Faith Fourth of July parade and idol entry deadlines are approaching

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 19, 2014

Faith 4th of July Parade — Deadline for parade entry June 23. Form available at For Faith Idol entry information, see Call for Performers..

Faith Idol competition — Faith Idol competition age categories: 12 and under, 13-18 (junior), 19 and up (adult). Held during the Faith Fourth of July celebration. Registration fee $10. Call Sylvia or Pam at 704-279-2256. Deadline June 21.
Jersey City Neighborhood 10th annual reunion — July 12: Held in memory of David Campbell. Talent and entertainment applications accepted. Call Marvin Shaw 704-202-3952, Sherry Hawthorne 704-499-1197.
Gold Hill Bluegrass jam — Bluegrass jam for acoustic musicians. E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill. Every Friday night 7-9 p.m., 704-267-9439.
Blumenthal Performing Arts open mic nights — Free event open to performers, spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians, others welcome. Audience seating first-come-first-served. Due to great interest, performers are selected by lottery. E-mail or see

Union Street Live! Jim Quick & Coastline — 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 19: The Union Street Live! series with Jim Quick & Coastline. Free. Downtown Concord on Means Avenue next to Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse,65 Union St. S., bring a lawn chair. 704-784-4208,
Piedmont Choral Society’s 11th annual patriotic benefit concert series — • Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N, Concord • Friday, June 20, 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis • Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 200 Branchview Drive SE, Concord • Proceeds from The Purple Heart benefit concerts will be donated to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a Congressionally chartered charity composed of military men and women who received the– Purple Heart Medal. Info at 704-699-6053 or
Air Supply coming to W-S — Saturday, Oct. 25: A night of 80S soft rock hits, Reynolds Auditorium, Winston-Salem. No-fee tickets at https://reynoldsauditorium. com/AIR_SUPPLY.html
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — The Belk Theater/Booth Playhouse/Stage Door Theater at 130 N. Tryon St. • The McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square • Duke Energy Theater at 345 North College St. • Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts at 430 South Tryon St. • Ovens Auditorium at 2700 East Independence Blvd. • Complete listings at • Blumenthal Performing Arts, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000,,

‘Monty Python Live (mostly)’ — 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20: Broadcast live from London’s O2 Arena; John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin reunite on stage for the first time in over three decades. Shown live at Cinemark Tinseltown, 305 Faith Road, tickets at theater box office or
Jerry Seinfeld coming to Ovens — 7 p.m. July 25: America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld. Tickets at or 800-745-3000. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd.

Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival — 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday: 20th annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition with Vince Gill, Bill Kirchen, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger, Snyder Family Band, Kazuhiro Inaba, Wayne Henderson and Friends. Twenty guitarists compete for a Henderson guitar; children’s activities. Rain or shine, Grayson Highlands State Park, U.S. 58, Mouth of Wilson, Va. Tickets, parking, info:
90th annual Singing on the Mountain — 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22: MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain, Linville, with George Hamilton IV and more. All-day event is free with food vendors on site. MacRae Meadows, Hwy 221 two miles north of Linville, one mile from Blue Ridge Parkway.
Blueberry Fest Event and Picnic — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 28: Fun-filled afternoon with live music featuring Ken Davis, a blueberry cooking demo, kids activity area, blueberries available for purchase. Call for info on picninc opportunities. Held at SandyCreek Farm, located between Reeds and Tyro, 3160 S NC Hwy. 150, Lexington, 336-853-8834,
Southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion — July 1-5: 44th annual Southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion at Denton Farmpark hosts (see email 5/17 for pics) TRACTOR RIDES are 9 a.m. Friday, June 30, call 336-859-2755 or, Denton Farmpark, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton, 17 miles from Lexington.

