Center for Faith & the Arts hosts reception for Stephenson Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 2, 2014

Center for Faith & the Arts is hosting an exhibit of paintings by a local artist who recently completed a residency in the Tuscany region of Italy.
“Mark Stephenson, Italian Paintings and Other Recent Works” opened on Sept. 2. Stephenson’s studio is located in downtown Salisbury and he is active in local and regional exhibits and organizations.
He was selected for a May 2014 artist residency at La Macina di San Cresci, Italy. As part of his trip, Mark also exhibited two paintings at the John Singer Sargent Art Competition in Broadway, England. One of the paintings sold to a local gallery owner, the other will be part of the CFA exhibit.
This was Stephenson’s first international residency. He has received recent recognitions or commissions from the Arts and Science Council, Rowan Arts Council, Carolina Artists Expo and the Portrait Society of America. Stephenson’s work can be seen in private homes throughout the country.
A reception and artist meet and greet session will be held at the Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., on Friday Oct. 3 from 6-9 p.m. The event is open to the public and will feature music by Marc Hoffman. The gallery is also open by appointment.
More information can be found at, 704-647-0999 and
Friday: Registration begins 5 p.m. in front of Allied Finance, 231 S. Main St., and the walk itself begins 8 p.m. in the Lee Street parking lot behind Dead Ed’s and Nashville Nights. The walk, besides being great fun, is an attention-getting promotion for disaster awareness.
Special guests this year will include John Voldstad, best known for his role as “other brother Darryl” in the hit sitcom Newhart, as well as Larry Mainland and Sonya Thompson who have appeared on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Uncle Buck’s All American Music Pub & Grub, 127 S. Main St., will host bands Made of Monuments, The Body Bags and Graveyard Boulevard during a grand finale celebrating the zombie parade to benefit the Humane Society of Rowan County and Mr. Mike’s Food Pantry.
Uncle Buck’s is also a stop on the zombie mead bar crawl beginning at the Salisbury Wine Shop. Register for the walk and receive a wrist band which includes a free entry to the after party and live music. For those not registered in the walk, there will be a $5 cover at the door. Bring non-perishable food items for donation.
See the complete story on page 3A in the Salisbury Post, Monday, Sept. 29 or at
The Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Phillip Burgess, will present their fall concert “Choral Masterworks” at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the campus of Catawba College. The concert will feature music drawn from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, representing a wide variety of contrasting styles.
The program will be accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette on the piano, and Matthew Brown, organist.
The inspiration for this program came from a list of “100 must-do choral selections” compiled by choral directors from around the country and recently published in their national magazine, The Choral Journal. Composers represented include, Handel, Bach, Brahms and Durufle. Recent composers represented on the list and on the program are Brazilian composer Ernani Aguiar and Gospel composer Robert Ray.
The hour long concert is free and open to the public.
Spencer — Wine Down and Create, the self-proclaimed tongue-in-cheek Roaming Easels and Flying Brushes art class, will re-re-reopen at The Green Goat Art Gallery on Monday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. and meet on the first Monday of each month thereafter.
The Green Goat is located at 516 S. Salisbury Ave., across from the N.C. Train Museum.
Canvases are available for purchase. Paints, easels, brushes, aprons, instructions, and fun are provided. The cost is $25 per class. Bring your own beverage. Pinocchios Restaurant, next door, offers take out orders or dinner after class.
To sign up for class call Patt at 704-232-6000 or Carol at 704-213-6171 or visit or Facebook.
Concord — On Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. the Old Courthouse Theatre Living Reading Series presents “Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner — A Sort of Romantic Comedy.”
Beginning with the first time they met behind a potted tree in an early Saturday Night Live meeting, Bunny Bunny is a whirlwind personal journey through the fourteen-year friendship of writer Alan Zweibel and comedienne Gilda Radner. The play meanders through a memory patchwork of Alan’s hilarious and heartbreaking adventures with his dear Gilda, as their insecurities and demons are eased by their shared talent for laughter.
Free, rated PG. On the main stage of Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704-788-2405, www.
CONCORD — The 17th annual Touch of Yesterday event is Saturday at Bost Grist Mill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The family-friendly event will include food, ice cream, bluegrass music, antiques, door prizes, grist mill demonstrations, quilting, blacksmithing, wood carving and more. Admission is $5; those 5 years and younger get in free.
Bost Grist Mill has been serving Cabarrus County and surrounding communities since the early 1800s. From the mill’s beginning on the banks of Rocky River, Bost Mill has continued to serve as the central marketplace for the community. The mill grinds corn into meal and grits with the same stones and techniques used during the 1800s as well as providing an opportunity for visitors to be a part of the mill’s historic past.
