is wrapping up orders for their holiday specials on Saturday so you need to get cracking if you are going to take advantage of their specials. 

2012 HOLIDAY SPECIALS

*Ordering available from 10/1-11/17 Will be available for pick up or delivery via UPS starting on 12/1

November 16 until November 21

Smoky Mountain Cinema has announced its weekend lineup and that it will be open for a matinee next Wednesday!  The lineup is listed below. My daughter is hoping to see “Rise of the Guardians”.  We went to see “Wreck-It Ralph” on Monday for the matinee.  It was a full house!

Friday, November 16:
“Breaking Dawn Part 2″(PG13) “Wreck it Ralph”(PG)
Fri: 4:30 6:50 9:15 Sat: 2:00 4:30 6:50 9:15
Sun:2:00 4:30 6:50 Mon-Tues:6:50 only Wed:2:00 4:30 6:50
Thur: 6:50 9:15
“Skyfall 007″(PG13)
Fri:4:00 7:00 9:45 Sat: 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:45 Sun:1:00 4:00 7:00
Mon-Tues:6:50 only Wed:1:00 4:00 7:00 Thur:7:00 9:45
Coming Friday, November 21: “Rise of the Guardians”
Any thoughts on the other shows playing?
Barber Orchard Fruitstand
Only one week until Thanksgiving!!! Place your orders now for cakes, pies, and other tasty goodies. (828) 456-3598. NO ONLINE ORDERS PLEASE
November 18
This event is a great opportunity to check out all of the local galleries and shops decked out in their holiday finest.  It has always been a favorite event for me.  I love to hear the first Christmas music and see the trees trimmed in lights and the lampposts striped like candy canes.
November 24
Small Business Saturday
Love to shop? Shop Small on Nov. 24th, Small Business Saturday.
December 1
Canton has two craft fairs and a live nativity on December 1.  The live nativity is a beautiful scene that will certainly bring the true spirit of the season into your heart.
WNC ~ Put 12/01/12 on your calendar ~we have two craft fairs that day! Come join Owll Produce for day of only hand made crafts, as well as refreshment and a fire to keep you warm! Then head over to the Canton Armory and check out the Papertown Craft Fair.. and then that night 3rd Generation Barn Loft has their Live Nativity scene as well.

December 8

Voices in the Laurel Winter Silent Auction

Public Event · By Voices in the Laurel

WINTER SILENT AUCTION
Saturday, December 8, 2012
12:00-5:30 p.m.
Lake Junaluska, Harrell Center, Room 202

Come bid on a variety of local and national items, art, pottery, salon and massage services, restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, resort vacations, and tickets to various regional theme parks.

This auction is on the same day as the Junaluska Christmas Craft Show which will be held 9am-5 pm on Sat Dec 8th at the Harrell Center.

Come do your Holiday Shopping!!
For more information call 828-564-3638