Salisbury Ghost Walk season kicks off downtown on Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Salisbury Ghost Walk kicks off the 2014 walking tours beginning this Friday and Saturday evenings, March 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. Join “Boo” and the gang for a walk around down town Salisbury to hear tales of how in the 1800’s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state. Be sure to bring your camera, smart phone and a flashlight because some of the tales will come to life via present day hauntings. In 2010 this walk received a tourism award from the Governor’s Office. The cost is only $5 for students and $10 for adults. Reservations are recomended by email boo@salisburyghostwalk.com or 704-798-3102. Walks are also scheduled for the monthly “Friday Night Out On The Town.

Piedmont Players Theatre announces its Youth Theatre Winter audition workshop on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This workshop will focus on preparing students to audition for a non-musical production, specifically geared toward PPT’s upcoming production of “Nancy Drew: Girl Detective.” Skills developed will be in stage performance, character development, movement and effective auditioning techniques.
The workshop is for elementary through high school students, the instructor is Edward Whitney, and the cost is $25. There are only 20 spots available per time slot. Call 704-633-5471 to sign up. Held at Norvell Theater Rehearsal Hall, 135 E. Fisher St.

CHINA GROVE — On March 11, China Grove turns 125. This Saturday, March 8, the town will celebrate with activities, festivities and ceremonies. The Fire Department will celebrate its 90th anniversary at this time alos, and the Historical Society of South Rowan will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The afternoon of festivites on Saturday will start at 2:30 p.m. at the Town Hall with the mayor receiving a 125th year proclamation. At 3 p.m. a short ceremony will be held on the porch of the China Grove Roller Mill and from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. visitors can enjoy a ride through town in a wagon pulled by horses from Lazy 5 Ranch. Tours of the Roller Mill will be conducted and there will also be country and bluegrass musical entertainment A wiener roast will conclude the activities.
The event is free, but donations are appreciated. This event is sponsored by the Town of China Grove, The Historical Society of South Rowan and the China Grove Board of Trade.
The China Grove Roller Mill is located 308 N. Main St.

Hurley Park presents Andrea Sprott, Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden Curator, in a lecture entitled “Elizabeth Lawrence: the Legacy of an Extraordinary Plantswoman.”
This lecture will be presented on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Salisbury-Rowan Utilities, 1 Water Street, in Salisbury. A plant giveaway will follow the lecture.
For more information, call Daphne Beck at 704-638-4459 or e-mail dbeck@salisburync.gov

Uncle Buck’s All American Music Pub & Grub is adding onto their weekly attractions. In addition to hosting over 50 musical acts and community events so far in the new venue, located at 127 South Main St, UB’s has made Thursdays an open jam night to be hosted by David Myers of local rock band Big Break. Musicians and performers are welcome to Uncle Buck’s appealing focal point, a 20×20 raised stage with drum riser and full PA. The platform is lit with multiple stage lamps including 10 parcam lights. The walls and background are decorated with band memorabilia from past performers along with autographed fliers and set lists.
Musicians are encouraged to come in and sign up at 8 p.m. to add their name on a list to perform for the night. David Myers hopes to grow the open jam to have a full house band available to fill in for solo musicians.

Purchase tickets online at www.leestreet.org/tickets or call 704.310.5507 for the upcoming show on March 14.
It will be a general admission show; two sets with intermission. All tickets are $20 + tax.
This Raleigh-based band has carved their own little home in the acoustic music community. Such is the path that leads to the band today, hastily finishing up work on their sixth studio release due in early 2014 on Yep Roc Records.
Chatham County Line banjo player, Chandler Holt, is a Salisbury native.
The show will be held at Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 North Lee St.

CONCORD — Tickets are available for Old Courthouse Theatre’s fundraising musical revue “Unsung OCT,” held on on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m.
Throughout its history the Old Courthouse Theatre has been filled with the music of Broadway. However, there are still countless musicals yet to be sung within these walls, and “Unsung OCT” is a new revue that will showcase songs from these still “un-sung” shows. A cast of local talent will perform selections from the Golden Age through contemporary Broadway with a mix of well-known standards and lesser-known gems­ — and they’re all from shows OCT has never done.
Tickets are $15 plus tax at oldcourthousetheatre.org or 704-788-2405. OCT is located at 49 Spring St. NW, 704 788-2405.

