Christmas music, plays, events and fun in full holiday swing

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 5, 2013

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 The Arc of Rowan. Details at 704-637-1521,
Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — See THEATER listings
Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ — See THEATER listings
Lee Street theatre presents ‘OrnaMENTAL’ by Jenny Hubbard — See THEATER listings
FUMC hosts Fridays@First series — Noon Friday Dec. 6: See page 3D for details.
Fulton Heights Holiday Home Tour —5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: $10 suggested donation. Houses on tour • Home of the Youngs, 117 Maupin Ave. • Home of the Klusmans, 115 Maupin Ave. • Home of the Palmers, 103 Mitchell Ave.
Happy’s Farm’s Country Christmas Town and Lights — 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; Friday, Dec. 13; Saturday, Dec. 14. $5 admission includes a ride on Happy’s Express through Christmas lights display, horse rides, lesson in making reindeer food for Christmas Eve, Christmas cookie decorating, unlimited play in the jail arcade. Age 3 and younger free. 985 Parks Road, just off Mt. Hope Church Road, 704-279-5268,
RPL free family holiday programs — Free Holiday programs at RPL branches:
• Holiday Pajama Express — Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. Come to the library in your pajamas for stories, hot cocoa, crafts, a special visit from Santa. For children of all ages. South Rowan Regional Library, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove, 704-216-7727;
• RoBoJo Holiday Theatre Troupe — Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. A readers theatre performance of a special collection of childhood holiday favorites for children of all ages by Mr. Robert and friends. Stanback auditorium, Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, 704-216-8228;
• Stories By The Fireplace — Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Holiday Stories and crafts with the East Children’s staff and a very special guest! (hint: Ho Ho Ho) For children of all ages. East Branch, 110 Broad St., Rockwell, 704-216-7838;
• Excerpts from the Nutcracker by the Salisbury Symphony — Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. by members of Salisbury Symphony and ballerinas from Piedmont Dance Theater. Headquarters.
• Christmas Storytime for ages 5 and under — Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. A special Holiday Storytime with crafts. Co-sponsored by Smart Start Rowan. Headquarters.
• Vist
‘Miracle on Monroe Street’ — 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8: See page 2D for details.
‘Winter, Why the World Sings’ holiday concert — 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: See page 9D for details.
‘Come Let Us Adore Him’ — 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 See page 9D for details.
The Singing Americans Of Stanly County — 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8: 40-voice choir with 4-5-6 part harmony, annual Christmas concert “Appalachian Winter with Christmas Classics,” Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, Hwy 24/27 at 26032-B Newt Road in Albemarle. Free, contributions appreciated. 704-982-9340, and Facebook
Southern Piedmont Singers present ‘I Wish You Christmas’ — 5:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8: See page 3D for details.
The Symphony and RPL present ‘Excerpts from The Nutcracker’ — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10: Special story and ballet program complete with musical excerpts and sample performances with the ballerinas from the Piedmont Dance Theater. Stanback Auditorium, 201 W. Fisher St., meet the ballet dancers after the program. 704-216-8240.
The Efird Family of China Grove — 7-9 p.m. Thursday Dec. 12: See page 9D for details.
Piedmont Dance Theatre performs ‘The Nutcracker’ — Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p,m, at Kannapolis Performing Arts Center at A. L. Brown High School • Dec. 21 at 6:30 pm, Dec.22 at 2:30 p.m. Keppel Auditorium, Catawba. Information Rebecca Triplett 704-971-2011 or and
Piedmont Choral Society presents Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ — 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13: See page 3D for details.
‘Laser Holidays,’ planetarium laser shows — 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21: Program of favorite holiday music and laser light images, 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. $3 adults, $2 12 and under. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium, 1636 Parkview Circle, park and enter in the back, 704-639-3004.
Christmas Downtown — • Annual tree lighting 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 at City Park Lake. See page 2D for details..
• Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tours through 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’s 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, 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 • Details for all events at
Victorian Christmas at the Hall House — 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in Dec.: See page 2D for details..
Christmas in Spencer — 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 6: See page 2D for details.
Santa Train at NC Transportation Museum — 10 a.m. Dec. 7. Dec. 14, Dec, 21: Children and parents make a daytime trip to the roundhouse shop as Ol’ Saint Nick hands out candy canes and oranges – an old railroad Christmas tradition. Make a take-home craft and more. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Admission information at
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at NC Transportation Museum — 10 a.m. Dec. 7, 14, 20, 21: Christmas story aboard the train before meeting Santa Claus in the Roundhouse. Cookies and cocoa; children can make a craft and send a postcard to Santa. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Admission information 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 Kannapolis — • 6-9:30 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30 except Christmas Eve and Day: Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights, rides on Winterland Express, visits with Santa, Kannapolis Singing Bears, see interactive model train display open on select dates • 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: free Kannapolis Christmas Festival with family-friendly fun, craft and food vendors, carnival rides, inflatables, live entertainment • 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21: Live nativity scene, live choir music, petting zoo, pony rides, vendors. Information at (search for A Kannapolis Christmas), 704-920-4343.
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, 3-5 p.m.; live Nativity, 5:15 p.m. 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., includes Christmas Story by author Nancy Brewer, $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.
Christmas in Concord — • 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; Experience life in Iredell County during 1863 war while watching preparations for Christmas and the coming winter during a time of conflict in NC. Day tours 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Candlelight tours every 20 minutes from 5:15-7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children. Reservations recommended. Gregory Creek Homestead, 1335 Museum Road, Statesville, 704-873-4734,
Christmas at Latta Plantation — • 6-9p.m. Dec. 14: 1820s candlelit Christmas, tour plantation at night, meet animals in the carriage barn, dancing in the house, cooking in the kitchen, a slave Christmas in the cabin. $8, 5 and under free • 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312,
Civil War Christmas at Bentonville Battlefield — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7: Free and open to the public. 910-594-0789,
Tree-lighting tradition at the State Capitol — 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12: free and open to the public. Holiday music by Raleigh Concert Band and Garner Magnet High Die Meisters. 6:30. p.m.
Christmas all over the state — Thanks to the NC Department of Cultural Resources,

