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Ron and Ann Cramm’s timber frame home with wide-open spaces. PAGES D5 & 6


Downtown Waynesville in Haywood County boasts a growing business district.

a patchwork of lifestyles

DINING SCENE: Haywood County offers a

mix of long-standing mom and pop spots and some new-generation eateries. PAGE D7

By Barbara Blake


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one of the most popular entertainment/arts attractions in the area. PAGE D9

JUST GRAZING: There are plenty of

outdoor activities in Haywood County — seeing the elk in Cataloochee is just one. PAGE D10


If you’re looking for a place that offers pastoral farmland and eclectic urban amenities, boundless outdoor activities and high-quality theater, tony restaurants and old-time diners, arts and crafts both edgy and traditional — all surrounded by breathtaking mountain views — you’ll find it in Haywood County. It’s impossible to put a label on this county of 58,000 residents about 20 minutes west of Asheville, with four distinctly different municipalities along with the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center creating a patchwork quilt of lifestyles and interests. First established in 1808 and now the third-largest county in Western North Carolina after Buncombe and Henderson, Haywood is like a storybook in which you become engrossed in one chapter only to find the next to be a totally different but equally charming tale. In Clyde, you’ll find a sleepy community with quaint neighborhoods and

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a legendary seafood market. Next door in Canton there is a storied past with the longtime Champion Paper Mill and a history of robust industrialism and good-paying mill jobs. Maggie Valley is home to funky tourist attractions, a ski resort, miles of old-fashioned, creek-side motor courts and numerous upscale vacation homes, while Waynesville, the county seat and Haywood’s urban hub, boasts a vibrant downtown that rivals Asheville’s booming city center. Lake Junaluska is not an official town, but the United Methodist conference and retreat center invites all its neighbors to share in year-round activities and celebrations around its 250-acre lake. The county is split almost 50-50 between urban and rural populations, with 46 the median age in 2009. The median family income in 2009 was $51,082, compared to $40,430 in 2000. With such an array of geographic and other differences, crossing from one town to another within Haywood County is

more like traveling to five different states, each with its own personality and special gifts. “In order to experience Haywood County to its fullest, you need to veer off the main roads,” said CeCe Hipps, the county’s chamber of commerce executive director. “Haywood has the ability to wrap its arms around you and never let go — it is truly a special place,” she said. Deanna Schleifer, owner of a shop in downtown Waynesville called Christmas is … Everyday, knew the moment she drove down Main Street 11 years ago how special the town was. After operating a bowling center in Texas for 15 years, she and her husband, Jon, who teaches at North Canton Elementary School, had planned to buy property in Brevard. When they arrived in the Transylvania County town, they discovered the deal had fallen through. As they left Brevard, they serendipitously ended up traveling up U.S. 276 and found themselves in Waynesville. “As soon as we hit this street, it was a feeling … I got goose bumps,” Schleif-

er said as she stocked the shelves of her charming shop at 113 N. Main St. “It was like, oh, my gosh, like I had come home.” The couple spent the

night in Waynesville, discovered the next day that the space she now occupies was up for sale, and her dream of opening a Christmas shop would

well as its sister towns. Not only are the people of Haywood County welcoming and eager to display traditional Southern hospitality, they embrace their cultural differences alongside their long-held traditions. Haywood County historian Bruce Briggs said Haywood stands apart from its neighboring counties to the west because it was an early tourist destination for residents of the Low Country in South Carolina and in Georgia, beginning in the late 1800s. “The people came here to get out of the hot weather during the summers, and the people who came were educated and affluent,” Briggs said. “They brought with them their bridge clubs, music and book clubs, and the local residents copied that, and that’s the reason why the culture here is so different.” Haywood had a public library in 1895, “which was early for a county our size, and now we have a public library that rivals any in soon be realized. the state,” Briggs said. Culture, tradition The county also has hisThat feeling is un- torically had great respect doubtedly shared by residents of Waynesville as Please see HAYWOOD on D3

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for education, he said, boasting doctors and lawyers on the school boards in the late 19th century and beyond, although “you wouldn’t get them to serve on those boards today,” he lamented. A focus on education remains strong, with Haywood Community College in Clyde offering more than 55 curricular programs to more than 2,000 students, including unique courses like the only fish and game wildlife program in North Carolina, forest management technology, pulp and paper technology and a four-year program in professional crafts that includes clay, fiber, jewelry and wood. Haywood also had the first county-owned hospital in the state, Briggs said, and now boasts premiere medical care with the MedWest-Haywood hospital near Clyde, part of Carolinas HealthCare System.