St. Thomas Players present ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ — 7:30 p.m. June 19-21 and 26-28, 2:30 p.m. June 22: by Alfred Uhry, performed at Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets at or 704-310-5507.
‘Showstoppers’ by Broadway’s Best Theatre, Mocksville — June 19 preview; June 20 opening night; June 21-22 and 26-29 additional performances. Final production of the season, Broadway favorites from dozens of musicals. All evening performances 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees 2 p.m. • 103 Beechtree Place in Davie County, intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road. Ticket and schedule info at or 336-575-4446 or email
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre presents ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ — June 20-29: From the story by C.S. Lewis. For tickets or information visit 49 Spring Street NW, 704 788-2405,
PPT’s youth production ‘High School Musical’ — Monday, June 30: Meroney box office opens, show dates July 10-19. Adults $12, students/seniors $10. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471. Tickets also available at

‘Over There, Over Here,’ Rowan remembers World War I — Rowan Museum’s centennial celebration to the memory of those who fought in The Great War. Some artifacts in the exhibit are from the museum’s collections, some on loan from private citizens in the community. Rowan Museum, 202 North Main St., open 1-4 p.m.Friday-Sunday, 704-633-5946 or email
Gold panning at Reed Gold Mine — Tickets $3 per pan. Reed is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland, 704-721-4653, Through October, weather permitting.

Arts Night Out — 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 20: Downtown Salisbury. See Brief, page 2D.
Community safety fair — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 21: Salisbury Elks’ safety fair, 508 S. Main St., to make safety materials and instruction available to residents. Represented: Salisbury Police Dept., Salisbury Fire Dept., EMS., the Fire Dept.’s Safety House and Sparky the Dog. Giveaways and refreshments.
Kids summer reading program at The Last Word Bookstore — For readers up to age 12. Bring in a list of ten books you’ve read and earn $5 in trade credit that never expires. Program runs June 1- Aug. 15. More info at 704-245-6159 or
Dancing in the street in Faith on Saturday — 7 p.m. June 21: See Brief on page 2D for details.
Free health events open to the public at the Y — • 12:15 p.m. June 25: Lunch and Learn with James Hardin, M.D. on the newest procedures in cataracts, other eye care issues. Free, must sign up at 704-636-0111. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.
Cabarrus Arena events — 4751 Highway 49 N. Concord, 704-920-3976 • July 12-13 Concord Gun & Knife Show • July 12 ADCC Grappling Competition • July 19 Atomic Dogg Magazine Super Bully Show Dog Show • Aug. 2-3 Max Fast Flyball Dogs Show • Aug. 7-10 Greater Monroe Kennel Club Agility Trials Dog Show • Aug 22-23 Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo.
PPT set construction — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday: Lunch provided, and Sunday, June 22, 1-5 p.m. No experience required. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. 704-633 5471.
Astronomical Society of Rowan County anniversary — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28: Held at 1920 Deal Road, Mooresville. Cookout to celebrate 33 years. Stargazing is planned as well, anyone interested may bring telescope and binoculars and participate. Ralph Deal 704-855-1591 or Alice Deal 704-857-2788.
Annual Circus Train puppet show — Saturdays through July, Library Park, Third St., Spencer. 7 p.m. free hot dogs, 7:30 p.m. show begins. Sponsored by Central UMC. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free snow cones. 704-636-4101.
MythBusters coming to Belk Theater — Nov. 24: Live stage show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,”at The Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.. Charlotte. 704-372-1000 or

Danny Franklin plays live — • 7 p.m. June 25: Speakeasy Smokehouse and Taproom, 316 Brookdale St., Kannapolis. See dannyfranklinelectric guitar or danny franklin acoustic guitar on youtube.
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 — Hip Hop Rap night with Kidd Nova, Purpose, JR, Justice. along with Capa • Set Free Church meets 5 p.m. Saturdays. Free refreshments, air hockey, foosball, pool, wi-fi. Public invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.
E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: Open Bluegrass jam for acoustic musicians. Historic Village of Gold Hill, Facebook, 704-267-9439,
Nashville Nights, 125-127 E. Innes St. — • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Chris Marks Band, $5 Mondays $1 day • Tuesdays Free pool • Wednesdays Open mic with the Twin City Buskers • Thursdays Deejay Cherokee • Fridays free jukebox. 704-762-9990,
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.
Uncle Buck’s All American Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St. — 9:30 p.m., Saturday June 21: Southern Governor from Virginia • Magic Mondays 6-8 p.m. with magician Glen Yost • Bike Night Tuesdays 6-9 p.m. • 704-633-3750,
Old Stone Vino, 515 S. Main St., Kannapolis — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: Live music. 704-938-2337.
The Charlotte Zodiac Dance Club — American Legion, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. Dances on second and fourth Friday, dress code upscale casual, no jeans. Martha, 704-236-0344.
The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., NoDa Arts District, Charlotte — 704-372-1000,
The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte — 704-372-1000,
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th St., Charlotte — 704-358-9298,
The Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte — 704-358-9200,

