Stop by The Blue Vine on Friday for Charlyhorse’s return to the stage

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 5, 2013

Chuck Johnson “The Charlyhorse” returns to the Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St., Friday.
If Tom Sawyer had grown up to be Woody Guthrie, the result would be Chuck Johnson, “the Charlyhorse.” His upbringing in a small Southern town and the roads he traveled from there inspired vivid stories in sound, populated by trailer-park queens, hellfire preachers, shuttered cotton mills and down-home philosophers.
Firmly anchored in the American roots tradition, Chuck’s songwriting draws on the legacy of his musical heroes, including John Prine, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark and Townes VanZandt, but his background in rock, country, R&B and soul gives each tune its own unique feel.
Chuck’s presentation is salted with wry humor as he draws his listeners into musical movies they’ll be talking about long after the show is over.
The band plays from 9 p.m. to midnight.
There is a $5 cover charge.

For more information, call 704-797-0093 or visit
KANNAPOLIS — The Southern Piedmont Singers presents its jazz group in “Sway with Me” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis.
The concert will showcase blues and pop tunes with a jazz twist from early blues to modern vocal jazz. Admission is free.
Audience members are invited to bring personal care products and paper goods for the CVAN Women’s and Children Shelter. A love offering will be taken.
The choir is under the direction of Damien Evans and accompanied by Joel Everett.
Rowan History Club will host a 100th anniversary celebration of the marking of Daniel Boone’s Trail at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St.
A century ago, the Daughters of the American Revolution marked Daniel Boone’s Trail, from 1912 to 1915, erecting 45 cast iron tablets across 400 miles through North Carolina, Tennessee, Virgini and Kentucky, the path that enabled America’s Western Movement.
The idea for marking the trail began in Winston-Salem. A patriotic public gathered to dedicate each marker, including the joint monument ceremony at Cumberland Gap attended by thousands.
The project took place against a backdrop of the Progressive Era, including presidential elections, campaigns for equal suffrage, war in Europe and opening the Panama Canal.
Follow the Daughters as they mark Daniel Boone’s Trail.
Randell Jones is the author of the award-winning 2005 book, “In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone,” and the companion DVD, “On the Trail of Daniel Boone.”
For more information, visit
CONCORD — See hundreds of re-enactors, feel the thunder of artillery, witness first-hand Civil War medicine, talk with civilians from the 1860s and stroll through military camps.
On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8,
Bost Grist Mill and the 30th North Carolina Troops will host the annual Battle of Bost Grist Mill reenactment Saturday and Sunday.
Gates open at 10 a.m. for activities, and the battle starts at 2 p.m.
Admission is $12 for teens and adults, $8 for children between 6 and 12 years old, and free for children 5 years old and younger.
The site is located at 4701 Highway 200 in Concord.
For more information, call 704-782-1600 or visit and
One of the venerable institutions of early American history was the Methodist camp meeting where followers of Wesleyanism came together each summer for an extended period of discipline, revival, and community.
Nowhere in the United States has this atavistic activity survived and thrived, other than in the five camp-meeting grounds along the Catawba River in the Carolinas.
Dr. Gary R. Freeze, Catawba professor of history, will provide a “Jeffersonian analysis” for why this has occurred in this time and place. Freeze has been working on the history of the lower Catawba valley for the past twenty years and has published half a dozen books and several articles on various aspects of the area’s heritage.
This topic is a summation of work he did a decade ago, facilitated by Duke University Theological Seminary, with a national study group on the future of American Methodism.
Freeze is a native of Statesville, with bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the Uniersity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar.
While still at Chapel Hill, Freeze received the Horace Williams Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Since coming to Catawba in 1994, he has been elected Teacher of the Year on four separate occasions. In 2010, he received the Swink award for outstanding classroom teaching at Catawba.
The author of numerous books and articles, Freeze is the official historian of Catawba County and has completed two award-winning volumes about that area.
Come to the first Catawba College Community Forum of the 2013-1014 academic year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall for a look into a fascinating piece of North Carolina history.
Admission is free.
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, presents free of charge “The Bad Seed” as part of its Living Room Reading Series.
Produced and directed by Jonathan Ewart from the novel by William March, the PG-13 reading will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in the main theatre.
The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda.
Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story.
On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders.
But Rhoda’s mother has an uneasy feeling about her.
When one of Rhoda’s schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed.
For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.
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WINSTON-SALEM — Reynolda House Museum of American Art will offer a guided walking tour of the farm and working buildings of Reynolda Village at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The two-hour tour will begin at the museum. Admission is $15 or $10 for museum members and students.
In 1917, Reynolda was seen as the experimental farm to which students of agriculture, dairy production and animal husbandry in the Piedmont Triad and beyond would look for the newest and best farming methods.
The Reynolda Village tours will take guests on a walking tour of the barns, dairy and staff quarters, and share oral histories of the people who lived and worked on the estate.
In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection.
Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events.
The museum is located in in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails.
For more information, visit or call 336-758-5150.
CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Folk Society’s 7th Annual Old-Time Music Jam and Ice Cream Social will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Activities will be held on the grounds of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, 3500 Shamrock Drive, in east Charlotte.
In case of rain, activities will move inside the Charlotte Museum of History, at the same address.
The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.
Activities include open jam sessions: Old-Time, celtic and bluegrass.
Visitors may also enjoy a song circle, clogging demonstration and ice cream – as long as it lasts.
Members of the Storytellers Guild of Charlotte will share another old-fashioned pastime — telling tales to listeners of all ages.
Members of the Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club will host a jam and offer visitors the opportunity to try out an instrument. Young visitors can join in jams with loaned rhythm instruments.
In addition, The Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Patriot Day on Saturday with a visit by President George Washington. Inside the museum building there will be crafts, a Revolutionary War campsite, the gift shop, and self-guided tours.
On the grounds, visitors can explore the American Freedom Bell, Backcountry Patriot statue, colonial games, information on the colonial herb garden, the kitchen, the springhouse, and tours of the historic Hezekiah Alexander House.
The Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley will demonstrate eighteenth-century foodways.
The Hezekiah Alexander Home, a two-story stone house built in 1774, is the oldest standing structure in Mecklenburg County and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
For more information, visit or call 704-563-7080.
Shakespeare loved to use the device of mistaken identity, and nowhere does he use this convention more skillfully than in “Twelfth Night.”
Viola, surviving a shipwreck, walks ashore at Illyria and embarks on a gambit to allow her to make her way in a world of men.
More confusion ensues with jealousy, mistaken Identity and fights and duels in this comedy about the madness of love.
Piedmont Players Theatre introduces the cast of the youth production of “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare:
Orsino: Austin Young

