Roundabout: What's happening

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tomato Trot kicks off Woodleaf Tomato Festival, Friday, Aug. 17: 2012 5K Tomato Trot Evening Run And Walk. Registration $25 begins 6:15 p.m., race starts 7:30 p.m. Register 704-224-5134, sportoften. com,•The Woodleaf Tomato Festival, 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf Barber Road: silent auction, attic sale, parade with antique tractors, tomato eating contest, craft booths, fresh produce, live music, tomato tasting, the Miss Tomato Festival Pageant as well as competition for Little Mater Sprout, Little Miss Mater and Little Tommy-Toe, tomato recipe cook-off, Tomato festival t-shirts, gift basket raffle, hotdogs, hamburgers, tomato sandwiches, all day fun.
Ralph Pennington Memorial Bluegrass Reunion — Aug. 24-25: Friday open stage and jam session, Saturday performances 1-10 p.m. Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, food
Saving Grace Farm music festival — 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 8: GraceFest 2012. Tickets $15 at or at Critters, L.A.Murph’s, Tastebuds, Thread Shed, Saving Grace Farm. Vendors, silent auction, raffles, Yadkin River Theory, Big Break, Crucifixed, The Piedmont Boys, Bob & Dave Acoustic, Nadirah Dance. Free desserts, beverages, wine tastings, beer. Dinner available for purchase by Richard’s Barbecue. or 704-638-2339.
Biker Blues Rally —Second annual Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off, Sept. 20-22.
Music & More
Music on the Mountain — Noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18: Held at Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1740 Dunn’s Mountain Road. Schedule• Noon, Pat Ray• 1 p.m. Michael and Gaynell Lambert with Tim Ervin• 2 p.m. Mike Leazer• 3 p.m. Jim and Angela Gobble• 4 p.m. The Edwards Family (as seen on Bluegrass Roads TV)• Free admission, bring lawn chairs. 704-216-7833.
The Salisbury Swing BandCombo — 7 p.m, Saturday, Aug. 18: Knights of Columbus Dance, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 537 NC 15 (Business) in Denver. Feature vocalist Lonnie Carpenter, director Dr. Steve Etters, 704-637-4476,
Ohio Avenue in concert at Pfeiffer — 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19: Sunday Night Alive re-launches with a live concert by the band Ohio Avenue, Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. Free, open to the public. sherri.barnes@ or 704-463-3073. 18 miles south of Salisbury on Hwy 52.
Concert on the Square series kicks off in Downtown Mocksville— 6:30-8:30 p.m., •Saturday, Aug. 18: Tin Can Alley with Mel Jones. Free, bring your own chair. 101 N. Main St., next to Restaurant 101, 336-909-2263, www.historicdowntownmocksville. com
The Hiddenite Center free concert — 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19: Night Move Band, downtown Taylorsville, 828-632-6966, www.
More NC Symphony broadcasts on WUNC 91.5FM — Newly announced, the schedule has been extended to run every Monday through Sept. 3, 10 p.m.-midnight. wunc. org/programs/north-carolina-symphony-concert-series.
Old Courthouse Theatre’s ‘Fox on the Fairway’ — 8 p.m., Aug. 18 with Sunday matinee 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19. A tribute to great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. $15. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405,
Old Courthouse Theatre announces Nancy Brewer’s ‘Memories of the Old South’ — 7:30 p.m., Aug. 25, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26: Nancy B. Brewer performs as Lizzie from the pages of Brewer’s books; includes civil war reenactors, period music, highlights from “ Lizzie After the War,” set in Concord, NC 1867-1893. Refreshments and a book signing follow the event. Tickets $10, reserved at or 704-788-2405. 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405, www.oldcourthousetheatre. org
This & That
Downtown Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series —• Movie in the Park at Village Park: 8:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, Adventures of Tin Tin (PG) [Time Sawyer Band opening 7:30 p.m.] • Saturday, Aug. 18: Stories Under the Stars, KannapolisBranch Library, 7 p.m., Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets performing Animalia. or 704-920-4343.
