Roundabout: What's happening
Cabarrus County Fair last three days — Through Sept. 17, Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4759 Hwy 49 N Concord, www.cabarruscounty.us/government/departments/fair
Rowan County Fair — 60th year, Sept. 19-24, between I-85 and Old Concord Road at 1560 www.rowancountyfair.org/home
State Fair — Oct. 13-23, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, concerts, fireworks, http://www.ncstatefair.org/2011
West Side Story tickets now on sale — Blumenthal Performing Arts announces single tickets for the national tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story are now on sale. Performance dates Tuesday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets available at 704-372-1000, BlumenthalArts. org
Old Courthouse Theatre presents “The Women” — Sept. 29-Oct. 16, Ticket prices: $15/$12/ $10, satiric comedy by Clare Booth Luce, 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Davidson Community Players present ‘Love Letters’ — Oct. 6-23, for age 13 and over, Pulitzer Prize nomintated play. 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704 892-7953, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org
“The Addams Family” kicks off 2011-12 Broadway Lights Series at Ovens — Oct. 11-16. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, tickets 704-372-1000 or BlumenthalArts.org
Carolina Actors Studio Theater presents “August: Osage County” — Through Sept. 24; Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances at 8 p.m. New season opens in new theatre. A dark comedic drama – a booze-swilling, pill-popping evening of laugh-out-loud, cry-inside family dysfunction; winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. New address: NODA@28 St., 2424 North Davidson, Charlotte, NC 28205. Reservations www.NCCAST.com, 704-455-8542.
“Enron” opens Burning Coal Theatre’s 15th season, Raleigh — Through Sept. 25: Music, dance, movement, puppets, video elements tell the story of one of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century. $20. Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play” — Through Oct. 1; 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251 or www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org
This & That
Salisbury Ghost Walk — 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, adults $10, students $5, 130 W. Innes St., reservations and information 704-642-1734, email@example.com
USO Dance at NC Aviation Musuem — 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, $15 singles, $25 couples, free swing dance lessons from 7-7:30. Minimum age 16. Music by Randolph Jazz Band. Preregister at 336-625-0170. Located at 2222-G Pilot’s View Road adjacent to Asheboro regional Airport, www.ncaiarmuseum.org
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, Huntersville — Weekends through Nov. 6, open by appointment during the week – call for details. Admission ages 13+ $10, youth ages 5-12 $7. Children 4 and under free. www.ruralhill.net/ AmazingMaizeMaze.asp
Southern Women’s Show this weekend —Sept. 15-18, Park Expo and Conference Center, Charlotte. Admission $9 at the door, $5 for children 6–12, free for children under 6. Readmission tickets $5. 800-849-0248. Details and directions www.SouthernWomensShow.com
The Let’s Talk About It Reading and Discussion Series — 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22: Discussing The Chosen by Chaim Potok; discussion led by Dr. John Sykes. Registration required at 704-920-2050, Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St., N
FestivalsCharlotte Sunset Jazz Festival — Saturday, Sept. 17: Activities begin at noon, live concert performances featuring regional, local acts 2 p.m. through evening. Free. Marshall Park, 800 E. Third St.,uptown Charlotte.
Ninth annual Bodacious Barbeque and Celebration — 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19: rescheduled from June, Boone’s Cave Park Picnic Shelter, Trading Ford. Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, fixins and drinks provided; bring a side dish or desert to share. Randell Jones, speaker, storyteller, author speaks at 6:45 p.m. Free. www.trading-ford.org
22nd annual Gold Hill Founder’s Day — 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, parade at 10 a.m., entertainment at 11. Gold Hill Mines Historic Park is located approximately 14 miles south of Salisbury, at 735 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill, NC., just off US. Hwy. 52, 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com
Cooleemee Textile Heritage Festival — 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Music featuring the Greenville Textile Heritage Band, food, kids area, museum textile exhibit, cornbread contest, food for sale, quilting demonstrations, pet contest. On the Zacharay House grounds, Church St., Cooleemee. 336-284-6040.
