Sip, savor at Highlands’ ‘Root Bound’
Highlands’ popular celebration of Appalachian food, music and culture, “Root Bound,” will return Feb 23-25 at participating locations.
• A James Beard “Best Chef Southeast” semifinalist, Chef John Fleer will host Friday’s opening night dinner with live music at The Farm at Old Edwards.
• Saturday is filled with interactive workshops and a keynote “Appalachian Chat” with James Beard awarded author Ronni Lundy and New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb.
• The popular artisans and farmers market will once again be set up during Saturday’s lunch at The Bascom.
• Saturday night’s multi-chef dinner at The Farm breaks out even more culinary talent with live food stations by Ian Boden of The Shack, Ashley Capps of Buxton Hall Barbecue, Annie Pettry of Decca, John Fleer of Rhubarb and Adam Hayes of Canyon Kitchen.
• Also Saturday evening, Highlands Performing Arts Center sponsors and hosts Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The SteelDrivers.
• The event will culminate in a “Sunday Bluegrass Gospel Brunch” featuring popular Early Girl Eatery Chef John Stehling with crowd-favorite Denny Trantham.
All-access passes are now available for purchase. Space at this sellout event is limited. Be sure to book early. For more information, visit www.rootboundhighlands.com or call 828.787.2635 to purchase passes.
Haywood history speaker series
The popular “Haywood Ramblings” series presented by the Town of Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission will return.
The speaker series will focus on the historic resources and rich heritage of Waynesville and Haywood County. Each event runs from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room on Main Street and is free to the public.
• “History of Cataloochee Valley,” presented by Patrick Womack. Thursday, March 1.
• “Prominent Waynesville Families,” presented by Sarah Sloan Kreutziger. Thursday, April 5.
• “History of Main Street, Waynesville,” presented by Alex McKay. Thursday, May 3.
In case of snow, the event will be automatically rescheduled for the second Thursday of the month.
• The Cut Cocktail Lounge (Sylva) will host the Edward Gorey Birthday Celebration Feb. 22.
• “Laughing Balsam Sangha,” a meeting for Mindfullness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, meets will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at 318 Skyland Drive in Sylva. Included are sitting and walking meditation, and Dharma discussion. Free admission. For more information, call 828.335.8210, and “Like” them on Facebook.
• There will be a free wine tasting from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. www.waynesvillewine.com or 828.452.0120.
• A free wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. www.papouswineshop.com or 828.631.3075.
• Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online. www.countrytraditionsnc.com.