Gail Melton Weams, locally known as “Pud,” is a native of the mountains of Western North Carolina. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, Georgia. She retired in February 2010 after 30 years of service with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, as a Regional Consultant for the Food Distribution Division. During her years of service with NCDA & CS she received numerous awards, including Employee of the Month for NCDA & CS in November 2007, The Commissioner of Agriculture’s Award for Excellence in Outstanding Public Service in 2008 and ultimately received the highest honor as an employee of the State of NC and University systems – the NC State Employees Award for Excellence in October 2008.
Gail obviously enjoys food and travel, especially to tropical destinations, specifically, down to the islands…” For activity she enjoys a busy schedule of volunteer activities in the community, spending time with family, friends & Spooner (her loveable lab), planning sailing excursions, music, and live entertainment. She is seldom seen without a camera or two in hand, as she enjoys capturing the moments of her travels, experiences, and entertainment to look at when and if she finally slows down.
She is co-founder of the Western North Carolina Parrot Head Club and served for 9 years in administrative roles of Vice President and President. They were proud to receive the 2003 Golden Coconut Award, presented by Radio Margaritaville and Parrot Heads in Paradise, for their outstanding record of community service. She enjoys the volunteer work within the community and for the environment, which this club actively pursues, as well as social activities with members of the local and national organization. Gail was named the 2003 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Woman of the Year” for her fundraising efforts as well as being Selected as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Women you should know in WNC for 2008, sponsored by Classic Hits 96.5 WOXL.
Gail is currently serving her 3rd term as Treasurer and Board Member for the WNC Down Syndrome Alliance. Their activities include an Annual Buddy Walk and a Tropical Gala & Auction “The Flip Flop Hop, dancing for Down Syndrome, of which she is Co-Chair.
She is also a supportive member of the Peter Mayer Fan Club and the outreach ministries that benefit from the success and growth of his musical talents. And last but certainly not least, she supports the growth and successes of the local tropical troubadours, The Caribbean Cowboys, fronted by her husband Steve.
Islandtimes is a proud to support live music and has hosted many shows in WNC since 1998 from Black Mountain to Smokey Shadows Lodge in Maggie Valley, NC. Artists have included Peter Mayer & The Peter Mayer Group, Scott Kirby, Antsy McClain and others. Stay tuned to Islandtimes through Facebook for upcoming shows.
Islandtimes is available to participate as a vendor at private events. We are a long time standing vendor at Meeting of the Minds (since 1999) in Key West, Fl. (the national Jimmy Buffett Convention) and have attended regional events such as Stars on the Water – Richmond, VA; Stars Fell on Alabama – Orange Beach, Alabama; Parrotstock, North Myrtle Beach & Charleston, SC as well as Cabin Fever – Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania as well as many in-home holiday parties…
Gail is extremely fond of animals as her never ending love & memory of her lab “Shag” reflects. Her best friend of 14 years. She currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband Steve and their Black Lab “Spooner”, although she continues to dream of a life in the tropics! She would love to trade her daily planner for a pink sarong… and a schedule of “nothingness.”