Arts & entertainment news March 31-April 6
Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 31, 2016
Seventh annual Colonial Spring Frolic
The Rowan Museum will sponsor its seventh annual Colonial Spring Frolic on Saturday, April 2, in celebration of the arrival of spring and the re-opening of the 1766 Old Stone House for the season. Activities are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday only. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Included in the festivities are tours of the only surviving colonial house in Rowan County with guides in period costumes. Historical interpreters will offer crafts, including dyeing Easter eggs with natural dyes and guests may participate. Muskets will be fired, along with woodworking, weaving, spinning, candle making, open fire cooking and tastings, children’s games, colonial dancers and music, and much more. There will be animals, and there will certainly be treks to the creek and to the family cemetery down through the woods on the property.
The Wind Song Recorder Ensemble of Rowan will be playing and the Colonial Dancers of Greensboro will be dancing throughout the day. The first Regiment of the Mecklenburg Militia, Hopewell Unit will be camped out on the grounds.
Executive director Kaye Hirst says:, “It’s a great way to herald spring in a simpler fashion, just as our ancestors did many years ago. They picked violets and used them to create a beautiful blue dye; onion skins made a yellow dye, all for coloring eggs. Pokeberries turn eggs a beautiful rose color.
“Our ancestors cleaned out the root cellar in spring and used what was left in it. We will make a soup they made many years ago called “Scrag End Soup,” made from the leftover end of a hambone from the smoke house, beans that were dried and not used over the winter, potatoes and carrots from the root cellar (probably a little shriveled), and fresh dandelion greens from the yard and fields, and maybe some greens in the garden. All of this is cooked over an open fire. It’s delicious!
“And we will share rosemary cookies and black walnut cookies. Guests can dance in the fresh green grass, and the kids will frolic in the yard and through the trails down through the woods. Many end up with their feet in creek. We will celebrate spring!”
The Old Stone House is located just a half mile off Highway 52 in Granite Quarry, a few miles from Interstate 85, at 770 Old Stone House Road. Parking is across the road from the house in the large new parking lot. The site is open Saturday through Sunday, April through November, from 1-4 p.m. For more information call the Museum at 704-633-5946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Inn — 10 years and counting
The Inn in Salisbury, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this Saturday night, has got to be one of the best kept secrets in town. Some people drive by, see a crowd or a parking lot full of cars, and wonder what’s going on there. Others have heard of The Inn, but don’t quite know what it is or where it is located. Some think it’s a church. It’s not. Some think it’s a night club. It’s not really that either. Some say it’s a coffeehouse. Maybe — but a lot more. The reality is — it may be similar to all of the above, but it’s also distinctly different.
The Inn’s tenth anniversary celebration will feature • Five bands (Never Forsaken, Bought by Blood, Scarred, All of a Kind, and Relentless Flood) • Local comedian Scott Meade, dubbed “The Cooleemee Clown,” as emcee • Radio station WBFJ from Winston-Salem, with a live broadcast, crowd interviews and giveaways from 6-8 p.m. • Smitty’s Catering, food vendor, and free soft drinks (courtesy of Cheerwine).
Admission is free; however, it is also a fundraiser for The Inn, and offerings will be taken.
The Inn’s 10th Anniversary is Saturday, April 2, 6 p.m. to midnight at 1012 Mooresville Road. For more info, call Tom at 704-213-1467 or visit www. facebook.com/events/ 794960463942701/
Meet the cast of PPT’s ‘A Time To Kill’
Piedmont Players Theater presents “A Time To Kill,” the incendiary story of a Southern community torn in half by an unspeakable crime. As the shocking news hits the public, small town America becomes the center of a media storm, where innocence is the victim, race is on trial and lives hang in the balance. Show dates are May 5-14 at the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Tickets go on sale April 25.
Jake Brigance: Cody Gasque • Da Rufus Buckley: Marc Trent Tucker • Carl Lee Hailey: Justin Davis • Lucien Wilbanks: Gary Thornburg • Ellen Roark: Javaneh Makanvand • Sheriff Ossie Walls: Joe Elliott • Judge Omar Noose: Brien Lewis • Gwen Hailey: Alexis Greer • Deputy Pate: Cherokee Earnhardt • Drew Tyndale: Graham Corriher • Billy Ray Cobb: Ryan Leonard • Pete Willard: Zack Oster • Terrell Grist: Graham Corriher • Dr. W.T. Bass: Gus Andrews • Dr. Rodeheaver: Edward Whitney
Don Moore shows works in two exhibits
Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital will host an art exhibit in its Spine Gallery, by juried members of Associated Artists of Winston Salem for its Health and Wellness show, April through June. Local artist Don Moore will be represented by the large painting “Spring Farm.”