Olivia: Amery Barton
Viola: Summer Hall

Sir Toby: Carson Sifford
Sir Andrew: Jonah Evans

Malvolio: Jonathan Matthews
Fool: EJ McGorda

Fabian: Chelsea Hatfield
Maria: Tori Isenhour

Sabastian: Joe Cornacchione
Priest: Andrew Prater

Valentine: MacKenzie Stall
Curio: Sara Beth Richard

Officers/Sailors: Alex Blumentahal, Joseph Clark, Jaxon Evans, Joanna Gminder, Kaylee Hawley, Garrett Jennings, Jason Matthews, Quinnlin Watson, Zoe Watson, Ben Zino.
Public performance dates are Sept. 27 through Oct. 5. The box office opens Sept. 23.
The Norvell Theater is located at 135 E. Fisher St.
For more information, call 704-633-5471.
CHARLOTTE — Beginning today, Discovery Place’s fall hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday: 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The IMAX Dome Theatre’s newest film, “Jerusalem,” presented by National Geographic, opens Sept. 21.
Making its premiere in the Southeastern United States, the film stakes viewers on a larger-than-life journey into one of the world’s most ancient and enigmatic cities and explores the intersection of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in this holy place.
The movie also follows prominent archaeologists as they uncover Jerusalem’s history and discover the unique crossroads of civilization.
The Explore More Stuff lab is closed for renovations and improvements from through Sept. 27.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon St.
For more information, call 704-372-6261, visit or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.