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February News on the Street

Ground Hog Day PARTY 44 N Main Street at Balsam Ridge Gallery Saturday, February 2, 5:30 – 8:30pm Light refreshments Music by the Ghost Peppers Proceeds go to Haywood Waterways. Drop in after you take The Plunge!

THE STRAND at 38 Main 38 N Main Street 828-283-0079 Now Open Early with Great COFFEE & pastries! First Run MOVIES, a full espresso bar, local ice cream, draft beer, wine and theater snacks in Downtown Waynesville. SPECIAL SHOWING “Ground Hog Day” Saturday, FEB 2nd, continuous showings from 12noon – 7pm. Get your TICKETS @

Speaking of The Plunge, it is worthy of a great cause. It returns to Lake Junaluska this year. Saturday, February 2, 11:30am REGISTRATION begins @ 10am. 100% of proceeds benefit Youth and Environmental Education Programs $25 to Plunge or FREE by raising sponsorships ($10 under age 18) Prizes Awarded.

The DILLSBORO CHOCOLATE FACTORY will be making decadent Chocolate Covered Long Stem Strawberries for Valentine’s Day! We will have our hand dipped berries in milk, dark and white single bean Venezuelan cacoa. We will also offer scrumptious toppings too. Order yours today by calling either store. Waynesville at 828-246-9838 or Dillsboro at 828-631-0156

TWIGS AND LEAVES GALLERY On Saturday, February 9th its Love the Locals “Sweets on the Street” at Twigs and Leaves Gallery 1-5PM. Create a handmade Valentine card for someone special with the help of Margaret Roberts, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, harp music by Betina Morgan, and take advantage of super deep discounts on selected jewelry, all topped off with a special treat. Then celebrate the beauty of winter “Winter Arts Smokies Style ~ HeART Warming ~ The Art of Chocolate event on Saturday, February 16th. Be the one to guess the correct number of Hershey Kisses in a container and it is ALL yours! From 3-6 PM, Judy and Dave Horn owners of the Corn Husk Shoppe will be demonstrating in the gallery. While you are visiting, stroll through the gallery’s 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Marna Dodson and delight in a chocolate fare. All month we are collecting clothing for school age children through Clothes to Kids. Twigs and Leaves Gallery, 98 North Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 Open Mon- Sat 10-5:30 828-456-1940 Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

BALSAM RIDGE GALLERY invites you to the monthly Artist’s Breakfast. A gathering of artists and art lovers over coffee. Saturday, February 9, Share a favorite treat of your own! 9:30am -12noon. This ongoing event is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Rapid River Magazine. Come Crowd Around! 44 N Main Street 828.234.1616

HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL NOW through – February 23: Juried Artist Exhibit
Winter Gallery Hours are 11 AM to 4 PM. We are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Saturday, February 9: Valentine Art Classes 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Valentine Quilt Block Class with Denise Seay
The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is excited to announce that local artist, Denise Seay is offering a Valentine Quilt Block Art Class on Saturday, February 9 at the HCAC Gallery & Gifts from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Learn the basics of hand piecing, applique and quilting to make a Valentine fiber remembrance and share the warmth and joy of hand quilting. Fabric, batting, supplies and design will be provided by local artist Denise Seay, but attendees should feel welcome to bring their own fabric, supplies and/or designs. We will cover simple piecing, applique, and quilting to create a 6” block which can be finished as an art quilt. Great workshop to experiment in fiber handiwork or brush up on skills. Lots of tips and tricks will be shared. Class size is limited to 8 students, so call now to reserve your space. $50 HCAC members or $55 Non Members 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Valentine Wine & Paint Class with Joan Doyle The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is excited to announce that local artist, Joan Doyle is offering a Valentine Wine & Paint Art Class on Saturday, February 9 at the HCAC Gallery & Gifts from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sip a glass of wine as you paint this colorful Valentine heart! Class size is limited to 10 students, so call now to reserve your space. $25 HCAC members or $30 Non Members Saturday, February 16: Winter Arts Smokies Style All Day Activities at the Arts Council 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Artist Demonstration with Francoise Lynch Francoise uses her impressionistic style and Caribbean background to create a vibrant collection of original oil paintings. Bright reds, turquoises and blues come together in a celebration of color and life! She began her formal training at the Kresge Art Center at Michigan State University where she studied fine art. In was there that she began to hone her skills and was fascinated with the impressionist painters’ use of color, small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, and open compositions. Inspiration from Monet and Gauguin flows through her thick, textured brush strokes and bright hues that are apparent in her pieces. “The fun part about art is that there are no rights and wrongs…art is your expression!” Francoise works on five to ten paintings at a time and has a variety of subjects in her art.“I love to work on a variety of subjects. It keeps me challenged. My composition is open and simple. My art reflects my love for color and life!” 3:00 – 6:00 p.m Winter Arts Smokies Style – The ART of Chocolate Join us at the Arts Council for our Hot Chocolate Bar while shopping for wonderful original art work as local harpist Betina Morgan fills the air with HeART Warming music in the Arts Council gallery. Saturday, February 23: Gallery Talk in Honor of Black History Month with Thomas Thibeault 2:00 p.m. The Haywood County Arts Council invites you to join us in celebrating Black History Month through the eyes of a slave and his great escape during the Civil War. Local author, Thomas Thibeault highlights the true story of Robert Smalls a slave who stole a Confederate gunboat and surrendered the boat to Union Admiral Francis Du Pont. Robert Smalls escaped with his entire family of over 20 people. Thomas Thibeault was born in Canada, raised in Ireland, and has traveled the world. He worked as a deck hand, a soldier, a train brakeman, and an art model. He was even a tour guide at the pyramids. He taught for thirty years in places as diverse as Russia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. Through it all, he read voraciously, thought deeply, and applied the lessons of his experience to life and the craft of writing. Now retired from teaching, he works and lives with his wife, Anna, and their twelve cats in Maggie Valley. “We’re thrilled to have Tom Thibeault present our first gallery talk of 2019,” said Leigh Forrester, Executive Director of the Haywood County Arts Council. Explore the fascinating true story of a slave who stole himself with Thomas Thibeault at the Haywood County Arts Council on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. The Arts Council is located at 86 North Main Street in Waynesville. There is no charge for admission. To find out more about this event, visit, or call 828-452-0593.

Join Folkmoot for a Lunar New Year Friendship Dinner,
part of our Friendship Dinner Series
February 8, 2019, 6 – 8pm Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville
Tickets: Adults: $18 Students: $10 at 828.452.2997 or online:
Join Folkmoot for a Friendship Dinner celebrating the Lunar New Year on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, located in the Historic Hazelwood School at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville.
Lunar New Year, commemorated in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia and Tibet, is observed February 5 – February 19, 2019 at the turn of the lunisolar calendar, a calendar based on both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. It is known as “Spring Festival” in modern China. 2019 is the “Year of the Pig” and is predicted to bring health, wealth and happiness to those who avoid conflicts and excessive gambling. Some spiritual pundits suggest that the Year of the Earth Pig is also a great time to love bacon.
Folkmoot’s Lunar New Year Dinner is hosted by Chinese language students and their teachers. Guests at this celebration will learn about the various cultures of Asia and enjoy a music and dance performance and traditional Chinese foods including dumplings, bam bam chicken, garlic broccoli and Yangzhou style fried rice. Participants will have an opportunity for Chinese paper cutting, calligraphy, origami and language lessons.
Limited seating is available. Please purchase Lunar New Year tickets in advance by calling 828.452.2997 or purchasing electronically, at Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events.
Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.
Folkmoot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating many cultures in one community.

Nashville Songwriters in the Round series launches at Folkmoot Center

The long-running series began in Balsam in 1996 Price: $25/adult, $12/student.
Tickets available at, at 828-452-2997, and at the door Date: Saturday, February 16 Doors open at 6pm, Music at 7:30
Begun in Balsam in 1996 and modeled after similar performances at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, the Great Balsam Nashville Songwriters in the Round Series, now hosted at the Folkmoot Center at Historic Hazelwood School, presents signature in-the-round shows featuring Nashville area songwriters who pen the lyrics performed by country’s biggest stars. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs.

What is an In-The Round Performance? Occasionally duplicated but most often associated with the Bluebird Café in Nashville, in-the-round performances feature performers seated in a circle with the audience all around. The musicians trade anecdotes about the music industry and sing the songs they’ve written.

