Piedmont Players Theatre presents “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” by Neil Simon— July 28-30 and Aug. 3-6 at 7:30 p.m., July 31 at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday Value Night: Aug. 3, all tickets $10. Other shows adults $12, students/seniors $10. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers. com.
Davidson Community Players present ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ — Through July 31, in the hilarious tradition of Lend Me A Tenor, $22,Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704 892-7953, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents “On Golden Pond” — 8 p.m., Aug. 11-27; 2:30 p.m., Aug. 14, 21, 28, Tony award-winning play the basis for Oscar winning movie of the same name. Tickets $15/$12/ $10. Reserve seats 704-788-2405. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org. 704-788-2405.
Mary Chapin Carpenter at Knight Theater —Aug. 12: Five-time Grammy Award winner celebrates her latest album, The Age of Miracles. BlumenthalArts.org/ NTNTalk. Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-379-1257, www.blumenthalarts.org.
“The Rocky Horror Show” at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte — 7:30 p.m., Through Aug. 13: …this ain’t your daddy’s Frank! Tickets begin at $24. Recommended for ages 16 and older. 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org or 704-342-2251, ext. 21.
“Wonder Of The World” at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4-14 (no performance on Aug. 6).. Wild and wacky play about a woman who discovers something disturbing in her husband’s sock drawer, and sets out on a journey of self-discovery to reclaim faith in herself. $10. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org.
This & That
East Square ghost walk and investigation — 7 p.m., Friday, July 29, $15 per person •Original ghost walk: 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., adults $10, students $5. 130 W. Innes St., reservations/information 704-642-1734 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Spencer Circus Train of the summer — 7:30 p.m., 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.
5K Tomato Trot — 6:15 p.m. registration, Friday, Aug. 19: 5 K evening run begins at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the Aug. 20 Woodleaf Tomato Festival. Register at Active.com or email email@example.com. Pre-registration $20, $25 day of race. Entertainment and awards from stage. 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, Woodleaf, 704-224 5134.
Concord Library teen summer reading program — • 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2: Teen movie, rated PG, free admission, popcorn provided. •2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3: Healthy Summer Cooking for Teens with Gina Guthrie of Bocca Felice demonstrating healthy ways of preparing summer bounty, emphasizing eating locally. Samples provided •3-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4: Plaster painting, participants paint their own plaster figure and take it home on the same day. Conducted by Plaster Creations.Information/registration, call the Concord Library 704-920-2054.
Concord Book Club — 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, discussing Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Registration requested, 704-920-2053, Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St., N.
Repticon at Cabarrus Arena — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 7. Adults $10, children 5- 12 $5. Educators free with valid ID. Advance tickets available at www.repticon.com. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 NC Hwy 49,Concord, www.cabarrusarena.com, 704-920-3976.
Music & More
“Weekly Wine Down” at Old Stone Winery — 5-9 p.m., Friday, July 29: Jerry Chapman, no cover charge. 6245 US Hwy. 52, 1 mile south of Granite Quarry. 704-279-0930, www.oldstonewines.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky River Vineyards Summer Concert Series — 7-10 p.m., July 29: 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s music by Jen & Tonic, come ready to dance. $20 admission includes glass of wine and refreshments. RSVP 704-781-5035. 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland. www.rockyrivervineyards. com.
Burning Coal Theatre’s MusiCoal Series — 7 p.m., July 31: Modern flamenco group Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band; ticket prices vary depending on show, call 919-834-4001.Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org.
Die Roten Punkte in Charlotte — Another change of dates: September 21-23 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. All tickets $34.50, BlumenthalArts.org, 704-372-1000.
Winston-Salem hosts National Black Theatre Festival — Aug. 1-6: Choose from more than 120 performances of works performed by professional Black theater companies presented at venues throughout the city. Tickets $7-$44. 336-723-7907, NBTF@ bellsouth.net, www.NBTF.org.
18th Frank Liske Park Powwow — Friday-Saturday, Aug. 19-20: Traditional southern protocol powwow; Native American music, singing, dancing, crafts, food, contests, auction. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord, www.frankliskepowwow.webs.com for schedule and details.
Woodleaf Tomato Festival and Tomato Trot — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20: Tomato Festival features 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 email@example.com. 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, Woodleaf, 704-224 5134.
30th Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Arts and heritage festival, free admission, Hiddenite Church Road. www.hiddenitecenter.com or facebook, Friends of the Hiddenite Center.
Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — 7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. — 10 p.m., Friday, July 29: Yadkin River Theory, their last show due to a band member leaving. 10 p.m., Saturday, July 30: Craven Moorehead, $5 cover. 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.
Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane — July 29: Deejay Mike Harding. July 30: Deejay Steve Carter. Sunday, July 31: outside on the beach starting 12:30 p.m. with Jaxon Jill and The Atlantic Groove Band. Now open for lunch Saturday-Sunday. Open Wed.-Sat. www.theboatandskiclub.com. 704-633-0251.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m. tonight, July 28: Haley Foster karaoke performance. 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.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-11:30 Friday, July 29: Marc Hoffman/John Shaughnessy, no cover. 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 30: acoustic americana with Rick Spreitzer, no cover. www.thebluevine. com. 704-797-0093.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Two nights of music. Friday: Our City In Shambles headlines, with For Them He Spoke, Keep it Secret Keep it Safe, Stronger than Hell and Signals the Sky. Saturday: Trip Seven and All of a Kind. 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. www.HistoricGoldHill.com. 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.
New Riders of the Purple Sage at The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. — Friday, July 29, doors 9 p.m./music 10 p.m., $15 advance, $20 DOS. www.doubledoorinn.com. CarolinaTix, or 1-800-594-TIXX or 704-372-1000.
Art Classes at Rail Walk Gallery — Oil painting, drawing instruction in the direct representational style for beginner and intermediate, studio and plein air (outdoors), small classes, framing and marketing tips, lots of extras, Tuesday or Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon or 1–3 p.m., $30 per session, price breaks on six classes. Also offering weekly figure drawing/painting sessions, live model, $5/hour, no instruction. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Info, material list, registration contact Rachel Lee 704-202-4467 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 — J.F. Hurley Family YMCA holds the Card-Making classes every other Thursday evening starting July 28, 6-8 p.m. Cost $10, all supplies included. Call Terri Dockins 704-636-0111. 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd.
Watercolor class at LGAC — 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 email@example.com to reserve your space, www.catsfreestyleart.com. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com.
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.
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, www.randolphartsguild.com.
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Fridays. Aug. 5 ELVIS is coming — Michael Thomas as Elvis, there will be a $5 charge at door. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church behind CVS, Statesville Blvd. Covered dish, no joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Zodiac Club — July 29: Music by Visions, fifth Friday covered dish dinner, bring something to share. Doors 7 p.m., band 8 p.m. Free soft drinks, water; snacks welcome. $12 guests, $10 members, join for $20 with free admission on the night you join. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte, 704-752-8824, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com.
Sipe’s Orchard Home second annual Bloomin’ Orchard Festival, Hickory — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27: Live entertainment, midway, ferris wheel, Irish step dancers, bi-plane kiddy ride, pony rides, striker bell, arts and crafts, children’s section; ends with 5:30 p.m. concert by Half Dozen Brass Band, grand finale 7:30 p.m. performance by Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours. Since the 1940s, Sipe’s Orchard Home has been a safe and caring place for children; today, the Orchard serves children through a variety of programs. 4431 County Home Road, Conover. 828-256-5056 ext. 304, www.sipesorchardhome.org.
Old Courthouse Theatre “The Women” auditions — 7-9 p.m., Aug. 15-16. By Clare Booth Luce. Acidic comedic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of wealthy Manhattan socialites. Performance dates Sept. 29-Oct. 16. Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre. org.
Call for vendors
Biker Blue & BBQ Rally — Sept. 22-24: with a KCBS barbecue cook-off; vendor applications at www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com or Tilley’s Harley-Davidson, Salisbury. Add’l info 704-638-6044.
Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts — Saturday, Sept. 24: Hiddenite Center seeking regional vendors for arts, crafts, commercial items, food sales, public information booths. Applications/ fee scale 828-632-6966 or info@hiddenitecenter. com.
Asheboro 39th Fall Festival — Submit completed registration forms and fees to The Randolph Arts Guild, P.O. Box 1033, Asheboro, NC 27204-1033. Download forms at www.AsheboroFallFestival.com. Booth fee $50 until Aug. 31; until day of festival registration booth fee is $100 as space allows. Event dates Oct. 1-2, downtown Asheboro.
Call for musicians
Open mike night — 7:30- 10:30 p.m., Friday, July 29: Looking Glass Artist Collective hosts open mike night in the black box theater for musicians, poets, comedians. All performers must sign up at the door. Musicians should be prepared to perform no more than three songs. If more than two microphones are needed bring them with you. email@example.com or www.salisburyartists.com.
Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: call for performers for 30th annual unique arts and heritage festival which will offers four live music and dance performance stages for performers from different genres of entertainment including musicians, bands, dance groups. Call The Hiddenite Center at 828-632-6966, ask for Karen Walker or Allison Houchins. www.hiddenitecenter.com.
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” — Aug. 24-26, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave., judge Jenn Selby. Entry forms/information available there or contact carolinaartists@gmail. com. 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, Aug. 27, Sipe’s Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road, Conover. The Orchard serves children through a variety of programs. Early bird rate by July 30, regular registration rate by Aug. 15, late registration rate by Aug. 20. Information/applications at www.sipesorchardhome.org/ BloominVendor. html or 828-256-5056.
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, www.artintheshop.net, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ahlara Art Fair — Second annual Mooresville Ahlara Art Fair, Saturday, Oct. 8: seeking artists, painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, etc. Application at www.ahlaraartfair.webs.com, click on applications button. Myrna Reiss, 704-663-6343.