KANNAPOLIS — On Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m., the Rowan County Home School Association will present a Talent Showcase, to be held at Harvest House fellowship building, Kannapolis Church of God at 2211 West A St.

Enjoy an evening of gluten free food, tips for creating gluten free meals and come away with a full tummy, more knowledge and some useful recipes. For information or reservations call Angie Smith of the Salisbury Symphony Guild at 704-431-4447.

MOCKSVILLE — Broadway’s Best will hold their second Meet and Greet for people interested in becoming a volunteer for the home-grown theater company located in Davie County. The reception and meeting is Thursday, March 13 from 5-6:30 p.m., 103 Beechtree Place. The Guild will provide snacks and information to potential Guild members.
The “Bare Bones II” season began in February and continues through June. The Company’s next production is “Funny Stuff from Broadway” beginning with a preview on March 27. Broadway’s Best Theatre Company is located near the intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road, Exit #174, in Davie County. For tickets and information visit www.broadwaysbest.biz

The Saints and Sinners Comedy Duo show will perform at TJ’s, 2675 Providence Church Road, at p.m. on Saturday March 8. See www.highrocklakerestaurant.com for more details

MOORESVILLE — Moondance Orchestra will play this Saturday, March 8, at the Joe Knox Theater in the Charles Mack Citizens Center, downtown Mooresville. The band specializes in playing the music of Michael Bublé, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and other classic hits of the past 40 years (www.moondanceorchestra.net)
Admission $5. Call 704-663-7026 for more information.

The 17th annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium is April 4-6 this year, and those registering by March 15 will receive a discount. The event begins on Friday, April 4 with the Friendship Banquet, lecture, music, recognition of veterans, and door prizes. Saturday includes six lectures, light refreshments, displays, and books. On Sunday the public is invited to a 10 a.m. memorial service for prisoners at the Salisbury National Cemetery and an 11 a.m. service for guards at the Old Lutheran Cemetery. Infantry and Artillery reenactors in Blue and Gray will comprise the Honor Guard.
Scheduled to present lectures are: Peter Carlson on civilian prisoners Junius Browne and Albert Richardson; Gregg Cheek on Commandant Capt. George W. Alexander; Matthew Bumgarner on railroads that served the Prison; Dr. Gary Freeze with insights into the Salisbury Confederate Prison; Aldo Perry on court-martialed Confederate prisoners sent to Salisbury; Dr. Lawrence Lohr on sailors sent to Salisbury from the steamer USS Union; and Bill Weidner on the 1865 exchange of Salisbury POWs at the Northeast Ferry.
Sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The cost is $65 per person until March 15; $75 afterwards. Open to anyone interested in the history of the Salisbury Confederate Prison. Contact Sue Curtis, 704-637-6411, southpaws@fibrant.com

GOLD HILL — Steve Martin has more than 25 years of experience carving spoons and other wooden items. He specializes in green wood working and traditional wood working using only hand tools. Those interested in learning this art will have the opportunity to join one of Martins’ classes at River Pines Art in The Little Log Cabin on Gold Hill. Classes will be held Saturdays, March 29, May 24, Aug. 23 and Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Using tools provided by the instructor, each student will be guided through the process of carving a spoon using saws, hatchets, chopping blocks, draw knives, spoke shaves, shaving horses, hook knives, gouges, scrapers, food safe finishing oil, etc.
Participants must be at least 14 years old or have a prearranged agreement with instructor. The cost is $40 per participant for one class, with five students per class.
For more in formation, contact Stephen Martin at stephensmartin@msn.com or 704-279-9087. Advance registration is required.

CONCORD — The first Davis Theatre family matinee will feature a duo that plays music for people who take their fun seriously. Grammy-nominated musical duo Trout Fishing in America — whose program has nothing to do with fishing — will perform on Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. in the theatre in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse at 65 Union St. S., Concord. Tickets are $12 for children under 12 and $14 for adults, available at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or 704-920-2753.

WINSTON-SALEM — The RiverRun International Film Festival’s 16th annual festival runs April 4-13. This year RiverRun will screen 145 films, which includes 63 features and 82 shorts from 33 countries.
Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world.
Tickets are on sale at www.riverrunfilm.com or at 336-721-1945. Purchasing tickets in-person at the Stevens Center or via phone is recommended to avoid third-party handling fees. For up-to-date information, film list, venues, or to volunteer, visit www.riverrunfilm.com or call 336-724-1502.

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