BTS supply event — 10 a.m. until, Saturday, Aug. 18: Workers of the Vineyard sponsor skills basketball camp for middle school, high school, elementary students, a 3-on-3 tournament, and free school supply, clothing, food giveaway. Royal Giants Park, East Spencer. Also hair cuts, ice cream, bounce house.
Historic Gold Hill Cruise-in—2 p.m. till dark, Saturday, Aug. 18 : 50/50 raffle, classic, antique cars, street rods, cycles. 740 St. Stephens Church Road. Facebook or goldhillmerchantsassociation@
Photowalk 1 to 100 at Rowan Public Library — 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20: Wayne Hinshaw, former Salisbury Post photographer, teaches basics of lighting, composition, camera functions; followed by outdoor photowalk, 30-40 minutes downtown. Afterward, learn how to download pictures. Bring at least one camera per family. Free, for all skill levels, ages. Register at 704-216-8229,
‘Steinbeck Was Wrong’ — 8 p.m., through Aug. 31: Poignant and sometimes humorous stories on what it really was like growing up an “Okie” during the great depression, not as portrayed in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. $12 in advance, Wine Up, 3306-C N. Davidson St., Charlotte.
31st Henderson County Gem & Mineral Society — Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Whitmire Center, Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville. $4. Free shuttle to Apple Festival. 828-775-8098.
JCPrice American Legion Post 107 annual children’s Labor Day picnic/membership drive — Noon-3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3: Music by God’s Given Talent Boyz. Food, fun and games. School supplies and prizes given away. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
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,
Masonic Home fundraiser — 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18: Spencer Masonic Lodge’s first fundraiser for the Masonic Home for Children, Fourth Street in Spencer. Look for signs. 100 percent of proceeds go to the children. Tours available, see “Masonic secrets” inside. Call Master Anthony Fisher, 704-433-1951.
Diabetes Alert Dogs — 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18: Fundraiser for Abigail Eagle and Caden Varmer to help raise money for their Diabetes Alert Dogs Meter and Dash. Bounce house, raffles, prizes, food, live band, some Diabetes alert dogs in action, huge pool, family fun. $5 per person includes swimming and water slides. Kannapolis Recretion Park, 2225 Fowler St.
Cancer treatments for Tiffany — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18: Hot rods, classics, motorcycles cruise in, Pick and grin and bing your instrument for live music, activities for children, barbecue chicken plates, homemade desserts. Hosted by Knox Chapel Church, Knox Chapel UMC, 3520 Amity Road, Cleveland, 704-929-8281.
Travis Casper Day — noon, Saturday, Aug. 18: Barbecue chicken dinner $8 on site or take out. 1:30 p.m. entertainment $5 donation. Register for five-card poker run 11 a.m., leave at noon, return 5 p.m. Proceeds fund Travis’ upcoming bone marrow transplant. The Salisbury Elks Lodge, 508 S. Main St. or Nathan Harris 704-637-8622 or Donnie Smith 704-642-0323.
Barron D. Goodson Memorial Classic Car and Truck Show — Saturday, Aug. 25: Open to all classic and late model muscle cars and trucks. Registration 8-11 a.m., trophies 1:30 p.m. Food, prizes, raffles, silent auction, children’s entertainmen, giveaways, food, special guests. Free admission. Held at Backing Up Classics Museum, 4545 Concord Pkwy South, Concord,, groups/393439324012256.
Fundraiser for Rowan Blues and Jazz Society— 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 25: line dancing contests, food, festive beverages, guest bags. $6 at the door, two for $10 online at www.rowanbluesandjazz. org. Looking Glass Artists Collective black box theater, 405 N. Lee St.
County fairs
•Stanly County Fair, Aug. 22-25 •Iredell CountyFair, Sept. 3-8 •Cabarrus County Fair, Sept. 7-15 •Rowan County Fair, Sept. 17-22 •Davidson County Fair, Sept. 17-22 •Dixie Classic Fair, W-S, Sept. 28-Oct. 7 •The State Fair, Raleigh, Oct. 11-21
Night Life
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. — 9 -11:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17: Martha Bassett, no cover • 9:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18: Blazin’ Blues Bob Paolino, no cover. 704-797-0093, www.