Indoors and out

One of the highlights of the year is the Folkmoot USA festival every summer (July 21-31 this year), when dancers, musicians and other artists from across the world take over the county to share their own cultural traditions. The Haywood Arts Regional Theater puts on stellar theatrical performances in the historic Shelton House near downtown Waynesville, and the region is saturated with artisans creating fine and contemporary art as well as traditional mountain crafts. Those and other artistic endeavors are supported by a vibrant Haywood County Arts Council. While there’s plenty to do indoors, Haywood’s outdoor offerings are a draw for locals and tourists alike, beginning with the Blue Ridge Parkway winding its way around

the county with four entrances and plenty of hiking and picnic spots to view the incredible mountain vistas. The county also contains a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the most-visited national park in the country — and Pisgah National Forest, where opportunities for hiking, picnicking, camping, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing and waterfallwatching abound. For those who like to hike or drive up and then look down, the county is home to 14 peaks above 6,000 feet, including Cold Mountain — the basis for the best-selling novel by Charles Frazier and the subsequent 2003 film — Shining Rock, Richland Balsam and Waterrock Knob, a mountaintop paradise with 50-mile views easily accessed by vehicle. The nearby Nantahala National Forest with 516,000 acres is the state’s largest national forest, spanning from Waynesville to Murphy, Fontana and Cashiers, and includes the Nantahala River Gorge, a nine-mile stretch that offers a haven for whitewater rafters. Another big draw for both locals and visitors is the Cataloochee area of the Smokies, where majestic elk graze in the early mornings and early evenings, just one of the area’s magical natural bounties. There also is a plethora of golf courses throughout the county, giving seasoned pros and duffers alike an extraordinary experience on velvety links in the shadows of the Southern Highlands.


Canton, the first Haywood County town you pass through heading west from Asheville, is probably most famous for its Champion Paper Mill, the town’s largest employer for decades and the source

People walk along the business district in downtown Waynesville in Haywood County. Waynesville is the largest North Carolina town west of Asheville. ERIN BRETHAUER/ EBRETHAU@CITIZENTIMES.COM

of good-paying jobs for hundreds of residents. Champion closed the plant in 1997, but its employees rallied to purchase the plant themselves and formed Blue Ridge Paper Co. The mill was later sold to Evergreen Packaging, which continues employing hundreds of workers today. Canton has seen a revival of its downtown and has an ongoing historic preservation effort, including the Canton Historical Museum and the restored Colonial Theater hosting concerts, readings and plays. Its Recreation Park has a large swimming pool, playground, picnic tables, lighted tennis courts and ball fields. In the summers, Canton hosts the “Pickin’ in the

Park,” a legendary Labor Day celebration that’s gone on for more than 100 years, and the annual “Mater Fest” celebration of the summer’s harvest. In December comes a festival of lights and a lighted, nighttime Christmas Parade. Wells Greeley, fourthgeneration owner of Wells Funeral Home in Canton and Waynesville, is a longtime community leader who grew up in Canton and served on its town board, and now lives in and is an alderman for the town of Waynesville. Although he has strong ties to both his hometown and his adopted town and operates businesses in both, “Canton is where I grew up, where I got my start and roots,” Greeley said.

“There is such a strong sense of community in Canton, and I think the quality of life that the mountains offer and the pace that’s there attracts many people to the town,” he said. While Waynesville may boast a more vibrant urban center, Canton “represents a great alternative for people seeking another home,” Greeley said. “If you ever want to have a place that has a true sense of community, that exists in Canton.”


ternately say, “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave.” The town is primarily a bedroom community of some 1,324 people, according to the 2000 Census. But at least one Clyde business — Sentelle’s Grocery and Seafood Market — draws customers from far and wide to grab up fresh-caught seafood from the East Coast and beyond. Debbie Milner’s father, Bill Sentelle, started the business 49 years ago, and Milner is there most days, selling sashimi-grade tuna, jumbo shrimp, scallops and a plethora of more exotic fish and shellfish that is always fresh, not frozen. Milner said the market is more than just a business. It’s a spot where neighbors keep up with each other and buyers become friends as well as customers. “We know what they want when they walk in the door — half the time they don’t even have to ask us,” Milner said. “We’re constantly having new people come in, but we also have the ones who’ve been with us year after year.” The staff at Sentelle’s keeps up with their customers’ weddings, births, deaths, accomplishments and struggles, Milner said, and the customers do the same. “My daughter is getting her doctorate in clinical psychology, and most of my customers ask about her every time they come in,” she said. “They keep up with what’s going on with us just like we do with them.”