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 www.yadkinarts.org, direct questions to Suzy Barile, 704-546-7900.
Pottery 101 at 101 S. Main St. — 6-9 p.m.,Friday, July 29: Opening reception for “Functional Beauty,” a show featuring works by Sylvia Coppola, Brenda Roberts, Bill Stewart, three artists who work with function in mind while adding their own perspective. Gallery hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday. 704-209-1632.
Exhibit of photography by Sean Meyers — Center for Faith & the Arts sponsors exhibit of photography by Sean Meyers, “The Faith Experience.” St. Luke’s Episcopal Church parish hall, 131 W. Council St. Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St.— “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. Through Aug. 13. Free admission, donations appreciated. 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, www.waterworks.org.
The Carolina Arist’s “The Real Carolina Artist’s 2011 Expo” — Aug. 24-26, Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Artists reception 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, judge Jenn Selby; purchase awards given by Penninger Distributing Company and Salisbury Wine Shop •Paint with the Carolina Artists as teachers on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m-noon; Thursday, Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 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.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — Last weekend for “Glimpses of Carolina” by Plein Air Carolina, a group of professional and amateur artists who meet each week to paint on location; “Plein Air” is a French term meaning “open air.” Free admission, runs through July 30•“Art is Relative,” an exhibit of art by three generations of the Foster family, coming Aug. 6. 409-413 N. Lee St., open to the public Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 704-431-8964, 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-Aug. 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@ gmail.com.
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. www.mintmuseum. org.
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. www.mintmuseum.org.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — Premier American art museum with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert Stuart among its permanent collection.
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — Aug. 19-Oct. 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, www.ncpotterycenter. org.
“West Side Story” — $85 includes orchestra center seating for performance Tuesday, Nov. 1, and transportation from YMCA to the Blumenthal, Charlotte. First deposit $40 due now, final deposit due Sept. 29. Contact Barbara Franklin, J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Morgan Ridge Winery and McLaughlin’s Farmhouse — Depart 9:30 a.m., Aug. 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, Aug. 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, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., 704-216-7714, www.ruftyholmes.org.
Shops and attractions of Cherokee — Tuesday, Aug. 9, sponsored by Kannapolis Parks & Recreation. $20 per person, 18 years and older, lunch/dinner not included. Registration deadline: Monday, July 25. Bus departs from Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis; for timetable call 704-920-4343 or see www.cityofkannapolis.com/FS/CO/ 2222/2011%20Fall%20Trips%20Brochure.pdf.
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. www.dannicholas. net.
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. www.HistoricGoldHill.com.
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 — Aug. 6-7: America’s Favorite Cowboys, Riders In The Sky perform daily at noon and 3 p.m. Open seven days a week. Tweetsie.com, 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. Monday–Saturday, 1–5 p.m., Sunday. Train ride schedule: Monday -Saturday 11 a.m. 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission fee includes train ride: adults $10, seniors (60+)/Military $8, children ages 3-12 $6, children 2 and under free. Admission only rates available too. Museum hours and train ride schedules are seasonal. For details, 704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN. www.nctrans.org.
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Exhibit updated: New view of Stoneman’s Raid on Salisbury added to “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”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. www.rowanmuseum.org.
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. www.priceoffreedom.us, 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. www.hist-society-srowan.com.
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, www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org.
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 — Back by popular demand: Farm Camp, 9 a.m.-4p.m., Aug. 15-19, $200 per camper ($125 deposit holds spot). An intense, extremely hands-on training course in all things ‘farming’ for guys and girls ages 12-17. Workshops include animal husbandry, historic natural farming techniques, woodworking, more. Participants should be prepared for labor intensive work and training. Designed for those with a serious interest in learning about farming, animals, and agriculture, as well as those who have a future interest in veterinary medicine. Contact Nicole Cheslak at 704-875-2312 (ext. 304) or ncheslak@lattaplantation. org. www.lattaplantation.org.
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. Visit www.historicrose dale for details.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — During August get a gigantically magnified look at Discovery Place’s collection and other interesting items through the Scanning Electron Microscope, on loan from Appalachian State University, the microscope can display an image 30,000 times its normal size. Images will rotate and can range from insect eyes and body parts to leaves, feathers and other natural objects. Free with museum admission •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, www.discoveryplace.org.
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 — $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. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
Town Creek Indian Mound, southern Montgomery County — National historic landmark and NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. Tour groups welcome. 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. nchistoricsites.org.
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 www.oldsalem.org.
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh — “Mirror Image” explores what it means to be a woman in today’s culture as seen through the perspectives of 13 North Carolina female artists. North Carolina Gallery, East Building, adGeneral admission $15, students, seniors, military, groups of 10 or more $12. Children 7-12 $7.50, children six and under free. www.ncartmuseum.org/ rockwell.
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, camraleigh.org.
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 , Facebook or ncmuseumofhistory.org.
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, www.ncmls.org.
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 childrensmuseumofws.org.
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, www.natsci.org.
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, www.gcmuseum.com.