Arts & Entertainment Briefs Dec. 12-18

  • Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 6:51 a.m.
Soloist Rebecca Stinson sings with the Ecumenical Choir of Salisbury. The group will perform at St. Luke’s on Sunday.
Soloist Rebecca Stinson sings with the Ecumenical Choir of Salisbury. The group will perform at St. Luke’s on Sunday.

‘A Christmas Carol’

KANNAPOLIS — This weekend, see ‘A Christmas Carol’ as presented by the N.C. Research Campus and A.L. Brown High School.

Tickets for the play, written by Charles Dickens and adapted by Romulus Linney, are $10. Cost includes admission to the show and hors d’oeuvres.


Performances are set for 7 p.m. today and Friday as well as 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 120 West Ave.

See albhstheatre.weebly.com/shows for more information.

Glory of Christmas concert

The Ecumenical Choir of Salisbury, under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, will present its annual Glory of Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The annual event, hosted by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, will feature nearly 80 choristers from the Salisbury/Rowan area representing more than 30 churches and civic organizations.

This holiday favorite has become an annual tradition, and will feature seasonal holiday favorites, readings, carols and selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Soloists include Dr. Grant Harrison, Rebecca Stinson, Phyllis Partee and Teresea Moore-Mitchell.

The ensemble will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra and will feature Matthew Brown on organ and piano.

A reception will follow in the church’s parish hall.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 131 W. Council St. in downtown Salisbury.

For more information, call 704 633-3221.

Christmas Caroling concert

Carillon Assisted Living is hosting a Christmas Caroling concert from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Enjoy a spirited performance by North Carolina’s own Carolers of Christmas Past, feast on traditional holiday food and celebrate the gifts of family and fellowship this Christmas.

The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Carillon is collecting non-perishable food for Rowan Helping Ministries.

For more information or to RSVP, call Stephanie H. Linn at 704-633-4666 or email RSVP.Salisbury@carillonassistedliving.com.

Carillon of Salisbury is located at 1915 Mooresville Road.

Efirds sing at the General Store

GOLD HILL — E. H. Montgomery General Store in the Historic Village of Gold Hill will host a performance by the Efird Family of China Grove from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

The group will perform a variety of gospel, country and bluegrass.

The regular Montgomery Store Bluegrass Jam will be held Friday and “A Banjo Christmas with Danny Bowers” will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information and a full schedule of events, call 704-267-9439 or visit themontgomerystore.com

Santa parachutes into Rowan County Airport

Come see Santa parachute into Rowan County Airport, 3670 Airport Loop Road, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Children will have a chance to speak with Santa until noon. Parents, don’t forget the camera.

This event is free to attend and donations will be accepted for Rowan Helping Ministries. Some donation ideas are canned food, cereal, peanut butter, socks of all sizes and toothbrushes.

Gates open at 9 a.m. There will be a craft activity and refreshments will be available for purchase.

In case of inclement weather, Santa will arrive via airplane.

The Fuzzbucket Music Company at the Davis

CONCORD — Merge “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Grand Ole Opry” and “Prairie Home Companion” and you’ll get The Fuzzbucket Music Company.

This contemporary version of the old-fashioned variety show is coming to the Davis Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

The Fuzzbucket Music Company will feature ragtime piano, country, gospel, folk, acoustic, R&B, alternative, a barbershop quartet and family friendly vaudeville.

The Fuzzbucket Music Company is the brainchild of David Domingo of Kannapolis who founded the group in 2001 while he was living in Florida.

The show emphasizes lush harmonies and emotionally charged vocal delivery, heavy rhythms, and subtle sonic textures overflowing with energy and emotion.

The group includes a revolving line-up of musicians, singers and other performers.

The Davis Theatre is located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union St. S.

Tickets are $12 at 704-920-2753 or CabarrusArtsCouncil.org

For more information, visit fuzzbucketmusic.com or call 704-920-ARTS.

‘A Christmas Tradition’

A group of Rowan County residents will perform “A Christmas Tradition” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.

Narrator Karl Hales, vocalists Neal Wilkinson and Leslie Dunkin and pianist Susan Trivette will provide the stories and music of Christmas for the ninth year in a row.

The free performance is their gift to the community — in exchange for gifts.

There is no admission charge, but those attending are being asked to bring at least one canned food item for Rowan Helping Ministries. In the past, the event has raised hundreds of pounds of food for the community ministry.