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Auburn Park

Location: Southwest Waynesville, near the Waynesville Country Club Price range: $225,000$500,000 Amenities: Begun in the 1960s, this urban development with city streets was developed out of the old Kelley farm. The homes are all single-family, primarily brick ranchers, and are in a very walkable neighborhood convenient to most urban services.

The Villages of Plott Creek

Location: About 10 minutes from downtown

Waynesville Price range: $400,000 to more than $1 million Amenities: A gated community with five villages within it, The Villages of Plott Creek has a picnic shelter with gorgeous views, a 40-acre hiking trail and a 200-acre conservation trust with grassy common areas. Plott Creek itself runs through the center of the community.

The Waynesville Country Club area

Location: Adjacent to the country club in southwest Waynesville Price range: $250,000 to $900,000 Amenities: This longtime neighborhood began in the 1930s and was devel-

oped around the golf course within the city limits. It has a great mix of year-round and second homes, from brick ranchers to large, multilevel homes.

Brannon Forest

Location: Maggie Valley, near Jonathan Creek Price range: $250,000 to $600,000 Amenities: This community of second homes and year-round homes has an eclectic mix, from log cabins to spacious, airy homes on multiple levels. It has a community clubhouse, a covered-bridge entry, a creek and stunning views, all close to community services.

Tuscola Park


A home in the Brannon Forest subdivision in Maggie Valley. Location: Lake Junaluska Price range: $150,000 to $350,000 Amenities: This wellestablished neighborhood of mostly traditional brick rancher homes is within walking distance to the path around 250-acre Lake Junaluska and is close to Tuscola High School, the county’s MedWest-Haywood hospital and Haywood Community College.

Smoky Mountain Retreat

$1.9 million Amenities: This community of high-end log homes nestled on the mountainside between Waynesville and Maggie Valley has playgrounds, waterfalls, green spaces and common areas surrounded by woods, with unbelievable views. The community is near the Cataloochee Ski Resort and convenient to Interstate 40, and the homes are ideal for rental as vacation homes.

Masters Pointe

Location: Waynesville, near Laurel Ridge Coun-

Location: Maggie Valley Price range: $398,000 to

try Club Price range: $380,000 to $550,000 Amenities: This relatively new community has a variety of single-family home styles, from condominiums to upscale, multilevel homes, all in the vicinity of the country club and with the predictable mountain views. There are many options for private settings, and a homeowners association handles lawns and exterior maintenance.

Hunters Ridge

Location: Canton, near Exit 33 and Newfound Price range: $250,000 to $350,000 Amenities: This affordable neighborhood of more contemporary homes has a wide mix of home styles, and many home sites have large acreage offering privacy. For those who work in Asheville but are looking for lower housing costs, this community on the east side of Canton is an easy commute.

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path and green space where dads teach their kids to ride bikes and impromptu take-out picnics take place on the way home to Waynesville or Maggie Valley on summer evenings. The conference center is welcoming to anyone in the community, including children who love to feed the myriad of ducks who call the lake home. “One of the highlights each summer for visitors and residents is the July 4th celebration at the lake, which includes activities for the whole family,” said Jack Ewing, executive director of the conference and retreat center. The event includes a concert by the Lake Junaluska Singers, a parade along Lakeshore Drive and a spectacular fireworks show from around the lake, and “everyone is in-

vited and welcome to participate,” Ewing said. For almost 100 years, Lake Junlauska has been a spiritual and recreational center for Haywood County, hosting 250,000 visitors each year who participate in religious programs, educational conferences and recreational opportunities, Ewing said.

Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley truly stands apart from its fellow Haywood County towns, primarily catering to tourists looking for family fun or upscale vacation rentals along the wooded mountainsides that loom above the main drag — Soco Road. Although the legendary Ghost Town in the Sky has closed, Maggie Valley still draws thousands of tourists year round, in the winter to the Cataloochee Ski Resort and in the summer to the door-to-door shops

and restaurants, camping areas and outdoor offerings. In Maggie Valley you’ll find log cabins, cottages, chalets and massive homes for purchase or rental, all surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain views you’ll find anywhere in the county. Contrasting those homes are a seemingly endless stream of oldfashioned, single-level motor courts with names like the Cozy Corner Motel, the Cardinal Inn and the Riverlet Motel, some boasting rooms where guests can sleep to the sound of the creek rushing by. There are no fast-food chains in Maggie Valley. But you’ll find a fascinating array of restaurants such as Butts on the Creek Barbecue, the Holiday Diner, Joey’s Pancake House and the Maggie Val-

ley Restaurant, whose sign welcomes “Veterans, Motorcyclists, NASCAR, Family and Friends.”


