Roundabout: What's happening

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 14, 2011

Piedmont Players Youth Theatre presents “Grease!” — 7:30 p.m., July 14-16/20-23 and 2:30 p.m., July 17/23; adults $12, students/seniors $10; Wednesday Value Night July 20, all tickets $10. Box office opens July 11. Norvell Theater: 135 E. Fisher St.,, 704-633-5471.
Lee Street Theatre presents “Henry V” at Looking Glass Artist Collective — 7:30 p.m., through July 16: Directed by Joe Falocco. Tickets $10. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 704-754-2321, 405 N. Lee St.,
“Next To Normal” at Knight Theater with post-show discussion — Through July 17: the story of one family’s struggle with grief and mental illness. Following select performances, local mental health professionals will lead discussions on how mental health problems affect families, free with admission. Thursday, July 14 – Joseph Benjamin, board member of NAMI Charlotte. Sunday, July 17, matinee – Diane Riley, board member of NAMI Charlotte. Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-379-1257,
Old Courthouse Theatre’s Living Room Reading Series— 4 p.m., Sunday, July 17: “Barbra’s Wedding” by Daniel Stern. Free admission, 704-788-2405, OCT black box theatre, 704-788-2405,
Music & more
Rocky River Vineyards Summer Concert Series — 7-10 p.m., July 15: Music by Melon Belly Band,, come ready to dance. $20 admission includes glass of wine and refreshments. RSVP 704-781-5035. 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland.
Dylan Gilbert & The Over Easy Breakfast Machine local tour appearnces —Friday, July 22: Krankie’s Coffee, the Wherehouse, 211 E. Third St., Winston Salem, with Jews & Catholics and Free Electric State•Saturday, July 23: The Cave, 452-1/2 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, with Bibis Ellison and Crystal Bright.
Sacred Grove Retreat/Bed and Bike Inn — 4 p.m., Sunday July 31: Singer-songwriter-fingerstyle guitarist Marjorie Thompson with bass
accompanist Greg Franklin. Sacred Grove Retreat/Bed and Bike Inn, 15750 Mattons Grove Church Road, Gold Hill. 704-463-0768,
Mixed Emotions at Junker’s Outdoor Theater — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, July 23, food and drink available, bring your own chair, $10 adults, $8 seniors, children 12 and under with parent free, bring five can goods and ticket price is $5. 105 S. Salisbury St., Mocksville. 671-0553
Die Roten Punkte in Charlotte — Change of dates: July 28-30 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. All tickets $34.50, on sale now at, 704-372-1000.
American Idols Live — 7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte. Tickets $45/65.,, 800-745-3000.
Rascal Flatts at Verizon Amphitheatre — Friday, July 29, with Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte. Tickets at, box offices at the venue, Ticketmaster or charge by phone 800-745-3000.
Annual China Grove Farmers Day — Saturday, July 16, Main Street China Grove, entertainment all day, fireworks 10 p.m.
Woodleaf Tomato Festival — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20: Silent auction, tomato recipe cook-off, bake sale, live music and entertainment, Ms. Tomato Queen contest, L’il Tommy Toe and L’il Miss Mater and Litte Mater Sprout contests, parade at 10 a.m. Tomato Trot 5K Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Details on Facebook or
Mooresville Ahlara Art Fair — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, October 8: second annual event featuring artists from all over the area, a showcase of affordable art from painters to potters to jewelers to photographers to woodworkers. Myrna Reiss 704-663-6343.
This & That
Free tours of St. John’s Lutheran Church sanctuary and chapel — during Friday Night Out, 6-8 p.m., July 15. The trolley will stop at the church, 200 W. Innes St.
Salisbury Ghost Walk — 7, 7:30, 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 15, adults $10, students $5, 130 W. Innes St. Reservations/ information: boo@salisburyghostwalk or 704-642-1734.
Gold Hill cruise-in — 3-9 p.m., Saturday, July 16: Vintage, classic, muscle cars, street rods all welcome. The Village parking lots reserved for cruise-in parking, visitors/spectators park in adjacent church parking lot. Village shops open until 9, Stamp Mill Café until 10 p.m., Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, 704-267-9439.
5K Tomato Trot — 6:15 p.m. registration, Friday, August 19: 5 K evening run begins at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the August 20 Woodleaf Tomato Festival. Register at or email Pre-registration $20, $25 day of race. Entertainment and awards from stage. 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, Woodleaf, 704-224 5134.
