Roundabout: What's happening
Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 19, 2012
Piedmont Players Theatre and F&M Bank present ’13-The Musical’ – 7:30 p.m., July 20-21 and 2:30 p.m. July 21-22. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com
Piedmont Players ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ —July 26-Aug. 4: Classic American comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471, www.piedmontplayers.com
‘A Raisin in the Sun’ staged by Catawba alumnus — 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, Charlotte. Evening Star Productions, Inc. is Charlotte-based production company founded/operated by 2011 Catawba College alumnus Tony Mullins. Tickets DOS $20. www.eveningstarpro. com
‘Pippin’ at Theatre Charlotte— July 20-22. Presented by Theatre Charlotte Student Theatre Guild. Tickets start $10, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. www.carolinatix. org, 704-372-1000.
‘The Retreat from Moscow’—7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-4 and 9-11; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5: presented by Center for Faith & the Arts and The St. Thomas Players, directed by Justin Dionne. Florence Busby Corriher Theater, Catawba College, 704-647-0999, email@example.com
‘Die Roten Punkte: Kunst Rock (Art Rock)’ — July 31-Aug. 5, $34.50 general admission, Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Fox on the Fairway’ — 8 p.m., Aug. 2-18 with Sunday matinee 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19. A tribute to great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. $15. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Music & More
Concert on the Square series kicks off in Downtown Mocksville— 6:30-8:30 p.m., • Saturday, July 21: deejay, dance to beach music, line dance to 70s hits, do the wobble dance • Saturday, August 18: Tin Can Alley with Mel Jones • Saturday, Sept. 15: Stan Bobbitt (rock, country hits). Free, bring your own chair. 101 N. Main St., next to Restaurant 101, 336-909-2263, www.historicdowntownmocksville.com
Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band inBurning Coal Theatre’s MusiCoal Summer Concert Series— 7 p.m., Sunday, July 22: $10, at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, 919-834-4001, www.burningcoal.org
Phil Wickham, Moriah Peters perform live at free concert event— 7 p.m., July 27: Glee for God concert celebration at Christian City Church (C3), 300 Hwy 68 S, Greensboro. Doors open 6:15, www.GleeforGod.com, www. c3greensboro.com
Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center— • Creed: Back Together Again! July 27• Comedian Bill Engvall, Aug. 3• Justin Moore, Aug. 24• Kenny Rogers, Sept. 1• Dierks Bentley, Sept. 21. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Improv returns to Lee Street Theatre — Doors 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m., Friday July 27: One night only, “Evening of Improv” starring Charlotte Comedy Theater along with Salisbury talent Drea Leonetti, John Cochrane, Rachel Lock, Cale Evans. Admission $10, drinks available, no advance reservations. Looking Glass Artists Center, 405 N. Lee St., corner of Kerr. www.charlottecomedytheater.com/staff–ensemble.html
30th annual China Grove Farmers Day— Friday, July 20: 8-10 P.M., Singing in the Park with The Nostalgia Band • 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, July 21: Farmers Day Festival, Main Street, China Grove: opening ceremonies;dunking booth; Little Mr/Miss Farmers Day contest, three entertainment stages with live bands, dancing, children’s shows; 7 p.m., Darrell Harwood and the Cool Water Band; 10 p.m. fireworks. www.chinagrovefarmersday.com
This & That
Krazy Night Out!— 5-9 p.m., Friday, July 20: Free, family-friendly event. Concert by Big Break on E. Fisher St., more music by Gael Warning, Southern Connection, Nifty Noize; Stores open late with krazy offers; downtown ghost walk (www.SalisburyGhostWalk. com), Salisbury sculpture show (www. SalisburySculpture.com), drum circle, haunted trolley tour, “13 The Musical”at the Norvell Theater; carriage rides, free trolley rides, classic car show, kids’ activities, more. 704-638-3100, www.visitsalisburync. com/calendar
Music Theatre Camp for kids— 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., July 30-Aug. 3, for 8-12 year-olds: put together a show in just one week, performance 5:30 p.m., Aug. 3. Tuition $125, Looking Glass Artists Center,405 N. Lee St., camp director Sarah Hall. Information or registration at firstname.lastname@example.org
Booksigning event with Charlotte author Pat Davies— 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at China Grove Farmers Day July 21, signing copies of her book, “Wizard Jasper and the Lost Princess.” Dowtown China Grove.