With more than 10,000 residents, Waynesville is the largest town west of Asheville and is the county seat of Haywood. It also serves as the most urban and sophisticated of the municipalities and is the county’s governmental and commercial hub. Waynesville’s downtown has the “Main Street” of any town’s dreams, with a lively, pedestrian-friendly vibe and colorful storefronts — virtually none of them vacant — offering whimsical boutiques and cafes, galleries, fine-arts shops, bookstores, coffeehouses and indie operations like Schleifer’s Christmas shop. But rather than being essentially a draw for tour-

ists, this Main Street has plenty of functionality, with real estate offices, CPAs, doctors and dentists, churches, a funeral home and other businesses serving everyday needs, all within walking distance. And there is a lovely mix of those businesses on Main Street, with the Haywood County Arts Council existing happily next door to a Christian Bible Book Shop next to an art gallery next to a bakery for dogs. Nyda Bittmann-Neville, a transplant from Orlando, Fla., who owns a marketing and communications firm called TNB Consulting Group Inc., had Waynesville on her short list five years ago when she and her husband began searching for a new hometown that would also be their retirement destination someday. “When I drove through

downtown Waynesville, I immediately fell in love, and when my husband came back with me a few months later he fell in love as well,” she said. Although she spends a large chunk of time traveling the world with her consulting business, it was important to BittmannNeville to plant roots in a town where she could become involved in the community in a significant way. And that she has done, serving on the boards of the Haywood County Arts Council, Haywood Community College Foundation and, most recently, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. She also likes having Asheville just 30 minutes away, “so I can participate in the arts and culture there and see the sights — there’s nothing like going to Biltmore and the Grove Park Inn.”

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on Cramm built three beautiful houses for himself and his wife, Ann, at Laurel Ridge Country Club when they decided they’d move into a chopped-up house that struggled to breathe. Ron had seen the house before, seven years ago when the previous owner hired him to add a bedroom wing. He decided to buy it in 2008 when the owner “made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” he said. But he likes big, open rooms. As the owner of a timber frame building company (Blue Ridge Post & Beam), he built spaciousness into the two dozen homes he erected in Haywood and Jackson counties. So in 2008, he started raising the ceilings, opening up the rooms and installing timber frame trusses and architectural detail. The renovations turned a cramped house into an airy one. “A lot of builders think they’re architects,” said Ron, who in the early 1980s worked for several years for a residential architectural design firm in Toronto. “You should (hire) an architect or a builder that has some experience with architects.” “When it comes to visualizing spaces, that’s his forte,” Ann said.




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The rich brown of a leather sofa goes well with the warm colors of post and beam construction.




The home: A 4,000square-foot Mountain Rustic timber frame home with three bedrooms and three and a half baths. The homeowners: Ann Cramm, a nurse, and Ron Cramm, a home builder. Their dogs are Harry and Jesse. Defining aspect: A walk through the expansive, high-ceilinged great room opens to an even larger timber frame deck that has a southwest view of Waynesville and the mountains that surround it.


The house began its life in 1986 as a log home before Ron Cramm transformed it into a timber frame house. Insulation panels make the house warmer than the typical log home, Ron said. The wing Ron added for the previous owner is stick-built construction sided with logs. The weathered cedar shakes on the roof help the house fit naturally into the woods that surround it on three sides.

Visitors often tell Ann and Ron Cramm that their master suite seems like a big apartment.

Shedding light

Ron had existing Sheetrock walls covered with a clay compound that gives the walls both warmth and texture. The old white paint on the windows and door trim didn’t fit the timber frame look, so instead of undertaking a costly replacement, Ron found a faux artist who painted brown wood patterns over the white. To light the timber frame trusses and the beautiful wood ceiling, Ron created light valances from framed slabs of poplar bark.

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Hidden away

The Cramms spend a lot of time on the covered deck in the rear of the house. Overlooking the valley below, the timber frame structure stands taller than the house and serves as an outside “room” for cooking out and sitting around the fire. Connected to the space by a rock walkway is a locust log gazebo that, tucked outside the master bedroom, shelters the private hot tub.

