Arts and Entertainment briefs June 27-July 3

  • Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:01 a.m.
The N.C. Transportation Museum offers fall day trip excursions to Charlottesville, Va., and Asheville.
The N.C. Transportation Museum offers fall day trip excursions to Charlottesville, Va., and Asheville.

DENTON — The 43rd annual Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion will be held daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, July 6.

Held at the Denton FarmPark, 1072 Cranford Road (about 25 miles from Salisbury), it is the largest steam, gas and antique farm machinery show in the Southeastern U.S.


More than 1,000 antique tractors and hundreds of gasoline engines will be on display.

There will also be antique farm machinery demonstrations, tractor pulls, lawnmower pull, horse pull, auction, arts and crafts, a flea market, 15 restored old buildings, country, bluegrass and gospel music and food galore.

Admission is $14 for adults; $6 for children younger than 12 years old and pre-school are free.

Favorite events include the Lawnmower Pull (5 p.m. Tuesday); the Southeast Old Threshers’ Beauty Pageant (7:30 p.m. Tuesday); the first Haywood County Community College Lumber Jack Competition (5 p.m. Wednesday); the annual auction (9 a.m. Friday, July 5); Super Tractor Pull (4:45 p.m. Thursday, July 4); Stock Tractor pull (4:45 p.m. Friday, July 5); Horse Pull (5 p.m. Saturday, July 6); and the fireworks finale (9 p.m. Saturday, July 6) There will also be live musical entertainment daily.

Camping is available. For more information, call 336-859-2755 or visit www.FarmPark.com

Nutcracker tickets

Tickets to the Salisbury Symphony’s and Piedmont Dance Theatre’s 2013 production of “The Nutcracker” will go on sale at noon Monday.

Reserved seats can be purchased by emailing tickets@salisburysymphony.org

Performances will be in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $10 to $35, depending on location.

Those who cannot purchase tickets online can call the Symphony office after July 10, at 704-637-4314.

For more information about “The Nutcracker” performances and the Salisbury Symphony’s 2013-2014 season, visit www.salisburysymphony.org or call 704-637-4314.

Museum to host book signing

Larry Neal of Spencer, manager of Reed Gold Mine in Midland, recently authored “Southern Railway’s Historic Spencer Shops,” an Arcadia Publishing visuals book.

Partnering with the Rowan Museum, and with the help of locals Gretchen Witt and Susan Sides, Neal has created a new book rich with Salisbury images.

Using archival photographs, this book presents images from the past that have shaped the character of Salisbury today.

The book will be released at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Rowan Museum , 202 North Main St., with an official book signing.

The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Statesville Shag Club

STATESVILLE — The Statesville Shag club will hold a dance from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday at VFW Post 2031, 139 Jordan Lane.

Deejay Larry “Big Fish” Calhoun will call the music.

Cost is $5 for club members and $7 for non members.

There is a large dance floor, cash bar, a great menu and a 50/50 drawing.

Fall day trip train excursions

SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum are again sponsoring Autumn Train Excursions, day trips by rail.

The “Virginia Autumn Special” departs for Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The “Blue Ridge Special” will head to Asheville on Sunday, Oct. 13. Providing amazing views of the changing leaves and a rare journey by rail, getting there is truly half the fun.

Saturday’s “Virginia Autumn Special” passes through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, providing beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of North Carolina and the western part of Central Virginia, as well as three hours to explore historic downtown Charlottesville.

The “Blue Ridge Special” will travel through the western North Carolina Piedmont, into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains, through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa, along the way, climbing the famed “loops” of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The train will pass through several tunnels and pass by the Andrews Geyser.

In Asheville, passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village.

Four seating classes are offered for these Autumn Train Excursions: tourist, deluxe coach, first class and dome cars.

For more details, ticket and price information, call 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or visit www.nctrans.org

Seeking sculpture artists

LENOIR — Tucker’s Gallery is a unique outdoor gallery in Lenoir.

This gallery is seeking sculpture artists to feature in this much loved outdoor gallery.

Lenoir is located in Caldwell County, a county known for having more public sculpture per capita than anywhere else in the United States.

Artists interested in being considered should send photos of up to six pieces to info@caldwellarts.com.

Artists selected to exhibit will be guaranteed a one year contract in the gallery.

All works must be suitable for outdoor display and there are some guidelines for the pieces.

The gallery takes a 30 percent commission and provides a small stipend for delivery of the work.

For more information on Tucker’s Gallery, visit www.caldwellarts.com, call 828-754-2486 or e-mail info@caldwellarts.com

History listings

Check the Roundabout listings (beginning on page 4D every week) for the new HISTORY heading.

Look for events, forums, meetings and camps pertaining to history to be listed here.

To submit your history-related events to Time Out, email the information to timeout@salisburypost.com with Roundabout in the subject line, or mail it to Time Out, c/o Salisbury Post, 131 West Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144.