DJ’s, 1502 W. Innes St. — 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Live music. 704-638-9647,
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 —8 p.m. until, Friday, Aug. 17: Karaoke with Mark Tomei • 9 p.m. until, Saturday, Aug. 18: Divided by Four. Open Wednesday-Friday 4 p.m. until. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. until.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — Saturday, Aug. 18: The Innvocation; Attalus from Raleigh. 7 p.m. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays. 704-213-1467, inntheloop.
The Loft at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St.—- Friday, Aug. 17: Darrell Harwood and The Coolwater Band • Saturday, Aug. 18: The Piedmont Boys. Doors open 9 p.m., www.reverbnation. com/venue/theloftbenchwarmers
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St.— 7 p.m., tonight, Aug. 16: Karaoke performance by Larry Davis and Smiley • Beach night karaoke and Bike Night 7-9 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.
E.H. Montgomery General Store— Friday Night Bluegrass Jam 7-9 p.m.: Acoustic open jam. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill. com, 704-267-9439.
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.
The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — Aug. 17: Cicada Rhythm; Blue James Band• Aug. 18: Malcolm Holcombe CD release; Skyview. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000, www.the
The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte— Aug. 17: On The Run With Sun Dried Vibes• Aug. 18: The Harvey Dalton Arnold Band. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000,
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte— Aug. 18: WX Wrestling presents There Goes The Neighborhood, seated event. www.neighborhoodtheatre. com
The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte—Aug. 17: Jay Brannan. CarolinaTix, 704-358-9200,
Fall adult classes at Pottery 101— Registration begins today; session begins Sept. 4, meets weekly until Oct. 24. Classes are 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday or 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cost $200 includes #25 bag of clay and 5 additional hours of studio time. Register at Pottery 101, 704-209-1632,,
Belly Dance classes — Beginning Monday, Aug. 27: First class $5 at Kalima Tribal Belly Dance, two locations. Mondays – Sarah’s Treehouse upstairs, 506 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Wednesdays – Artemesia Artworks & Yoga Studio, 323 W. Harrison St., Salisbury. Full schedule, details at or
Chrismon classes — New Beginner, Tuesday, Aug. 21: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. •Beginner, Thursday, Aug. 23: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. •Intermediate, Friday, Aug. 24: 9:30-12:30 p.m. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information,
Robert Crum art classes at Morgan Ridge —• Introduction to Mosaics: Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $160• Mosaic Sidewalk Carpet, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $180• Plein Air Painting, Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $120. Description, registration at 704-310-0382,,
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre’s ‘Introduction to Acting’ — 9-11 a.m., Saturdays Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29: For ages 8-18, $50/four week enrollment. Register at or Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord, 704 788-2405.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Art Experiences for ages 5-18— Art Lessons for children in your home, after school, evenings, weekends. $15/hour, $10 each additional child. 413-884-4499 for appointment. Studio at Rail Walk Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. Email: with questions. Rail Walk Gallery, 409 North Lee St.
Shag dance classes — Mondays at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St. Instructors are 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, no partner needed. Tobitha 704-202-9655, Diane Harrington 704-279-6168.
Shakespeare workshop — 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: NC Shakespeare Festival’s Hands On Shakespeare: Exploring Romeo and Juliet. $110 includes materials, snacks, lunch, dinner, attendance at NCShakes’ MainStage production of Romeo and Juliet at High Point Theatre, one CEU credit. Register 336-841-2273, or Spirit Center, 807 W. Ward Ave., High Point.
Art Classes with Patt — Local artist Patt Legg’s adult (age 16+) art classes at her home studio, 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.) 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.
