Family-oriented holiday events are happening all over the county

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 21, 2013

Salisbury’s 54th annual Holiday Caravan Parade — Wednesday Nov. 27: North to South on Main St. at 2 p.m. Spencer and 3 p.m. Salisbury. Grand Marshall Floyd M. Burton.
The 10th Arc Festival of Trees — Dec. 6 -8: Showcasing a collection of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the F&M Trolley Barn, sponsored by anyone interested in helping The Arc of Rowan. Details at 704-637-1521,
‘Laser Holidays,’ planetarium laser shows — 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21: heartwarming program of favorite holiday music and laser light images, delight to the sounds of Sleigh Ride, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, more. For a little added fun, the audience may wear their tackiest, yet tasteful, holiday attire. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. $3 adults, $2 12 and under. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium, 1636 Parkview Circle, park and enter in the back from Lilly Avenue. Horizons Unlimited, 704-639-3004.
Fulton Heights Holiday Home Tour — 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: A function by the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Assoc., suggested $10 donation • The Youngs 117 Maupin Ave. • The Klusmans 115 Maupin Ave. • The Palmers 103 Mitchell Ave.
Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — “Holidays On Broadway,” see listing under THEATER
Old Courthouse Theatre, Concord — “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” see listing under THEATER
Livingstone’s ‘Miracle on Monroe Street’ — 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8: Livingstone presents a Christmas concert with members of Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and a live nativity scene; a tree lighting ceremony follows the concert for which ornaments can be purchased for a nominal fee through the Office of Institutional Advancement. Proceeds help cover the cost of the Christmas dinner for needy families. $8 adults; $4 children 12 and under and senior citizens. Varick Auditorium on Livingstone campus. 704-216-6044
Piedmont Choral Society presents Vivaldi’s “Gloria” — 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13: with orchestra, favorite Christmas carols, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N., Concord. Free. Joe Judge, director; Carol Link Soles, accompanist. Reception after Sunday concert. 704-699-6053 or
Christmas in downtown Salisbury — • Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tours Nov. 29-Dec. 21: A classic Dickens story of “The Christmas Carol” on the trolley through Historic Downtown Salisbury, 6 p.m. every Friday-Saturday. $20 adults, $15 children/seniors • Holiday Night Out, Friday Nov. 29: 5-9 p.m., Santa & the Grinch make their first appearances downtown, Victorian Voices provide strolling seasonal music • Santa & the Grinch at the Bell Tower, Saturday Nov. 30 10 a.m.-noon: Bell Tower Park, photo-ops with Santa and the Grinch. Refreshments and crafts for children • Ride with Santa & the Antique Grinch on antique fire trucks, Saturday Dec 14 10 a.m.-1 p.m., board at Okey Dokey & Co. at 126 E. Innes St. Free, weather permitting • Victorian Christmas at the Hall House, Every Saturday-Sunday in December. 1-4 p.m., $5, theme: “Toyland, Toyland!” • RoBoJo Holiday Theater, Saturday Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-noon; a reader’s theatre for children of all ages, RPL. 201 W. Innes St. • Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society presents “Winter, Why the World Sings” Holiday Concert Dec. 7, 7 p.m., free, a musical journey around the world. Bring new unwrapped toy for Rowan County Department of Social Services. St. John’s Lutheran Church • Lee Street Theatre presents: OrnaMENTAL, A Holiday Comedy, Dec 6-8 at Lee Street Theatre, • Center for Faith & the Arts’ second “Sacred Spaces Trolley Tours,” Saturday, November 30, board at First UCC at 12:45 p.m. until approx. 4 p.m. Salisbury’s St. John’s Lutheran, St Mark’s Lutheran in China Grove, First United Church of Christ. $15, register at 704-647-0999 or • Details for all events at
Christmas in China Grove — Christmas Tour of Homes, tours at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Dinner, guests may tour the mill, tablescapes on display. Buses leave from historical China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St., includes four homes in South Rowan, sponsored by Historical Society of South Rowan. Info 704-425-5323. Tickets $30 and include tour, meal, transportation. Proceeds go to maintenance of historical China Grove Roller Mill.
Christmas in Gold Hill — 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: Miss Merry Christmas Pageant at the Arbor, Bluegrass music at Montgomery General Store, 7-9 p.m. • 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa at Frankie’s Cottage, email reservations to; Merry Christmas Parade, 1-2 p.m.; marshmallow roasting at the Arbor, 2-4 p.m.; pictures with Santa at the Arbor, 3-5 p.m.; live Nativity scene, 5:15 p.m. at Gold Hill Methodist Church; live entertainment at Frankie’s Cottage garden, 5-8 p.m.; Bluegrass/Christmas music at Montgomery General Store, 7-9 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 8: Santa in the Village; horse and carriage rides 1-4 p.m., ticket includes Christmas Story by author Nancy Brewer and roasted goodies at the Arbor, $10. Email goldhillmerchants for schedule and details.
Christmas in Cooleemee — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14: Cooleemee Christmas Tour of Homes; eight homes, five historic churches, two museums. Proceeds go toward a new Splash and Swim Center in Cooleemee. Tickets $10 available at Town Hall, Village Auto, Zachary House, Davie Chamber of Commerce; also the day of the event at the Zachary House. Hellen Daywalt 284-4339 or John Chandler 284-2141.
Christmas in Lexington — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23: Sixth Annual Light That Tree Spectacular • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24: 20th Annual Uptown Lexington Christmas Open House • 1-5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24: Outdoor ice skating rink on West 2nd Ave., patrons may skate for thirty-minute intervals. Historic Uptown Lexington, 336-249-0383,
Christmas in Concord — • 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, music, children’s amusements, horse-drawn wagon rides, trolley rides, Santa Claus, fireworks display • 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23: 85th annual Concord Christmas Parade • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30: Concord native and author Michael Eury’s Roving Book Signing, at eight locations and times downtown • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7: Free horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, Gingerbread Candy Hunt for children, $5 per child, reservations suggested at 704-784-4208,
Christmas in Statesville — 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5:15-7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7: “Christmas at the Cabins 1863” at the Gregory Creek Homestead; step back in time 150 years to experience life in Iredell County during the war in 1863 while watching preparations for Christmas and the coming winter during a time of conflict in North Carolina. Christmas daytime tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Candlelight tours start every 20 minutes from 5:15-7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children, includes demonstrations and tours. Reservations recommended. Gregory Creek Homestead, 1335 Museum Road, Statesville, 704-873-4734,
Christmas at Latta Plantation — • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29-30: See how a Victorian Christmas was celebrated in the 1860s, visit the plantation house, kitchen, cabin. Meet a Victorian St. Nick. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students, 5 and under free • 1-3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Christmas Tea and Craft for mothers and daughters. Pre-registration required • 6-9p.m. Dec. 14: Step into an 1820s candlelit Christmas, tour the plantation at night, meet the animals in the carriage barn, see dancing in the house, share the excitement of children before bedtime, see cooking in the kitchen, a slave Christmas in the cabin. $8 per person, 5 and under free • 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312,
‘RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’ — 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Hilarious never-before-seen take on the family holiday ‘classic,’ film shown live at Tinseltown, 305 Faith Road. Tickets at box office or