Christmas at Bost Grist Mill

CONCORD — Share an old fashioned Southern Christmas at Bost Grist Mill Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22;

The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

There will be hot apple cider, light refreshments, gift baskets, door prizes, southern grits and much more.

Bost Grist Mill, 4701 Hwy 200, was established around 1810 . The present building dates from the 1870s where the water wheel created 15 horsepower allowing the mill to produce 150 bushels a day.

For more information, call 704-782-1600 or visit bostgristmill.com.

Spencer Doll and Toy Museum hosts porcelain doll artist

SPENCER — Brenda Gregg of Lexington is the current local artist exhibiting her dolls at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum.

Handmade porcelain baby or child dolls are the focus of her work that will be on display through the month of February.

Gregg has lived in Lexington with her family since the early 1990s. She loved dolls all her life but learned to make her own while living in Atlanta where she earned her Artisan degree and her Master of Doll Making degree.

After moving to Lexington, she sold her handmade dolls in a store in town and continued to make antique reproduction dolls and teach modern doll making.

She continued to take classes after her degree and learned new techniques to add to her skills such as how to do sleepy and flirty doll eyes and how to create different categories of dolls like clowns.

The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St., is open from 10 a.m .to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Check the website for museum admission costs for individuals or groups at spencerdollandtoymuseum.com or call 704-762-9359.

Tweetsie Railroad

BLOWING ROCK — The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner. Tweetsie Railroad has closed its gates for the season.

But as a thank you to everyone who visited North Carolina¹s first theme park during the 2013 season, Tweetsie is giving away a pair of 2014 Golden Rail Season passes.

Visit Tweetsie on Facebook between now and Wednesday for details and to enter for your chance to win. And be thinking about your favorite memory, story or photo from the 2013 season.

Rowan Youth Orchestra

The Salisbury Symphony’s Rowan Youth Orchestra will perform at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Park Retirement Center.

The orchestra is directed by Marguerite Keller and currently consists of eleven string musicians including Baron Wright, Mary Brown and Shea Hardman as first violins; Megan Mauzy, Corie Jones and Ashanti Knox as second violins; Mia Taggart and Skylar Jahnke as third violins; and Heather Mauzy, Zachary Stevenson and Cali Proper as cellists.

The ensemble is for students who have had one year of private lessons, two years of After-School Strings, or its equivalent.

They rehearse weekly on Wednesday afternoons at Southeast Middle School. The fee is $125 for the season.

For more information, contact Education Director Susan Trivette at 704-637-4730 or strivett@catawba.edu.

The Letter Jackets

The Raleigh-based band The Letter Jackets will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Boy Scout Troop 448 in memory of David Goodman, who was a member of the troop growing up.

Goodman, 37, died Nov. 18 at his home in Florida.

“David was an amazing dude,” said guitar player Chandler Holt. “He would’ve wanted this show to go on more than anything. He was a huge fan of music and he loved to go out and see live shows.”

Holt, who lived in Salisbury for about a decade during his childhood, said he and fellow band member John Teer were close to Goodman.

“This (show) is going to be about people coming out to have a good time.

“It’s a community healing process, so we want people to have fun.”

Both Holt and Teer are members of the acclaimed bluegrass band Chatham County Line. The Letter Jackets pairs the men with Roger Gupton and Evans Nicholson who are both well-known musicians in the Triangle and beyond.

Holt describe the band’s music as rock in the style of The Beatles and the Everly Brothers.

“It’s lofty sounding rock, it’s not real crunchy,” he said.

North Rowan Connection Choir

The North Rowan Connection Choir, along with God’s Promise, will present its free 100 Women in Red Choir concert at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Mission Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave.

Donations will be accepted during the concert to benefit the North Rowan Connection “Hope Scholarship.”

Prior to the concert, God’s Promise, directed by Minister Tara White, will offer educational workshops and enrichment sessions for youth and women.

This year’s concert theme is “Take Me to the King,” and features solos by a number of local performers.

The choir is directed by Milton Griffith.

The show will include a praise dance by Tia Glass Company.

During the event, organizers will recognize county gospel legends Rebecca Stinson, Phyllis Partee, the Rev. Sonya Ellerbe, and the fourth is a surprise. These women together have served and empowered the growth and development of gospel music throughout Rowan County for more than 55 years.

Musicians for the concert include: PJ Rhinehart on keyboard, Allen Tulloch on drums, Lavon Gray as lead vocalist and Clarence Gray on bass. Harold Moore is sound director.

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