Blog :: 04-2012
Waynesville's historical Strand Theater has another lease on life as its new owners Rodney and Lorraine Conard and Jimmy Buchanan work on renovating the space to house their bar code scanner refurbishment business, Broken Media LLC.
While space will be made for offices and a warehouse, the owners want to preserve the theater portion of the building, which has been around since the 1940s.
"It has such a wonderful history." Lorraine said of the building.
In an effort to preserve and restore the theater, the Conards and Buchanan are inviting the community to get involved. The idea is to work with people who want to restore the theater and support a performance venue in Waynesville, and in return, the theater will be open for use as a community-run space.
"Basically, we want it to be a space that's available for the community to develop. We want to give it back to the community," Lorraine said.
Meetings to establish a Community Guidance Team will take place at 10 a.m. today and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Main Street Perks, a few doors down from The Strand. Anyone with an interest in getting involved in the theater's revitalization is invited to attend.
For more information, visit 38main.com or call 548-0797. The Strand is also on Facebook at The Strand at 38 Main. There, people can take a survey about what kinds of things they would like to see going on at the theater, such as musical performances, speakers, classic film showings or open mic nights.
Coming up in May is a fundraiser for the refurbishment of the theater. It will be 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the New Headwaters Brewing Company taproom in Waynesville.
Admission is $20 and includes a Headwaters brew paired with a specially made chocolate from Chocolate MD. Music will be provided from 5 to 6 p.m. by Red June, an Asheville-based acoustic trio.
Tickets can be purchased at 38main.com or by calling 548-0797.
The Mountaineer 4/18/2012
April 21: PlottFest including, Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival to benefit Head-Start/Mountain Projects; Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Mountain Music Festival celebrating Western North Carolina's Heritage showcasing the official NC state dog, the Plott Hound, Great Smoky Mountain Trout Fishing, Food, Crafts & Clogging. Youth Plott Hound Dog Show. Entertainment featuring Balsam Range & more! Trout Race Tickets on sale now! Two Free CATCH Clinics for youths 15 & under; 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. To sign up for the Free Youth Trout Fishing Clinic or for event details call 828-452-1860 or visit www.plottfest.org;
Note: For Trout Festival Signup Contact Karen Batick @ 828-926-0866 or www.gsmtroutfestival.org
April 28 & 29: Southeastern Mini Truckin' Nationals; Contact: Aces Wild Rides via email @ email@example.com or on Facebook @ Facebook.com/southeasternminitruckinnationals. Open car show, spectator's welcome! Hundreds of mini trucks compete for Top 50; 12 Specialty Awards & Best of Show. Auto & Food Vendors - Car Shows!
May 4 - 6, Thunder in the Smokies Spring Rally - Maggie Valley, NC Festival Grounds. Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during our three-day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed. Gates open at 11am-11pm on Fri., 9am-11pm on Sat. & 9am-4pm on Sun. Call 828-246-2101 or visit www.HandlebarCorral.com
May 18 - 19, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of West Haywood; 6:30 pm to 6:00 am - Fun, food, music & games; overnight team event to raise money in the fight against cancer; Contact Peggy Crowe at 828-254-6931 or visit www.relayforlife.org/westhaywood
May 25 - 27, Maggie Valley Spring Bike Fest - May 25: 8:00am to 10:00pm, May 26: 8:00am to 11:00pm, May 27: 8:00am to 2:00pm - Sponsored by Autoshows Motorsport Events this is an open bike show, vendors, food & beverages including beer; bands, games, rides; Call 423-465-5855 or 423-608-4519 Website TBA.