Salisbury Symphony’s ‘The Nutcracker’ — Saturday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m., Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. With the Piedmont Dance Theatre. Reserved seating at
FUMC hosts Fridays@First series — Noon, Friday Dec. 6: Series kicks off with organ students from studio of Professor Andrew Scanlon of ECU, Greenville, presenting music of Bach, Cléambault, Guilmant, Messiaen, Vierne, Ives on the Parkey-Schantz pipe organ • Free, 217 S. Church St., 704- 636-3121.
Concert Choir begins 37th season — 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 6: This season’s theme is “Bach and the Boys,” Concert includes J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and John Rutter’s Gloria. Also performing: Rowan Youth Symphony. At St. John’s Lutheran Church. 704-433-4890.
The Davis Theatre — 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19: The Ed Sullivan Show, The Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion = The Fuzzbucket Music Company. Tickets $12. The Davis Theatre , 65 Union Street S, downtown Concord, 704-920-2753,
The Moondance Orchestra and The Spotlight Dance Company of Salisbury — 7:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 18: A fundraiser for Rowan Helping Ministries. Tickets $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.

Opening night tonight for PPT’s ‘The 39 Steps’ — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 and 11-14; 2:30 p.m. Opening night Dec. 5; VALUE NIGHT Wednesday Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Other nights adults $15, seniors/students $12, 704-633-5471. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.,
Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — • “Holidays On Broadway,” Dec. 5-8: Songs that celebrate a year of American holidays New Years’ through Christmas • Thursday Dec. 5: All tickets $15 for 7 p.m. early bird performance • 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. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704 788-2405,
Lee Street theatre performs ‘OrnaMENTAL’ by Jenny Hubbard — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8: Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507,

Salisbury Confederate Prison Exhibit — 10 a.m-4 p.m., Friday Dec. 6: 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. Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946,