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@ . Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS,
Piedmont Singles — 7:15 Fridays. Friday, Aug. 17: Music by DC and the Chosen Few. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
Reynolda House hosts ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ — Seventh season at Reynolda House Museum, Fridays in August. Gates 8 p.m., films 9 p.m. Admission $5, cash only. 336-758-5150, reynolda • Aug. 17: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) • Aug. 24: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) • Aug. 31: “The Princess Bride” (1987). 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, 336-758-5150,
Piedmont Players mainstage ‘The Color Purple’ —7 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Aug 20-21, strong cast needed. Auditions held on Meroney Theater third floor, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471,
PPT youth for ‘‘Much Ado About Nothing’— By appointment only, 4 or 5 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 21-22. 25 spots per time slot. Sign up: 704-633-5471. Auditions at Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.,
Rock 101 (Tribute to the 60s) — 1:30-4 p.m., Aug. 19 and 26: auditions for two guitarists, one bassists, one drummer, one singer, one keyboardist. Semester-long Rock 101 is Sept. 10-Dec. 3. This year the band will be paying tribute to the 60s era. Rehearse on a weekly basis, write a song, learn covers, perform at Hickory Oktoberfest and Hickory annual Christmas Jam. Cost $125. Hickory Music Factory (Larry’s Music & Sound), 828-638-0939,
Concord Choral Academy — Now scheduling auditions/vocal placement interviews for children and youth (ages 7-20) to participate in three age-based choirs. Gary Shive, 704-786-7447 for more information. No preparation necessary. Cabarrus/Rowan County youth welcome. Choirs meet weekly at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St., Concord. Fall rehearsals begin Sept. 4. New singers accepted through the September.
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,
Shakespeare To Go — Auditions 4-6 p.m., Sept. 6-7 by The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCShakes) for 2013 outreach/education program. Auditions held at Spirit Center campus (807 W. Ward Ave., High Point. To schedule an audition, call 336-841-2273. Actors should prepare two one- to two-minute contrasting Shakespeare monologues, an 8×10 headshot and detailed resume.
Call for submissions
Poetry, short stories, art, photography — Submissions accepted for Muse & Spirit, the tri-annual publication of The Center for Faith & the Arts. Written entries must be typed; submit original work or high quality digital image; for material to be returned, send addressed envelope with sufficient postage; format work as you want it printed. If submission has been published previously, send information so that credit can be published. Deadline for the October issue Sept. 15. Rolling submissions accepted for future issues. 704-647-0999, faithart@bellsouth. net
Call for vendors
31st annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the ARTS — Saturday, Sept. 22: Seeking regional arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors. New artists and crafters submit minimum three photos or slides representative of work. Vendor spaces for arts, crafts, commercial items, food sales, public information booths for non-profits. Vendor space $40. Public information booths $15. Vendor applications available at 828-632-6966,
Call for performers
31st annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the ARTS — Saturday, Sept. 22: Seeking local performers, musicians, bands, dance groups for performance stages, 828-632-6966,
Call for musicians
31st annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the ARTS — Saturday, Sept. 22: Seeking musicians, bands, dance groups for four live music and dance performance stages. or call 828-632-6966, ask for Karen Walker or Allison Houchins.
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
Faith through art — Waterworks Visual Arts Center seeks submissions from artists who express their personal relationships to their faiths through art, including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity. Deadline for submission Aug. 30. Submissions should include current resume, artist’s statement, 5-10 digital images of current work available for exhibit. All mediums acceptable. Mail submissions to Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., Salisbury NC 28144 ATTN: Exhibitions • This winter concludes the series Art of Faiths – Religions of the World: Diversity and Tolerance. Exhibition dates: Nov.26-Feb. 9, 2013. Opening reception Nov. 30.
Home and garden
The 28th Southern Ideal Home Show —Aug. 24-26: Meet and talk with experts on home improvement and home products. $9 at door (under 15 free with paying adult). The Park Expo and Conference Center, Charlotte. 704-376.6594, www.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. — St. John’s Art Gallery: The Monday Rembrandts, well known Salisbury artists, display art work, many from private collections. Open to the public, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parking and entry behind St. John’s Chapel.Exhibit at Tastebuds coffee shop— Exhibit of Rail Walk Studio Artists including Ingrid Erickson, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, Annette Ragone Hall, Elizabeth McAdams, Liese Sadler and Marietta Foster Smith.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.
