Published 12:00 am Friday, July 27, 2007
One Krazy NightDowntown Salisbury Inc. will host a Krazy Night Out Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. as part of the annual sidewalk sale, a three day Krazy Klearance, July 19-21.
Featured will be the live calypso/jazz fusion of the Jon Scales Fourchestra. They will begin playing at 7 p.m. in front of Salisbury Square, 111 S. Main St.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St., presents Big Fat Gap, a bluegrass band from Chapel Hill. Boo Robot will be the featured band at Las Palmas, 122 E. Fisher St.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St., features the exhibit, My Arte by Norma Velasquez-Frink and special music by J. Alston & Co. Jazz Band.
The Literary Bookpost, 119 S. Main St., will have a special markdown table with reduced books, and will reopen Friday at 10:30 p.m. for a Harry Potter Release Party.
Klyde’s Krazy $1 sale will be at Off Main Gallery, 114 E. Council St. Just the Thing at 103 N. Main Street will give a free gift with the first 50 purchases.
Downtown stores feature extended hours and storewide sales for this special event.
There will be plenty of free entertainment for the kids including trolley rides, moon bounces, Hap’s hot dog cart and face painting. Krazy Night Out is free and held rain or shine.
For more information, call Downtown Salisbury Inc., 704-637-7814.
Gold festivalMIDLAND ó For the first time, Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site in Midland will host the North American First Gold Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 27-28, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29.
On display will be a real two-pound gold nugget, an original piece of hiddenite, and an original newspaper from 1803 announcing John Reed’s discovery of the first gold in the United States.
Highlights also include the 18th annual North Carolina Open Gold Panning Competition at noon on that Saturday, gold mining consultants, a variety of craft vendors, food, and a number of metallurgists from Central Piedmont Community College demonstrating blacksmithing, whitesmithing and goldsmithing.
Wayne Werner will offer goldsmithing demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27. In conjunction with the three-day event, Reed Gold Mine will offer its regular underground tours and panning for gold.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Gold History Corporation, a private, not-for-profit organization that helps raise money for Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site.
For additional information, contact Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site, 704-721-GOLD (4653) or visit the Web site: www.reedmine.com.
Night on Broadway
“Night on Broadway” will be presented at Carillon Assisted Living, 1915 Mooresville Road, at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 28.
The performers featured are Drew and Wendy Weant, along with their daughters Ginny and Katie.
Drew grew up in Charlotte and went on to study at Florida State University and Fordham University in New York City, where he majored in classical voice performance. He has performed with the Charlotte Opera, the Salisbury Symphony and in many musicals including “My Fair Lady” and “Cabaret.” He is a manager at Ryan’s Restaurant in Salisbury.
Wendy grew up in Miami, Fla., and graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in multinational business and dance. She traveled the world as a cruise ship entertainer before moving to New York City to pursue a career as an actress/ singer/dancer. She performed for seven years in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in “Sophisticated Ladies,” and performed in the national tour of “Annie Get your Gun.”
She has performed locally with Piedmont Players, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist in the First Presbyterian Choir. She is currently employed as a certified senior advisor and partner with Insight Financial Partners in Salisbury.
Ginny, 15, is a rising sophomore at Salisbury High School, where Katie, 13, will be a freshman this year. Ginny is a talented artist and has studied piano and voice with Frances McGill. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts this summer to study music.
Katie enjoys attending gymnastics classes, along with younger brother Bobby. She is a talented dancer as well. Both she and Ginny are currently enrolled at To The Pointe Dance, and have won several medals for solo and group performances.
In addition, both girls have performed with Piedmont Players. Ginny has had several leading roles in plays such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Taming of the Shrew” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The show is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are necessary due to space limitations. Call Suzanne Rose at Carillon, 704-633-4666.
Brass band concert
ASHEBORO ó The reigning World Champion and British National Champion Smithills School Senior Brass Band from Bolton, England, will perform a free public concert in Asheboro on Aug. 2.
They will perform at 7 p.m. in Asheboro High School Performing Arts Center. The performance is sponsored by First United Methodist Church. The Performing Arts Center is located at 1221 S. Park St.
The Smithills Band is recognized as the finest school brass band in Britain over the past 12 years. Since 1993 the band has won 46 out of 57 national and international competitions. They have played before British royalty and before audiences across Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.
The 39 members of the band are youth ages 12-18 from Smithills School, a public, comprehensive, co-educational school in Bolton. This year’s tour will take them to North and South Carolina.
For more information about the concert, call 336-625-2224. For more information about Smithills School visit www.smithills.bolton.sch.uk.
‘Mahalia’ stage show
WINSTON-SALEM ó Salisbury resident Teresa A. Moore-Mitchell is among the performers for “Mahalia, Queen of Gospel,” being presented during the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem.
Performances of “Mahalia” will be 8 p.m. Aug. 2-3, and 3 and 8 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts.
The show is a high-energy musical tracing the life of gospel great Mahalia Jackson and the fierce demons she battled from within. It was written by Mabel Robinson and is a presentation of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company of Winston-Salem. Tickets are $40.
Moore-Mitchell lays the part of Marian Anderson, and also one of the Johnson Singers.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nbtf.org or by calling 336-723-7907.
Made in America
NEW YORK ó Naxos has released the first commercial recording of composer Joan Tower’s “Made in America,” featuring the Nashville Symphony conducted by their Music Advisor Leonard Slatkin.
The CD, distributed in the United States and Canada by Naxos of America, also features Tower’s “Tambor” and “Concerto for Orchestra.”
Joan Tower’s work is part of the groundbreaking Ford Made in America program, the largest orchestral commissioning consortium in the country’s history, which involved 65 American orchestras. The Salisbury Symphony was one of the orchestras that took part, performing the work in 2006.
For more information on Ford Made in America, visit www.fordmadeinamerica.org.