Piedmont Dance Theatre presents ‘Pirates’ — 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21: Piedmont Dance Theatre performs original ballet at Village Park Amphitheater, Kannapolis, sponsored by Kannapolis Parks and Recreation, free admissione. “An all-ages appropriate ballet filled with humor, epic battles, bold acting.www.cabarruscounty.us
Historic Gold Hill Cruise-in—2 p.m. till dark, Saturday, July 21: 50/50 raffle, classic, antique cars, street rods, cycles. 740 St. Stephens Church Road. Facebook or goldhillmerchantsassociation@ gmail.com
Family friendly pro wrestling event — Bell time 6 p.m., Saturday, July 28: Wrestle Fest! is comedy-based and appropriate for children, features local wrestlers. Copperhead Tavern, 1504 Jake Alexander Blvd. West. $5, free for children under 10. Information: RW entertainment, 980-355-4592.
Gold Hill Ghost Walk — Registration 7:30 p.m. at the Arbor, July 28: Ghost Walk starts at 8 p.m. Guided walks $5, children under 6 free, see map on directional signs in village, 840 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill.
‘Dream Big READ’ summer reading program at Rowan Public Library branches — Age 12 mos. through rising 5th graders. Register at any location. Weekly programs through Aug. 2, win prizes. Complete schedule on Sunday’s book page or www.rowanpubliclibrary. org or any RPL location — Headquarters, 704-216-8234; South Rowan, 704-216-7728; East Branch, 704-216-7842.
Rowan Public Library Teen Summer Reading schedule— Weekly programs, prizes for reading. Get forms from www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or at any branch • 3:30-5 p.m., through Aug. 1, Tuesdays Headquarters, Wednesdays East Branch, Thursdays South Regional • Live Creatures: July 24–26. Nocturnal animals and more • Summer Concert and Prize Awards: August 1 • End-of-summer celebration, South Regional, for teens from all library locations
Concord Teen Summer Reading Program— • 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 24: Teen Movie starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale. Admission free, popcorn provided • 2 p.m., Thursday, July 26: “Stained glass” craft activity, color your own “stained glass” night creature or dreamcatcher. Spaces limited, registration required • Wii Be Gaming! Finale: 2-4 p.m., Saturday, July 28 in the Auditorium. Wii Mario Kart branch winners compete for grand prize. Concord Library, 704-920-2054, 27 Union St., N.
Downtown Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series — •Movies in the Park at Village Park: 8:45 p.m. Friday, July 20: “Footloose” (2011) (PG-13) [Curtis and the Dilettantes opening at 7:30] • Friday-Saturday, July 27-28: Beach Music Festival. The Tams (Friday night), The HolidayBand (Saturday 5 p.m.), Atlantic Groove (Saturday 7 p.m.), Jim Quick & Coastline (Saturday 8:30 p.m.) • Summer Series events open to the public, free admission unless otherwise stated. Complete summer schedule at www.cityofkannapolis.com or 704-920-4343.
Rowan County Animé Group field trip— July 28: Bon Odori (Japanese Festival), free. Meet 8 a.m. in front of JCPenny, Salisbury Mall; leaving at 8:30 to go to event in Charlotte. Information: www.geocities.jp/jaclttest/ebonodori.html
Music and Drama summer camp — 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 6-10: Prospect Presbyterian presents “Rocks, Reeds, Strings & Things” with Friday night performance. For children having completed grades 1-5. Looking at musical instruments through the Bible, experience contemporary versions through guest artists. Non-members $35. Bring a bag lunch; snacks provided. Transportation provided if necessary. Register at 704 664-1514. 9425 W. NC 152 Hwy., Mooresville.
‘Murder at Greystone Plantation’ dinner — 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17: comic interactive dinner theatre show set in the roaring 20s, winner receives a prize. $75 per person for three course gourmet meal, entertainment, two glasses of wine. Reservations: Julia Jones 336-236-9463 ext. 332. Childress Vineyards, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington. Presented by Silver Moon Mysteries.