Spencer Circus Train — 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through July 30: Puppets, animals, songs, games, free snow cones at Library Park, 3rd Street in Spencer, sponsored by Spencer Central UMC for 13th year. Bring blanket or lawn chair, 704-636-4101.
Art gallery and paranormal tours — Highland Avenue Art Gallery and More. Art gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday, noon -6 p.m. Paranormal tours Monday-Saturday 8:30-10 p.m., reservations required. 1031 Highland Avenue, 704-636-8134 to schedule tour.
Artist’s Night Out — 5:30-9 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays: Free, drop in, join other artists in a night of creativity, bring your own art or craft, supplies, personal beverage and snack. Before your first meeting, send your name, address, phone, email, and type of art or craft to We will get back in touch with you to confirm your first meeting. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.704-633-ARTS,
Summer reading program at Rowan Public Library — Weekly programs through July 28, themed “One World, Many Stories.” Pre-registration at all library locations for children age 12 months to rising fifth-graders., 704-216-8234.
Catawba’s Community Music program summer camps — Four-day camps and private lessons available, contact Erin Harper or 704-881-1565 for details, register at
Concord Library teen summer reading program — • 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 19: Teen movie, rated PG, free admission, popcorn provided. •2 p.m., Thursday, July 21: Make-&-Take sock puppet craft event, make either a Goth or punk sock puppet, materials provided.For information/registration, call the Concord Library 704-920-2054.
Concord Gun and Knife Show at Cabarrus Arena — July 16-17: 1:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $8, children under 12 free with paying adult. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 NC Hwy 49,Concord,, 704-920-3976.
Oakboro cruise-in’s eighth season — 5 p.m., fourth Friday, July 22. Burnout at 9:30 p.m. Food vendors, souvenir concessions will be set up. Downtown Oakboro, Hwy. 205 between Albemarle and Charlotte. Facebook,, 704-467-4992.
“This is Wrestling” at Cabarrus Arena — 7 p.m., July 23, adults $12, children under 10 $6, available at or box office. Cabarrus Arena Gold Hall 2, 4751 NC Hwy 49,Concord,, 704-920-3976.
Dancing with the Stars Champs coming to Charlotte — Saturday, July 23: Pittsburgh Steelers’s Hines Ward with Kym Johnson appear at SouthPark with Steve Smith, Jerome Bettis, Donnie Shell, Rocky Bleier. Details
Martin Lawrence at Time Warner Cable Arena — one night only Aug. 18, tickets through,, the Life Lock Box Office at Time Warner Cable Arena, Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.>.
“A Night At The Opry” Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis — 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13: Featuring music by DC & The Chosen Few, Lynn Owsley, Dottie Jack, David Ridenhour and G.W. Saunders.Doors open 6 p.m., East Rowan High School auditorium. Food and drink will be available.
Night Life
Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. —7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. —Tuesdays: open mic, performers of all types welcome, sign up as you arrive; 9:30 p.m. Thursdays: plugged open mic night. www.thebrickstreettavern. com, 704-637-6047.
DJ’s, 1502 W. Innes St., — Live music Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays starting at 8:30 p.m. 704-638-9647.
Fat Jack’s, 120 Military Ave., — 8 p.m. until, every Friday and Saturday night: karaoke with Mark Tomei. 704-638-8996.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane— Now open for lunch Saturday-Sunday. 704-633-0251.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m. tonight, July 14: Stan Wilson. Bike Night 6-9 p.m. every Monday; Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday; karaoke 7-close every Friday-Saturday. 704-642-0050.
Smitty’s North Rowan Bar-b-que 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 7-9 p.m., Thursdays: karaoke. 704-636-2122.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, July 15: Southern rock and blues Terry Eckard Band, no cover. 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16: bluegrass duo Eden’s Gate, no cover. www.thebluevine. com. 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy: Music by Bloodwater and Crucifixed. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool. Free wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467. www.inntheloop.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: bluegrass jams. Historic Village of Gold Hill. 704-267-9439, 704-279-5674.
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays: guitarist, singer, songwriter Marty DeJarnette. Fridays, Saturdays: various artists. 704-938-2337.