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20: Wines of Oregon wine tasting with Andrew Alley of 17th Street Distributing. $5/person. 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151,,
Father’s Day at Cauble Creek Vineyard and Winery — June 13-15: NC’s 100th winery. Tasting room open Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. Wine tastings $8 per person with a selection of eight wines for tastings. Also juices, non-alcohol ciders, food products, gift items. 704-636-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road, see for upcoming events.
Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse — • 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, June 20: Music by Leonard DeLoma on the patio during Wine Down Friday dinner. See Brief, page 2D. morganridge

Wake Up Leonardo! — One week summer visual and performing arts academy for rising first through eighth. Snack, lunch provided. July 21-25 from 8:15-12:30 or 1 p.m. with lunch. Family reception Friday, July 25. $95 per student. Scholarships available. Center For Faith & the Arts, lower level Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St., or 704-647-0999.
PPT summer theatre camps — June thru August: Elementary-high school students, also K-2nd grade. Info at www.Piedmont Register at Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. or 704-633-5471.
Learn how to carve a spoon — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., choose from Saturday Aug. 23, Oct. 18: Must be at least 14, advance registration required, $40 per participant per day. River Pines Art in The Little Log Cabin, Gold Hill. Register at or 704-279-9087.
Free basic computer classes — Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Classes run for two hours. Call 704-680-7317 or 704-870-8862 to schedule an appointment time. Knox’s Computer Business, 512 Klumac Road, Suite 8.
Ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, acrobatics — For ages 2-1/2 to 102, Steppin’ Out Dance Company. Stress free, fun, friendly environment. 704-637-1222,,
Scultpure class at Waterworks — Sept. 15-19: Introduction to the self portrait in ceramic. See detai;ls page 3D. Register at or call 704-636-1882.
‘Let’s Get Messy’ — A one evening pottery class at Pottery 101 offers the opportunity to try your hand at the potter’s wheel, ages 14-adult. $35. Available dates: June 4, 18, 25 July 9, 16, 23, 30. Advance registration required. 704-209-1632, or email
Saturday kid’s classes at at Pottery 101 — Each week students make a pottery piece related to a central theme. No previous experience required. Ages 6-14, $35 • June 21: Starfish and Sea Birds • July 12: Monster Mouth Tissue Holder • July 19: Hanging Tree and Garden Critters. Advance registration required. 704-209-1632, or email
Free online courses through RPL — Gale Courses: high-quality, noncredit online courses free with your library card. New sessions of six-week courses start monthly. Enroll at and click Online Tools, or call 704-216-8243.
Free Bible lessons — 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, June 28: Is the Bible scientifically accurate; what makes it unique; is it still practical for our day; what does it say about our future; what is its message; how can it help us with our family life; how can it help me find true happiness. These topics and more covered, bring your own Bible. Downstairs conference room of RPL Rockwell Branch (not sponsored by RPL).
Salisbury Art Station — 4-6 p.m. ongoing weekly classes: Instructors share historical, technical, conceptual aspects of art; foster manual dexterity, motivation, problem-solving, healthy communication. $25 per class. Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 5-7 • Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 7 and up • Thursdays 4-6 p.m. for ages 7 and up. 704-754-0853 or 215 Depot Street, 704-754-0853
Beginning and intermediate weaving — Private lessons on a floor loom. Day or evening times. Liese Sadler, 215-300-4369, livethreadstudio@
Painting with Patt — Ongoing adult oil painting classes, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. Call for info or to sign up. Class size limited to four. Patt Legg, 704-232-6000, 704-762-9647,
Mind aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, taught by artist Robert Toth: introduction to drawing, pastel and sculpture. $10/two-hour session. Rufty Holmes Senior Center, call 704-279-9301.
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. Tuesdays and Thursdays.u

Piedmont Singles — 6:15 p.m. Fridays • Bingo. • 1908 Statesville Blvd., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, no joining fee, donations appreciated, covered dish.
New Beginnings Singles Club of Lake Norman — 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays: social group of singles over 50, Captain’s Galley Restaurant in Mooresville. Visitors welcome. 704-677-2331.

