Roundbout – What's happening Sept. 13-19

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

Music & more
Jazz Vespers – 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, Chapel of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., Downtown Salisbury. Featuring the Larry Draughn Music Group. Free. Partnership between St. John’s and the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society. 704-636-3431.
Concert on the Square series in Downtown Mocksville – 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: Stan Bobbitt (rock, country hits). Free, bring your own chair. 101 N. Main St., next to Restaurant 101, 336-909-2263,
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering – 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14: Traditional African cultural music with The Healing Force. Free. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
RCCA presents Jason Petty’s ‘Swingin’ Cowboys’ – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29: Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St. Tickets $5-$20. Available at Visitor Center, Belk, Literary Book Post, Keppel Box Office one hour prior to show, 704-633-1474, 704-636-0181,
Arts Academy at Grace Festival for the Arts – 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: Arts, entertainment, food, fun, rain or shine. Held by the Arts Academy at Grace, 419 S. Main St., Lexington. Free admission. 336-249.7211 or
Autumn Equinox Celebration – 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22: Gather in the yurt; Steve Nelson, wizard/astrologer, shares information about the Equinox and other magical events; 6 p.m. potluck dinner; 7:15 p.m., drum and dance celebration; 8:45 p.m., outdoor fire circle. $10, register at 704-463-0768, lodging and camping available. Sacred Grove Retreat, Sacred Grove Retreat/ Bed and Bike Inn, 15750 Mattons Grove Church Road, Gold Hill. 704-463-0768,
Gold Hill Founder’s Day – arts, crafts, heritage living exhibitors including antique tractors, hit & miss engines, etc.Event date Saturday Sept. 22. 704-267-9439, Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, email, 704-279-1630, 704-267-9439.
The Cooleemee Textile Heritage Festival – The Cooleemee Textile Heritage Festival will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 on the Zachary House grounds, featuring Old Toys and discovering Our Heritage. There will also be live music by The Textile Heritage Band.
46th GQ Fiddler’s Convention – Saturday, Oct. 6: $1,Cash prizes plus trophies, ribbons. Registration begins 4:30 p.m., competition begins 6:30 p.m.. East Rowan High School, Granite Quarry. 704-633-5940,
33rd Autumn Jubilee – 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7 at Dan Nicholas Park. Crafts, games, children’s area, Heritage Village area, Too Much Sylvia Saturday at 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Bluegrass special with Mayberry Gang, Saturday. Sunday noon Folson Prison Gang, 2 p.m. Big Sam and at 4 p.m. The Tams.
Charlotte Festival in the Park – Sept. 21-23: Arts and crafts exhibits, five stages, 1,000+ entertainers. Family-friendly, free. Friday, 4-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd, www.
23rd annual Mayberry Days – Sept. 27-30: Featuring folks with show ties, also a hometown tribute to native son Andy Griffith. In Mount Airy. 336-786-7998 or
This & That
New Heir Bluegrass Band at Lexington Market – 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 15: The New Heir Bluegrass Band live at the Lexington farmer’s market, inside the Historic Southern Rail and Freight Depot, 129 S. Railroad St.
Statesville’s Regal Corn Maze – Opening noon-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16, then weekends through Nov. 11. Giant cookie design celebrates Oreo’s 100th birthday. Also bull roping on fake bull heads, giant sling shot, Regal Rodeo bouncy ponies. Tickets $5-$15, information 704-348-1648,
2012 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze -Open weekends through Nov. 4. Seven-acre corn maze in Huntersville. Also 265 acres of historic site, hayrides, corn-hole,mini-mazes, picnic areas, hiking trails. $10, ages 5-12 $7, children 4 and under free.
Paranormal Investigation – Sept. 28: Looking Glass Black Box Theatre. Join with S.R. Paranormal from Lexington, NC to investigate this haunted theatre. $25 includes paranormal workshop, light refreshments, full investigation of the facility. Reservations required, space limited. 704-798-3102 to secure a reservation.
