Organist kicks off FirstARTs series’ sixth season Friday evening

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 12, 2013

The FirstARTS series of the Stanback Department of Sacred Music will begin its sixth season with a concert of Organ Masterworks performed by organist Thomas Williford from Macon, Ga.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St.
Williford is currently a senior at the Townsend School of Music of Mercer University where he studies with Dr. Jack Mitchener.
In addition to his studies at Mercer, he serves as organist and choirmaster at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Macon.
A recent prize-winner in the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists held in Columbia, S.C., Williford will perform the music of Bach, Boyce, Guilain, Mendelssohn, Alain, and Franck on the church’s 53-rank Parkey-Schantz organ.
The concert is free and open to the public.
An offering will be received for the Music Memorial Fund of First Church.
For more information, contact Matthew Brown, director of music, at or 704-636-3121, ext.104.

Musicians, bands, street performers and buskers are needed for Downtown Salisbury’s first Buskers Bash set for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
Visit Salisbury Buskers Bash on Facebook to download a performer’s application at
The application deadline is close of business Friday, Sept. 27.
For more information, visit
The downtown Buskers Bash will feature a Best Busker Contest, where attendees will vote for their favorite street performers at more than 40 locations throughout downtown. This event will be free and open to the public.

MOCKSVILLE — The Tony Award Winning musical comedy “I Do! I Do!” is coming to the Broadway’s Best stage Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 19-22.
This hilarious and touching tune-filled musical tells the story of the first 50 years of marriage of the two characters, Michael and Agnes.
A huge hit on Broadway, “I Do! I Do!” starred Mary Martin and Robert Preston.
Nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, “I Do! I Do!” won the Tony for Preston’s performance as best actor in a musical.
The play recounts the ups and downs and the highs and lows of a long and wonderful marriage, including raising a family, the petty annoyances we all face, the empty nest syndrome and much more.
Make reservations by calling 336-575-4446 visiting
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.
Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday performances are at 7 p.m. and matinees are at 2 p.m.
Broadway’s Best is located at the Farmington Road exit No. 174, off I-40 in Davie County.

CHINA GROVE — The annual Price of Freedom Museum 9/11 commemoration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event features a day filled with “Memories of Yesteryears.”
Bring restored farm equipment and vehicles to display while listening to Gospel and Bluegrass music from local groups.
In addition, visitors can view the progress being made on the restoration of the Patterson School. There have been a lot of changes in one year.
The museum and grounds are located at the intersection of Patterson and Weaver Roads.
There will also be a Backyard BBQ sponsored and sold by We Care Ministry of Oak Grove Baptist Church in China Grove.
For more information, call Bob Mault at 704-857-7474.

The Inn celebrates the 10th anniversary of local Christian rock band Sound of Faith on Saturday.
The group invites all their friends that have ever played with them to join them again Saturday, as they play some older work as well as songs from their upcoming album.
The evening starts at 5 p.m. with Set Free Church. There will be a dinner by donation at 6 p.m.
Sean Spillane opens up the music, followed by Sound of Faith’s short video reminiscing on the past decade and a night full of music by the band.
This anniversary celebration is also a fundraiser for Christian music venue The Inn.
All proceeds from CD sales, dinner and the homemade dessert sale go to the Inn.
In addition, there will be a cornhole tournament with prizes. The entry fee is $5.
The Inn is a safe, drug and alcohol free, Christian night-club environment in Salisbury. The Inn is located at 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150, across from Food Lion.

CONCORD — The Atlantic Groove Band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 during the final installment of the Union Street Live 2013 music series.
Held in downtown Concord on Means Avenue next to the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, these free outdoor summer concerts are family-oriented.
For details, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at 704-784-4208 or visit

Pottery 101 will host “Let’s Get Messy” from 7 to 9 p.m. most Wednesdays.
The two-hour pottery wheel class offers an opportunity to try the potters wheel without committing to a full session of classes.
Participants will receive instruction on wheel throwing basics, which they will use to make and decorate a pot.
Available dates are

• Sept. 18, 25
• Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30

• Nov. 6, 13, 20
• Dec. 4, 11, 18

The class costs $5.
Classes are limited to eight people, groups or individuals welcome.
Pottery made during class will be ready for pickup two weeks from the class date.
Participants must be at least 14 years old.
Advance registration is required. Register in person at 101 S. Main St., by calling 704-209-1632 or emailing

SPENCER — Superman comes to The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., by way of comic book historian and author Michael Eury, as he presents “Superman,” a fun, trivia-packed, all-ages presentation covering the hero’s history.
He will be at the Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
A question and answer session along with various activities will follow.
Superman costumes are encouraged. Swing on by for the fun.
This event is free with museum admission

Indian Princess Night

Children ages 5 to 11 years old can join a powwow full of fun and learn about Native American history and culture, explore the Native American doll exhibit, enjoy story time and have fun crafting.
Each participant will receive a real seed necklace, pick an Indian Princess name, make a Native American paper doll and make an Indian princess vest for herself and her dolly. Bring your doll.
The event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.
For more information, call 704-762 9359 or visit

CONCORD — Sundae Art Gallery presents – “Seasonal Adjustments,” a group show of works by 17 artists.
This is a part of the continuing series of Second Friday art exhibits at the gallery. Each month, a new show is presented.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Sundae Art Gallery is located above the Cabarrus Creamery at 21 S. Union St., suite 200, in historic downtown Concord.
For more information, call 704-953-4304 or visit

The fall exhibit at Waterworks Visual Arts Center titled “Restructure: Contrast and Balance” opens Saturday.
The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Faculty Art Show will be in the Young People’s Gallery from Saturday through Nov. 16.
Starting Nov. 21, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Art Show will be on display in that gallery. That show will run through Feb. 1, 2014.
The opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 20.
Informal gallery talks with artists begin at 5 p.m. and the reception is from 6 to 8 p.m.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center is located at 123 E. Liberty St..
For more information, call 704-636-1882.

DURHAM — Listen to the roar of the cannon at the Bennett Farm Saturday, Sept. 14, as soldiers and horses roll into action to demonstrate the artillery of the American Civil War. This is a unique opportunity to see horse drawn artillery perform in a combat drill situation. The soldiers will exhibit the various implements and execute the procedures of loading and firing Civil War cannon.
During the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., in December 1862, Colonel Porter Alexander, commander of the Confederate Artillery exclaimed to fellow officers, “A chicken could not live on that field when we open on it.” His words were as accurate as the intensity of the artillery attack and its impact on the long lines of advancing infantry on the battlefield. The cannon, primarily the rifled cannon, revolutionized how battles were fought during the Civil War and all future wars.
Bennett Place State Historic Site will be open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All activities are ongoing throughout the day. The museum gallery is open with exhibits of artifacts pertaining to the Bennett Family and American Civil War. The orientation documentary, “Dawn of Peace” is shown on the half-hour.
In April 1865, the Bennett Farm was the site of the largest surrender of the American Civil War. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman met at the Bennett farmhouse to negotiate a solution to America’s most tragic war. The surrender ended fighting in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and resulted in more than 89,270 exhausted Confederates to return home to begin a new and peaceful life. The mission of Bennett Place is to preserve and interpret the history of the largest surrender of the American Civil War and the lives of yeomen farmers such as the Bennetts.
For more information please contact Bennett Place at 919-383-4345, email or