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The Haywood County dining scene is defined by the longtime hangouts, the mom and pop spots where every customer’s name is “honey” or “darling.” But these days, a new generation of son and daughter eateries is moving into the area, adding a new twist to tradition. And luckily for Haywood County, there is room for it all. “I think what we are finding is now we’ve got great mom and pop places, like Joey’s Pancake House (in Maggie Valley),” said Ashley Rice, marketing and communications specialist for Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. “We are seeing a lot more fine dining, not expensive,” she said, “but more culinary delights.” Many of the new restaurants in the area are celebrating Haywood County’s farm industry by incorporating local foods, such as farm-raised trout from Sunburst in Canton, Rice said. Farm-to-table fresh foods are the focus of Frog’s Leap Public House, which is slated to open in mid-June. Chef Kaighn Raymond is opening the eatery in the former location of Lomo’s Grill on Church Street. He has family in the area and had been coming up from his previous home in Atlanta for about a decade. “After 15 years, it just got harder and harder to go back to Atlanta,” Raymond said. And when Lomo’s Grill closed and the space was vacant, “I


Sherrill’s Pioneer Restaurant is a favorite among the locals in Clyde and one of many great restaurants in Haywood County. decided it was time to make my dream come true.” Raymond feels that the farm-to-table connection “hasn’t really developed” in this area. “I feel like we really need someone to come in and get the ball rolling,” he said. He said the farm-fresh food restaurant is a good fit for Waynesville because it is a proud city that celebrates its neighbors and wants “to keep the town small.” Artisan food is also taking the form of beer in the area. Two new breweries are opening in Waynesville soon, Rice said. But behind all the new restaurants in the county, which also include Thai Spice in Waynesville and Frankie’s Italian Trattoria

Jean Howard has a meal with her friend Bonnie Burgess (not pictured) at Jukebox Junction Soda Shoppe in Canton. Both women eat at the restaurant once or twice a week. “They are so loving here,” says Burgess. J. Arthur’s restaurant is found off U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley.

Susie James enjoys a hamburger and fries at Sherrill’s Pioneer Restaurant in Clyde. “They’ve got good food,” James says. and Moonshine Grill in Maggie Valley, are eateries that have been serving the community for decades.

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food,” said regular Susie James, who has been eating at the restaurant for about 30 years. “The best part is the desserts are homemade.” The Jukebox Junction Soda Shoppe in Canton has been open for 20 years. “This place is an in-

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With no shortage of things to do, Haywood County also has no shortage of places to stay. From primitive camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the rustic lodge destination The Swag, Haywood has a variety of accommodations as appealing and broad as the activities — the hiking, boating, shopping and dining opportunities, among them — it affords. “Most of our visitors come here for rest and relaxation and outdoor recreation,” said Lynn Collins, executive director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. The place to rest and relax after all that recreation is one of the 3,000 rooms available in Haywood County, rooms that encompass the motel, cabin, cottage, vacation rental and country club experiences. The typical visitor to Haywood County stays for three days and spends $410 on lodging, $225 on food, $193 on shopping and $136 on attractions and amusements, according to the authority. Slightly more than a third spend their nights in motels and hotels. The same portion of visitors sleep in cabins or vacation rentals. The rest camp or stay in other accommodations. If they’re from out of state, most are from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, according to a study done last year for the TDA. “We’re in the middle of it,” Betsy Boyd, whose family owns Boyd Mountain Log Cabins in Waynesville, said of visitors to Haywood County. “They can stay here and take a day trip to Harrah’s (casino) or Asheville or the Cherokee Indian Reservation or to go to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge (in Tennessee) or to ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railway, people enjoy going to those and coming back to a quieter pace.” Haywood County “is not as commercialized,” said Lynn Caldwell, office manager for Boyd Mountain Log Cabins. The business has seven an-



Boyd Mountain Log Cabinsin Haywood County has seven antique hand-hewn cabins (with conveniences like Wi-Fi and washers and dryers) that sleep two to 10 people.


Ron and Rachel Reid, owners of Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, offer visitors tips on places to see and visit in Haywood County. tique hand-hewn cabins (with conveniences like Wi-Fi and washers and dryers) that sleep two to 10 people. The cabins are on a working Christmas tree farm. Visitors can hike, fish and swim in an old swimming hole. “There’s not the hustle and bustle here,” Caldwell said. “People will book for a couple of days, and when they see how laid-back it is and how good a time they’re having, they’ll try to stay.” “People that come to our place enjoy being able to take advantage of having nature all around

them,” said Boyd. Haywood County has several bed-and-breakfast inns, including the Andon Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast, built in 1902, one of Waynesville’s historic properties. The paneled home, with large windows and a wide porch with rocking chairs, has five large guest rooms, each with private bath, fireplace and views. Rachel Reid bought it in 2006 from a couple who invested 10 years in restoring the house and ran it as an inn. The house was built by John White, a Waynesville

alderman whose lumber mill supplied the wood that built most of the houses in town. Like anywhere else, many visitors to Haywood County are attracted to bed-and-breakfast inns because they prefer staying there to staying in motels. “The experience is totally different,” Reid said. “With a bed-andbreakfast, you have the house; you’re not just in a room. It’s a lot more personalized. You have the use of common areas. You have the innkeepers/ owners as your personal concierge.” There are two common areas at the Andon Reid inn. There is the

garden room, a glassenclosed space, and there is the lower level, with its fitness studio and sauna (Reid and her husband, Ron, are personal trainers). “And we’re totally Wi-Fi,” Reid said. “You’re not paying extras for things like snacks and Wi-Fi.” The Reids were attracted to Haywood County for many of the same things that visitors are. They wanted to live and work somewhere in North Carolina, and they didn’t want to live on the coast (hurricanes). So working westward from Raleigh, they drove around, climbing into the mountains at Blowing