Dress up for Sasha’s Birthday Party – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: fundraiser event for Faithful Friends no-kill animal sanctuary; games, contests, prizes. Volunteers from Faithful Friends on hand with adoptable kittens and puppies. Snacks, cookies, punch, birthday cake for Sasha. Bring cat or dog food and receive a free gift from Sasha. New this year: Come dressed as your favorite animal for a chance to win $50 gift certificate from Stitchin Post. or 704-636-4121.
‘The Hunger Games,’ 411 community read – Four-county 411 community read and games celebration. Entry forms, contest rules, details: and
The Hunger Games Survival Training Day – 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: free, hands-on training in wilderness survival for Hunger Games enthusiasts and general public. Register and participate on-site for training in camouflage face painting, building a fire, finding your way, emergency first aid, making shelter, more. In the fields at the Stanback Outdoor Dress as your favorite Hunger games character (optional), door prizes. Participants will be prepared for the upcoming Regional Final Challenge Event at Cabarrus Arena Oct. 13. Sponsored by Rowan County Parks, Rowan Pubic Library, local Boy Scout Troop 333. or or
Floral Galleries Christmas open house – Saturday, Sept. 22: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., light refreshmetns. Piedmont Floral Galleries, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739.
Hoffman at Literary Festival Book Fair – 2-4 p.m., Sept. 12-15: Author/composer Marc Hoffman takes part in Ashe County Arts Council’s literary festival book fair, Ashe Arts Center, 303 School Ave., West Jefferson.
37th Annual OctoberTour tickets available – Event date Oct. 13-14. Tickets 704-636-0103 or
Now Are The Foxes presents ‘Comedy Apocalypse’ – Sept. 21-22: Improv comedy returns to the black box theater. All shows have possibility to contain adult content. Usually rated PG-13. Looking Glass Artist Center, 405 N. Lee St.
County Fairs
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
Scarecrows for Charity – Through Sept., vote on scarecrows representing 13 different local organizations. Carolina Lily, 1375 Kern Carlton Road, 704-sss-ssss,
Dawson’s Chiari 5K and Fun Run – 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: Kannapolis Middle School, $25 for 5K; $15 for Fun Run. To fund the surgical procedure for Dawson Parker Stegall, victim of Chiari, a brain abnormality.!/HelpDawson
Biker Blues benefits military – Sept. 20-22: Second Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Rally and Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned cook-off with live entertainment by Big Ron Hunter and The Jill Dineen Band, Steel Horse Band, Right Turn Clyde. Grand marshall Donnie Allison. Proceeds benefit Folds of Honor foundation, Disabled American Veterans, Operation Homefront, the Wounded Warrior Project.
Shindig 2012 – Saturday, Oct. 6: Noon until; live bands, cruise-in, food available, corn hole tournament. Proceeds to go Rowan Hospice House. Sponsored by Kannapolis Moose Legion.
Night Life
The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. – 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Sept. 14: Barefoot Movement, no cover • 9:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: David Myers, Ashley Honbarrier (of Big Break), no cover. 704-797-0093, www.thebluevine. com
Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. – 9 p.m.-midnight every Tuesday: Open mic night. 704-754-4907.
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, Sept. 14: Open jukebox • 8 p.m. until, Saturday, Sept. 15: Karaoke with Mark Tomei. 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.
High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane – 8 p.m. until, Friday Sept. 14: Open jukebox, come play your favorite songs free • 9 p.m. until, Saturday Sept. 15: First time appearing Wayward Reaon, variety of music, country, top 40 etc.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 – 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: Battleground AD and Heavens Thunder. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467, inntheloop.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. – 7 p.m., tonight, Sept 13: Karaoke performance by Donna James • 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.
The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte – Friday, Sept. 14: Donna Duncan Band • Saturday, Sept. 15: Bob Margolin, Ann Rabson with Amy Hart. CarolinaTix, 704-372-1000,
The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte – Friday, Sept. 14: The Supersuckers • Saturday, Sept. 15: Abbey Road Live! • Friday, Sept. 21: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, $8, for age 16+. CarolinaTix, 704-358-9200,
Chrismon classes – New Beginner, Tuesday, Sept. 18: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Beginner, Thursday, Sept. 20: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Intermediate, FFriday, Sept. 21: 9:30-12:30 p.m. Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7790 for reservations/information,
After-school strings program expands – In addition to beginning, intermediate classes for third/fourth graders: Suzuki class for 4-7 year olds and Salisbury Super Strings for advanced students. Scholarships available. Rehearsals at Southeast Middle School, 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Information, registration: Susan Trivette, 704-637-4730,
‘Yoga in the vineyard’ – 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20: Ladies’ Night Out at Cauble Creek Vineyard, $25 for evening yoga session led by Anne Waters of the Blue Ewe Studio, followed by wine tastings, glasses of wine and/or cider. Information /registrtion 704-633-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road.
