April 2014

The Jarrett House opens 2014 season with new partner, plans for the future

Jarrett House undergoing renovations for a new season.

Jarrett House undergoing renovations for a new season.

The Jarrett House Inn and Restaurant will reopen for the 2014 season with a new partner, new look, and plans for a complete renovation in the near future.

Jim and Jean Hartbarger, owners since 1975, announced that Constantine Roumel, owner of nearby Nantahala Village and Resort and several other four- and five-star hotels and resorts, has joined the Jarrett House team as primary owner. The Hartbargers will continue to be involved in the daily business operations and as part owners and primary managers.

“This could not be a better result,” said Dillsboro Mayor Mike Fitzgerald. “The Jarrett House has long been an anchor for this town. It is wonderful that the Hartbargers will continue to be the face of the business and that Roumel’s investment and expertise will allow them to take the Jarrett House to a new level.”

While the tradition of good food, beautiful accommodations, and Southern hospitality will continue, several changes are already in the works, according to Jean Hartbarger. The lobby and interior spaces of the restaurant are receiving a facelift and the parlor is being transformed into an English Tea Room. While traditional favorites, such as chicken and dumplings and trout, will still be served, a Bistro is being added with new menu items. A separate entity within the Inn, the Bistro will feature a contemporary indoor/outdoor dining space with a lighter menu of pastas, salads, pastries, espresso and a full-service bar.

Roumel, 53, born on the Island of Crete in Greece resides in Europe, but spends much of his time in the United States where he has other business interests. His Southern regional offices are located in Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. Constantine is married to Adrianne Roumel-Kapodistrias, a linguist and university lecturer. They have two daughters, Katerina, a law student at the University of Kent, and Lambrini, a high school student.

“It is very exciting to participate in the renovation and refurbishing of The Jarrett House and be a part of this great community. I am truly grateful that everyone has embraced this project with such excitement and enthusiasm,” Roumel said.

The Jarrett House Inn was named to the National Register of Historic Places on March 1, 1984 and is one of the oldest operating inns in the region.

The Jarrett House Inn and Restaurant will reopen on Friday, May 2. For more information, email jarretthouse.dillsboronc@gmail.com or call 828-586-9640.

Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery to celebrate tenth year anniversary

Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery will be celebrating its tenth anniversary on April 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at its expected future location in Dillsboro.

HZM 10th Leaflet-2The anniversary event will be held in the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Building Depot and event attendees will be able to view architectural plans for the brewery’s expected expansion into the former GSMR warehouse space.

Heinzelmännchen will be showcasing a brand new cherry bock anniversary brew, one dark beer and one light beer available in pints. Family-friendly options, such as Heinzelmännchen’s root beer and birch beer floats, will be available at Bradley’s General Store. Several other Dillsboro merchants will also be open during the event until 7 pm.

Free tastings of beer, soda and anniversary cake will be available and there will also be pizza for sale from Pizza Love, a local mobile pizza oven and Soft Pretzels, handmade by local business Backwoods Bakery & CakeWorks. Terry Clark Photography will have a Photo Booth available for memorable pictures.

Western Carolina University’s OcTUBAfest band will be performing from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Then Fieldtrip! An eclectic, electric, energetic dance inviting band with members from Cullowhee and Asheville, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is open to the public and there is no cover charge.

Currently located in Downtown Sylva, Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery is owned by Dieter Kuhn and Sheryl Rudd.   They also brew root and birch beer for customers who prefer non-alcoholic beverages.

For more information contact Sheryl Rudd at 631-4466 or email gnome@yourgnometownbrewery.com

Easter eve tradition stays strong over the years

Easter hat participants always have smiling faces.

Easter hat participants always have smiling faces. Photo courtesy of WCU Office of Public Relations.

The annual Easter Hat Parade is bringing the community of Dillsboro–and plenty of locals and tourists–together again on Saturday, April 19.
An award-winning local crafter and Mrs. Easter Hat Parade herself, Brenda Anders, makes this event possible each year. The parade brings in hundreds of visitors and participants ready to show off their creativity and have some fun marching through the streets of Dillsboro.
“You get to laugh at yourself,” Anders told Our State magazine. “And in this day and time, it’s important to have that kind of fun.’’
People come from all around to show off their Easter hat creations in hopes of winning a prize determined by judges with more than a dozen categories in mind. This is not just family friendly event, but according to Anders, it’s “fun for the young and old, including the family dog.”
This Easter eve celebration brings together families, friends and their pets for good old-fashioned fun with a little friendly competition thrown into the mix.