Rock and heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They liked Asheville and visited cities and towns 30 miles around it. Waynesville suited them perfectly. “We chose Waynesville for the lifestyle,” Rachel Reid said. “It’s in a little bit quieter part of Western North Carolina. Asheville is more of a city. We get a lot of people from Knoxville and Atlanta, and they want to get away from the city. (Waynesville is) a quaint little town.” In the fall, visitors at her inn will hear the cheerleaders and the band at the Tuscola High School football games at Waynesville Middle School and walk over. It’s not far. “It reminds them of the way life used to be,” Reid said. Winngray Campground in Jonathan Creek has 150 sites that accommodate tents, RVs and everything in between. Now in its 35th season, it has people who come back every summer, including many who spend the entire season, said Hamp Choate, the owner’s son. “This is just their second home,” he said. It’s like a family reunion when they see each other again for the summer, he said. Some of them have been coming the full 35 years. “It’s almost like our own little community that we have here,” Choate said. “Campers are very friendly people. They like to get out and talk to their neighbors. That’s another thing — you’re not going to knock on someone’s door in a motel and start talking.”

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By Tony Kiss



WAYNESVILLE — Asheville may grab the biggest concert acts and entertainment events. But Haywood County is home to two of Western North Carolina most popular entertainment/ arts attractions — Folkmoot USA and Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, also known as HART. Both bring some very different types of entertainment to the stage. Folkmoot features international dance and musical groups from around the globe, presented not only in Haywood County but also at venues around the mountains. It’s a summertime attraction, with concerts July 21-31. Haywood Arts Regional Theatre does its thing at the Performing Arts Center at Shelton House, a state-of-the-art theater not far from downtown Waynesville. The HART season is already under way for 2011 and continues through November. Both are very popular, not only with Haywood County residents, but with visitors from around WNC and beyond.

Folkmoot fun

Folkmoot traces its roots to 1973, when Dr. Clinton Border, a Waynesville surgeon, traveled to England with a local square dance team for a folk festival performance. Intrigued by the idea, he began plotting the course for what became Folkmoot USA. The first Folkmoot concerts were presented in 1984, and the festival plans dates this year in Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, Bryson City, Cullowhee, Asheville, Burnsville, Marion, Mars Hill, Flat Rock, Stecoah, Franklin and Hickory. Also this year, Folkmoot will take its show out of North Carolina with a performance in nearby in Jonesborough, Tenn. Most of Folkmoot’s performance are ticketed, but two of


What: Haywood Arts Regional Theatre main stage season. When: The season runs through Nov. 20. Where: Performing Arts Center at Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St. Tickets: Plays are $18, adults, $16 seniors, $8 students. Musicals are $22, $20, $10. 456-6322.



The Swiss troupe La Farandole de Courtepin was among the many performers at last year’s International Festival Day in Waynesville.

1997 and includes both a 255seat main stage space and a 75-seat venue known as the Feichter Studio Theatre, which offers a season of experimental, less commercial works. While the Studio Theatre season is finished for 2011, many mainstage offerings are yet to come this year. Next on the boards is the classic thriller “Death Trap,” June 3-12. Then HART will celebrate the famous burlesque and vaudeville striptease star Gypsy Rose Lee with “Gypsy: A Musical Fable,” July 8-31. The Noel Coward comedy “Hay Fever” has the HART stage Aug. 19-28. For fall, HART offers the comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Sept. 30-Oct. 16. And it closes the year with Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy “Ah, Wilderness!,” guided HART to great fame Nov. 11-20. around the Southeast. Reservations are important The company is based at the Performing Arts Center at Shel- when attending HART shows — the theater often fills up. ton House, which opened in

the events biggest are free — the Parade of Nations and International Festival Day. Folkmoot’s beauty is its constantly changing lineup of groups and nations. This year, the festival has extended invitations to groups in Italy, Nepal, Trinidad, Finland, Guadeloupe, Turkey, China, Croatia, Burundi and the U.S. group, American Racket. But that lineup could change as groups deal with the hassles of getting visas and arranging travel. Tickets are now on sale for the opening and closing Folkmoot ceremonies. Check the festival’s website (www.folk JOHN COUTLAKIS/JCOUTLAKIS@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM for concert date as they are announced. Folkmoot dancers dazzled their fans last year at the Colonial Theater in Canton.

