Celebrate Spring at Hurley Park this Sunday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hurley Park festival
The public is invited to celebrate spring in Hurley Park this Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
Free refreshments will be provided by Cheerwine and Hurley Park.
The celebration will feature performances by the polka band The Polka Dots and “Jazzy Strings” by the Mountain Marionettes.
Also on hand will be City of Salisbury Fire Department with Sparky the Fire Dog, Carolina Artists and Rowan County Master Gardeners.
Carriage rides will be available, provided by Adams Stage Lines.
For more information, contact Lana Bird at 704-638-4459.
Salisbury’s Got Talent
The deadline has been extended for participants to register for Salisbury’s Got Talent. Also, scholarships have been made available for those who find the entry fee prohibitive.
Salisbury’s Got Talent will be a rousing part of Salisbury’s Cultural Summit being held April 19 in the F&M Trolley Barn on the corner of Liberty and Lee Streets. The Summit begins at 2 p.m., and the talent competition starts at 4 p.m.
Admission will be free. Seating will be available on a first come first served basis or by RSVP.
First prizes of $1,000 each are up for grabs in three of the talent categories. There is a children’s category also. Performers must be residents of Rowan County.
Applications are still being accepted with the $25 fee. On the day of preliminary auditions, this Saturday at City Park, the application fee will be $30.
Details are available at www.salisburync.gov/salisburysgottalent.
For information about scholarships or to reserve a seat, call 704-638-5240.
Food of our fathers
CHARLOTTE ó The Charlotte Museum of History hosts “Traditional Food Is New Again: Eating Like Our Ancestors” with speaker Ivan Day.
The presentation will be held 7-9 p.m. April 15 at Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte.
Admission is $10 for museum and cooking guild members; $15 for others. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 704-568-1774.
For more information, visit www.charlottemuseum.org.
Spring kiln opening
SEAGROVE ó Seagrove area potteries are holding their 15th annual Spring Kiln Opening. More than 40 potteries will display their work at individual shops.
The event will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19 and noon-5 p.m. April 20.
The 40 potteries are in a 15-mile radius, allowing visitors the pleasure of walking to each kiln. Contemporary and traditional pieces will be available and affordable.
Each shop will have two or more door prizes available and it is not required for the winning individual to be present. Maps and brochures will also be available.
Visitors should wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Food will be available in the Seagrove and Westmore area. The event will be held rain or shine.
For more information, call 336-873-7304.
Circus coming
CONCORD ó Pre-sale tickets are now available for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus coming to the Cabarrus Arena May 21-26.
Tickets will be on sale to the general public on April 14. Prices range from $15-$45.
To get tickets, go to any ticketmaster outlet or call Cabarrus Arena Box Office at 704-522-6500.
Artist relocates
Artist Patt Legg has opened her Burgundy Rose Studio at Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. where she displays her original oils, watercolors, pastels and painted glassware.
She is also offering one-on-one instruction in the technique of the Old Masters in oil. Her new studio/gallery is located just behind the front entrance gallery wall. Two deep burgundy walls filled with her paintings and a painted sign on the floor welcome visitors.
Legg is already preparing for her first solo show at Rail Walk, scheduled for September. The show, featuring miniatures, will be titled “Tiny Slices of Our World.”
She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America and Professional Artist Group. Legg has had invitations to speak at and demonstrate her techniques at North Carolina Artists Guild, Albemarle, Southern Piedmont Artists Guild as well as local community colleges.
For information about Legg’s workshops or private lessons, contact her at 704-857-0240 .
Her web gallery may be seen at www.PattLegg.com.
More information about Rail Walk may be found at http://railwalkgallery.com/.
KANNAPOLIS ó A new pull-out map featuring all of North Carolina’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race shops is now available from the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau as part of its free, newly released annual Visitors Guide.
The map contains directions to the race shops, a description of each, and the hours the race shops are open to visitors. Also included on the map are descriptions of major stops along The Dale Trail, a self-guided tour of landmarks relating to Dale Earnhardt’s life and NASCAR career in and around Kannapolis, the NASCAR legend’s hometown.
For more information or a free copy of the new VisitorsGuide and pull-out map to the race shops, phone 800-848-3740 or visit www.visitcabarrus.com.
Charity tractor ride
COOLEEMEE ó The first “Spring Thaw” Tractor Ride for Charity is being hosted by the Cooleemee Civitan Club Saturday, April 19. Rain date is April 26. The ride is for folks who want to take a good slow tractor ride around southwestern Davie County, enjoying the spring weather and raising money for their favorite charity.
The cost is a tax deductible check for $20 or more written to the charity of rider’s choice for each tractor entered. A recommended list of charities will be available.
Organizers suggest that riders have friends and neighbors help sponsor the ride. An award is given to the top fundraiser.
The ride will start and finish at the Cooleemee Civitan property located just inside the city of Cooleemee limits on Hwy. 801 north. Registration and staging will start at 8 a.m. The ride will leave Cooleemee at 9 a.m. and cover approximately 30 miles. There will be a breaks along the way to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Ride rules, application, route and a list of charities can be found www.cooleemeecivitans.com.