This year’s parade will begin at 2 p.m., but the fun begins well before then. The Easter Egg hunt begins downtown at 10 a.m. with special photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. A hat making station located at Dogwood Crafters gives people a chance to create their own Easter hat for the parade, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Folks wanting to register for the event can do so the day of, just two doors down from town hall.

Photo courtesy of WCU Office of Public Relations.

Photo courtesy of WCU Office of Public Relations.

“Just follow the balloons,” said Anders. The event is free to everyone.
With all of the fun, excitement and competition, it is hard to narrow down a favorite part of the event. For Anders, however, it is simply seeing the happy faces that make the festivities all worthwhile.

For more information, contact Brenda Anders at Dogwood Crafters by calling (828) 586-2248.
In addition to participants, the parade has received a lot of attention from the media. UNC-TV aired a segment featuring the parade and a story detailing the Dillsboro event appeared in Our State magazine. Read the Easter Hat Parade feature in Our State magazine. Watch the UNC-TV Easter hat parade segment here.

Dillsboro artisans win awards for their artistic contributions to western North Carolina

 Owner Brenda Anders outside Dogwood Crafters.

Brenda Anders in front of Dogwood Crafters.

Two Dillsboro artisans, Susan Leveille and Brenda Anders, have been recognized for their contributions to preserving Western North Carolina cultural heritage and positively impacting the Dillsboro community.
Susan Leveille, a native of Jackson County, comes from a family of weavers and craftspeople. She has been weaving since she was a young girl and is honored to have such an incredible heritage that is an Integral part of the history of these mountains. Susan will receive the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award in May, an award that recognizes excellence for musical traditions, artistry and craft work.
In a North Carolina Arts Council article, Governor Pat McCrory said, “I want to congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for helping preserve our cultural heritage. Our artistic history is the foundation of the quality of life that attracts so many people to North Carolina.”

Leveille creating beautiful art.

Leveille creating beautiful art.

Leveille is the owner of Oaks Gallery, a handmade pottery, glass, wood, iron, jewelry, and weaving shop. Leveille assisted in the development of Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC as well as with the organization and planning of Handmade in America. She also was very active in helping create the Dillsboro Merchants Association.
Leveille has served as the board president and has been a lifelong member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She also currently serves as the vice president of the Appalachian Women’s Museum, Inc.
Over the past 40 years Leveille has taught at Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbelll Folk School, Western Carolina University, and the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. The artisan has devoted most of her time to reviving weaving traditions in North Carolina’s mountains and strengthening the art of weaving over the last four decades.
Anders, executive director of the Dogwood Crafters Cooperative, was the 2013 recipient of the Annual Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. This award highlights individuals or groups who make a change in their communities by dedicating their time and skills to create a positive impact in the lives of others.
The Dillsboro Merchants Association nominated Anders for her continued enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to the town of Dillsboro. “Brenda is the face of Dillsboro. No matter where she is, she is promoting our lovely little town. She is the first to volunteer for any project we have. She never leaves home without a smile or some yummy snack to share with anyone she encounters. She is always positive, energetic and willing to get things done,” said Lisa Potts, owner of Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop and co-president of The Dillsboro Merchants Association.
Dogwood Crafters contains art and craft work from more than 100 artisans who make the shop unique. The breathe of work offered ranges from handmade quilts, children’s toys, pottery, woodcarvings, to paintings and so much more. Each room has a different theme, all of which showcase the hard work of local artists and their talent. Anders has been an active member of the Co-op for decades and has worked tirelessly to promote the business, its individual members and its contribution to the Dillsboro community. Most recently, Anders has also led the Dogwood Crafters Cooperative towards its long-term goal of having its own property in a distinct Dillsboro location.
Dogwood Crafters and Oaks Gallery are exemplary local businesses striving to preserve the arts and crafts culture. Leveille and Anders exemplify the spirit of the town of Dillsboro and the culture of Southern Appalachia.
The North Carolina Heritage Award ceremony will be May 20, 2014 at 8 P.M. in the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $22 and are available from Pinecone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music on the Pine Cone website.


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