Arts & Entertainment news Oct. 1-7

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2015

Downtown Grand Piano Finale 

The seven “Come Tickle Our Ivories” pianos are nearing the end of their five-month run along Main Street, and to make sure they enjoy and celebratory exit, a Grand Piano Finale is planned to coincide with Downtown Salisbury’s Friday Night Out tomorrow.

Textile Products, 119-121 N. Main St. • 6-7 p.m.: Franklin Baptist Church. Salisbury Post contributing columnist Dicy McCullough and a half dozen friends will offer up some favorite Gospel hymns;

Anna Lu’s Children’s Consignment and Gifts, 103 N. Main St. • 6-7 p.m.: Cornerstone Church, music director Adrian Smith, famous for playing Fats Waller in PPT’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” will tickle the ivories of Henderson Independent’s piano • 7-8 p.m.: Haven Lutheran Church, organist Danny Key will get your feet stomping and hands clapping with Broadway and patriotic tunes;

Maia’s Fashions, 103 S. Main St. • 6-7 p.m.: Rebecca Stinson will revive her “Motown on Main” belt-‘em-out blues • 7-8 p.m.: Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, choir director Vivian Mulkey and organist Daniel Sloop are set to serenade the public;

Salisbury Wine Shop, 106 S. Main St. • 6-7 p.m.: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rob Durocher and Rosemary Kinard will engage passersby in a sing-along • 7-8 p.m.: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Andrew DeFabo and a half dozen chorus members plan, in his words, to “make a joyful noise beyond the confines of the church walls;”

Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. • 6-9 p.m.: Voice coach and pianist Frances McGill has corralled a battalion of familiar voices including Kent Bernhardt, Becky Lippard, Mary Ann McCubbin, Cindi Graham and Wendy and Drew Weant to create, in her words, a “show stopping spectacle of song including solos, duets and choruses from Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musicals as well as a Gershwin review and other popular favorites for a sing-along.”


Mean Mug Sunday Concert Series

Free concert with Salisbury’s Jabe Fisher,  part of the local band Goof Troupe, on Sunday  Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m. at Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton St.,  704-754-4615, meanmug

Catawba’s first choral concert of the season

The choirs of Catawba College will present their first concert of the 2015-2016 academic year at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in Owmake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.  The program, “Out of This World,” will feature music with themes related to realms beyond our own. A wide variety of musical styles and texts featuring the heavens, the moon, and stars will be offered by the Catawba Singers, the Catawba Chamber Choir and Catawba PopAC, as well as musical accompaniments including a percussion ensemble, guitar and bass, piano, celeste, and even wine glasses.

Catawba’s newest ensemble, PopAC, will premier two new arrangements written by fellow students Conway Hahne and Caleb Garner.  Student conductors Robert Thornton and Hunter Safrit will be leading the ensembles in several selections. The Catawba Choirs are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, Assistant Professor of Music, and accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette.


Call for vendors

• Fifth annual Autumn Fest at Mt.Mitchell United Methodist Church, Kannapolis: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 17. Organizers are seeking vendors and demonstrators to be a part of the festival. For an application, email or or call Janice at 704-796-1671.

• Holiday Faire at the First Ministry Center: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Nov. 7. Seeking independent vendors and crafters. All proceeds after expenses go to Good Shepherd’s Clinic, a faith-based ministry to help the medically indigent folks of Rowan County. Sponsored by the Singled Out Sunday school class of First Baptist Church Salisbury. Deadline Oct. 30. Multiple space sizes available as well as other amenities. This is not a yard sale or bazaar but a Holiday Faire, similar to the Charlotte Christmas Show only smaller. Contact Joyce 704-636-0061 or Rod 704-433-0431.


Dinner at the wine shop

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 Salisbury Wine Shop, 106 S. Main St.,  will host Jason Robinson, general manager of Field Stone Winery of Alexander Valley, Calif. presenting a selection of award-winning wines in a mini wine dinner,  catered by Chef Santos.  Cost is $20/person ($15/person wine club members).  Seting is  limited, RSVP asap to sws@  or 704-636-5151.

Bost Grist Mill’s 18th Annual Touch of Yesterday event

CONCORD — Live music, door prizes, family fun. Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission $6. 4701 Hwy 200 Concord.


An evening with Buddy Hilbish

KANNAPOLIS — “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow” is the Hilbish story as told by Buddy Hilbish at Kannapolis History Associates’  meeting Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the A. L. Brown High School social room. If you have any pictures of Hilbish Ford or vehicles you purchased there,  bring  them to share. The meeting is at 415 East First St.  Park in the lot east of Trinity Methodist Church and follow the signs. Call 704-932-7518 or 704-796-0803 for details.


Call for volunteers

• Rowan Helping Ministries ‘Trick or Treat So Others May Eat’ canned food drive — Youth groups (church, Scouts, sports teams, etc) needed to canvass neighborhoods Oct. 18-25 to drop off and pick up canned food collection bags. Food will be dropped off and weighed Oct. 25 at a Pizza Party for participants at RHM. The team collecting the most food will be presented the “Heavyweight Champions” trophy. A meeting for adult team leaders 6-7 p.m. Oct. 8at RHM shelter, 217 N. Long St.Information: Emily Huffman, 704-637-6838, ext. 112.

