People & Places Sunday, April 12

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sorors celebrate sisterhood month

The Salisbury Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. celebrated sisterhood month with several events in March. Acknowledging the commitment of sisterhood is a time for sorors to rededicate themselves to public service, scholarship, building foundations, bridging gaps and bonding with each other.

Activities included wearing red weekly, the entire sorority worshipping at First Calvary Baptist, a chapter photo, a soul food fellowship outing at Firewater Social Club, a secret sister gift exchange, a candidate corner for the upcoming elections and a radio interview spotlighting the five-point initiative.

The highlight of the month-long celebration was the sisterhood luncheon featuring TV and radio personality Tonya Rivens, who in addition to being a Delta, is a traffic reporter for WBTV/CBS news and Power 98 as well as Praise 101.9 radio.

In addition to the local chapter members of Delta Sigma Theta, chapters were present from Lexington, Concord, Charlotte, Hight Point and Winston-Salem. Invitations were extended and accepted from the AKAs, the Zeta Phi Betas and the Gamma Sigma Ros. Door prizes and thank you gifts were given to those in attendance. Ruby Steele served was chairperson and Monica Green is president of the Salisbury chapter. Total attendance was 200.


Visitors from St. John’s in Salisbury share praises of the chapel


HICKORY — Since the opening of Grace Chapel at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Lunch and Learn events have provided the public with the opportunity to visit the chapel and learn more about the architect and fixtures within. The events are conducted by the Rev. Dr. Robert E. Allen and the Rev. Andrew Weisner who explain the spiritual meaning behind the stained glass windows, furnishings, statues and artwork which have been assembled from across the country. The next Lunch and Learn event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

As members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury will attest, the tours of the chapel are educational as well as spiritual. Karl and Rosemary Kinard first visited the chapel during its dedication last fall. “We are moved beyond words by the beauty of the chapel and its personification of the grace of Christ in the literal and spiritual heart of the campus,” Rosemary said. She is a member of the music staff at St. John’s and the previous director of the Catawba College choral program. Her husband served as music director at St. John’s for over 25 years and is a 1957 graduate of LRU. The couple generously donated the funds for the stained glass window depicting the Annunciation of our Lord as well as their organ, vocal, choral and opera scores, plus many CDs and books from their professional collections. “It does our hearts good to see these shared with the next generations of fine musicians educated by the LR music department,” Rosemary added. “It gives us a chance to express our gratitude to the visionary leadership which has brought the dream of a college chapel to fruition.”

Dr. Mary Ida Yost, professor emeritus of music at Eastern Michigan University and noted organist and pedagog, shared her insightful comments about Grace Chapel. “From the moment I entered the narthex, I felt surrounded by spiritual serenity, and I was deeply touched by the artistry and overall beauty of the sanctuary and how wonderfully all aspects of the entire space flowed and fit together.” Dr. Yost was particularly impressed by the Fisk organ which she described as stunningly beautiful. “The design of the case and pipework is absolutely exquisite, and its location fits perfectly into the overall design of the worship space. In my opinion, the instrument is the crowning jewel in profoundly beautiful surroundings that bring a sense of God’s true presence to all who enter.”

To register for the Lunch and Learn event on the 15th or schedule a group tour, email or call Linda Suggs at linda.suggs@lr.eduor or call 828-328-7108. Each registration is limited to 25 people. Following the tour of the chapel, attendees are invited to the university cafeteria for lunch. There is no charge except for the cost of lunch.


Ingram Reunion

All descendants of Charlie Mike Ingram and Olive Florinda Echerd Ingram are invited to attend the Ingram family reunion on Saturday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the China Grove Family Restaurant, 216 S Main St.


Remembrance and celebration

The Concert Choir, in harmony with the Choral Society, has beautiful music and unforgettable stories to share.

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the combined concert includes the Holocaust Cantata and a selection of freedom songs. The concert, directed by Matthew Newton, is scheduled for Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated.

All the songs in the Holocaust Cantata, originally in Polish, were written by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. They express the innermost feelings of the inmates and reveal different aspects of camp life. For the inmates, music was more than just a light in the darkness; it was a form of spiritual resistance in an environment where such resistance risked instant extermination.

They were found in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archives by musician David McCullough. He spent a year there examining the music collection of Aleksander Kulisiewicz, a Polish journalist, political prisoner, and recorder of camp music. With the help of a Polish translator, and lyricist Denny Clark, McCullough shaped the compelling Cantata, limiting the accompaniment to cello and piano, and including narrative sections, interspersed between the musical numbers, spoken by ensemble members.

For more information, email Joyce Cavanagh-Wood at or call 704-202-0768.


150 Years Ago, Stoneman Was Here!”

The Rowan History Club will meet this Tuesday evening, April 14 at 7 p.m. The program will be presented by Chris Hartley: “150 Years Ago, Stoneman Was Here!”

Hartley has written several books on General George Stoneman, and has spoken with the Rowan History Club in prior years and is a favorite guest speaker at the club meetings.

The meeting will be held in the Messinger Room, which is accessible by elevator. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through  June, at 202 N. Main St. Guests should enter through the rear entrance.

A roundtable format will allow for a thirty to forty-five minute presentation, followed by a question and answer period. The Rowan History Club is open to all persons interested in the history of Rowan County. There are no dues or admission fees, and refreshments are served.

For more information, contact the Rowan Museum at 704-633-5946 or email


9th annual Piedmont bottle show and sale

The Piedmont Bottle & Pottery Club is preparing for its 9th annual show and sale of bottles, jars, pottery and related antique items.

The event is Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m.  to 2 p.m. It is open to the public and will be held at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Admission is free, parking is free and there will be free appraisals.

Leslie’s fundraiser

The family of Leslie Adams Storie would like to thank the Warrior Golf Club for hosting a fundraiser in Leslie’s honor on March 17.  There were 56  teams and more than 40 hole sponsors. Leslie touched many on her journey. Special thanks to those who sponsored a hole, to those who came to play, to all those who did the cooking and to those who came to say hello.




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