GMKC ‘Gone Doggin’ Summer Agility Trials at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center — 8:30-5:30 p.m., Aug. 9-12: Canine competitors run the agility courses for big prizes. Fun for the entire family. Admission free to spectators, parking $5. Cabarrus Event Center, 4751 NC Hwy 49, Concord, www.greatermonroekc.org. 704-920-3976, Ticketmaster.com
Historic Salisbury narrated trolley tour— 11 a.m. Saturdays, April through Oct. Tours begin/end at Visitor’s Center, 204 E. Innes St. $8 for adults, children 4 to 10 $5, under 4 free. 704-638-3100, www.visitsalisburync.com
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, July 20: Celebrate Krazy Night Out with Gael Warning, celtic/folk/fusion band, $5 cover • 9:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21: Blazin Blues Bob Paolina, no cover. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine.com
DJ’s, 1502 W. Innes St. — 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Live music. 704-638-9647, www.DJsRestaurant.com
E.H.Montgomery General Store— Friday Night Bluegrass Jam 7-9 p.m.: Open jam for all acoustic musicians. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill. com, Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, 704-267-9439.
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave. — Friday and Saturday nights: Open juke box, come play your favorite songs with us. 704-638-8996.
The Fuel Depot Bar and Grill, 2168 Statesville Blvd. —•Tuesday, Open Mic •Wednesday, World Tavern Poker• Thursday, 8 ball tournament, deejay/ karaoke with Cherokee•Friday jam session with Monkey Wrench (free).
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane —Opening soon under new ownership, Tradd Burn and Jack Phillips. New look, menu changes. Projected opening date July 25. 704-633-0251, www.theboatandskiclub.com
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — •Saturday, July 21: All of A Kind and The Have Mercy Blues Band.Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467, inntheloop. blogspot.com
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St.— 7 p.m., tonight, July 19: Karaoke performance by Carol ‘Smiley’ Tysinger and Larry Davis • Bike Night 6-9 p.m. Mondays• Cruise-in 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays• Karaoke 7-close Friday-Saturdays. 704-642-0050.
Spencer Buffet, 1205 N. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 6 p.m., Wednesdays: karaoke. 704-633-1200.
Tamarac Marina, Bringle Ferry Road—“Karaoke on the Lake” 6-9 p.m. Mondays on the patio, full menu available, nightly specials. 704 636-1918.
The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — July 20: Beth McKee Band and Charlotte Parrott; Don Liberati with Avian Lawn• July 21: Christy Snow with Jimmy Landry; A Silent Film with Anchor & Braille. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000, www. theeveningmuse.com
The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte— July 20: The Charles Walker Band• July 21: Truckstop Preachers with The Mike Strauss Band. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000, www. doubledoorinn.com
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte— July 20: All Arts Market, Gallery Crawl Night, 70+ artists, free. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte—July 20: J.D. McPherson • July 21: BIG Something. CarolinaTix, 704-358-9200, www.visulite.com
‘Life Out Loud’ — Book study and life coaching opportunity, part of the Looking Glass Artists Center Art of Living series; sessions to be planned around attendees’ availability. $20. To register call Michelle Jamison 704-433-1626.
Carolina Artists’ ‘Do A Painting in One Hour’ — Workshops at City Parks and Recreation, Thursday, Aug. 9, time TBA. Register one week prior to class 704-638-5275.
Summer Slimdown Challenge— 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Learn about nutrition, lose weight, have a chance to win cash prizes if you’re one of the top achievers. Class size limited. Get details or pre-register at 704-638-0165.
Salisbury Art Station summer classes — Classes for July 23-27 • Multi-Media Art, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 3-5 and 6-8 • Artistic Passport, 1-4 p.m., ages 9-12 & 12 and up // Classes for July 30-Aug. 3 • Artistic Passport, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 3-5 and 6-8 • Multi-Media and Painting, 1-4 p.m., ages 12 and up. Different classes begin weekly for different age groups. $165 per week, email contact@salisburyartstation. com for complete list.