Salisbury hosts Movies at the Park — 9 p.m., free. Corner of W. Miller and N. Jackson • June 27: The Wizard of Oz • July 11: Monsters U • July 25: Free Birds • August 8: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 • August 22: Planes: Fire and Rescue: September 5: The Lego Movie:
Summer movie series at Rowan Public Library — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Headquarters (Salisbury) • June 24: City of Bones • July 1: The Time Traveler’s Wife • July 8: Around the World in 80 Days • July 15: Zathura • July 22: Timeline • July 29: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs • Aug. 5: Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow • Aug. 12: The Andromeda Strain (G) ••••••• 2 p.m. Wednesdays, South Rowan Regional (China Grove) • July 2: The Lorax • July 9: Around the World in 80 Days • July 16: Zathura • July 23: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs • July 30: Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow • Info at or Headquarters, 704-216-8256; South Rowan Regional, 704-216-7730; East Branch, 704-216-7840.

Renaissance Festival open auditions — 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 21: Combination outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast. Roles for amateur and professional street performers, role players, musicians, variety acts. Also seeking to fill openings within The Royal Dance Ensemble, The Alleyn Apprentice Players. Held at Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Festival dates weekends Oct. 4-Nov. 23. Info at 704-896-5555 or or
Old Courthouse Theatre ‘Noises Off’ — 7-9 p.m., July 13-14: Called the funniest farce ever written. Ensemble cast of four women, five men. Show dates Sept. 11-28. 49 Spring St. SW, Concord. 704-788-2405, For more detailed character descriptions see

Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — “Outside the Lines,” significant historical and contemporary “outsider” art, through June 12. Lower level of Haven Lutheran Church,
The Framing Gallery, 320 N Main St. across from Koko Java — Special salute to veterans with window display featuring prints saluting our military in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam; special prices for veterans. • On exhibit: Connie Loflin Peninger, Betty Sedberry. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday and Saturday, 704-633-1246.
Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — “Celebration of Spring,” new paintings by Phyllis Steimel and Mark Brincefield.Frazer. Monday/Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 704-647-0340,
Open house at Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — 6-9 p m. Saturday, June 21: Carve Into Life: Palette Knife Paintings of Patt Legg. Gallery hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. then 5- 8 p.m.; Sunday: 1-6 p.m. 704-431-4527,
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. — Through June 28: The Campagna Society of Artists presents Spring exhibition“Colore Naturale;” free, open to the public. Gallery hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment, Historic Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District. 704-431-8964,
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. — • New Tomorrows Exhibition Through July 1; program offered through Rowan Helping Ministries for their shelter guests • Tł: Textiles, Text, & Texture: Summer exhibition features NC artists Peg Gignoux,Leslie Pearson. Through Sept. 6 • Mosaics in the Garden, sculptures by Jeannette Brossart. Through April 1, 2015 Gallery hours 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,
Iredell Museums presents ‘Treasures of the Collections’ — Exhibit featuring special pieces from the museums’ permanent collection including an original pen and ink drawing by Salvador Dali. 134 Court St., downtown Statesville,704-873-4734,
The Galleries, 65 Union S. St., Concord — Need some relief from serious art? Visit “Comic Relief” through July 31. Free, 704-920-2787,

YMCA sponsored trips — • 11 a.m. July 9: Carolina Lily, includes Lunch-in-a-Pot plus shopping, $28 • 11 a.m. June 17: Queens Landing, lunch included, $29.50. 704-636-0111, lklaver@,

Vendors for Fin Feather Fur Outdoor Expo — August 15th,16,17th at Rowan County Fairgrounds. Hunting,Fishing, Campers, ATV’s, Golf Carts and other merchandise. Inside air conditioned booths 300.00. Outside booths 100.00. Mountain Man from Duck Dynasty will be here on Saturday. Mud Bog on Friday, call Randall Barger 704-640-2326 to enter or reserve a booth.
Vendors for Market off Market Street event— July 26th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Concord For vendor applications contact
Jersey City Neighborhood 10th annual reunion — July 12: Held in memory of David Campbell. Free vendor space for info and merchandise. Call Marvin Shaw 704-202-3952, Sherry Hawthorne 704-499-1197.
Asheboro Fall Festival applications — 42nd Fall Festival, October 4-5: Randolph Arts Guild vendor applications available at the Guild, 123 Sunset Ave., downtown Asheboro or or 336-629-0399. Booth fee $25 up to early registration deadline of June 30.
Fourth annual Biker Blues BBQ Rally — Sept. 19-20: Annual event at Tilley Harley Davidson of Salisbury reaches thousands of people. Contact Gary Moss 704-638-6044 or visit

Call for visual or performance art teachers —One visual and one performing art teacher plus counselors for Wake Up Leonardo! camp at Center for Faith & the Arts July 21-25. Teachers will earn a stipend. Camp is for rising first grade-rising eighth grade. Contact program director Susanna Hollingsworth 704-647-0999, email or for overview.

