Arts & Entertainment briefs August 22-28
SPENCER — A steady stream of people are expected to flow into the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum this weekend.
With them they will bring an interesting array of items for antiques dealer and certified appraiser Michael Hansen to look at. He will appraise each piece and offer advice and information.
He is knowledgeable on a broad spectrum of general merchandise, including toys.
People are encouraged to bring family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long lost items salvaged from attics and basements.
Hansen will do appraisals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., across from the N.C. Transportation Museum.
The cost is $5 per item, with a limit of two items per person. The event is a fundraiser for the new nonprofit museum.
To learn more, call 704-762-9359 or visit SpencerDollAndToyMuseum.com.
Author signing event
Local author George E. Orndorff III will discuss and sign his book “The True Story of Lucky the Squirrel,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Literary Bookpost, 110 S. Main St.
The book tells the story of how George and his wife have rescued more than 120 baby squirrels and raised them to be returned to the wild.
His story is filled with warmth and humor kids will enjoy.
Rail fan’s paradise
SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum will host the Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show this weekend.
The event will be a rail fan’s paradise, with model train vendors, railroading collectibles, spectacular model train layouts and speakers like Trains Magazine editor Jim Wrinn.
The event will also include kids’ games and crafts, model building clinics and storytelling to create a special day out for any family.
It will be held at the former Spencer Shops steam locomotive repair facility. The 37-stall building is the largest such structure that remains in North America.
Charles Lamm and Ward Creech will present their 1/96 scale model remote controlled naval and sailing ships.
As many as five model railroading groups will have huge displays set up.
Kids may play some Thomas and Friends-themed games and take home a Thomas-themed craft.
Kids’ storytelling will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday with Vivian Noe.
Door prizes will be handed out each hour; grand prizes will be given away at 4 p.m. each day.
A line-up of speakers will explore railroading history and rail fanning Saturday.
Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military and $4 for kids 3-12. Cost includes museum admission, but train rides are extra.
Visit nctrans.org for more information.
HSF volunteer day
The Historic Salisbury Foundation’s volunteer work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Hall House, 226 South Jackson St.
Volunteers will be tasked with pruning, painting, cleaning and getting the new retail room ready for OctoberTour.
Historic Salisbury Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the special character of Salisbury and Rowan County through education, neighborhood revitalization and the preservation of historic landmarks.
Join the Piedmont Choral Society
CONCORD — The Piedmont Choral Society is seeking new members for the 2013-2014 season. Rehearsals are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 9 at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. North.
The group performs two formal concerts a year with several other events in the fall and spring.
A patriotic benefit concert is held each June with all proceeds from that concert going to a local non-profit.
There is an audition process. Prior vocal experience, familiarity with notes and rhythms and sight reading is recommended but not required.
Contact Kay Yates at 704-699-6053 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information and to schedule an audition before Sept. 9.
Concord Friday out
CONCORD — The Downtown Concord Art Walk on Friday also includes an opening reception and a free film.
From 6-9 p.m.,
Visual art will be on display all over downtown Concord with artists on hand to talk about their work.
The opening reception for “Making It” at The Galleries, 65 Union St. South, is free and open to the public. The exhibition celebrates the prestigious Piedmont Craftsmen’s 50th anniversary.
The Davis Theater will host a free screening of the film “Core. Sounders,” at 9 p.m.
The documentary is about communities on the North Carolina coast whose heritage of economic dependence on the sea is being challenged on all sides by development, pollution and globalization. Theatre doors will open at 8:30 p.m., and seating will be first-come, first-served.
For more information, call 704-920-2787 or visit CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
New workshop at Waterworks
Waterworks Visual Arts Center’s new workshop, Exploring Natural Textures With Clay, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 .
This workshop, which is for individuals at least 16 years old, will explore surface design and treatments in clay.
Participants will complete four clay tiles. Using nature as inspiration, the class will look at colors, textures, and designs from the environment.
Handbuilding skills will be presented as well as underglaze and oxide techniques.
There will be demonstrations, examples and discussions, followed by time to explore and practice new methods.
All skill levels are welcomed. Materials are provided.
Students may bring tools, supplies, photographs and nature items that will inspire and be incorporated into their work. Bring a bag lunch.
Instructor is exhibiting artist Allison Luce, tuition is $150 for members and $180 for nonmembers.
Register online at waterworks.org or call 704-636-1882.
Fall classes at Waterworks
The follow classes are available at Waterworks Visual Arts Center:
Hand Building & Wheel Pottery — 12 and up, Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Clay Studio) Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15. Open Studio for registered students: Sat., Sept. 21 and Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Instructor: Brent Smith. Tuition: members $150/nonmembers $180 (includes materials and kiln firing)
Figure Drawing From Life — 21 and up, Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Weisiger Studio) Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
Monitor: Don Moore. Tuition: members $120/nonmembers $160 (includes model fee)
Printing On The Press — 16 and up, Thursdays 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Weisiger Studio) Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17
Instructor: Anna Kenar. Tuition: members $150/ nonmembers $180
To register call 704-636-1882 or visit waterworks.org
Regional art grants
CONCORD — Rowan and Cabarrus County artists have until Sept.19 at noon to apply for Regional Artist Grants through the Cabarrus Arts Council.
Regional Artist Grants provide up to $2,000 for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development by attending a professional development experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment.
Applicants must have been permanent residents for at least 12 months of one of the participating counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Union or York (SC).
Artists must also be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program. Artists apply through his or her home county arts council.
Applications must be made through the online grant system which can be reached at CabarrusArtsCouncil.org/grants.
Visual, performing, film/media and literary artists may apply.