Historic Bost Grist Mill is located at 4701 Highway 200. Call 704-782-1600 for details or visit
What would you do if a tree house in your neighborhood could transport you anywhere you wanted to go? While exploring one afternoon, siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house full of books. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly the wind begins to blow and the tree house starts to spin wildly. When it finally stops, Jack and Annie open their eyes to find they have been transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. Join Jack and Annie on their adventure back in time to experience an amazing group of dinosaurs face to face.
Meet the cast:
Jack Garrett: Alewine
Annie Berkley: Loeblein
Henry (Pteranodon): Joseph Clark
Hemlock-Natty (Anatosaurus): Caroline Sobolowski
Hemlock-Susan (Anatosaurus): Georgia Reichard
Hemlock-Joan (Anatosaurus): Madison Barrier
Sapling-Toto (Baby Anatosaurus): Sarah Beth Richard
Larry (Triceratop): Timothy Duggins
Gary (Triceratop): Abby Campion
Terri (Triceratop): Olivia Gregory
Red Pine (Panoplosaurus): Blake Barrier
Red Pine (Iguanodon): Maddie Laity
Stump (Ankulsaurus): Alex Blumenthal
Hemlock (Protoceratop): Baleigh Hill
Red Pine (T-Rex): Conner Hennie
Red Pine (Troodon): Hannah Bogle
Otto: Joe Cornacchione
The play will perform Nov. 14-22 at The Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Details at 704-633-5471 or
China Grove — Carson High School presents an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s famous book set to music.
Performance dates are this Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All tickets are $5 general admission, only 120 seats per performance.
Jesse Carson High School is at 290 Kress Venture Drive, 704-855-7297.
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre’s youth theater announces auditions for the Christmas play “On the Worst Day of Christmas,” based on the story by Judy Blume.
Audition times are Saturday Oct. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Sunday Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m., for ages 8 to 18.
Performance dates are December 12 through 21.
Old Courthouse Youth Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, 704-788-2405, www.
GOLD HILL — The Craft Beer Festival and Low Country Boil at Morgan Ridge Vineyards is Oct. 11 from noon until 7 p.m. and features deejay entertainment by Eddie Reid from noon to 4 p.m. and the Salisbury Swing Band from 4 until 7 p.m.
There is a $5 admission for music only and a $25 meal ticket. Food will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.
RSVP is requested at 704-639-0911 or Morgan Ridge Vineyards, 486 John Morgan Road,
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre announces the cast for “The Turn of the Screw” from the story by Henry James:
Jennifer Roberts will play The Governess; Mike Curtis will be the Narrator, The Uncle, Mrs. Gross and Miles. Director is Mike Curtis.
A spine-tingling, psychological thriller based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality, this adaptation gives James’ famous story yet a new turn of its own.
The play is rated PG. Performance dates are Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 and will be performed at The Piedmont Renaissance Center, 51 Union St. S. Three performances only with limited seating. Tickets are $20 at or 704-788-2405.
ASHEBORO — On Saturday Oct. 4 and Sunday Oct. 5 the streets of downtown Asheboro will fill with more than 400 arts and crafts vendors, in this, the 42nd annual festival. There will be food, music and much more. The event, coordinated by the Randolph Arts Guild, is a celebration of culture and community.
New this year, festivities will start Friday night Oct. 3rd at 6 p.m. with kick-off concert featuring Brooke McBride and headlined by Bantum Rooster.
The event is free and open to public, Booths are open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a heritage village, music, demonstrations and livestock shows. For a complete entertainment schedule visit
There will be two tours, one at 7 and one at 9 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in October.
The popular walk covers a six block area in downtown Salisbury where tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions and orbs will be revealed.
Historical facts tell how in the 1800s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state.
Bring a camera, smart phone and flashlight; some tales come to life via present day haunts. True stories of present day hauntings is all we reveal.
In 2010 this walk received a tourism award from the Governor’s Office.
The cost is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Make reservations by email to or call John at 704-798-3102. Visit for details.
EAST SPENCER — From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a family-friendly event featuring gospel groups, liturgical dancers, health and wellness information, antique cars, an opportunity tomeet the candidates, voter registration, children’s activities and food and drink.
It will be held at Royal Giants Park. For information call 704-782-0072 or 704-636-7111. Sponsored by At the Cross Ministries and Town of East Spencer.
The Brown Bag Lunch Jam continues downtown from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 29.
Bring a lunch and listen to free live music at the corner of Depot and East Innes Streets.