Historic Saturdays

HUNTERSVILLE — Step back in time this summer at Latta by touring the last remaining Catawba River Plantation open to the public.

Visitors can view the 11 outbuildings, kitchen garden and rare and endangered breeds of historic livestock.

Cool off in the Visitor Center while seeing the exhibits, watching the site video and browsing the gift shop.

Each Saturday this summer will feature a special living history demonstration, in addition to regular site activities.

These demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with regular site admission, which is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and free to children ages 5 years old and younger.

Daily tours of the circa 1800 Latta home are also available.

Special Saturday schedule:

June 29 — 19th Century woodworking

July 6 — Fiber arts, including spinning and weaving

July 13 — Beekeeping

July 20 — Hide tanning

July 27-28th — Civil War soldiers

Aug. 3 — Gold panning, you can try too.

Aug. 10- Natural dyeing

Aug. 17-18 — World War II Living History

Historic Latta Plantation, once a successful cotton plantation, is now an historic farm.

Costumed interpreters, historic displays and hands-on activities allow visitors to experience what life was like for the planters, yeoman farmers, and enslaved African- Americans of the North Carolina backcountry in the early 19th century.

It is located on Sample Road, off of Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville.

2013-14 Davis Theatre schedule

CONCORD — The Davis Theatre’s 2013-14 season is filled with music, including Grammy nominees and local favorites and the theatre’s first family matinee.

Tickets go on sale Monday at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the Davis Theatre box office in person or by phone by calling 704-920-2753.

The Davis Theatre is located at 65 Union St. S in downtown Concord.

The space features state-of-the-art sound and lights and just 227 seats, every one of them close to the stage.

Audience members get to enjoy the artwork in The Galleries before and after the shows, and performers greet the audience, sign autographs and pose for photos afterward.

Ruthie Foster — Gospel and blues, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 8 p.m., $45. Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster is one of the roots music world’s brightest stars.

She sets the stage on fire with her voice that has been compared to Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel.

She and her band have toured all over the world. www.RuthieFoster.com

Mipso — Americana, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m., $12. North Carolina string quartet composed of Jacob Sharp, Wood Robinson, Joseph Terrell and Libby Rodenbough plays Americana music deeply rooted in bluegrass. www.MipsoMusic.com

Jim Avett — Folk and country, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 8 p.m., $15. Back to the Davis by popular demand, affable singer-songwriter and guitarist Avett sings and tells stories like he’s inviting the audience onto his front porch. www.JimAvett.com

Brand New Opry — Bluegrass, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, and Jan. 23 and March 6, 2014, 7:30 pm;$15. This audience favorite plays the best bluegrass around and features Jeff Whittington, John Culbreath, Pete Corum, Mike Wood and Jason Wood.

The Fuzzbucket Music Company – variety show, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m., $12. This contemporary take on the The Ed Sullivan Show includes ragtime piano, country, folk, R & B,vaudeville and an a cappella barber shop quartet. www.FuzzBucketmusic.com

Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues — R & B, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 8 p.m., $25. Mac Arnold’s first band featured James Brown on the piano. He moved to Chicago and got hired by Muddy Waters.

This man knows music, and his band plays old school blues, soul and funk at its finest. It’s a plate full o’ magic when he is on the stage! www.MacArnold.com

Carolina Gator Gumbo — Cajun and Creole, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $13.

Back by popular demand, this friendly mix of high-spirited musicians has brought a festive mix of music from southwest Louisiana to the Carolinas since the early 1990s. www.CarolinaGatorGumbo.com

Trout Fishing in America — Family Matinee, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 3 p.m., $12, children; $14, adults. Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood are best known for family music and kids’ tunes like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “When I Was a Dinosaur.”

They have earned a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere as well as four Grammy nominations, three Indie Music Awards and multiple Parents’ Choice Awards. www.Troutmusic.com

Sachal Vasandani – Jazz, Friday, March 21, 2014, 8 p.m., $36. NPR’s All Things Considered called Sachal Vasandani “a special voice that makes you stand up and take notice.”

The vocalist/composer/arranger has established himself as one of the most promising new voices in modern jazz with his energetic mix of jazz standards, pop covers and original songs accompanied by his superb four-piece band. www.SachalVasandani.com

Malpass Brothers – Country, Thursday, April 10, 1014, 7:30 p.m., $15. Back by popular demand, Chris and Taylor Malpass play traditional country music like Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings and have toured as Merle Haggard’s opening act. www.MalpassBrothers.com

John McCutcheon – Folk, Friday, May 2, 2014, 8 p.m., $27. Johnny Cash declared John McCutcheon to be “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”

Master of a dozen traditional instruments, he is one of America’s most respected and loved folk singers.

For more information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org

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