Life Size opens for Bombadil — 8 p.m. Nov. 22: Pop/rock band Life Size, made up of fulltime Catawba College students, opens for Durham-based Bombadil at Lee Street Theatre. Doors open 7:30 p.m., $10 at or 704-310-5507 also DOS.
Salisbury Symphony family concert — Sunday, Nov. 24: 4 p.m.– Varick Auditorium, Livingstone College. “Thanksgiving!” Family Concert. Salisbury Symphony, David Hagy, conductor. Music by Bach, Beethoven, Copland, etc. Featuring the St. John’s Men’s Chorus and Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus. 704-637-4314;
Catawba College Singers Concert — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 5: 26th annual Service of Lessons and Carols, Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
The Singing Americans Of Stanly County — 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8: The choir of about 40 voices with 4-5-6 part harmony presents its annual Christmas concert “Appalachian Winter with Christmas Classics,” some of the best and most loved Christmas songs, a blend of Celtic and folk music. Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, Hwy 24/27 at 26032-B Newt Road in Albemarle. Free admission, contributions appreciated. 704-982-9340, and Facebook

Closing Weekend for PPT’s ‘Story Theatre’ — 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 22; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23. Norvell box office 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471,
Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — • “Holidays On Broadway,” Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8: Songs that celebrate a year of American holidays starting with New Years’ and following the calendar right through Christmas • Thursday Dec. 5: All tickets $15 for 7 p.m. early bird performance. Friday/Saturday 7:30, second Saturday/Sunday matinees 2 p.m. 336-575-4446, 103 Beechtree Place in Davie County.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ — Dec. 5-7, 13-14, 20-21 at 8p.m., Dec. 7, 14, 21 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m.: A wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. PG, $15/adults, $12/seniors and students, $10/children 12 and younger. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704 788-2405,
PPT’s ‘The 39 Steps’ — Performance dates 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 and 11-14; 2:30 p.m. Dec 8. Meroney box office opens for public tickets sale Monday Nov. 25. Adults $15, seniors/students $12, 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.,