Theater with HART

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre has become one of WNC’s most popular performing groups, with a stellar season of theatrical offerings. The

volunteer-based theater was founded in 1985 and has been propelled by the rock-solid artistic talents of its executive director, Steven Lloyd, who has

What: 2011 Folkmoot USA season. When: July 21-31. Where: Venues around Western North Carolina. Tickets: 877-FOLKUSA.

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For recreational activities, it’s hard to beat Haywood County. With portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest, there are plenty of places for biking, camping, fishing, hiking, rafting and more. If you want something really unique though, head to the Cataloochee area of the Smokies to see the elk. When mating in September, the elk make a “legendary” bugling sound to challenge other bulls and attract cows. “Hearing bugling from several of the animals is quite an experience,” said Nancy Gray, spokesperson for the Smokies. “I think it’s a neat time to go. They’re pretty active, there are cooler temperatures, there are more elk in the field, and some of them are combatant … fighting for control of the territory. At that time people should be warned not to get too close.” The best time to view the elk is early morning or late evening, Gray said. Seeing them is easier


Elk wander across the meadow during an evening in Cataloochee. through binoculars, since visitors are not allowed to come near the elk, which can weigh up to 700 pounds. When the elk were first introduced to the park in 2001 there were 52, but now there are as many as 135, spanning from Cataloochee, the original site, to Oconaluftee, where 20 to 25 of the creatures now live. The elk are thought to bring in as many as 140,000 tourists a year to view them, Gray said. Before the elk were introduced, Cataloochee received 65,000 visitors.

Beyond the elk

Looking for something else to do? For camping, Haywood offers Moon-

shine Creek Campground off Country Road, which Mike Pruitt, visitor center specialist, said is “really nice for tenting.” A lot of campgrounds are off Jonathan Creek Road in Maggie Valley, he said. Also, don’t miss flyfishing on the east or west fork of Pigeon River, Pruitt said. “You can fish in Lake Junaluska, but Lake Logan is a private lake. There’s also Richland Creek and Jonathan Creek. Richland Creek is right here in Waynesville, Jonathan Creek is in Maggie Valley, but for fly-fishing you definitely want the Pigeon River.” For horseback riding, there is Queen’s Farm Riding Stables, Utah

Mountain Riding Stables, Cataloochee Ranch, Smoky Mountain Stables and Milimia Ranch Outfitters that are new. Milimia does any kind of trail ride, including weddings, picnics, fishing trips and pack rides, Pruitt said. “It’s a really a great thing

to have in the county.” The Blue Ridge Parkway offers many opportunities for hiking, especially with trails like Graveyard Fields, Devil’s Courthouse, Waterrock Knob and Mount Pisgah Area trails, many of which also make good

picnic areas as well, Pruitt said. “We have the highest elevations with 18 peaks over 6,000 feet.” Whitewater rafting is available through the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Rolling Thunder River Co. and Raft in the Smokies. Queen’s Farm Riding Stables: 23 Queens Farm Lane, Waynesville, 926-0718, Utah Mountain Riding Stables: 796 Utah Mtn. Road, Waynesville, 926-1143, Cataloochee Ranch: 119 Ranch Drive, Maggie Valley, 9261401, www.cataloochee

Milimia Ranch Outfitters: 1966 Martin’s Creek Road, Clyde, 550-8444, Graveyard Fields: Take the Blue Ridge Parkway south to Milepost 418.8. Easy to moderate, 4.5-mile round trip. Devil’s Courthouse: Milepost 422.4 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Strenuous 1-mile

round trip. Waterrock Knob: Milepost 451.2 (just 18 miles from the end of the Parkway). Moderate to strenuous, 1.2-mile round trip. Mount Pisgah area trails: Blue Ridge Parkway south to the Mount Pisgah parking area, on the left, at Milepost 407.6. Park at the second parking

area; the first is for the Buck Springs trail. Strenuous 3.6mile round trip. Nantahala Outdoor Center: Rolling Thunder River Co.: (800) 408-7238, Raft in the Smokies: (800) 776-7238, www.raftinginthe


Beverly Booth, left, celebrates with her guide, Trish Dumaine, after catching a trout on the Pigeon River near Lake Logan. Fly-fishing on the east or west fork of Pigeon River is a "don’t miss" event in Haywood County.

