Arts & Entertainment news, Sept. 24-30

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 24, 2015

64th annual Rown County Fair Sept. 25 – Oct. 3 at the Fairgrounds on Julian Road

General admission: $7; Senior citizens: $3; Children under 12: $3; Under 3 free; with the exception of Tuesday and Wednesday when  all Rowan County school children admitted with special tickets plus $1.

• Hubba Bubba The Clown: two shows nightly; three shows on the weekends

• Circle C Pig Racing: Two shows nightly; three shows on the weekends

• Wrestling nightly

• Miss & Master Rowan County Fair Natural Beauty Pageant Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

• Mud Bogg: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.

• Demolition Derby Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

• Fireworks! Saturday Oct. 3 at 11 p.m.

Kid’s Fair Burger Throw Down, Friday Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Other highlights: 

FRIDAY, Sept. 25 • Dairy Goat Dress Up 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 26 • Dairy Goat Show 1 p.m.

MONDAY, Sept. 28 • Special admission with 4 cans of food. • Beef Cattle Show 5 p.m.

TUESDAY,Sept. 29 • Sheep & Goat Dress-up Contest 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30 • Ewe Show (Meat Goat following Ewe Show) 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, Oct. 1 • Exception Children Lamb Show 12:30 p.m. • Market Lamb Show 5 p.m.

FRIDAY, Oct. 2 • Dairy Cattle Dress Up 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 3 • Demolition Derby 8 p.m. • Fireworks 11 p.m. • Fair officially closes 11:30 p.m.

Details available at


Auditions for ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

Sept. 21 – 22 at 7 p.m.: “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry, directed by Heather Wilson-Bowlby. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Lee Street theatre is looking for an ensemble of six male and female actors with the ability to portray varying ages and characters with their voice. Imaginative storytellers a must and singers a bonus. Performance dates: Dec. 10-13 and 17-19. Rehearsals start Nov. 1. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script with possible improvisational exercises. If you can sing, please sing five measures, a cappella from your favorite Christmas Carol. Lee Street theatre offers modest travel stipends for performers who live outside of Rowan County. See for more.


Calling all crafters

Now accepting applications for all things crafty for the annual Fall Festival at Department of Veterans Affairs. Held at  1601 Brenner Ave. on Oct. 23,  from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the gym. This event is hosted by the Salisbury VA Employees Association. Contact Sherry Censi at 704-638-3330 for an application. The event will be open to the public.


Brown Bag Lunch Jam

Free Brown Bag Lunch Jam, noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Eastern Gateway Park, corner of East Innes and Depot streets. Grab a friend, grab a blanket and grab a spot at this season’s final Brown Bag Lunch Jam, a free outdoor concert in Downtown Salisbury. For more information, email or visit


Free genealogy for beginners class

On Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at RPL Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St., a beginning genealogy class will be presented by the Genealogical Society of Rowan County and the Edith M. Clark History Room at Rowan Public Library. Members of the Genealogical Society and History Room staff will provide an overview of essential records like census records, marriage records and death certificates — what these documents will look like, where can they be found, what information they can provide and what clues they offer for finding further resources. The class will examine some of the best websites and databases to use as well as information like cost, emphasis or access for particular websites.  A tour of the history room’s resources will follow. Register on the library’s website at or call for more information at 704-216-8232.


18th century Colonial Fair at Fort Dobbs Sept. 26-27

STATESVILLE — Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a chance to step back in time and experience life on the frontier of 250 years ago. During this Colonial Fair visitors will encounter re-enactors portraying the soldiers, settlers and American Indians who lived in western North Carolina during the French and Indian War and learn about their lives, occupations and past times. Demonstrations at this family-friendly event will include historic trades, cooking, weapons firings, music, games and more. The program runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 and children under 5 are free. Fort Dobbs is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Road. For more information, call 704-873-5882 or visit

Fort Dobbs is the only state historic site dedicated to the French and Indian War period (1754-1763.)


Theatre professionals to be inducted into Blue Masque Hall of Fame

The theatre arts department alumni being honored at Catawba College’s homecoming include Broadway musical theatre performer Ashton Byrum ’91; Disney World headliner, magician Terry Ward ’86; Salisbury native and theatre production designer Richard Seagle ’78; and popular actress and playwright (“Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales”) Denise Stewart ’95.

Byrum, Ward, Seagle, and Stewart will be inducted into Catawba’s Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 in Hedrick Little Theatre. Tickets are $25 at 704-637-4394.


Michael Reno Harrell in concert at RPL on Tuesday

Rowan Public Library will host a free concert featuring the popular songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

The event will be held at RPL headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St. Harrell is an award winning songwriter as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. He has been the Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center. He has performed at major music events such as MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival.

The event will be in the Stanback Auditorium. Admission is free thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of Rowan Public Library.

For more information, visit or call 704-216-8240.


Grand piano finale 

The seven “Come Tickle Our Ivories” pianos are nearing the end of their five-month run along Main Street in Salisbury, and to make sure they enjoy and celebratory exit, a Grand Piano Finale is planned to coincide with Downtown Salisbury’s Friday Night Out on Oct. 2 when shops are open late and folks fill the streets. Churches and other entertainers scheduled so far include St. John’s Lutheran Church, Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church,  Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, voice coach and pianist Frances McGill. Save the date!


Ashamed to Speak’ spoken word poetry event — 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25: Special event to raise awareness about mental health. Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Admission $5. All proceeds go to benefit mental health awareness. Features poets, rappers, performers, more. Tickets at or at Dead Ed’s, 123 E. Innes St. downtown. Information on or email


Horizons Unlimited 2015-16 season schedule  

Oct. 17 • Nature Hike at the Tom E. Smith Exploratorium • Scavenger Hunt and Laser Show

Nov. 21 • Nature Hike at the Tom E. Smith Exploratorium • Planetarium Show • Laser Vinyl Show

Dec 19 • Holiday Laser Show

Jan. 16 • Amateur Astronomer Night

Feb. 20 • TBA

March 19 • Turn Back the Clock Night • Laser Vinyl Show

April 16 • Science Summer Camp Preview

May 21 • Nature Hike at the Tom E. Smith Exploratorium • Planetarium Show

June 11 • Artisan Fair

Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter at the rear from Lilly Ave.


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