Chrismon classes, three new designs — New Beginner, Tuesday, July 24: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Beginner, Thursday, July 26: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Intermediate, Friday, July 27: 9:30-12:30 p.m. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information, email@example.com
Summer ARTventures classes at Waterworks— Summer ARTventures classes. Visit www.waterworks.org for brochure, registration forms or pick up during gallery hours. Variety of classes for kids aged 4 and up. Class sizes are limited. 123 E. Liberty St., 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
Mind aerobics art class— 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, taught by artist Robert Toth: An introduction to drawing, pastel and sculpture. $10 per two-hour session. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.
Shag dance classes — Mondays at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St., Instructors Ashley and Tobitha Stewart, pro division dancers in Competitive Shag Association• Beginner 6:30 p.m.• Beginner II 7:15 p.m.• Intermediate/Advanced 8:15 p.m. $10/ person, no partner needed. Contact Tobitha at 704-202-9655 or Diane Harrington at 704-279-6168.
Creative Art Experiences for ages 5-18— Art Lessons for children in your home, after school, evenings, weekends with Ingrid A. Erickson, K-12 Certified Art Educator and Artist. Lessons include papier mache animals, mask making, watercolor painting basics, observational and gesture drawing, printmaking, handmade paper and bookmaking, collage, clay, weaving, your requests. $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St.
Zumba fitness—•6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury in old YMCA gym on Fulton St. •6 p.m. Thursdays, $3 per person, St. Matthews Church in Salisbury •6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Christ United Methodist Church, Hwy 150, email@example.com for details.
Art Classes Ongoing with Patt — Local artist Patt Legg continues to have adult (16 and over) art classes at her home studio located off Miller Road. Classes are • noon-2 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays • OR 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes are ongoing, 2 hrs. in length, pay as you go ($40/2 hrs.) Now accepting students for noon-2 p.m. Tuesday class. Call for material costs, what to purchase, to sign up. Class size limited to 4. 704-232-6000, 704-856-8869. See samples www.pattlegg.com/
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 salisburyartists@ gmail.com. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists.com
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 Fridays. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society auditions for orchestra’s substitute musicians — Music Director David Hagy will hear auditions Saturday, Aug. 18 on the campus of Catawba College. Questions: David Hagy dhagy @wfu.edu or 317-357-7576. For appointment time, call Symphony office 704-637-4314, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write Audition Information, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, POBox 4264, Salisbury, NC 28145.
Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None’— 7-9 p.m., Aug. 20-21: Auditions consist of a cold read from the script. Roles for 11 actors and actresses. Show dates Oct. 25-28. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Call for vendors
Biker Blues Rally —Second Annual Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off, Sept. 20-22: now accepting vendor applications. See www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com under forms for more information, contact Gary Moss 704-638-6044 or email@example.com
Call for musicians
E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill— Bluegrass jam open to all acoustic musicians.Refreshments available, Admission by donation. Every Friday night 7-9 p.m., 704-267-9439.
Call for artists
‘Faces of Abundant Living’— Salisbury’s Abundant Living provides models for portraits for 2012 “Faces of Abundant Living” portrait exhibit. Portraits may be started at any time; work in the medium of your choice. Deadline Aug. 1. Once completed, portraits will be on exhibit at Waterworks Visual Arts Center beginning Aug. 24; an opening reception Sept. 20. In early November 2012 the portraits will be presented to family members to keep and cherish. To participate, call Abundant Living at 704-637-3940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolina Artists EXPO 2012— Non-juried competition held at Civic Center. Categories: oil or acrylic, watercolor and all other water based media on paper, other two dimensional works, photography. Age 18 or older, original work only. Preregister by Aug. 1. Pick up entry forms at the Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S.; mail forms and fee to: The Carolina Artists, POBox 4484 Salisbury, NC 28145. Rules and details at thecarolinaartists.org
Speakers and forums
Author Julie Williams speaks at RPL — 7 p.m., Monday, July 30: Julie Williams, author of “A Rare Titanic Family,” the story of her great uncle and his family, passengers on the Titanic and one of the few families to survive. Open to all, followed by light refreshments. 201 W. Fisher St, 704-216-7842.
