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The Mountaineer, Waynesville, N.C., Jessi Stone column

July 2, 2014

By Jessi Stone, The Mountaineer, Waynesville, N.C.



July 02--Fourth of July

I'm really trying to get excited about the Fourth of July but all I keep thinking about is how everything got rained out last year. We had so much rain and thunder and lightning, I really didn't get to enjoy much and I didn't even get to see any fireworks. I keep looking at the weather app on my iPhone hoping the little lightning bolt icons will turn into sunshine, but no luck so far. So let's all just think positive thoughts and hope for clear skies this Friday.

There is so much going on in Haywood County this weekend -- choosing where you want to go will be the hardest part of your three-day weekend. Canton is having its block party style celebration Friday with live music, food, free watermelon and of course, a fireworks display at dusk. See more details on page 6.

Lake Junaluska will be celebrating Thursday through Saturday with performances by Junaluska Singers and Balsam Range, a fish fry, family activities and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Read more about how you can get tickets for Balsam Range on page 8.

While downtown Waynesville doesn't have its own fireworks, the "Stars and Stripes Celebration" on Main Street will be abuzz with entertainment, a children's parade, and a free performance from the Haywood Community Band at 2 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Read more about the schedule of events on page 6-7.

Maggie Valley has gone all out in the past to bring in food vendors, bouncy houses, music and more to the festival grounds for July 4, but this year the town has decided to get back to the basics. The festival grounds will be open most of the day and residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and backyard games to enjoy the holiday. A fireworks display will begin at dark.

Beer and Burning Can

If you are leaving Haywood for the holiday, see page 12A for a long list of events going on in Buncombe and beyond. I will definitely be around Friday for the local fun, but on Saturday I will be heading to Brevard with Guide contributors Carol and Paul Viau for the Burning Can Beer Festival put on by Oskar Blues Brewery in Asheville.

Two of our Waynesville brewers, BearWaters and Frog Level, will be there showing off their new cans! Even if you don't make it to the festival, be sure to look for Frog Level's Salamander slam IPA in a 16 ounce can and BearWaters' Sliding Rock Ale.

Paul got to tag along with the BearWaters brewers last week as they got their beer canned in Asheville. Be sure to read about his experience on page 2A. While it was too late to get it into this week's Guide, Frog Level had their Salamander Slam canned at the brewery on Tuesday and I was there to get pictures so look for that in next week's Guide.

It's so great seeing our local breweries doing so well and growing. When I was on the Asheville Brews Cruise a couple of weeks ago, I tried to convince the tour guide that they should expand to Waynesville.

Do you know he had the nerve to ask me what breweries were in Waynesville? I set him straight of course and told him about our great brews at Tipping Point, Frog Level and BearWaters. Maybe one day we'll have our own brews cruise business!

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