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In the Heart of Historic Waynesville 

98 N Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
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Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:30

Sunday 1:00-4:00 (seasonal) 

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Dancing with Nature 

November 2018 Issue 11 Vol 8
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

 

 
 
This time thirteen years ago John and I made the decision to move from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina after 32 years of fantasizing being surrounded by the beauty that this area offers more than just a one-week summer vacation. We theorized that "life is short" so we had better go while we still had the energy and strength to hike, which was a major draw for us.
 
So in this "month of gratitude", I am incredibly grateful ~
    
* for the thousands of miles of trails that crisscross and  wind around the Blue Ridge Mountains giving everyone the opportunity to experience the heart of these  
mountains....and it is free!
   
*for the stewards that volunteer to maintain t h e trails, making the m passable and easier to navigate. Phot ographed, an 80-something we came upon after a rather steep c limb. I cannot even image carrying the tool up but husband/w ife team maintain 3 miles of the M TS trail system .... ama zing. 
  
*for group s like Friends of the Smokies that fundraise and go in and re-create trails that have been severely damaged and build restroom facilities at trail heads :=).
    
*to have the strength and energy to take on the easy treks as well as the most challenging in all kinds of weather (mostly beautiful), all year long. This gratefulness growing each aging year.
    
*to s hare our weekly, Sunday morning hikes with two amazing grandchildren (and an occasionally added awesome kid) ~ and their parents. These are the moments I cherish.

Hiking gives me a sense of peace and solace after working six days in the gallery and preparing to do it again on Monday. The sound of the water, the quiet of the woods, the smell of the richness of the soil and the fragrant trees .... for this I am grateful and feel blessed that this is now my "backyard".  
   
I do not take all this for granted. Recently we went "home" to see the devastation of Hurricane Michael and the hiking woods that I grew up in, as well as my children and my grandchildren, that have been flattened. It will a very long time before the woods come back ..... not in my lifetime. In the meantime, I hope that all that have been touch by this "inconvenience" will find a s pace that brings them calm.
 
 
Not so calm will be Waynesville in the following weeks as we celebrate the holiday season. See listings be l ow . I hope you will pay special attention to a  new event, the J ingle Mingle on Saturday, December 15th as this year replaces first Friday Art After Dark. A family fun day is in the works culminating with Margaret Roberts in the ga lle ry to assist in our annual Christmas card making event. An   Elf Parade will be making its way down the sidewalk collecting the donations for cuddly wear for Seniors that merchants have been gathering.Waynesv ille is magical during the holiday season. I hope that you can  experience the glow.
 
Wishing you a blessed holiday season. I hope you will take time out and calm yourself with a walk in beauty and embrace nature's gift to us.
 
             Celebrating the Season ~ Carrie  
 
                        


Winter Arts Smokies Style
Jingle Mingle
Card Making



Twigs and Leaves Gallery will be celebrating the holiday season with a card-making event featuring Margaret Roberts during the downtown Jingle Mingle, Saturday, December 15th, 3-6PM. Join us in making cards for area shut-ins while enjoying holiday music by flutist/pianist Linda Johnston, treats and shopping. The day will be filled with activities; enjoy ~ then come in, toast to the holiday season and let us show you our appreciation of an outstanding year!
 

Also on
Saturday,
December 3rd,
1-5PM
Visit with artist Becky Smith as she demonstrates
jewelry techniques.




 

  Spotlight Artist
Meghan Bernard  

Meghan Bernard lives and works in Hendersonville, NC. Her whimsical pottery pieces are destined to bring a smile. Meghan's three-year-old daughter is a major influence in her creativity.
As a clay artist, Meghan has focused primarily on functional pottery. She throws porcelain clay on the wheel, later carving and adding color with under glazes and glazes. The process allows her to work through form following function. "If a cup doesn't feel good in your hand you probably won't use it. The beauty of a piece of pottery is connected to how well it works. It has always been my primary goal to make work that people will use and hold every day in their homes. I find it very satisfying to be a small part of the daily rituals of people lives."



  
 
 
 

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Events on the Street
  Join us for these upcoming events:   
 

 Tree Lighting Ceremony 
November 30th  
6PM 
Oak Park Inn and Kandi's Bake Shop -  
Tree lighting and activities for children.  Hot chocolate, cookies, music and more   
 
 
 
Waynesville Christmas Parade  
 Monday, December 3rd
6PM  
Enjoy this annual community tradition as 120+ illuminated entries, dance academies, costumed characters, and local high school bands parade down historic Main Street celebrating the spirit of the holidays. Santa Claus makes a special appearance as the guest of honor!   
 
 
 
A Night Before Christmas  
Saturday, December 8th
6-9PM
 Shops, galleries & restaurants open. Live Music, Caroling, Bethlehem Market Place, Live Nativity,  
Old - fashioned wagon rides, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Storytelling, Luminaries & more.
 
 
 
 
Winter Arts Smokies Style - Jingle Mingle  
Card making in Twigs and Leaves Gallery 
December 15th 
Gallery Events 3-6PM  
Downtown Fun All Day 
Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association members who are participating.  
We look forward to spending time with you!    
 
 
 
 
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Carrie Keith    gallery@TwigsandLeaves.com   (828) 456-1940