Art Classes — Instruction in oil, drawing and repousse’, beginner and intermediate, includes framing and marketing tips, small classes, lots of extras. Tuesday or Wednesday 10 a.m.-noon or 1–3 p.m. $30 per session at Rail Walk. Weekly figure drawing or painting sessions with live model $5 per hour, no instruction. For info, material list, registration or to model contact Rachel Lee 704-202-4467 or
Line dance classes — Absolute Beginner: 3:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 9 • Easy Beginner: 4:30 p.m., Aug. 4 • Intermediate: 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4 • 4 lessons per mo.,$12/month or $5/lesson. Call 704-633-7862 Rufty-Holmes Sr. Center or teacher Cheryl Kluttz, 704-633-3484.
Oil classes the Old Master way — 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays: adult classes in oils, beginner or intermediate, learning the technique of the Masters of the 16th/17th centuries. $45 per session, 704-232-6000 for materials list, info, registration. Limited number of students. Patt’s studio, 409 N. Lee St., Rail Walk Arts District.
Creative painting workshops — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ongoing series, beginning to intermediate, traditional oil painting. $200 includes eight sessions; ask about scholarships and sliding scales. Registration/materials list: 704-245-6456. Instructor James E. Taylor, Contemporary Realism Studio, 211 S. Main St.
Card Making Class at the Y — 6-8 p.m., every other Thursday, next class June 30; $10 includes all supplies. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Classes at LGAC — Watercolor classes: instructor Cathy Benfield Matthews, no experience needed; choose Mondays 1-3 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, $35 each 2 hour session or $180 for 6, materials provided except brushes; email to reserve your space, Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS,
Bring-your-own-vase floral design — 2-3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Designing fresh cut flowers, $15 per class plus cost of flowers, call for reservations; instructor David Harrison, Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave., off Grove St. near RRMC, 704-636-4251.
“Express Yourself!”African drumming and dance workshop — 5:30 p.m. Saturdays for grades K-12, family participation encouraged, small donation appreciated. Conducted by Master Drummer Allen Boyd, sponsored by Sankofa Held at Salisbury high school auditorium, 704-637-6857.
Summer Chrismon class — Intermediate, July 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739,
Figurative sculpture course with NC sculptor James Barnhill — 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., July 26-27: “Clay Portrait Bust From Life,” intensive two-day class covering everything from loading the clay on an armature and referencing the human face from life to the firing process. Age 18 and up, $100, all materials included. Pack a lunch. Pre-registration/payment by July 19. Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. Call 336-629-0399,
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, July 15: group discussions.Gloria Dei Lutheran Church behind CVS, Statesville Blvd. Covered dish, no joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club — First and third Fridays, doors open 7 p.m., dancing 8-11 p.m., free line dance class 7:15 p.m. Open to singles 40 and over; former members who remarry are welcome. $10 members; $12 guests. Join for $20 and get in free the first night of joining. Non-smoking, dressy casual. Free set ups provided, bring your own snacks. Information 704-536-5561. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. Information 704-536-5561.
Call for vendors
Biker Blue & BBQ Rally — Sept. 22-24: with a KCBS barbecue cook-off; vendor applications at or Tilley’s Harley-Davidson, Salisbury. Add’l info 704-638-6044.
Asheboro 39th Fall Festival early registration deadline June 30 — Submit completed registration forms and fees to The Randolph Arts Guild, P.O. Box 1033, Asheboro, NC 27204-1033. Download forms at Booth fee $50 until August 31; until day of festival registration booth fee is $100 as space allows. Event dates Oct. 1-2, downtown Asheboro.
Call for musicians
Bluegrass musicians — Bluegrass jam open to all, Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
Call for artists
Carolina Artist’s “The Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expo” — August 24-26, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Entry forms/information available there or by contacting Deadline: mailed by Aug. 10. Big prizes, $100 first prizes and peoples choice.
Sipe’s Orchard Home Annual Bloomin’ Orchard Festival, Conover — Seeking artists and craftpersons for festival Saturday, August 27, Sipe’s Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road, Conover. Early bird rate by July 30, regular registration rate by Aug. 15, late registration rate by Aug. 20. Information/applications at or 828-256-5056.
Ahlara Art Fair — Second annual Mooresville Ahlara Art Fair, Saturday, October 8: seeking all kinds of artists, painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, etc. Application is at, click on applications button. Myrna Reiss, 704-663-6343.