35th Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival — Saturday, Sept. 17:The Well Fargo Stagecoach pulls in at 11 a.m., watch artists, artisans at work, farmers’ market, petting zoo, antique farm equipment agricultural exhibits, bluegrass jam band, kids’ area. All free.Attendees who bring four cans of food to the Yadkin Christian Ministries tent receive raffle ticket for prizes. 336-679-2941, www.yadkinarts.org
42nd Historical Crafts and Farmskills Festival — Sept. 23-25: 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen (near Pinehurst). Traditional crafts and farmskills festival t depicting life in the 1800s plus 3 days of music. The Malcolm Blue Farm is located at 1177 Bethesda Road, watch for signs on Hwy. 5 south. Admission fee, telephone 910-944-7558
Lonesome River Band headlines Denton Bluegrass Festival — Sept. 22-24: Also, music by Michelle Nixon & Drive, Next Best Thing, The Bluegrass Brothers, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, Darrell Webb Band, The Snyder Family, Dave Peterson & 1946, Bill Yates and Friends, Goldwing Express, The Bartley Brothers, Big Country Bluegrass, The Beachley & Scott Band, Jr. Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Grass Cats. 1-800-458-2755 or 336-859-2755, www.farmpark.com
Music & more
Union Street Live tonight — 6-9 p.m., Third Thursday, Sept. 15: live music with SuperGlide on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Free, 704-784-4208, www.concorddowntown.com
‘Weekly Wine Down’ at Old Stone Winery — 5-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16: live music with Joey Whitaker, no cover charge. 6245 US Hwy. 52, 1 mile south of Granite Quarry. 704-279-0930, www.oldstonewines.com
Downtown Davidson Concerts on the Green — 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18: Davidson Symphony and Jazz Ensemble. On the Village Green in front of the public library; bring friends, family, chairs, blanket, picnic. Free, family-oriented, rain or shine.
Stanly County Concert Association season opener — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: The Frank Love Orchestra. Individual event tickets $20 adult, $10 student, reciprocal event for RCCA season ticket holders. Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 704-986-3666, 26032 Newt Road #B, Albemarle, www.stanlyciviccenter.com
45th Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddler’s Convention — Registration begins 4:40 p.m., Saturday Oct. 1•6:30 p.m. competition begins for Most Promising Talent. Band and individual competitions follow. New: vocal category. No registration ofter 6 p.m. East Rowan High School, US 52 S., 5 mi. south of Salisbury. Admission $8 adults, 6-12 $2, under 6 free. 704-633-5940 or 704-267-9439, www.GraniteQuarryFiddlers.com
Emile Pandolfi in Concert at the Davis Theater — 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, Opening Night: Classically trained pianist Emile Pandolfi, $36, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord, 704-920-2753, www.cabarrusarts council.org/davis-theatre.
Burning Coal Theatre’s MusiCoal Series — 7 p.m., Sept. 18: Classically-trained musicians on electric guitar, violin, piano, drums; ticket prices vary depending on show, call 919-834-4001.Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center announces lineup — •Rick Springfield, Saturday, Sept. 24• Dwight Yoakam, Friday, Dec. 2• Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-.745-3000.
Toby Keith’s Locked & Loaded Tour — 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 7, with Eric Church, J. T. Hodges. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte. Tickets, LiveNation.com, amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster or 800-745-3000.
FundraisersGraceFest — 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Food, vendors, silent auction, music by Little Johnny Trailer Trash, the Hummingbirds, Big Break, CaLeb Hill, Yadkin River Theory. Advance tickets $25, $30 DOS, children free. All proceeds benefit Saving Grace Farm programs, 565 Trexler Loop, 704-223-0623, www.savinggracefarm.com
Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off — Sept. 23-24: Free, bring a chair. Event supports GodStock, Salisbury Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 87 and The Folds of Honor Foundation. Raffle for Weber Grill and gift certificate for two for hot air balloon ride. Food, 30+ vendors, entertainment, hot air balloon, kid zone. Live blues bands Friday, Sept. 23 starting at 6 p.m. including Jill Dineen •Live entertainment throughout Saturday, Sept. 24 starting at 9 a.m. •Bike Show/Poker Run for charity Saturday, all motorcycles welcome; 3:45 p.m. awards ceremony •Uncle Buck’s pre-event party with Preacher Stone, DB Bryant, 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 •Tilley Harley-Davidson 704-638-6044, www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com
“A Night At The Opry” fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis — 7 p.m. Sept. 24: Music by DC & The Chosen Few, Lynn Owsley, Dottie Jack, David Ridenhour, G.W. Saunders. Doors open 6 p.m., food and drink available. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road.