Exhibition at The Galleries, 65 Union Street S., Concord— “High 5: Fifth Anniversary Exhibition,” the return of 50 artists to The Galleries. Paintings, drawings, photographs, pottery, sculpture, quilts, glass, baskets. Free. 704-920-2787,
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St.—Aug. 3-27: Reunion Exhibit of artwork by current and former Rail Walk Artists. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, free and open to the public. Open every Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., plus most Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 704-431-8964,
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. —• Fall Exhibition: The Vocabulary of Printmaking – Its Origins and Techniques, Aug. 18-Nov. 10. Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24; informal gallery talks with the artists begin at 5 p.m. Light refreshments, free and open to the public. Gallery: 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,
Exhibits at SECCA — Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. 336-725-1904,
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte — $10 adults, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte —Last weekend for Matthew Weinstein exhibit. 704-337-2000.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem— •Beat the Heat Tour 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19: Visitors go behind the scenes at Reynolda House to areas normally closed to the public, $15 non-members • For August’s “Cinema Under the Stars,” see Film category. 336-758-5150,
Three days in Pigeon Forge —Motorcoach leaves from Davie County Senior Services, Mocks-ville, Nov. 13, returns Nov. 15. Attend Dixie Stampede, Country Tonight, Blackwood Bros. Breakfast Show, Titanic Museum. Reservations/info 336-753-6230.
Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road— Paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800.
Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.
Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla— Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury. Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road — Historic tours available by appointment, rail trail. 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. 18-19: Riders In The Sky, America’s favorite cowboys, Grammy award-winning quartet., 877-893-3874.
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
N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer— • Tickets on sale for 2012 Autumn Train Excursions, Nov. 3: Appomattox, Va.; Nov. 4: Toccoa, Ga. • See for details, also for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN,
Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St.— Exhibit honoring life and service of Salisbury’s Elizabeth Hanford Dole. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Contributions accepted. 704-633-5946,,
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St.— Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay, 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,,
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,, 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— Remembrance of 9/11: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, “Memories of Yesteryear,” bring restored farm equipment, vehicles to display, local groups present gospel and bluegrass, backyard barbecue sponsored by Oak Grove Baptist Church, China Grove. Call Bob Mault for details. 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,
China Grove Roller Mill Museum — Guided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sundays.Operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. Free. Special tours 704-433-3912.
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A St., Kannapolis— Honors musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from North Carolina. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, admission free. 704-934-2320,
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., Spencer— 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 23: story time “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” storytelling, book-sharing, songs, participatory activities, also view Pinocchios on display. Storytime/crafts free with admission, adults $5, students/seniors $4, age 4-15 $3, children under 3 free. Just steps from the NC Transportation Museum. 704-762-9359.
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 $3. 704-721-4653, 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,
Reynolda House Museum, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem— House, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. 336-758-5150,
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225Sample Road, Huntersville— Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm,the last remaining Catawba River Plantation open to the public.704-875-2312,
Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte— Civil War National Register Federal house circa 1815. historicrose
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. • Visit the website for details on August labs for kids. 704-372-6261,
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,
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte— $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two free, parking is free. Events and activities free with admission. Summer event schedule at 704-372-6261,
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte — Public operations emporarily suspended public operations while working toward a new operating model for the historic home and grounds. . See or write
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,,
Old Salem, Winston-Salem — Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, award-winning historical garden and horticultural programs. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300,
NC Museum of Art, 2110 BlueRidge Road, Raleigh—•Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan through Aug. 19 • Free general admission. Charge for some concerts, films, classes, performances.
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh— • José Lerma The Credentialist, Through Sept. 2•$5 general admission. 919-513-0946,
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh— Explore more than 14,000 years of the state’s history.Admission free. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, or Facebook
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh—Four floors of live animals, hands-on activities, programs. Free general admission, cover charge for special exhibits and 3D Theater. 919-733-7450,
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,
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. Adults and children over 1 year old: $7.336-723-9111,
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. General admission includes admission to the Museum and Animal Discovery. $8 adults $8, $7 children ages 3-13.336-288-3769,
Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. — Hands-on, interactive museum for children (infancy to 10 years of age) and families. Adults $8/ Children 12 months and older $8. 336-574-2898,
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