Home and garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardensummer series —9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hands-on activities that illustrate how art and wildlife interact within the garden • Saturday, August 4: “ Wild Wings.” Free with Garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490, www. DSBG.org
Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.—“paper, scissors, ROCK!” Singer, songwriter, artist Sy Arden showing original artwork through July, culminating with live music event 8 p.m., July 28. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and during special events. salisburyartists@ gmail.com. Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS, www.salisburyartists. com
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. — The Monday Rembrandts display artwork in the St. John’s Art Gallery. The Monday Rembrandts meet Mondays, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., working in watercolor and acrylic. Gerry Webster, facilitator. Opening reception 3-5 pm Sunday, July 29. Gallery open during business hours and by appointment. 704-642-0731.
Exhibit at Tastebuds coffee shop— Exhibit of Rail Walk Studio Artists Ingrid Erickson, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, Annette Ragone Hall, Elizabeth McAdams, Liese Sadler and Marietta Foster Smith. Free to the public through through Aug. 31. Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tastebuds Coffee & Tea, 106 N. Main St., 704-245-4134.
Civil War photography exhibit at Davie County Public Library — “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory” visits Davie County Public Library in Mocksville through July 29. Information on the exhibit call 336- 751-2023. Tour information contact the Department of Cultural Resources 919-807-7389.
Last week of ‘A Round Paris’ at Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St.—• “A Round Paris” runs through July 28 • North Gallery: “Round,” Rail Walk artists explore “the round” • South Gallery, themes of Paris. Rail Walk gallery hours Saturdays only 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 704-431-8964, www.railwalkgallery.com
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. —• Summer Exhibition – With a Discerning Eye: Realism to Abstraction, through Aug. 11; Artwork from five regional artists challenge the viewer to look beyond the obvious, to deepen their understanding of the realism in abstraction and the abstraction in realism • Free admission, donations appreciated. 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
Exhibits at SECCA — • Paperless • Light and Space: The Sculpture of Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová • Tracey Snelling: Woman on the Run. Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. 336-725-1904, www.secca.org
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles•The Transformed Self: Performance Masks of Mexico•The Shape of Life: Contemporary Native American Ceramics.$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 —•Colorbind: The Emily and Zach Smith Collection through Aug. 12• Matthew Weinstein through Aug. 18. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem— Project See Yesterday Today uses QR codes in eight locations; when scanned with a smartphone, see web page with archival information and an image about the location. Through Aug. 5, reynoldahouse.org/seeyesterday •Exhibits: A Genius for Place through Aug. 5•Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum through Dec. 31. 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove —Permanent exhibition: traces NC pottery from pre-historic Native American work through 21st century. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
Three days in Pigeon Forge —Motorcoach leaves from Davie County Senior Services, Mocksville, Nov. 13, returns Nov. 15. Attend Dixie Stampede, Country Tonight, Blackwood Bros. Breakfast Show, Titanic Museum. Reservations/info 336-753-6230.
Free museum admission for vets— Blue Star Museums initiative offers free admission to active duty military and families through Labor Day, 1,500+ museums• Complete list at www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2012.php?st=NC#list
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer—• Train rides Tuesday through Sunday.See www.nctrans.org for schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN, www.nctrans.org
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St.— Exhibit honoring life and service of Salisbury’s Elizabeth Hanford Dole: “Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Home town girl, public servant, world citizen.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946, email@example.com, www.rowanmuseum.org
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St.— Artifacts 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. 704-633-5946, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rowanmuseum.org
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry—Two-story Georgian stone house completed in 1766. Located on Old Stone House Road in Granite Quarry. 1-4 Saturday, Sunday, $3 for adults and $1.50 for students. 704-633-5946, email@example.com, www.rowanmuseum. org
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.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — Special tours and info 704-279-4979. Free. Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment.
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. Free. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads, 704-857-7474, www.priceoffreedom.us
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sundays. Free. Special tours 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A St., 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
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., Spencer— Next door to the Post Office. Features antique, vintage, and modern collectible dolls, antique and vintage toys, a train set, and model tractor trailers and John Deere vehicles. Just steps from the NC Transportation Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors, $3/children. 704-762-9359, www. spencerdollandtoymuseum. com.