Scarecrows for Charity — Through the month of September, local charities build scarecrows in the garden at Carolina Lily, visitors vote on their favorites, the winning charity receives $500. Complementary facebook contest for additional $100. Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road, 704 639-0033, www.carolinalily.com
Benchwarmers. 113 E. Fisher St. — 7-10 p.m. every Friday: Handful of Dave. 704-639-0604.
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.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — 7-9 p.m. tonight, Sept. 15: Karaoke performance by Paul T. 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 Shack, 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 7-p.m., Thursdays: karaoke. 704-637-0500.
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Sept. 16: Divided By Four, $5 cover • 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17: Blazin’ Blues Bob, no cover. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Friday, Sept. 16: Christian Metal night with Fall of Goliath, Stronger Than Hell, Beacons, Angels Cry, Issachar. Saturday, Sept. 17: 3 Days Redemption, LifeGiver. 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.
Free Yoga Mala and Workshop — Beginning 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24: Four Mala sessions, each approximately 30-40 minutes, participants encouraged to bring poem or prayer •9-10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 25: Yin yoga workshop on deep stretching and holding •Free, donations to Food for Thought accepted. The Blue Ewe Yoga Studio, inside Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Pre-register at 704-639-0606, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Classes at Waterworks — •Fundamentals of Drawing, beginning Sept. 13, $150 ($120 members) •Beginning/Intermediate Pottery, beginning Oct. 4, $180 ($150 members) •Black & White Photography, beginning Sept. 15, $180 ($150 members) •Women and Wine Series “Ladies Night Out”, Nov.1 “Watercolors and White Wine” and Nov. 15 “Pastels and Spicy Reds,” $50/session ($35/session members) Call 704-636-1882 to register, information www.waterworks.org
“Awakening to Life” class — 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 18: Designed to support the practice of mindfulness; wear comfortable clothes, bring cushion. Sponsored by Mindful Living of Salisbury and The Center for Faith & the Arts. Classes held at the Center for Faith & the Arts, lower level Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St. Suggested donation of $10 goes toward Church facilities utilization.
Belly Dance for the Curious — 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and 26: Lecture, discussion, slides, video, movement to satisfy your curiosity. Artemesia Artworks and Yoga Studio, 323 W. Harrison St. $15 each session. Register at KalimaTribal@carolina.rr.com
All-Day Painting Workshop at Waterworks — 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, ages 12 and up, beginners or experienced painters. Bring a bag lunch, art supplies in the medium of your choice; a fun day of painting to create your own “masterpiece.” In the studio or outdoors depending on weather. Instructor Phyllis Steimel, $85, members $70, 704-636-1882 to register.
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, 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 email@example.com
Classical Method of Oils Painting with Patt — Now accepting fall students, beginner or intermediate. Ongoing classes every Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. at the studio of Patt Legg. Limited number of students. One-on-one teaching methods of the Old Masters. $40. per 2 hour session, pay as you go. 704.232.6000, www.PattLeggFineArtStudio.com
Free painting seminar/demo at Rufty Homes Senior Center tonight — 6—8 p.m., Sept. 15: for interested seniors, learn the Old Master way of painting. Pre register at 704-216-7714. The following 8-week class begins Sept. 22-Nov. 10, Thursdays 6-8 p.m.
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: 704-245-6456. Instructor James E. Taylor, Contemporary Realism Studio, 211 S. Main St.
Watercolor classes at LGAC — Instructor Cathy Benfield Matthews, no experience needed; 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; reserve space at firstname.lastname@example.org . 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, $5 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.
Chrismon classes — Intermediate: Friday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information, email@example.com
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16: Dance with Charlie Rivers deejay, $5 at door. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church behind CVS, Statesville Blvd. Covered dish, no joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Appalachian film fest — Ninth annual Appalachian Film Festival accepting submissions for Feb. 25-26, 2012 festival. Entry forms and submission guidelines: www.appyfilmfest. com/pages/entries.htm or enter at www.withoutabox.com/ Christopher Lusher, 1-304-690-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org
NCShakes auditions for 2012 “Shakespeare To Go Tour” — 4-6 p.m., Sept. 20 and 22, NCShakes’ Spirit Center campus, 807 W. Ward Ave., High Point. Schedule audition at 336-841-2273. This is the outreach and education program that performs and educates at schools across North Carolina.
Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society auditions — By appointment, Sunday, Sept. 25, for musicians who want to be on the orchestra’s substitute list. Play a prepared piece plus sight-reading. For suggestions contact David Hagy email@example.com For appointment: 704-637-4314, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or write Audition Information, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, P.O.Box 4264, Salisbury, North Carolina 28145. See www.salisburysymphony.org
Old Courthouse Theatre “A Broadway Christmas Carol” auditions — 7-9 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 3-4. Three actors, one piano player, song parodies, breakneck pace. Performance dates Dec. 1-18. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Call for quilts
For Textile Heritage Festival — Special handkerchief, doily, quilt, dress, pillow case for a new textile exhibit at Cooleemee’s 20th Annual Textile Heritage Festival Saturday, Sept. 24 on the historic Zachary House grounds, Coleemee. Bonnie Byerly 336-284-6040.
Call for vendors
Looking Glass Artist Collective’s Art and Fine Craft Holiday Show — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 12-13, for vendor application contact Cathy Matthews, 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway — Nov. 23-Dec. 31: Christmas light park and Christmas villages seeks arts and crafts vendors for Christmas Village. Materials coded for sale so vendors do not have to be on premises at all times. Information /application: Randall Barger 704-314-4711.
Asheboro 39th Fall Festival — Submit completed registration and fees to Randolph Arts Guild, PO Box 1033, Asheboro, NC 27204-1033. Download forms at www.AsheboroFallFestival.com . Booth fee until day of festival $100 as space allows. Event dates Oct. 1-2.
Call for musicians
[0x1d]Piedmont Prime Time Community Band rehearsal tonight —Rehearsals begin for 10th season, accepting new members during September for Fall/Christmas, first rehearsal tonight, Sept. 15. Rehearsals Thursdays 7 p.m., Blackwelder Park Baptist Church, 2299 N. Main St., Kannapolis. Requirements: able to read music, attend rehearsals, play an instrument; no guitar or keyboard players needed. Jon Hutchinson 704-425-3508, www.primetimeband.org
Southern Piedmont Singers call for singers — Season consists of a holiday concert, masterworks concert, and pop/ jazz concert; open to new singers, adult and youth ages 13 and up, show up for rehearsal 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25. North Kannapolis UMC (1301 N. Main Street, Kannapolis), no audition required. Damien Evans, director, 704-224-7148, email@example.com
Call for artists
23rd annual Gold Hill Founder’s Day seeks artists/ crafters/exhibitors — Accepting applicants for arts, crafts, expanded heritage living exhibits. Event date: Sept. 24. www.HistoricGoldHill.com , 704-267-9439, Facebook at Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina. Application: firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-279-1630.
Call for poets
Registration open for national ‘Poetry Out Loud’ competition — NC high school teachers have until Friday, Oct. 14, to register, designed for high school students in grades 9-12 in public, private, home schools, culminating in national finals in Washington, D.C., May 13–15. Teachers register online through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, www.poetryoutloud.org. Questions: contact Banu Valladares 919-807-6502, banu.valladares @ncdcr.gov , www.ncarts. org/freeform
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22: Waterworks hosts two receptions • ‘Art for the Soul’ exhibition by residents of Abundant Living Adult Day Services. Featured artwork includes photography, collages, sculptures, and paintings. Exhibit on view through Nov. 12 • The Arc of Rowan exhibition features works of art created by the children of The Arc of Rowan Summer Day Program. Exhibition through Sept. 28 • “Imprints” features three exhibitions through Nov. 19: “Through a Soldier’s Eyes: Remembering Vietnam,” Vietnam veteran Thomas L. Floyd’s lithographs and paintings, woodblock prints from Mona Wu • Free admission. Gallery hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 704-636-1882, www.waterworks.org
J Alston’s of Salisbury Studio and Gallery, 1007 Richard St. — Grand opening 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. Gallery also offers instructional classes in the medium of pastels as well as lead guitar. 704 232-1467.
