In the heart of Historic Waynesville
98 N Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
(828) 456-1940
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:30
Sunday 1:00-4:00 (seasonal)
Dancing with Nature  
March 2019 Issue 3 Vol 9
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
The grape hyacinths are blooming which means our anniversary of moving to Waynesville is here. Twelve years ago, we took a leap of faith to purchase Twigs and Leaves (Gallery), moving us from Florida to a longtime fantasy of living in the mountains of North Carolina. Our decision to make a rather sudden move was based on the knowledge that “life is short” and we had better pursue our dream while we still had the ability to embrace the outdoor activities the mountains have to offer. Soon after our arrival, I had the opportunity to meet an amazing woman with an amazing spirit. Laurey Masterton, owner of Laurey’s Catering, Asheville, NC, known for her charge ~ “DON’T POSTPONE JOY”.
Her sticker hangs on the wall in my office and I wear her pin on my favorite fleece when we hike. Laurey fought a hard battle with cancer, all the while cycling across the country to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. She was a vibrant soul and amazing chef loved by so many in the Asheville community. Her quote is a constant reminder helping to keep me grounded when I start making excuses to not indulge myself …… like splurging for my recent air flight to Florida so I could see my son and his family.
This time of year, many of you are deciding whether to make summer and/or fall vacation plans with work and family commitments challenging your decision. So, I encourage you to “DON’T POSTPONE JOY” and make those Haywood County NC reservations now by following this site for accommodations:  Come experience Waynesville and all that the area has to offer ~ hiking, shopping, breweries, whitewater, lots of art and so much more. We would love to see you!
Spring is in the air and plans for 2019 are blossoming. Springtime in the mountains is almost a hidden secret as the wild wildflowers are peaking out in the woodland areas as the flowering bulbs and trees flourish. The rivers and creeks are filled with water, so the falls are overflowing. It’s greening up which means it’s about to get busy around here. Thank you to all who participated in our Winter Arts Smokies Style Events which happened December through March. Now onto Art After Dark.
May you walk in beauty ~

P.S. For more on Laurey Masterton check out this article here. If you would like to purchase "DON'T POSTPONE JOY" items they are available at Asheville's Thyme in the Garden here.
Stroll the galleries from 6-9pm every First Friday May - December 2019!

Candace & Larry Wingo, owners of Mountain Dream Alpacas
"Living near the Gulf coast of Houston, Texas was a far cry from the mountains. The mountains were calling, but obligations kept us there, until now. After several trips searching for property that fit our requirements, we found what we were looking for in the mountains of Waynesville, NC.
We downsized our herd from over 130 alpacas to our current 21, shifted our focus from breeding and now concentrate on the fiber side of the business. The alpacas are sheared once a year in the spring and garments and products are made from their fabulous soft fleece. The prime fleece is used to make garments such as socks and hats. Once reserved for royalty, anyone can now wear and experience the luxury of alpaca.
Alpaca fleece is very strong and durable. The fleece from the neck and legs (called seconds) is used to make rugs, place mats, and other items where softness is not as critical.
We love our alpacas and our life here in the mountains of North Carolina and are thrilled to be here!"
Upcoming Events

Check out the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority's latest edition of Hay Now News (<--Click there) for more exciting events happening in April!
Art After Dark
Megan Richard
Join us in the gallery Friday, May 3rd 6-9 pm to meet Megan and see her incredible work.

Check out Megan's work on our site here.
Trunk Show: LeGrande Jewelry by Kristie Macgregor
Don't miss our first ever Trunk Show featuring Kristie Macgregor, owner/designer of LeGrand Jewelry.

Join us in the gallery on Friday, May 10th from 12:30 - 6:30 pm to meet Kristie and see all of her beautiful jewelry

This will be the first in a series of "pop up" shows that we will be hosting this year. Stay tuned!
Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Junaluska on April 20, 2019 beginning at 11:30am.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to join in for the annual Easter Egg Hunt located near Stuart Auditorium. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance for photos!

Facebook event page: here
Richard Baker, Balsam Ridge Gallery,
invites all artists and art lovers to gather for an "Artists Breakfast" every second Saturday of the month!

Facebook event page: here
First Annual Waynesville Mile - Downtown Waynesville
First annual mile run starting and ending at the Historic Haywood County Courthouse on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 6-7pm. Benefiting Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood County Parks & Rec Department's Base Camp. For more information check out the links below!

Registration: here
2019 Taste of Chocolate Fundraiser
Benefiting the Haywood-Jackson County Volunteer Center, this year's event will take place on a new night, Thursday, April 25th at the Waynesville Inn.

More information: here
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Waynesville, NC 28786