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. 704-279-5674,www.HistoricGoldHill. com
Reed Gold Mine historic site, 9621 Reed Mine Road, off Highway 200 near Locust— Museum, visitor center, underground mine tour, operating stamp mill, panning area. Museum is free, panning tickets $2. 704-721-4653, www.nchistoricsites.org/ reed/
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville— The only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War. 704-873-5882, www.fortdobbs.org
Reynolda House Museum, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem— House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. Project See Yesterday Today uses QR codes in eight locations; when scanned with a smartphone, see web page with archival information and an image about the location. Through Aug. 5, reynoldahouse.org/seeyesterday 336-758-5150, reynoldahouse.org
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225Sample Road, Huntersville— Living History Saturdays bring history to life• July 21-22Civil War with the 49th NC Troops• July 28 Michael Twitty, culinary historian, historic interpreter, Jewish educator, tells stories of enslaved people and their foodways • Aug. 4 Gold Panning• Aug. 11 Beekeeping. 704-875-2312, lattaplantation.org
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte— Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815.historicrose dale.org
Discovery Place, Charlotte, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte— Summer hours through Sept. 3 • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sunday: noon-5 p.m.Where science amazes, educates and entertains. World Alive: aquarium, learning labs, rainforest • Think It Up: multi-sensory world of color, light, sound, creation • Project Build: explore the design behind everything from forts to pyramids to skyscrapers • Cool Stuff: learn the why of science • Discovery 3D Theatre: glasses required, the latest in digital filmmaking, state-of-the-art sound. 704-372-6261, www.discoveryplace.org
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road— $8 adults, children age 1-13; children under age one free. Events and activities free with admission. Summer event schedule at 704-372-6261, discoveryplaceKIDS.org
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte— $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two free, parking is free. Summer event schedule at 704-372-6261, charlottenaturemuseum.org
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte— Civil War Exhibit: Liberty on the Border. 704-568-1774, www.charlottemuseum.org
Town Creek Indian Mound, Mount Gilead— NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. Town Creek Mound Road approx. five miles east of Mt. Gilead, between NC 73 and NC 731. 910-439-6802, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.towncreek.nchistoricsites.org
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen, award-winning historical garden and horticultural programs. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300, www.oldsalem.org
NC Museum of Art, 2110 BlueRidge Road, Raleigh—•El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa through July 29•Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan through Aug. 19 •John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, ongoing • Free general admission. Charge for some concerts, films, classes, performances. www.ncartmuseum.org
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh— • José Lerma The Credentialist, Through Sept. 2•$5 general admission. 919-513-0946, camraleigh.org
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh— Explore more than 14,000 years of the state’s history• At the Speed of a Girl, Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting, through July 29. Admission free. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, ncmuseumofhistory. org or Facebook
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh—Four floors of live animals, hands-on activities, programs: look at the natural world through NC’s geography, prehistoric past, geology, plants, animals. Free general admission, cover charge for special exhibits and 3D Theater.919-733-7450, www.naturalsciences.org
NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — Indoors: Sit inside a real Apollo Space Capsule, explore a full-scale Lunar Lander, touch a 13-foot tornado, see 75+ animal species of Carolina wildlife •Outdoors: Explore the Wild, a 6-acre outdoor science center expansion linking people with plants, animals, interactive exhibits. $14 adults, $10 children ages 3-12. Train and bungee rides small add’l cost. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St.— Climbing Lobby, Amazing Library, Build it!, Surprise Garden, The Enchanted Forest, Animal Alphabet, Amazing Airways, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Factory, Food Lion Supermarket. Adults and children over 1 year old: $7.336-723-9111, childrensmuseumofws.org
Natural Science Center of Greensboro,4301 Lawndale Drive— A hands-on science museum, animal discovery zoological park and a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Dome Theater, NC’s only 40 foot digital dome experience. General admission includes admission to the Museum and Animal Discovery. $8 adults $8, $7 children ages 3-13.336-288-3769, 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. Adults $8/ Children 12 months and older $8. 336-574-2898, www.gcmuseum.com