Artists sought for Art in the Shop — Art in the Shop is seeking artists interested in showing at the 13th Annual Art in the Shop in Bethlehem, NC, Oct 1., encompassing bonsai, sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, garden art. Quality original artwork and fine crafts only, no kits accepted. Cost$40 by July 31, $50 Aug. 1-Sept. 15. 828-632-0106,,
Speakers and forums
All-day writing symposium — Saturday, Aug. 27, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center campus, with writer Suzy Barile and poet Alice Osborn; $65 by Aug. 20, manuscript review also available for additional $25. Sponsors: The Yadkin Arts Council, NC Writers’ Network. Download registration form at, direct questions to Suzy Barile, 704-546-7900.
The Carolina Arist’s “The Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expo” — August 24-26, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Artists reception 6 p.m., Thursday, August 25 •Paint with the Carolina Artists as teachers on Wednesday, August 24, 10 a.m-noon; Thursday, August 25, 2-4 p.m.; Friday, August 26, 6-8 p.m. Bring your own art supplies, any medium. Register one week before class, 704-638-5275. Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— Summer Exhibition “In The Details” features a variety of artist’s meticulous approaches, creating worlds in their artwork where every inch matters. Featured artists: woodcarver Dan Abernathy, fiber artist Nancy G. Cook, artist Michelle Heinz, clay artist Holden McCurry, artist Trena McNabb. R. Dean Crouch, our Dare to Imagine Award winner is also featured. Exhibition runs through Aug. 13. Free admission, donations appreciated. Gallery hours Monday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — “Glimpses of Carolina” by Plein Air Carolina. Free admission, runs through Saturday, July 30. The exhibit may be viewed each Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 409-413 N. Lee St.,, 704-657-8321 www.railwalkgallery. com.
Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. — Member art show “Out of the Box” at the Black Box Theater runs through mid-August. Participating artists: Ann Cooper, Pamela Deal, Robin Harviel, Cathy Matthews, Norma Owen. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and during special events. salisburyartists@
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — “North Carolina Pottery: Diversity and Traditions;” “Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman.” Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission $10 adults, , free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte — “Attitude and Alchemy: The Metalwork of Gary Noffke;” “From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland.” Same hours, admission as above. 704-337-2000.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — Through July 31: “Thomas Hart Benton, America’s Master Storyteller,” features large-scale oil masterpiece, “Bootleggers,” alongside three lithographs based on scenes the artist created for the mural program of the Missouri State Capitol Building that re-tell familiar stories. House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse. org.
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — Aug. 19-October 29: Two new exhibits, “Wild Fire,” Alamance County stoneware past and present and “Remember Me as You Pass By…” NC ceramic grave markers. Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 19. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430,
Morgan Ridge Winery and McLaughlin’s Farmhouse — Depart 9:30 a.m., August 5 from J.F. Hurley YMCA, $20 transportation only, open to all. Contact Barbara Franklin for details, 704-636-0111.
Bus Trip To Bedford, Va. — 8 a.m., Wednesday, August 17: Bus leaves Rufty-Holmes Senior Center to see D-Day Memorial, monuments, gardens, dutch-treat lunch at Ruby Tuesdays, then Poplar Forest, the summer retreat of Thomas Jefferson. $65 per person includes transportation, admission to the sites, tips. Pre-pay at the Senior Center, first-come, first-served. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 3 at 2 p.m. 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., 704-216-7714, www.ruftyholmes. org.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd. — Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800.
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury. Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill — Historic tours available by appointment. Information about tours: 704-267-9439; rentals: 704-279-5777.
Gold Hill Rail Trail — Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park at Miner’s Field, continues into Cabarrus County. 704-267-9439.
Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn’s Mtn. Road — Trail walks, overlooks, see 120 miles in most directions, blacksmith shop display, Saturday-Sunday shuttle service, 704-216-7803.
Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17: Everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur, Barney, will sing and dance for all his friends; will be available to pose with Tweetsie guests for photos at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.•July 16: Cool Summer Nights, park stays open until 9 p.m. featuring a new evening train show, chuck wagon dinner, toe-tappin’ live music of local talent. Open seven days a week., call 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874), Facebook, Twitter @TweetsieRR.
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Train rides Saturday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost included in admission price. Roundhouse Turntable rides at $1. Group rates available with advance notice. 704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Exhibit updated: New view of Stoneman’s Raid on Salisbury added to “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”with local emphasis. Closer scale version of the Steven Wise diorama of events that took place along Grant’s Creek. Museum hours Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946.
