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March 2017 Issue 1 Vol 7
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

Happy New Year! Happy Ground Hog Day! Happy Valentine's Day! Since I have been off the newsletter radar you possibly assumed that I was in hibernation. Actually, quite the contrary. The new year always brings an aggressive inventory process which evolves into some showroom revamping. Much to my dismay, it has not been time playing in the snow, which did not fall. And then meetings .... lots of them as the community develops a plan to strengthen the attraction to the area.
"Your vibe attracts your tribe". I came across this quote recently and it struck a cord with me as I was about to preside over the Waynesville Gallery Association meeting and the need to get them excited about the prospect of an expanded Art After Dark schedule .... and they are, so stayed tuned. These positive vibes are needed to rally our fellow downtown Waynesville merchants, Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Development Authority tribes to develop a memorable Waynesville experience for all.  We are excited about the upcoming events and want you to be also.

There have been plenty of changes to downtown in the new year. Gone, after MANY years on the street, are Gatekeepers and Christmas is Everyday and closing is John Graham's.    A newer addition to the street, Antik (where O'Malley's was) has departed. Boojum's has done some much needed major expanding. Moving into Gatekeeper's place is a gallery but I do not have much information at this time. Pink Regalia is moving to Hazelwood. Although evolving, downtown Waynesville holds onto its charm and uniqueness.

Spring has already sprung, much too early, but it is not too early to start making your plans to come downtown Waynesville. Bring your friends, your family, your tribe.
Art After Dark
A Sneak Peak
During the original "ART After DARK" held on the first Friday of each month, March through December, Downtown Waynesville Galleries remain open until 9pm.  Demonstrations, artist's receptions, music, and refreshments are offered by many of the galleries. Visit with gallery and shop owners as well as others committed to preserving the art and culture of our community.

Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association members who are participating.  We look for ward
to spending time with you and these artists this year.   

May 5th ~ Teri Siewert, encaustic artist 


June 2nd ~ Margaret Roberts, torn watercolor paper collages 


July 7th ~ Jenny Buckner, oil painter

August 4th ~ Sarah Sneeden, oil painter
September 1st ~ TBD


October 6th ~ Jack Stern, oil painter

November 3rd ~ Pegi Pike, jewelry artist
December 1st ~ create holiday cards for Meals on Wheels

There are several "tribes" that are diligently working together to enrich Haywood County and make it an attractive place to live, learn, and visit. One of these groups is the "TDA", a tremendously valuable asset to the community. 
The mission of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is to promote Haywood County as a destination resulting in economic impact for Haywood County businesses. 

The TDA is funded through a 4% occupancy tax placed on all short term accommodation rentals of less than 90 days.   There is a fifteen member board of Directors that is appointed by the Haywood County Commissioners. 

Promotion of Haywood County is done through paid advertising, marketing, public relations, numerous brochures, the Haywood County Visitor Guide, a group sales initiative, familiarization tours and the Haywood County Visitor Center.   The TDA also has a 1% Partnership Funding program where a certain percentage of the TDA funds go back to the zip code where they are collected for the purpose of marketing the individual zip codes/municipalities in the county.
The Visitor Center is located at 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley and where visitors are encouraged to find information and maps.
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Events on the Street
There are lots of great places to find entertainment after shops and galleries have closed.  There are many great restaurants and entertainment venues throughout Downtown Waynesville. 


The Strand @38 Main now shows first run movies as well as hosting world class entertainment in a cozy venue.  Click on the image to visit their website and find the schedule for movies, music and open mic nights each Saturday evening.  Locally produced ice cream, organic popcorn and more are available for sale in the lobby. 

A Unique Farm to Fork Experience: Innovative Southern Food with a Local Backbone & Home Grown Libations

Menu changes often as a result of the changes in season and available local foods.  Reservations are encouraged.  

The Classic Wineseller's retail wine and cigar shop, restaurant, and LIVE music venue is housed in an underground cellar. Located on Church Street just around the corner from Main Street in Downtown Waynesville, North Carolina, the Classic Wineseller features over 1,100 wine selections among more than 12,000 bottles. We also have an extensive selection of beers, champagnes, ports, sherrys, sauternes, and dessert wines. These wines are stored in our temperature stable underground showroom.

Check out
Downtown Waynesville Association
listings as well as the

Haywood Chamber of Commerce
listings and

Visit NC Smokies
listings to find out about all the great things to do
(besides shopping!)
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We will miss seeing you in person, but remember you can still visit us on our website or by calling.  We will be happy to help you with your special event purchases.  We can ship your purchases to you or to your loved one.  We will be here for you! 

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Carrie Keith   (828) 456-1940