What’s hot in Waynesville

The Haywood County Summer Arts Festival is far from the only fun thing happening in Waynesville this summer. Below is but a small sampling of the festivities to be found on the streets of this quaint mountain town:

• July 3: Stars and Stripes Celebration, a downtown festival featuring sidewalk sales, live music, refreshments and lots more fun for all ages, running 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

• July 9 and 23: Mountain Street Dances, offering the chance to put on your cloggin’ and square-dancin’ shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoe down. The dances are held in front of the Haywood County Courthouse, 6:30-9 p.m.

• July 16: Folkmoot Parade, featuring dancers and musicians from around the world parading down Main Street to the Haywood County Courthouse at 1 p.m. for the opening ceremonies of Folkmoot USA.

• July 24: International Festival Day, when the Haywood County Arts Council and Folkmoot USA join together for a day-long extravaganza featuring music, dance, crafts and food from around the world — running 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Haywood Arts Repertory Theater offers the finest in regional theater. Highlights slated for the stage this summer include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (July 8-26), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Aug. 20-29). Call (828) 456-6322 for directions, ticket prices and a complete schedule.

• Downtown Wayneville’s brand-new Twigs and Leaves (98 N. Main St.) — a gallery dedicated to offering, as they put it, “an adventure into the art of nature” — will offer compelling exhibitions throughout the summer. Highlights include:

— Watercolors by Judy West, glasswork by Andrew Merrick and Roddy Capers, and furniture by Camilla Faye Galles (through July 15); and

— Pottery by Judith Duff and silk paintings by Judy LeRoux (July 16 through Aug. 19).

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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