CD release event for Salisbury’s own Meek — 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 6: See page 8D for details.
Santa’s Helper Day — 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Delta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sponsors day for children ages 2-12, at Miller’s Rec Center, 1500 W. Bank St., for parents to shop while children are in a safe and child friendly environment. Lunch provided. Must be potty trained. One child $20, two for $35, three for $50. Marva McCain 704-640-0087 or Teresa Adams 980-721-0974.
Candlelight service — 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8: 20th annual Service of Remembrance in Northcrest Chapel at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home’s Northcrest Chapel, China Grove location.
YMCA Christmas craft fair — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 11. Louise Klaver, 704-636-0111,
Meet the author — 2-5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14: Mark Stephenson Portraiture and Fine Art, 110 S. Main St. Suite A, Nancy B. Brewer to autograph copies of books and CD featuring bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent.
‘Laser Holidays,’ planetarium laser shows — See CHRISTMAS listings.
Concord Library events — • Local author/historian Michael Eury, Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m., chronicles Concord’s most famous, familiar, infamous residents • Creators of Cool-Boredom Busters, Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m., for ages 7-12 • Winter Holiday Story Time, Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.; special preschool story time followed by a craft • 27 Union St. North, Concord, . 704-920-2058, or Facebook

Stop The Silence ant-bullying community rally — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14: Live music, vendors, raffle, food, car show, bike show, G.R.E.A.T. Team, more. Free admission. Rowan County Fairgrounds. All proceeds go to the Saving Safrit Trust. Info 704-431-4449.
Ashleigh’s Angels’ Gospel Singing and Chicken ‘n Dumplings — 2-8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14: Ashleigh’s Angels raises money to help parents of kids going through brain cancer, in memory of 3-year-old Ashleigh Jade Higgins. Dinner 2-7 p.m., Gospel singing 4-8 p.m. Children 3 and under free; $5 for age 4-12; carryout only $7; dine-in only $8 includes drink. Music by The Dosses, The Gospelairs, The Enlighteners. Southside Baptist Church, 500 Morlan Park Road at the corner of Jake.
Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society —Christmas cookie trays and fudge; small cookie tray $10; large cookie tray $20; assorted fudge: chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter $20. 704-433-7908 or Delivery Dec. 17-18.
First Night Masquerade Ball — New Year’s Eve. Early tickets for Ball at Courtyard by Marriott at discount if bought by Dec. 13. To aid Saving Grace Farm. 704-638-2339 or
To help veterans with MS — 7:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 12: Jason DaSilva documentary at Tinseltown, $12.50, 85 people minimum. See
The Moondance Orchestra and The Spotlight Dance Company of Salisbury — 7:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 18: Moondance Orchestra, music of Michael Buble’, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, etc., and The Spotlight Dance Company of Salisbury; a fundraiser for Rowan Helping Ministries. Tickets $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.

Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122 E. Fisher St. — • 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays: Open mic night. 704-754-4907,, Facebook
Danny Franklin plays live — • 8-11 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 20: Vino Hops West A St., downtown Kannapolis.
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 Dec. 7: International Highway 14:6 and Risen Warrior • Set Free Church meets 5 p.m. Saturdays. 704-213-1476.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — • 7 p.m. Fridays: Open Bluegrass jam • 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 12: The Efird Family of China Grove • noon Saturday Dec. 14: ‘A Banjo Christmas with Danny Bowers’ • 704-267-9439, and
Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • 9:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Ambush, from Raleigh • 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Free pool • 8 p.m. Wednesdays: Open mic • 9 p.m. Thursdays: College Night and Karaoke, ages 18+ • Fridays: Deejay Snow • 704-762-9999.
Richard’s Bar-B-Que, 522 N. Main St. — • 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Cruise-In. 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 plus Karaoke • Saturdays: Open juke box • Tuesdays: Pool leagues. 704-310-5503.
Uncle Bucks All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St. — 10 p.m. Friday Friday Dec. 6: LifeSize. No covers. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. 704-633-3750,‎