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — Exhibit features artifacts including photos and books of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808), lawyer and Superior Court judge, perhaps best known for instructing our country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 1820 house museum features furniture and decoratives from Hall family and others. Costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free to members of Historic Salisbury Foundation. For group tours, call HSF office, 704-636-0103.
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry —Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, museum members free. 704-633-5946.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — For special tours call 704-279-4979. Museum open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call Ann Teague: 704-279-5783.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — Sundays 3-5 and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Intersection of Weaver, Patterson Roads., 704-857-7474.
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. Museum is operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. For special tours call 704-433-3912.
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A Street, Kannapolis — Honors musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from North Carolina, more than 50 major inductee exhibits. Located in the renovated old Kannapolis Jailhouse Building. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Admission free, donations appreciated. 704-934-2320,
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — 19th century living history interpretations and educational tours weekends April-October and weekdays by appointment. Interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Village merchants and interpreters dressed in period costume weekends. Free admission. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439. www.HistoricGoldHill. com.
Reed Gold Mine historic site, 12 miles southeast of Concord — Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays, admission free. Part of Division of State Historic Sites, Office of Archives and History,704-721-4653, reed@ncdcr. gov.
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville — The only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. Free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs. org.
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 23: Learn about Charlotte’s gold mining history and pan for gold at the miner’s cabin; tour the circa 1800 plantation house and grounds, see rare and endangered breeds of historic livestock. Free with regular admission, click on summer camps. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $7 per person, ages 5 and under free. www.lattaplantation. org. 704-875-2312.
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815, excellent example backcountry NC federal period architecture. Originally part of 911-acre plantation. www.historicrose dale.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — July’s hands-on “Explore More Stuff” lab: Energy – Create power with a hand crank generator, test wind turbines and solar panels for power output, measure the efficiency and cost of different kinds of lighting, and add units of energy to a train set to increase speed •July’s hands-on “Explore More Life” lab: Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – Discover the world of dragonflies and other creatures you may find living right outside your own backyard •Extended summer hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;Sunday: noon–5 p.m. 704-372-6261 or
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m., Sunday, closed Monday. Admission $8 for adults and children age one and older, children younger than age one and Members are free. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. discoveryplaceKIDS. org, 704-372-6261.Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, July 16: North Carolina State Symbols Day, official state symbols play an important role in spotlighting what is so special about North Carolina — and you might find a few symbols in your own backyard. for details. $6 ages 2 and older; younger than 2 and members are free. Parking is free. Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday.
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — A national historic landmark and NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage, Town Creek Indian Mound interprets the history of the American Indians who once lived here. Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Located on Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. www.towncreek.
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300 or
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh — “Mirror Image” explores what it means to be a woman as seen through the perspectives of 13 North Carolina female artists. NC Gallery, East Building, General admission $15, students, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more $12. Children 7-12 $7.50, children six and under free.
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, closed Tuesday. Noon–5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. First and third Friday of the month open until 9 p.m. $5 general admission, wheelchair accessible. 919-513-0946,
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Current exhibits: “The Story of North Carolina,” “Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker,” “Community and Culture: North Carolina Indians Past and Present,” “Re-created interior of 1920s Drugstore,” “A Call to Arms,” David Marshall “Carbine” Williams,” “North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame,” “Meet the Statues,” “Toys, Toys, and More Toys!,” “The Photography of Lewis Hine,” “Legends of Racing,” “North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking.” Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory. org or Facebook.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — Through Nov. 6: Art inspires. Science educates. What happens when those roles are reversed – or combined? “Witness Our Expanding Oceans,” a comprehensive art and education exhibit created by artist Mary Edna Fraser and scientist Orrin Pilkey. 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences. org.
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — $10.85 adult; $8.85 seniors 65 plus and military personnel with ID; $7.85 children age 3-12; free for children age two and younger. Train rides additional $2.50 per person, ornithopter rides $1. 919-220-5429,
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — Museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults and children. 336-723-9111 or
Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive — Home of the Animal Discovery Zoological Park featuring tigers, gibbons, wallabies, meerkats, lemurs and other unique animals, as well as the new OmniSphere Dome Theater, NC’s only 40 foot digital dome experience. 336-288-3769,
Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. — Hands-on, interactive museum for children (infancy to 10 years of age) and families designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment. 336-574-2898,