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Arts & entertainment news Dec. 10-16

Get in the Christmas spirit with live community theater

PPT's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens tomorrow, Dec. 11

PPT’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens tomorrow, Dec. 11

LSt's It's A Wonderful Life radio play opens tonight, Dec. 10.

LSt’s It’s A Wonderful Life radio play opens tonight, Dec. 10.

The Jubilee Choir annual Christmas concert is Sunday

“Were You There On That Christmas Night?” featuring the classically trained soprano Kia Baird as guest artist, will be presented at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. Also featured will be local artists and musicians Rebecca Stinson, Phyllis Partee, Doris Goodman and Monica Green. Other choir members represent nine different churches in the Salisbury, Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas. This concert marks nearly 50 years of continuous Christmas concerts to the Rowan-Salsibury community. It is a free concert and a love offering will be accepted. It will be held at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N Church St.

Holly Jolly Christmas Show at the fairgrounds

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, the inaugural Holly Jolly Christmas Show premieres at the Rowan County Fairgrounds. This show brings an upscale shopping experience to Rowan County. Hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 plus two canned goods or $3. Age 12 and under get in free. All food items will be donated to Faith Lutheran Church’s community food bank. Main Street Baptist Church’s women’s fellowship will be available for gift wrapping. Come on out and shop with 85+ craft and small business vendors, to include a winery, bakeries, and ministries. Enjoy some Christmas music, visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause, and face painting. Enjoy some BBQ and finish your day with a horse and carriage ride with Simmons Carriages. For more information contact Peggi Brown at 336-880-3554 or email scents4warmers@gmail.com

Celebrate Christmas in style — swingtime style, that is

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Want to celebrate Christmas in style this year? The Rowan Big Band All Stars, an 18-piece jazz band featuring local musicians, will headline “Christmas In Swingtime,” a swing and jazz event open to the public, hosted by the First Presbyterian Church at 308 W. Innes St., starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. Enjoy this rare fred opportunity to hear your favorite Christmas music seasoned with influences from the Big Band Era of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Dress to impress and have a great time!

Montgomery Store Gold Hill presents Home For The Holidays Music Celebration

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GOLD HILL — Montgomery General Store kicks off the Christmas celebrations this weekend on Thursday night,  Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. with the Efird Family Singers’ ‘Home for the Holidays’ Concert. The weekend of music continues on Friday night with the 7-9 p.m. Bluegrass Jam.  Saturday afternoon musicians include “A Banjo Christmas” with Danny Bowers at 1 p.m., The Broadway Family at 2 p.m. and the Jordan River Band performing from 7-9 p.m. Saturday night. Admission for all performances is by donations to benefit the performers. For more information visit www.historicgoldhill.com or call 704-267-9439.

Historic Gold Hill’s Christmas in the Village is this weekend

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GOLD HILL — For all who come to the Historic Village of Gold Hill this Christmas, it is evident by the lights and décor that the season’s spirit is alive and well. This is especially true during Christmas in the Village event, Friday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 13. Visitors will be treated to light refreshments, live music, Santa, Christmas storytelling and marshmallow roasting. Light refreshments will be served in the shops throughout the weekend. An old-fashioned Christmas story will be told by Fred Kessler, Gold Hill’s resident storyteller, Saturday and Sunday at the Little Log Cabin at 1 p.m.  Live bluegrass and Christmas music throughout the village Friday and Saturday will put even the sourest Scrooge in the Christmas mood.  On Sunday folks may roast marshmallows at the Arbor from 1-3 p.m. Santa will be here on Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. for photo ops, and Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Down South Café children may decorate a cupcake for $1 and snack with Santa. Shops will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Christmas in the Village is sponsored by the Gold Hill Merchants’ Association. Check www.goldhillnc.com for details and scheduling. Refer questions to goldhillmerchantsassocation@gmail.com

The Piedmont Singing Men, 43 musicians from 23 churches in the Concord/Kannapolis, Charlotte area, will perform in concert on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The group, under the direction of Randy Childers, will tell a story using songs of the Christmas season. The concert will be held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road. For details, call 704-633-3770.

First SoFul Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, Dec. 12 on the Patio at Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton St. at 6 p.m.: The SoFul Community of South Fulton Street will be having its first ever Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday at 6 p.m. and the community is invited.The Christmas open mic evening, featuring local musicians, will begin playing Christmas tunes at 5 p.m. During the tree lighting at 6 p.m. there will be Christmas songs performed by singer/songwriter Ashley Jo Farmer, who will also lead a carol sing-a-long during the lighting of the tree. Afterwards, Christmas open mic will continue. Hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Come a little early and you can decorate your own Christmas sugar cookie and then devour it.Find details at 704-754-4615 or meanmugcoffeecompany@yahoo.com

WRHS band mans The Red Kettle for annual instrumental

On Sunday, Dec. 13, a group of high school band musicians from West Rowan High School will be volunteering their time for the annual instrumental for the Salvation Army Red Kettle. They will play at 2 p.m. in front of Old Navy. This is the fifth year in a row, and many students are returning from college to participate.

Salisbury Wine Shop sit-down tasting 

6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11: Join the Sparkling and Still Wine Tasting event with Andy Woolgar, CEO of Rickety Bridge Winery, who will be pouring champagnes from France and sparkling and still wines from his winery in South Africa. Appetizers will be prepared by Santos and paired specifically to these wines. This is a structured sit-down tasting. Please RSVP via email or telephone. Cost is $15/person or $10 Wine Club Members. 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151, sws@ salisburywineshop.com

Morgan Ridge Vineyards holds open house and trolley rides

GOLD HILL — Morgan Ridge Vineyards will host an open house on Sunday from 2–5 p.m. Visit wine makers and brew masters Tommy and Amie Baudoin at their home, decorated for Christmas. $10 entrance fee includes a glass of wine and hor d’ oeuvres. Also, ride the trolley to visit the Historic Gold Hill for “Christmas In The Village.”  The trolley departs from MRV at noon and runs each half hour. 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911, www.morganridgevineyards.com

Local author to present book on Cabarrus County

KANNAPOLIS — Cabarrus County native and historian Michael Eury presents his newest book, “Legendary Locals of Cabarrus County,” the companion book to “Legendary Locals of Concord,” both from Arcadia Publishing. On Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m., Eury will present images from historical archives, family collections and recent photographs and there will be some special guests present that are included in the book. The event will be followed by a book signing with light refreshments. Cabarrus County Public Library, Kannapolis Branch, is located at 850 Mountain St. Call 704-920-1180 for more information.

Audition opportunities

Old Courthouse Theatre auditions for Grisham production

CONCORD — The Old Courthouse Theatre is holding auditions for their next performance and regional premiere of John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill.” Directed by Will Baysinger, auditions will be held on Dec. 13 and 14 from 7-9 p.m. Visit the auditions page for full character information.Be prepared to cold read from the script. Performances dates are Feb. 11-28. The Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW. For more information call 704-788-2405 or visit http://oldcourthousetheatre.org

The Uwharrie Players  auditions for “The Curious Savage”

ALBEMARLE — The Uwharrie Players (community theatre of Stanly County) announce auditions for “The Curious Savage,” on Dec. 13 and 15 at 7 p.m. at 594 E. Main St. in Albemarle. The play will be performed in February. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Any new or experienced volunteer adults actors are welcome. Find more at www.uwharrieplayers.org or email uwharrie.players@mail.com

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