2014 “Faces Of Trinity Living” portrait exhibit — Deadline Aug. 8 for exhibit at Waterworks beginning Sept. 17, opening reception Sept. 25. Portraits to be presented to family members in November. Biographies of participants available. Artists may work in their medium of choice. 704-637-3940 or email or
The Chicken Art Show needs artists — Randolph Arts Guild (RAG) in Asheboro calls for artists’ chicken art or their chicken’s art. Deadline June 20; $5 fee per entry; cash prizes awarded. Show is set to open Aug. 5. See for complete details.
29th annual Caldwell Arts Sculpture Celebration — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6: Lenoir’s annual event features sculptural artwork by artists competing for $10,000+ in cash. Registration open to any 3-D artist up to the day of the event. Rregister the day of $80; discounts for early registration.

• Hurley Park, Lake Drive — 14-acres of woodlands, streams, gardens, pathways, gazebos. 704-633-8950.

• City Park Center, 316 Lake Drive — 41 acre park with community center, play structures, tennis courts, picnic shelters, scenic lake.

• Kelsey Scott Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road — Play structure, picnic shelter with tables and grills, softball field, basketball courts, 9-hole disc golf course.

• Jaycee-Optimist Sports Complex, 1113 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. — Three lighted baseball/softball fields, play structure, basketball goals, picnic tables.

• Lincoln Pool, 110 Old Concord Road — One acre park with play structure, multipurpose court with basketball goals, picnic tables.

• Salisbury Greenway — Natural green space corridors being developed to connect parks, schools, community businesses.

• Salisbury Community Park, 935 Hurley School Road — District park/athletic complex with soccer fields, grassy fields, walking trails, ball fields, picnic area, playground.

• Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road — Walking trails, paddle boats, miniature golf, miniature trains, carousel, gem mine, playgrounds, family camping, picnic shelters, splash pad, petting zoo. 704-216-7800.

• Ellis Park, 3541 Old Mocksville Road — 26 acres of ball fields, tennis courts, volleyball court, shelters, playground, event center, walking trail. 704-216-7783.

• Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla — Features Kerr Mill, an 1823 grist mill. Off NC Hwy 150 approximately 10 miles west of Salisbury.

• Gold Hill Mines Historic Park 735 St. Stephens Church Road — Historic tours available by appointment: 704-267-9439,

• Gold Hill Rail Trail — Hiking, biking trail begins at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, continues into Cabarrus County. 704-267-9439.

• Dunn’s Mountain Nature and History Preserve, 1640 Dunn’s Mtn. Road — Trail walks, overlooks, see 120 miles in most directions, blacksmith shop display, Saturday-Sunday shuttle service, 704-216-7803.

• RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls: ‘The Bullhole’ — Picnic shelter, canoe portage, hiking trails, 8 a.m. to sunset. Hwy 801 in Rowan Co., west on Needmore Road and right on Erwin Temple Church Road, drive to end. 336-751-2325.

• Tweetsie Railroad Wild West theme park, Blowing Rock —­ NC’s first theme park. Live shows, amusement rides, concerts, a three-mile Wild West steam locomotive adventure., 877-893-3874.

• NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer — See for train ride schedule and admission information with and without train rides. 704-636-2889, 877-NCTMFUN,
• Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 4th St., Spencer — Antique, vintage, modern collectible dolls, antique, vintage toys, train set, model tractor trailers, John Deere vehicles. Just steps from the NC Transportation Museum • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. 704-762-9359,
• Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. — Open 1-4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Call or email to schedule group tours during the week 704-633-5946, or
• Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. — Artifacts of the late Honorable Spruce Macay (1755–1808), lawyer and Superior Court judge, perhaps best known for instructing our country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 students. 704-633-5946,,
• Old Stone House, Granite Quarry — Two-story Georgian stone house completed in 1766. Located on Old Stone House Road in Granite Quarry. 1-4 Saturday, Sunday. $3 for adults and $1.50 for students. 704-633-5946,,
• 1820 Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. — Saturdays/Sundays 1-4 p.m., 704-636-0103,
• Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. — Sundays 2-4 p.m., 704-279-4979.
• Price of Freedom Museum, Old Patterson School building, China Grove — Sundays 3-5 p.m. and by appointment. American war memorial dedicated to men and women of the armed services. Free. Intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads. 704-857-7474,
• China Grove Roller Mill Agricultural Museum — Original equipment in place, unique displays, events, mill tours; also by appointment. Open house second Sundays 2-4 p.m. April-Nov. except holidays. Free. 704-433-3912.
• Cooleemee’s Textile Heritage Museum NOTE: Zachary House textile museum has temporarily closed to make way for a major makeover. While Cooleemee’s Mill House Museum down the street remains open, the museum at the historic Zachary House will be closed for three months. Located in the historic Zachary Holt House at 131 Church St. in the setting of the former mill manager’s large brick home. Cooleemee’s Mill House Museum — One block down, at Old #14 Church St. Typical four-room mill house built in 1905. A tour guide takes one back in time to the world of a mill hand’s family in the early 1930s. Cooleemee’s museums are open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours are guided and begin at the Zachary House. Admission to the Mill House Museum is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children 12 and under. Call 284-6040..
• NC Music Hall of Fame Museum, 109 West A St., Kannapolis — Honors musicians, singers, songwriters and producers from North Carolina. In the renovated old Kannapolis Jailhouse Building. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, admission free. 704-934-2320. www.NorthCarolinaMusic
• Historic Gold Hill/Gold Hill Mines Historic Park — 19th century living history interpretative displays reflect life in the 1800s gold mining boom town. Free. 704-279-5674, www.HistoricGoldHill. com
• Reed Gold Mine historic site, 9621 Reed Mine Road, off Highway 200 near Locust — Southeastern Cabarrus County,12 miles southeast of Concord. Museum, visitor center, underground mine tour, operating stamp mill, panning area. Museum is free, panning tickets $3. 704-721-4653,, reed/
• Gregory Creek Homestead and walking trails, 1335 Museum Road, Statesville — Statesville’s heritage site. 704-873-4734,
• Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville —The only North Carolina Historic Site associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763). Free, open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 704-873-5882,
• Town Creek Indian Mound, Mount Gilead — NC’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. Town Creek Mound between NC 73 and NC 731. 910-439-6802,,
• Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., uptown Charlotte — features IMAX® Dome Theatre. 704-372-6261,, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
• Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road — 704-372-6261,
• Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte — 704-337-2000,
• Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte — Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-50 p.m.; closed Monday, 704-372-6261,
• Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville — Circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm with endangered breeds of historic livestock. The last remaining Catawba River Plantation open to the public. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Free with regular site admission. 5 and under free. 704-875-2312,
• Old Salem, Winston-Salem — Faithfully preserved buildings, costumed interpreters, craftsmen, historical garden and horticultural programs. 336-721-7300,
• Reynolda House Museum and Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem — Masterpieces in the museum, also house, gardens and village feature public garden, dining, shopping,walking trails. 336-758-5150,
• Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. — 336-723-9111,
• SECCA — Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem. 336-725-1904,
• Natural Science Center of Greensboro,4301 Lawndale Drive — 336-288-3769,
• Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. — Hands-on, interactive museum for children (infancy to 10 years of age) and families. 336-574-2898,
• NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh — Free general admission. Charge for some concerts, films, performances. 919-839-NCMA,
• Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh — 919-513-0946,
• NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh — Explore more than 14,000 years of the state’s history. Free general admission. Across from the State Capitol. 919-807-7900, or Facebook
• NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh — Four floors of live animals, hands-on activities, programs: look at the natural world through NC’s geography, prehistoric past, geology, plants, animals. Free general admission, cover charge for special exhibits and 3D Theater. 919-733-7450,
• NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham — s-220-5429,
• The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 E. Ave., Seagrove — Permanent exhibition: traces NC pottery from pre-historic Native American work through 21st century. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 336-873-8430,