‘Life Out Loud’ – Book study and life coaching opportunity, part of the Looking Glass Artists Center Art of Living series. $20. To register call Michelle Jamison 704-433-1626.
Belly Dance classes – Mondays – Sarah’s Treehouse upstairs, 506 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Wednesdays – Artemesia Artworks & Yoga Studio, 323 W. Harrison St., Salisbury. See or
Robert Crum art classes at Morgan Ridge – • 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,,, www.facebook/
Discovering Your Inner Wisdom Thru SoulCollage – 1-5 p.m., Oct. 6: a playful way of accessing your inner wisdom through cutting and pasting images from magazines. $55 includes all materials, light refreshments. Campbell Farm, China Grove. Preregister: Karen P. Campbell, seeds4change., 704-857-7503. Register by Sept. 14 to save $5.
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., Spencer – 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: “My Dolly” hand made card making class: Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies provided. $16 payable on arrival, includes museum tour. Instructor Daphne Houghton. Limited spaces, advance registration required: 704-762-9359.
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.
Adult classes at Pottery 101 – Classes 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday or 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday. $200 includes #25 bag of clay, 5 additional hours of studio time. Register at Pottery 101, 704-209-1632,,
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 with Ingrid A. Erickson. $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, 409-413 North Lee St.
Shag dance classes – Mondays at Benchwarmers, 113 E. Fisher St. • 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.
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, for details • J.F. Hurley Family YMCA’s aqua zumba, 10:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, contact Gail Poulton, 704-633-9222,
Art classes with Patt – Local artist Patt Legg’s adult (16+) art classes, off Miller Road • noon-2 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays • OR 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 2 hrs. in length, pay as you go ($40/2 hrs.) Call for material costs, what to purchase, to sign up. 704-232-6000, 704-856-8869. See samples
Afternoon card-making class – 1 p.m., Sept. 17: design 6 cards. Must preregister, $10. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111
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 . Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-ARTS,
Piedmont Singles – 7:15 Fridays. Friday, Sept. 14: DC and the Chosen Few with Carolina Rose. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, covered dish.
Pfeiffer University’s film appreciation series – Free monthly Friday evening film and discussion series by Pfeiffer Pfilm Society, in Pfeiffer University Theater, Administration Building, 3rd Floor, 48380 Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, 6-9 p.m., no reservation required. 704-463-3432 or • Sept. 14, Silent Film: The Artist • Oct. 5, Horror: The Cabin in the Woods • Nov. 2, Action Theater: Kung Fu Hustle • Dec. 7, Film Noir: The Maltese Falcon • Jan. 11, Japanese Animation: The Girl Who Leapt through Time • Feb. 15, Romance: Casablanca • March 15, B-Movie: A Hobo with a Shotgun • April 12, Documentary: Good Hair.
Lee Street Theatre’s ‘The Complete History of America (abridged)’ – 7 p.m., Sept. 17-18, ability to play a musical instrument a plus, also any Performances Nov. 6-10. Looking Glass Artist Center, 405 N. Lee St. Performances are Nov. 67-10. Email
Outreach Ministries’ ‘Dear Lord Gospel Stage Play’ – Actors, actresses and singers, bring a prepared song or monologue, headshot, acting resume. Only serious actors and actresses need apply. Auditions 1:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Outreach Christian Ministries, 722 W. Horah St. contact Cassandra at 704-213-0423 or
Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Ballyhoo’ – 7-9 p.m., Sept. 24-25: Auditions consist of cold read from the script. Seven actors and actresses needed. Show dates begin Nov. 2. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, www.