• Rowan Helping Ministries volunteers – Volunteers needed to pick up donated food at local restaurants and grocery stores (truck, van, or SUV needed); stock and pack food for Food Pantry clients; do intake interviews on clients needing financial assistance; do laundry in the shelter. Volunteer groups needed to cook and serve meals in Jeannie’s Kitchen at lunch and breakfast on weekdays. Information: Emily Huffman or Katie Murdock, 704-637-6838.


Time for the Carolina Renaissance Festival 

Huntersville — The return of the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival means 12 stages of costumed performers offering continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments such as sword swallowing, unbalanced acrobats and the popular jousting tournament with horse -mounted armored knights. There are also vendors on site as well as activities for children. New at the 2015 Carolina Renaissance Festival: pony rides, the wet and wacky Washing Well Wenches and the Edgewood Theater. The 22nd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival runs eight consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from Oct. 3 through Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The festival is located north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road between I-77 and I-85. Tickets are $23 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5-12 and are available at Harris Teeter stores or at


PPT youth theatre workshop and auditions

Youth Theatre Audition Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m.-noon

This workshop will focus on preparing students to audition for a comedy, specifically geared toward PPT’s upcoming production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”  Skills developed will be in acting and auditioning techniques.  If your child has ever wanted to audition but just didn’t know how, has auditioned many times and just can’t seem to get that role, or just wants to fine tune their audition skills, this workshop is for you. Instructor:  Caroline Stephenson. Location:  Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. For ages elementary-high school. Cost: $40. Only 25 spots available. Call 704-633-5471 to sign up.

Youth auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 12-13 at 4 and 5 p.m. at the Norvell Theater. Only 25 spots per time slot.  Auditions by appointment only. To sign up call 704-633-5471. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. Show dates:  Dec. 11-19. To see available roles, visit

The Trip To Bountiful

CONCORD — Carrie Watts is an aging widow living in post WWII Houston and is determined to live out her dream to have one last visit to her childhood home in the small town of Bountiful, Texas. But to make her dream come true she must escape the watchful eyes of her weak willed son and her daughter-in-law, who can not stand her. As Carrie attempts to get home and to her childhood friend she meets several people who befriend her along the journey. Will Carrie make it home this time or will her daughter-in-law stop her once again from reaching her happiness. This Old Courthouse Theatre production was written by Horton Foote, is directed by Heather Wilson-Bowlby, and is rated PG. Performance dates are Oct. 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24; 2015 at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, 18 and 25. Get tickets at


Join the Salisbury Community Travelers

• A trip to see the changing of the leaves in Blowing Rock and Boone on Saturday, Oct. 17. Dutch treat dinner at the Daniel Boone Restaurant. • A ride aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is planned for Nov. 21.  • For details call Brenda Cowan 704-633-9073. or Cathy Alexander 704-636-8900.

PPT introduces youth musical cast

Meet the cast of “Magic Tree House: The Knight At Dawn,” a production of Piedmont Players  Youth Theater.

ANNIE: Berkley Loeblein • BARTLEY: Alyssa Elston • BAXTER: Lucy Blakeley • BLACK KNIGHT: Joseph Clark • CARTWRIGHT: Cooper Fleeman • CHANDLER: Ava Morris • DUKE: Alex Gobbel • ELF: Evie Rich • HARRY: Alex Blumenthal • JACK: Garrett  Alewine • JESTER: Jillian Rippey • KEENAN: Sara Beth Richard • KEEPER 1: Peyton Whicker • KEEPER 2: Ainslee Lowry • MUSTACHE: Ke’Shun Bradley • RED: Meredith Swaim • RIKKI: Hannah Bogle • SHARON: Courtney Williams • SQUINTY: Caroline Sobolowski • TOM: Hannah Carr • YATES: Maggie Cross • YOUNGER VAGRANT: Meredith Williams • OLDER VAGRANT: Amber Bouknight • THE SUITS: Colton Stanford, Alyssa Alley, Maddy Lee, Keeley Watson, Kaleb Gilmore, Abby Bogle.

Show dates: Nov. 9-21 at The Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Call 704-633-5471 for ticket information.


Hear Grammy Winner Paula Cole Friday

CONCORD — There are still a few seats available as the 2015-16 Davis series kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, with Grammy-winner Cole, best known for her Billboard top 10 hit song, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” Her song “I Don’t Want to Wait” was used as the theme for the television show Dawson’s Creek. The Davis Theatre is located at 65 Union St. S. Tickets are $44 at or 704-920-2753.


The young man on the cover of the Sept. 24 Time Out is Wyatt Trexler, son of Darrin and Lisa Trexler of Gold Hill. He is currently a fourth grade student at Morgan Elementary. Thank you to all who responded!


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