David Olney
“Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney.
Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.” – Townes Van Zandt
Master craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney is well-known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful live performances. Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s “Nashville” and his stellar songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, The Wailin’ Jennys, Steve Young, Slaid Cleaves and many others.
Peter Cooper
“Peter Cooper looks at the world with an artist’s eye and a human heart and soul. His songs are the work of an original, creative imagination, alive with humor and heartbreak and irony and intelligence, with truth and beauty in the details. Deep stuff. And they get better every time you listen.” – Kris Kristofferson
For more than a decade, GRAMMY-Nominated Singer, Songwriter and Producer Peter Cooper was the senior music writer and columnist for Nashville’s daily paper, The Tennessean. He is currently working at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as Museum Editor. Named one of Nashville’s “10 Most Interesting People” by Nashville Arts & Entertainment magazine, Cooper is also a session player, a producer who has worked with Todd Snider, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Fayssoux Starling McLean, among others, and is professor of country music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.
Gwil Owen
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., and raised in rural Ohio, Gwil Owen moved to Nashville as a songwriter in the eighties. His band, The Thieves, was signed to Bug/Capitol Records and put out one record, “Seduced By Money,” in 1988 and a number of singles thereafter. Toni Price was the first to record Gwil’s songs on her debut album “Swim Away”. Since 1994 she has recorded over 30 Gwil Owen songs, and “Tumbleweed” was honored as song of the year at the 1995 Austin Music Awards.
Owen went on to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for a song co-written with Allison Moorer called “A Softer Place to Fall,” which was featured in Robert Redford’s film “The Horse Whisperer.” The Gwil Owen/Kevin Gordon songwriting collaboration “Deuce and a Quarter” was recorded By Keith Richard and Levon Helm for the album “All The Kings Men,” which featured performances by Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana.
Gwil is also the co-owner of Howlin’ Books in Nashville and a noted visual collage artist.

About Folkmoot:
Each summer since 1984 a kaleidoscope of musicians and dancers from across the globe have visited the delightful North Carolina mountain town of Waynesville as part of the Folkmoot International Dance and Music Festival. More than 8,000 international performers from 200 countries have participated through the decades.
Folkmoot, now at its home at the historic Hazelwood School, is transitioning from a two week festival to a year-round cultural center, with a focus on programs and events that celebrate diversity and differences, encourage cultural conversation and inclusion, and preserve and honor worldwide cultural heritages, especially using dance and music as a tool to achieve world peace. • 828-452-2997

BLUE RIDGE BEER HUB We are a retail beer & wine store / tap house / homebrew supply. We specialize in local and hard-to-find beers, but we also sell wine, meads, ciders, gifts, and homebrewing/winemaking supplies. We don’t serve food, other than chips, nuts, & jerky; but carry-in food is welcome. Beer Hub events in January. Jan 23 – Feb 3 – Winter hours: W-Th 3-9, F-Sa 3-10 All February – Love the Locals special – $1 off full pours All February – Love the Locals special – Pop-up beer tastings each week (follow us on social media for info on these) Feb 7 – Acoustic Jam with Main St. NoTones (7:00-?) Feb 9 – Beer Tasting with AleSmith Brewing (5:00-8:00) Feb 11 – Pub Theology (7:00-9:00) Feb 16 – Downtown Waynesville The ART of Chocolate. We will have a special chocolate beer on tap and free cookies. Feb 21 – Acoustic Jam with Main St. NoTones (7:00-?) Feb 27 – Close at 7:00 for Homebrew Club Meeting 21 East Street Waynesville, NC 28786 @brbeerhub on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Normal Hours: M, W, Th 11-9 F, Sa 11-11 Su 12-7 Winter hours (Jan 23 – Feb 3) W-Th 3-9, F-Sa 3-10

CLASSIC WINESELLER 20 Church St. 828-452-6000 Come share our passion – Wine, Beer & Cigars. Retail hours: 10am- 6pm, Mon-Sat. We are currently on winter break for dinner & live music. Stay tuned for our new food & drink happenings at The Wineseller in 2019! Check for details & updates on all events. 828-452-6000 Isn’t It Romantic? Valentine’s Wine Dinner Thu, Feb 14 6:30 – 9:00pm. Let us take care of the wine, the food, and the music—you take care of the romance! Master Chef Michelle Briggs is preparing a beautiful meal for you and your love. Menu will include four courses. Wine recommendations will accompany each course, or you may choose your own from our comprehensive selection. Price $44.99 per person plus wine. Menu to be announced soon. Call 828-452-6000 to reserve your table.


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