Historical Christmas events — See Christmas listings for historical holiday tours and events.
Salisbury Confederate Prison Exhibit — 10 a.m-4 p.m., Friday Dec. 6: Salisbury Confederate Prison Association, Inc.; See 8’x12’ Weinhold display of handmade model Prison buildings, view images of the Prison, prisoners, guards, more. Stanback Auditorium, RPL, 201 West Fisher St., free. 704-637-6411,, email
Rowan Museum History Club — 7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 10: Blood and War at my Doorstep: Civil War NC Civilians, Brenda Chambers McKean. Light refreshments; free. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., use rear entrance, 704-633-5946,
‘Rowan County/Salisbury: Our Place in History’ — Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6- May 8, 2014: 13-week history course on Salisbury and Rowan County. CEC available. $30 (discounts apply). Info and registration at HSF 704-636-0103 or
Kannapolis History Associates — 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2: Private Christmas Dinner at Gary’s Bar B Que, RSVP to Phil Goodman 704-796-0803 by Friday, Nov. 29, $12.

NC Transportation Museum — 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23: Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bumper to Bumper automotive display, see Briefs page 2D.
Rowan County Anime — • 6-8 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24: Showing “Sin The Movie.”
YMCA Christmas craft fair — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 11: Details, Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111,
Concord Library events — • BeTWEEN the Lines Book Discussion ages 10-12, Thursday Nov. 21 at 4 p.m., read any book from the new shelf and make a poster or write a commercial, then share and advise. Register at 704-920-2058 • Holidays From Around the World, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m., Bright Star Children’s Theater. 704-920-2058 • Awesome Pageturners Book Discussion ages 8-10, Tuesday Nov. 26 at 4 p.m., read any book from the new shelf and make a poster or write a commercial. Register at 704-920-2058 • 27 Union St. North, Concord,

Third annual Helping Handbags — Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 29: Raising money for Christmas Happiness by accepting new or gently used handbags, totes, wallets at the Salisbury Post. The Handbag sale will be the first week of Dec. – exact dates and times to come.
Support Stanly Habitat — Drawing noon Dec. 7: Stanly County Habitat for Humanity partnering with RPM cycles, raffle tickets $20, prizes include cycles and cash. Habitat Restore, hwy 24/27 West Albemarle, 704-985-1050 or
Support Salisbury Pride — 7 p.m. Nov. 23: Drag show and dancing at holiday fundraiser at Cooper’s, the Gathering Place. 122 E. Fisher St.704-754-4907,,
Terrie Hess House Prevent Child Abuse Rowan event — 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 3: Dine-in or take out $8. Free delivery for 10+ orders. Held at Second Presbyterian Church, 732 Lincolnton Road. Proceeds benefit Terrie Hess House. Get tickets from Matthew Marsh at The Forum, Beth Moore at or Janice Helsley-Junda at

CJ’s BBQ, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — Live music 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday nights. 704-278-4070.
Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. — • 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays: Open mic night. 704-754-4907,,
DJAaronS presents — • 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday Nov. 24: Grown and Sexy Fourth Sunday at the Post, 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, $5 cover all night, dress code enforced • 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Eve Grown and Sexy Jam, 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, dress code enforced.
Fat Jack’s Pub, 120 Military Ave. — Friday-Saturday: open jukebox. 704-638-8996.
Go Burrito, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • Mondays: Game night • 9 p.m. Wednesdays: Karaoke night • Thursdays: Trivia night, form teams, win prizes.
The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — • 8 p.m., Saturday Nov. 23: Pat Hulsey and Nathan Storey • Set Free Church meets 5 p.m. Saturdays. 704-213-1476.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: Bluegrass jam for acoustic musicians. Historic Village of Gold Hill, www.HistoricGoldHill. com
Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • Friday Nov. 22: Side Tracked • 9:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23: Locked-N-Loaded • 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Free pool • 8 p.m. Wednesdays: Open mic • 9 p.m. Thursdays: College Night and Karaoke, ages 18+ welcome with college ID • Fridays: Deejay Snow • 704-762-9999.
Richard’s Bar-B-Que, 522 N. Main St. — • 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Cruise-In, 10 percent off. 704-636-9561.
Rick’s BBQ and Grill, 929 S. Main St. — • 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday: Karaoke • 6 p.m. Tuesday: Cruise-in • 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday-Saturday: Karaoke. 704-642-0050.
Stars & Bars Tavern, 723 Klumac Road — • 8 p.m., Fridays: Deejay T-RAV plus local talent with Karaoke • Saturdays: Open juke box • Tuesdays: Pool league night. 704-310-5503.
Statesville Shag Club, 139 Jordan Lane, Statesville — Second/ fourth Fridays, members $5, others $7. Large dance floor, cash bar, great menu, 50/50. VFW Post 2031.
TJ’s, 2675 Providence Church Road — • 9 p.m. until, Friday Nov. 22: Wayward Reason • 9-11 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23: “Men from Vegas” Dancers, men allowed at 11 p.m. no charge. Thursday-Saturday 4 p.m. until.
Uncle Bucks All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St. — 10 p.m. Friday Nov. 22: Throttle Kings • 10 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23: Urban Soil opening for Big Break (Dave and Ashley) • Wednesday Nov. 27: Big Break and TreeHouse. No covers. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Sundays. 704-633-3750,‎