June 1 - 2, Ole Smoky Tractor Club Spring Farm Fest, Open 8:00am to 6:00pm Daily; Educational Antique Tractor and Engine Show with Parts Vendors; Ole Smoky Farm Fest 2012 is a Free Admission Public Event for all ages. The Farm Fest displays Antique Tractors from all over the South as well as Hit & Miss Engines. There are Antique Farm Equipment demonstrations throughout the day; Activities, including tractor rides for kids throughout the day. NEW - FARM EQUIPMENT AUCTION! A parade of 30+ tractors drive through the Town of Maggie Valley on Friday and Saturday. Concession food is provided by the Ole Smoky Tractor Club. Contact: Damon Swanger @ 828-734-1510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 8, 9 & 10, THUNDER ON THE PARKWAY - Atlanta to Asheville; Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association, this is a Three Day Music Festival, with Food & Beverage, including Beer & Wine, Games, and Vendors & Motorcycle Rides! Battle of the Bands begin Friday, June 8 and continue until June 10, 2012 at 7:00pm. For more information, call 770-533-3725 or visit http://www.thunderontheparkway.thrivemediapartners.com/
June 29 - 30 & July 1, Maggie Valley Spring Swap Meet & Car Show; June 29 & 30 open 8:00am to 6:00pm, July 1 open 8:00am to 2:00pm; Sponsored by Autoshows Motorsport Events, this will be a swap meet and car show with crafters. Call 423-465-5855/423-608-4519 or visit www.maggievalleyswapmeet.com
July 4, Red, White & Boom! FIREWORKS @ Dark Thirty ; Contact: Town of Maggie Valley - 828-926-0866; Gather the crew, grab your blankets or chairs and head to Maggie Valley Festival Grounds for their annual FIREWORKS! Fireworks are and investment to the community by the Town of Maggie Valley and free to the general public. For event details and up to date information, please visit the website @ www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org.
July 7- 8, Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Festival, Join over 100 craftsmen for this long running event which boasts crafters and artisans from all over the United States. Juried craftsmen supply wares from the most affordable handicrafts to more expensive museum quality items. Chainsaw Artist demonstrations and a variety of foods are also on site. Free Parking and Free Admission; July 7 open 9am - 5pm, July 8 open 9am - 4pm. Contact: Jena 800-624-4431; or visit www.maggievalley.org;
July 11 - July 14, 2012 RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend - Private Event"¦Community Awareness Announcement only"¦this is a closed event with select offerings open to the public. This event is an opportunity for RoadRUNNER subscribers to meet and ride with their favorite journalists. It is mostly a closed event; however the public is invited to attend during the day on Wednesday and Thursday to shop with vendors and also on Wednesday and Friday evenings when there is live music. The gate entry fee for public functions is $5.00. Call 866-343-7623 or visit www.roadrunner.travel for more information
July 20 - 21, Southeastern Gas & Petroleum Expo; Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Sponsored by Autoshows Motorsport Events, this will be an event with old gas pumps, oil pumps, oil cans, tags, pedal cars. Featuring: "Old Stuff" from the 1920's, 1930's & 1940's. Call 423-465-5855/423-608-4519 or visit www.southeasterngasandpetroleumexpo.com
August 3-4, 3rd Annual Popcorn Sutton Acoustic Jam, Friday, August 3, 2012 from 4:00pm to 11:00pm & Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 11:00am to 11:00pm. This is an all day music festival celebrating legendary local moonshiner, Popcorn Sutton. Open to the public with price of admission; $2 per day. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Popcorn-Sutton-Tribute-Page/166009010122152
August 24-25, Maggie Valley Moonlight Run; - All races will start and finish at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Pre and post race activities will take place inside the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce, this is the resurrection of a true destination race and a terrific opportunity for a vacation in one of America's most scenic regions. Run this race, enjoy the panoramic majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains, and hit the trails and the whitewater. This one is unique and located in a stunningly beautiful location. Contact: Glory Hound Events @ 828-400-5868 or visit www.maggievalleymoonlightrun.com
September 1 - 2, Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show, 9:00am - 5:00pm daily. Talented artists and crafters from throughout the Southeast present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry. A few food vendors will be on hand to service the public. Contact: Maggie Valley Craft Shows - PO Box 1208 Maggie Valley, NC 28751; 828-497-9425 or visit www.maggievalleycraftshows.com
September 14-16, Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally - Maggie Valley, NC Festival Grounds; Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during our three-day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed. Gates open at 11am-11pm on Fri., 9am-11pm on Sat. & 9am - 3pm on Sun. Call 828-246-2101 or visit www.HandlebarCorral.com
September 21- 22, Northeast Georgia Mustang Club presents the 39th Annual Fall Regional Mustang Event, Sponsored by Jacky Jones Ford of Cleveland, Georgia. Oldest running Mustang Car Show in the world, the event is open to the public from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The event is also open to any Ford body and powered products and is a popular vote car show. For more information contact: 770-586-0338 or 770-356-9431; http://negeorgiamustangclub.org. RAIN OR SHINE - No Entry Fee for Spectators.