Salisbury Wine Shop — • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: 80th Anniversary of the End of Prohibition Beer Tasting featuring beers from 21st Amendment Brewery. $5/person • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6: 80th Anniversary of the End of Prohibition Wine Tasting featuring Wines from Wineries in production before and after Prohibition. $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151,,

Tranqwool/Green Goat, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7: Holiday Bazaar, raffles for prizes, refreshments, artist demonstrations, meet Karen of Pilates by Karen, now located in the back of the Gallery; formerly Pilates of Salisbury. TranqWool Knitting Provisions, 704-431-4527,
Lighted Christmas ball workshop — 10 a.m. Saturday Dec. 7: Fourth annual workshop, for each ball bring 200 mini-lights. All other materials supplied. John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave. Also bring canned food for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Annual Gingerbread House Workshop at The Rowan Museum — Sunday Dec. 8: Choose 1, 2 or 3 p.m. start time. $35 per child (price includes ONE attached adult). 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. See HISTORY listings.
January senior adults guitar lessons — For adults 55+ at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, new 8-wk. session begins Jan. 6. Beginner or intermedate.Call Bob at 704-433-4461 or sign up at RHSC 704-216-7714, more info at
Children’s clay classes — Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, ages 6-14, $35 includes instruction, materials, firing • Ornaments: Dec. 14. Pottery 101, 704-209-1632,,
Pottery 101 2-hour workshop — “Let’s Get Messy,” 7-9 p.m. most Wednesdays: ages 14-adult, two-hour Pottery Wheel class in one evening. Dec. 11, 18. $35 includes everything. 704-209-1632,,
Salisbury Art Station — “Kid-free time” for parents includes art making, music, snacks, reading, short movie. Sibling discounts, registration/payment due prior to class • Snowmen & Snowflakes: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m. $35 • Winter Wonderland: Friday, Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $42 (+ 2 slices pizza) • First Day of Winter Inspired by Dr. Seuss: Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $42 (+ 2 slices pizza) • SASsy Canvas (for age 21+): “Rocking around the Christmas Tree” 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19: evening of adult painting and laughter; $25. SAS, 215 Depot St., 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 — 123 E. Liberty St., register at 704-636-1882 or • Children’s Holiday Ornament Workshop, ages 4-12 Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon,

Piedmont Singles — • 6:15 p.m. (new starting time) Fridays • Dec. 6: Bingo. 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.

PPT’s ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo’ — 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 9/Tuesday Dec. 10: See page 2D for details.
Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Summer and Smoke’ — Only adults 7-9 p.m., Sunday-Monday Dec. 8-9 • Only children 7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 10: by Tennessee Williams. Eight female/nine male roles; for children to mature (senior) adults. PG. Show dates Feb. 6-23. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, See for detailed character descriptions.

Carolina Lily — • Dec. 12 and 14: ‘Snowball Fight’ • Dec. 19 and 21: Snow Fairy Tea Party, make a spoon fairy, decorate your own cupcake and cocoa bar, come dressed in your fairy finery • RSVP to Carolina Lily, 704 639-0033,,
First Bonsai Winter Silhouette Exhibition — 1-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8: Artistry and beauty of bonsai, also meet a Bonsai Master. David H. Murdock Core Laboratory bldg., 150 N. Research Campus Drive, NC Research Campus. Free.

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — James Donaldson retrospective. See page 2D for details.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Phyllis Steimel, Rowan County Miniatures by Clyde, and Mark Brincefield. 704-647-0340,
The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — Elizabeth (Libba) and David Willingham; also the work of Edward Brincefield (Mark’s brother). 704-633-1246.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — December: “Small Works,” a group show of the Rail Walk Studio Artists. Historic Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District. 704-431-8964,
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Art Show • Window exhibition showcasing artwork by Summer ARTventures Volunteers • Fall/Winter exhibition “Restructure: Contrast and Balance” • 704-636-1882,