Salisbury Wine Shop — • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22: Wine Tasting, Beaujolais Wines including 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau with Andrew Leach, Bourgeois Family Selections. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151,,

Tranqwool/Green Goat, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — • Enameled Beads, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23: Learn to make paper enameled beads. Leader, Julie Wagoner of TranqWool. $45, includes materials. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 704-431-4527,
Lighted Christmas ball workshop — 10 a.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Fourth annual workshop, for each ball you wish to make, bring 200 mini-lights. Other materials supplied. John Calvin Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 1620 Brenner Ave. Also bring canned food for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Gingerbread House Workshop at Rowan Museum — 1-4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8: Choose 1, 2 or 3 p.m. start time. $35 per child (price includes ONE attached adult) for decorating a gingerbread house, photo with Santa, tours of the Museum, refreshments. Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946,
‘Rowan County/Salisbury: Our Place in History’ — Annual 13-week history course on Salisbury and Rowan County. Details in History listings.
Senior adults guitar lessons — For adults 55 and older at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, beginner and intermediate. Mondays 2 p.m. (beginner), 3:30 p.m. (beginner/intermediate), ongoing 6-week classes. $25 per class plus $5 workbook. : Bob Wingate 704-636-9395,
Children’s clay classes — Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, ages 6-14, $35 per class includes instruction, materials, firing. • Never Enough Mugs!: Nov. 30 • Cookies for Santa- Plate & Cup: Dec. 7 • Ornaments: Dec. 14. Pottery 101, 704-209-1632,,
Pottery 101 2-hour workshop — “Let’s Get Messy,” 7-9 p.m. most Wednesdays: 14-adult, Dec. 4, 11, 18. $35 includes everything. Three-day advance registration required at 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632,,
Salisbury Art Station — Openings available in 4-6 p.m. classes. $25 per class. Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 5-7 • Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 7+ • Thursdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 7+. 704-754-0853 or
Beginning and intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Day or evening times available. Liese Sadler ,
Waterworks Visual Arts Center — Children’s Holiday Ornament Workshop, ages 4-12 (4-year-olds must be accompanied by adult), Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, make a series of artistic ornaments using texture, color, line, shapes. Instructor Marina Bare, $30 Members / $40 nonmembers. 123 E. Liberty St., register 704-636-1882 or
Zumba fitness — • 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 704-216-7714 • 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Baptist Church of Salisbury, old YMCA gym on Fulton St. • 6 p.m. Thursdays, $3 per person, St. Matthews Church Salisbury • J.F. Hurley Family YMCA’s aqua zumba, 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Painting with Patt — Adult oil painting classes, ongoing, pay as you go. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call for info. Patt Legg, 704-232-6000, 704-762-9647,
Mind aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, introduction to drawing, pastel, sculpture. $10 two-hour session. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.
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; Harrison’s Florist, 1012 Holmes Ave. off Grove St., 704-636-4251.

New Beginnings Singles Club of Lake Norman — 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays (tonight, Nov. 21): social group of singles over 50, Captain’s Galley in Mooresville. Visitors welcome. 704 528 3864.
Piedmont Singles — • 6:15 p.m. (new starting time) Fridays • Nov. 22: Bingo. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.

Carolina Lily events — • Nov. 21 and 23: Elf on the Shelf party, decorate your own elf hat, make a necklace for your elf, enjoy a decorate your own cupcake and cocoa bar • RSVP to Carolina Lily, 704 639-0033,,

The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — Artist of the Month: Elizabeth (Libba) and David Willingham, through Nov.; also the work of Edward Brincefield (Mark’s brother). Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Displaying new paintings by Phyllis Steimel, and Rowan County Miniature’s by Clyde, and Mark Brincefield. 704-647-0340,
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — Through Nov. 23: “Festival of Gifts, An Invitational Show of Art and Fine Crafts,” Regional artists featuring Rail Walk members and invited guest. Original handcrafted paintings, pottery, glass art, hand loomed woven apparel, jewelry, stained glass, basketry, seasonal cards. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 704-431- 8964,
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • RCCC Student Art Show, Nov. 21-Feb. 1, 2014 • Fall/Winter exhibition “Restructure: Contrast and Balance,” through Feb. 1, 2014 • 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,