Queen City Theatre Company’s ‘Bent’ – 3-6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 3-5 p.m. Sept 16: non-Equity casting call, Education Studio at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.,
Call for cornbread
Deadline tomorrow for Cooleemee’s Carolina Cornbread Contest – Saturday, Sept. 29 during Textile Heritage Festival. No entrance fee, but call or email for form, return it by Friday, Sept. 14. Cash prizes. To register, call 294-6040 or email CHA at
Call for submissions
Deadline Saturday for poetry, short stories, art, photography – For Muse & Spirit, tri-annual publication of The Center for Faith & the Arts. Written entries must be typed; submit original work or high quality digital image; format work as you want it printed. If submission has been published previously, send credit info. Submit through e-mail or mail by Sept. 15 for Oct. issue. Rolling submissions accepted for future issues. 704-647-0999,
Writers and artists – Salisbury Writers and Artists Guild, Inc. accepting submissions for upcoming six-day Writers and Artists Festival, and Tabula Rasa, print and virtual literary arts anthology. Submit poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction, photography, 10 minute plays, film by Nov. 1. Housed at Literary Bookpost, downtown Salisbury,
Call for vendors
Gold Hill Founder’s Day call for artists/crafters/exhibitors – Accepting applicants for arts, crafts, heritage living exhibitors including antique tractors, hit & miss engines, etc. Event date Sept. 22. Facebook: Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina, email, 704-279-1630, 704-267-9439
Call for singers
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society – 102nd season; Tuesday, rehearsals. Non-audition choir open to singers age 16+. SRCS presents three concerts plus small ensemble groups, soloists. Coburn Memorial UMC, 901 S. Church St., 919-812-0742 or www.Facebook. com/Salisbury. Rowan.Choral.Society
Piedmont Choral Society – Members needed for 2012-2013 season: Old Fashioned Hymn Sing early Nov. plus two presentations of portions of “Messiah.” Monday rehearsals 7-8:30 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N., Concord. Previous voice training not required. 704-699-6053,
The Concert Choir – 36th season rehearsals in progress 7:30 p.m. Mondays, St. John’s choir room, for Mozart’s Requiem Mass; all past and current singers invited to participate. New singers require quick, informal audition of vocal range and section. Dean Orbison 704-433-8015, Dave Redden 336-918-2111.
Concord Choral Academy – Auditions/vocal placement interviews for ages 7-20 for age-based choirs. No prep necessary. Cabarrus/Rowan County youth welcome. Weekly rehearsals, Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St., Concord. Singers accepted through Sept. 704-786-7447, www.
Call for musicians
Piedmont Prime Time Community Band – Accepting new members through September for fall season. Needed: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion. Must be able to read music and attend rehearsals.Rehearsals 7-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, family life center of Blackwelder Park Baptist Church, 2204 Summit Ave, Kannapolis. Jon Hutchinson, 704-425-3508, www.primetimeband. org
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.
Speakers and forums
Waterworks lecture series – 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13: “The Print Fantastic,” first in a series in conjunction with Fall Exhibition, by exhibiting artist and printmaker John D. Gall. Q&A will follow. 704-636-1882 to register. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. 123 E Liberty St.,
Author Dr. Benjamin Farley – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept.18: “The French and Indian War-A Time to Remember, A Time to Reflect,” Catawba College Community Forum, free, open to the public, Tom Smith Auditorium, Ralph W. Ketner Hall.
Paula White at the Event Center – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19: Overcoming tragedy and finding restoration through Christ. Free. The Event Center, 315 Webb Road, 704-855-1218, www.
J.F. Hurley Family Senior Lunch And Learn – 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26: My Farm Fresh Market Place, Jon Barber and chef. Free but preregistration required. Sign up at front desk, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, lklaver@ rowanymca
Home & garden
Emergency Prep: ‘Eat High on the Hog When the Power Goes Out’ – Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley shows historical cooking methods in modern emergencies. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, President James K. Polk Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. $20, advance registration & payment required, 18 years+.
Exhibit at Tastebuds coffee shop -The ‘plein air’ inspired landscape artwork of Barbara Duffy on display through September. 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.
Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. – Sept. 23-Oct. 30: Photographs and poetry of Del Perry of Mocksville. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Gallery: noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. salisburyartists@ Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St., 704-633-2787,
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. – Through Sept. 29: Reunion Exhibit of artwork by current and former Rail Walk Artists • Opening Oct. 5: Pics & Pixcels, a father/daughter multi-media collection of art from two generations. Thursday-Saturday, 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, through Nov. 10, celebrates the rich tradition of fine art printmaking • Opening reception for “Faces of Abundant Living,” 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20: Opening of a special exhibition in partnership with Abundant Living Adult Day Services; its seventh year • 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,
Exhibition at The Galleries, 65 Union Street S., Concord – Through Oct. 4: “High 5: Fifth Anniversary Exhibition” 704-920-2787,
UNC-Charlotte Center City’s Projective Eye Gallery – “E Pluribus Unum” through Nov. 1. Opening reception for the public 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, UNC Charlotte Center City, 9201 University City Blvd., 704-687-8622.
YMCA sponsored trips – • Sept. 21: Charlotte Women’s Show, bus leaves 9 a.m., $20 covers ticket, parking • Oct. 16: Mt. Airy, bus leaves 9 a.m., $20 for two museums, travel expenses • Reserve seats for Broadway shows: Les Miserables, Feb. 12, $95 a seat, best seats $40 each to hold. Pay in full by Nov. 10 • Wicked, March 13, $100 a seat, best seats $40 each to hold. Pay in full by Jan. 2 • Lion King, Aug. 30, $100 a seat, best seats $40 each to hold. Pay in full by Jan. 10 • Sign up at front desk. Buses leaves from J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W Jake Alexander Blvd. Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111, lklaver@ rowanymca
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. 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 – Historic tours available by appointment: 704-267-9439,
Gold Hill Rail Trail – Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, 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 – Friday-Saturday nights Sept. 28-Oct. 27: Ghost Train Halloween Festival, All aboard Tweetsie’s Ghost Train, a spooktacular ride with engineer Casey Bones; haunted house, Freaky Forest, trick-or-treating more., 877-893-3874.
NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer – • Tickets on sale for 2012 Autumn Train Excursions, Nov. 3: Appomattox, Va.; Nov. 4: Toccoa, Ga. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN,
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., Spencer – Antique, vintage, modern collectible dolls, antique, vintage toys, train set, model tractor trailers, John Deere vehicles • $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. 704-762-9359,
Last weekend of Dole exhibit at Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. – Exhibit honoring life and service of Salisbury’s Elizabeth Hanford Dole closes Sunday, Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m. 704-633-5946, rowanmuseum@,
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. – Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755-1808). 704-633-5946,,
Old Stone House, Granite Quarry – Two-story Georgian stone house completed in 1766. Old Stone House Road in Granite Quarry. 704-633-5946,, www.rowanmuseum. org
Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. – 1820 house museum, costumed docents provide tours. 704-636-0103.
Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. – Special tours and info 704-279-4979.
Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove – American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Free. 704-857-7474,
China Grove Roller Mill Museum – 704-433-3912.
NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A St., Kannapolis – Oct. 11: Most exclusive event of the year – 2012 Induction Ceremony, held at Gibson Mill Vintage Motor Club Events & Conference Center, 325 McGill Ave., Concord. $80 includes 6 p.m. cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment by inductees. 704-934-2320. 704-934-2320,
Historic Gold Hill – 19th century living history interpretative displays. 704-279-5674,
Reed Gold Mine historic site, 9621 Reed Mine Road, off Highway 200 near Locust – 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, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville – Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm. 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 – Fall hours • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Saturday: 1 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sunday: noon-5 p.m. 704-372-6261,
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road – Events and activities free with admission. 704-372-6261,
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte – Events and activities free with admission. 704-372-6261,
One-time program at Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte – 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: Public operations temporarily suspended except for this one-time event; admission free, $5 fee for special tour of historic Hezekiah Alexander house. or 704-568-1774,
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. 910-439-6802,,
Old Salem, Winston-Salem – Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen,. 336-721-7300,
NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh – Charge for some concerts, films, classes, performances.
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh – 919-513