TO LEARN MORE Haywood County Chamber of Commerce: 456-3021, Blue Ridge Parkway automated road and conditions: 298-0398, Blue Ridge headquarters: 2714779 Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 865-436-1200,

Cataloochee: To get to the valley from Interstate 40, take Exit 20 and travel 0.2 miles on route 276. Turn right onto Cove Creek Road and follow the signs 11 miles into the Cataloochee Valley. visit/cataloochee.htm Moonshine Creek Campground: 2486 Dark Ridge Road, Sylva, 586-6666, www.moonshine


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CALENDAR Send items for the home and garden calendar to Nancy Sluder at two weeks before the event. Or mail to Nancy Sluder, Asheville Citizen-Times, P.O. Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802.


ASHEVILLE-BLUE RIDGE ROSE SOCIETY: The annual AshevilleBlue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition features award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide resources about selection, care and history. Rose plants and fertilizer will be for sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way (off N.C. 191). 6652492. GARDEN JUBILEE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, downtown Hendersonville. Includes a series of Southern Living free lectures, local and regional nurseries, Lowe’s Expo (garden clinics, plants for sale, hands-on kids’ clinic and backyard dis-

plays.) Free. MASTER GARDENER PLANT PROBLEM CLINIC: Let trained volunteers help with your plant, insect and disease problems, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, WNC Farmers’ Market breezeway. Pick up free soil test kits and Cooperative Extension publications. Bring plant samples that are large enough for identification. Free. BACKYARD COMPOST DEMONSTRATION: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, WNC Farmers’ Market, beside Jesse Israel’s Garden Center. Learn how to make “black gold” from your yard and kitchen waste, and receive a small sample. See various setups and check out a worm composting bin. Free.


WNC DAYLILY CLUB: Prizewinning daylilies will be on display as well as a wide variety of daylily plants will be for sale. Daylily club members will be available to answer questions. June 18, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olm-

SPECIAL HOME & GARDEN sted Way (off N.C. 191). 6652492. FATHER’S DAY GARDEN TOUR: Tour a dozen private gardens in the historic Kenilworth neighborhood, chat with the gardeners and take home a free plant. 1-5 p.m. June 19, Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. Advance tickets are $15, $25 for two. Day of: $20, $30. Available at “LOOK AND LEARN IN OUR GARDENS”: Self-guided tour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25, features five private homeowners’ gardens. Begins at the Vance Elementary School Peace Garden in West Asheville at 98 Sulfur Springs Road. $15 advance, $20 day of. www.buncombemastergardener. org. ASAP’S FAMILY FARM TOUR: Self-guided tour of 41 Western North Carolina farms, June 2526. Learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and meet the community’s food producers. $25 advance. Purchase a tour button at area businesses and tailgate markets, or online at One button admits

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the entire carload. 236-1282, ext. 114. AMERICAN BAMBOO SOCIETY’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL: Features regional bamboo nurseries offering plants as well as artists and crafters demonstrating and selling their products. Visitors learn about the artistic value and functionality of bamboo. The weekend also includes educational lectures and demonstrations. July 9-10, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way (off N.C. 191). 665-2492.


ASHEVILLE GARDEN CLUB: Cheryl Alderman gives a presentation on growing daylilies, 10 a.m. June 1, North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road. Refreshments at 9:30. 258-0922. HYPERTUFA LEAF CASTING: Learn to make leaf castings with Mary Martin. All materials supplied. 10 a.m.-noon June 3, The Bullington Center, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. $50.


The annual Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition features award-winning roses of every color and size happens this weekend. 698-6104. BASIC HOME MAINTENANCE: Learn to make basic repairs, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7-21, at the Buncombe County Extension Center, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. $20. 255-5522. SUMMER TREE WALK: Classroom learning, followed by outdoors walk to identify various trees, 1-4 p.m. June 8, N.C.

Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way (off N.C. 191), Asheville. $16, $12 members. 665-2492. TABLETOP MOSS GARDEN WORKSHOP: Learn about the world of mosses, then create your own tabletop garden to take home. 11 a.m. June 11, New Leaf Garden Market, Pisgah Forest. $20 per moss garden. Registration required. 966-LEAF. GROWING AND USING CULINARY HERBS: Betty Lockwood demonstrates how to grow and cook with herbs, and leads a tour of The Bullington Center herb garden, 3-4:30 p.m. July 6, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. $20. 698-6104. FOCUS ON FLOWERS: Annual event for amateurs and Master Gardeners, July 16, at the N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmstead Way, Asheville. Pam Beck presents “Change How You Garden.” $55. 665-2492. Register at HYPERTUFA TROUGH WORKSHOP: Learn to make hypertufa garden troughs. All materials provided. 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 5, The Bullington Center, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. $35. 698-6104.

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