Pottery 101 at 101 S. Main St. — “Functional Beauty,” a show featuring works by Sylvia Coppola, Brenda Roberts, Bill Stewart. Galleryhours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday. 704-209-1632.
The Galleries, 65 Union Street S., Concord — “Making Arrangements” on display through Oct. 6, new group exhibition features multiple kinds of “arrangements” such as updated still lifes, multiple works from a series by the same artists, wall configurations, pedestal groupings; includes work by Syad Ahmad of Salisbury. 704-920-ARTS (2787), www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org
Brick Wall Gallery, The Depot at Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Ave., Concord — Miniature Exhibit,” art that is 8 x 10 or smaller, in any medium. On display until Sept. 30.
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. $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 — Free admission Saturday, Sept. 24 for visitors who present a Smithsonian Museum Day Admission Ticket•Masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert Stuart. 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 — Through Oct. 29: “Wild Fire,” “Remember Me as You Pass By,” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
North Carolina Day trips — • Oct. 19: Blue Ridge Parkway leaf viewing in Pisgah National Forest, $15, lunch not included, register by Oct.3 • Nov. 16: Biltmore House, tour gardens, dine at finest restaurant, take Christmas Candlelight Tour, $100, dinner and admission included, register by Oct. 7 • For 18 and older. Bus departs from Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis, payment is due on or before registration deadline. Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Department 704-920-4343. Program brochure at
Steps of St. Paul and the Book of Revelation Alive Cruise — November 2011, contact Barbara Franklin, J.F. Hurley YMCA, for details, 704-636-0111.
“West Side Story” — $85 includes orchestra center seating for performance Nov. 1, transportation from YMCA to the Blumenthal, Charlotte. First deposit $40 due now, final deposit due Sept. 29. Barbara Franklin, J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.
Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, S.C. — November 15-17: includes hotel, 2 shows at Palace Theater, Ripley’s Museum, meals, deluxe motorcoach transportation. Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.
Bethlehem, Pa., The Christmas City — Dec. 7-9: includes hotel, meals, night tour of city, Moravian church, Moravian museum, shopping. Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.
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. Rail trail offers hiking, biking. 704-267-9439, www.HistoricGoldHill.com
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 — Fridays-Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29: Ghost Train[0xae] Halloween Festival. Tweetsie.com, 877-TWEETSIE (877-893-3874), Facebook, Twitter @TweetsieRR
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — Thomas the Tank Engine visits Sept. 23-25, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Tickets now on sale 866-468-7630 or www.ticketweb.com/thomas or www.nctrans.org • Fall hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 1–5 p.m., Sunday. See www.nctrans.org for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — “When We Fought Ourselves-1861-1865,”with local emphasis. 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: Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808), perhaps best known for instructing our country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946.
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — 1820 house museum, costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 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. 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. Info: 704-279-5783.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — Sundays 3-5 p.m. and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. . 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. In the renovated old Kannapolis Jailhouse Building. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, admission free. 704-934-2320, www.NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org
Historic Gold Hill,NC/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — 19th century living history interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. 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., admission free. 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, open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs. org
Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville — Fall Homeschool Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 28. admission $6 per person, ages 4 and under free, no RSVP necessary • Ghost Tales in the Dark, Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22: 8, 9, 10 p.m. each night). Tour the plantation by candleligh, hear real ghost stories. RSVP is required, $12 per person, must be 10 years or older. 704-875-2312 to register, www.lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte — Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815. www.historicrose dale.com
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, — Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday: noon–5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day. 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 are free. 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.orgCharlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17: September Creature Feature is Flippin’ Frogs and Slitherin’ Snakes. $6 ages 2 and older; younger than 2 and members are free. Free parking. 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 — NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. 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 — A loan of ten works of Rodin includes a rare marble sculpture of Eve, a monumental sized bronze of Eve standing 68 inches tall, Final Study for the Monument to Balzac, the monumental Torso of the Falling Man, three of Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. West Building, opens Sept. 2. General admission $15, students, children, seniors, military discounted, children six and under free. www.ncartmuseum.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, 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? Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free general admission. 919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org .
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — $10.85 adults; seniors, military, children discounted; fhildren age two and younger free. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — 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 and 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. 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com