In addition, Moore will be exhibiting five recent paintings and pastel drawings during the month of April, from the Life Drawing sessions sponsored by the Mooresville Art Center in the Historic Train Depot.
Figure drawing sessions are sponsored by the Mooresville Art Guild on the first, second and third Saturdays of the month using live models from the area. See http://www.magart.org/ for more info.
Inaugural Survivor Fashion Show
Come join us as we celebrate our cancer survivors. They will model clothes and accessories from local boutiques. Tickets are limited and are available through our Relay For Life Teams or contact Tisha Goodwin, 704-6403463, email@example.com
The event is Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m., at Livingstone Culinary Art School on Jake Alexander Blvd. (formerly the Holiday Inn). Tickets are $25 (make checks to the American Cancer Society). All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Rowan County.
This special class starts April 14, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 MLK Jr. Ave., with Gene Hayden as instructor. Classes continue on the second Thursday of each month for seven consecutive months. Cost is $20 total. Learn to leave a written legacy for your family. Call the center at 704-216-7714 for details.
‘One Soldier’s Story’
“One Soldier’s Story,” as told by Sue Wall, is about her father who was shot down over a French village during World War II, how he was saved and how the villagers remembered him when she visited there many years later.
She will be speaking at the local AARP meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. The program is free and there will be refreshments. Held at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 MLK Jr. Ave. For seniors 50+. For more information, call 704-216-7714.
Salisbury Symphony offers family concert
By Linda Jones, Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society
David Hagy and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of music focused on animals, especially endangered ones, in their Family Concert, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 10, at 4 p.m. in Trent Gymnasium at Livingstone College.
Themed “Animals…Lions, Tigers, and (Blue) Bears…Oh, My!” it shines a light on our furry friends in a light-hearted and sometimes whimsical fashion. For instance, selections from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals and the movie Lion King are on the Program, as well as a Bear Dance, a Firebird, and Bumble-Bees. The Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus joins the Livingstone College Concert Choir and Band to add to the fun.
The Salisbury Symphony’s special family concert ticket prices are: adults $19.25, students $4.25, children 8 and younger $2. Tickets may be purchased in advance through www.salisburysymphony.org or by calling the Symphony office at 704-637-4314. Ticket outlets include the Rowan County Visitors Bureau and Sidewalk Deli in Salisbury, Crescent Pharmacy in Rockwell, Corriher Springs Florist in China Grove, and Pinocchio’s in Spencer.
“Fun” feature: those who would like to sit up close to the musicians may bring a cushion to sit on. Because we are in a gym, please wear soft-soled shoes.
KHA presents An Evening with Kay Brown Hirst
KANNAPOLIS — “The Settling of the Back Country. Hear of the settling of the back country and those early pioneers who traveled the Great Wagon Road, as told by Kaye Brown Hirst, as well as the Rowan Museum, the 1766 Old Stone House and the 1815 Utzman-Chambers house.
7 p.m. Monday, April 4 in the A. L. Brown High School Social Room, 415 E. First St., Kannapolis. For more info call 704-796-0803.
‘Rail Walk Rocks’ exhibit held over
Continuing through April: The art exhibit “Rail Walk Rocks” features art by members of Rail Walk on the theme of “rocks,” includes installation art, rock gardens, works on canvas, photographs, art painted on rocks, visitor participation pieces.
The exhibit is free, and open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rail Walk Studios & Gallery are located at 409-413 N. Lee St. Call 704-431-896 or visit www.railwalkgallery.com
Comedian Barry McGee
Barry McGee, NASCAR chaplain and three-time Comedian of the Year, has performed with Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, and Charlie Daniels. He will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at Trading Ford Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but a love offering for Barry will be received. Trading Ford Baptist Church is located at 3600 Long Ferry Road. Call 704-633-5986 or visit www.tradingford.net
Dr. Rob LIVE at The Meroney Theatre
Coming Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. — A benefit concert for Rowan Helping Ministries featuring local award-winning pianist Dr. Rob Robertson. From classical, sacred, patriotic and ragtime selections to the music of Broadway, Disney and songs of Elton John, John Lennon and the Eagles. $15 per person. Tickets and info at www.rowan helpingministries.org