September 28 - 30, Maggie Valley Fall Swap Meet & Car Show; Open 8:00am to 6:00pm daily. Sponsored by Autoshows Motorsport Events, this will be a swap meet and car show with crafters. Call 423-465-5855/423-608-4519 or visit www.maggievalleyswapmeet.com
October 13 - 14, Maggie Valley October Leaves Craft Show, 9:00am - 5:00pm Daily Talented artists and crafters from throughout the Southeast present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry. A few food vendors will be on hand to service the public. Contact: Maggie Valley Craft Shows - PO Box 1208 Maggie Valley, NC 28751; 828-497-9425 or visit www.maggievalleycraftshows.com
October 20 - 21, Maggie Valley Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show, www.maggievalley.org; Contact: Contact: Jena, 800-624-4431; 9:00am Daily - Our second juried craft show of the year is a long running favorite of the leaf peepers. Who can pass up a craft show with a spectacular 360 view of the mountains? Crafters from all over the southeast gather at the Maggie Valley festival grounds to show off their unique wares. Always a great selection of seasonal items, yard art, jewelry, paintings, and much more. Chainsaw art demonstrations and a variety of food also on site. Free Parking and Free admission. Open 9 - 4pm both days.
For more information on all events call 828-926-0866, or email us at email@example.com
Maggie Valley "” Former American Idol contestant Lacey Brown is coming to Maggie Valley. During her "Let it Go" tour she is stopping by to visit her cousin Jo Pinter, former mayor of the town, and is sticking around the mountain hamlet to make a special appearance at Hurley's Creekside & Rhum Bar at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20. Like all shows at Hurley's, there will be no cover.
Since Brown's debut as an American Idol Top 12 finalist in February of 2010, she has appeared as a musical guest and interview subject on "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Today," "The Wendy Williams Show," "Access Hollywood" and the E! channel. She has been featured as a musical performer who has shared the stage with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Alice Cooper, Janet Jackson, Third Day and others, but has also been a speaker at more than 50 major inspirational events throughout the country just this year.
Brown's voice is a concoction of sweet, yet haunting tones with a hint of Brenda Lee. Along with that vocal uniqueness, Brown believes her greatest gift is the ability to interpret a lyric to evoke emotion in the listener.
She gushes abouther first project as ""¦a collection of five songs, of which, each describes a different facet of me."
With her first album, she is looking to uplift and inspire "” to make people feel deeply and force them to think about things in a simpler way. She wants her music to take people back to a time when things were just said and taken at face value. Brown's promising songwriting abilities are evident in this project, as well. As the sole writer of each song, her writing style is best describedas pop lyrics resting on a bed of American bluegrass and she looks forward to sharing this budding side of her artistrywith her fans.
When asked about all of her past achievements and her future as an artist, Brown simply replied, "Every success I may enjoy in the future will not change the person I was designed to be. As I see it, I've been blessed, but beyond musicaltalent, I've been blessed with health, favor, and the desire to be myself at any cost."
For more information about the Friday show, contact Hurley's at 926-1566 or visit Brown's website at www.thelaceybrown.com.
The Mountaineer Apr 16 2012
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