Arts & Entertainment news, May 5-11

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 5, 2016

Annual Simple Living Festival at Dan Nicholas on Saturday

The annual Simple Living Festival on Saturday includes music, crafts and special nature programs at Dan Nicholas Park in front of the nature center, as well as special activities for the children. Admission is free. The Festival will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with music from noon-4 p.m.  Paintings done by our own animals will be on display and for sale and there will be bear feeding and trail walks — family fun for all!

On hand will be • DCCC Zoo and Aquarium Science Club • NC AAZK “Bowling for Rhinos” • Music at the Log Cabin • Crafts • For more information, call 704-216-7819 or 704-216-7833. 6800 Bringle Ferry Road,


Town Hall Day/Let’s Celebrate East Spencer 

Visit East Spencer from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Northside Community Building, 105 S. Long St., and help celebrate Town Hall Day. For details call 704-636-7111.

Gold Hill Gold Rush Days Saturday

GOLD HILL — On Saturday, step back in time and join the folks in the Historic Village of Gold Hill for Gold Rush Days from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Local artists and craft persons will be displaying and selling their work throughout the village. In addition to the quaint village shops, café and bakery, there will be gold panning, live music, and the Airing of the Quilts to enjoy throughout the day.  The village is located at 840 St. Stephen’s Church Road.  Gold Rush Days is sponsored by the Gold Hill Merchants’ Association,


Cinco De Mayo at Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary 

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, bring out the kids and enjoy chips and dip, learn about the sanctuary, and take a stab at the pinata during the May Open House with a Cinco de Mayo theme.  Arrive by 12:30 p.m. for Pinata Time! Find Faithful Friends at 220 Grace Church Road,


Grand unveiling Friday downtown for the 2016 pianos


Back by popular demand, and having grown in size, TEN pianos, this time magically transformed by our public and private middle schools and Early College, are ready for the street. Tomorrow, May 6, during Downtown Salisbury’s First Friday Night Out, the pianos will be formally unveiled at 5:30 p.m., with student musicians serenading the public. Here’s what awaits you:

China Grove Middle School Piano teacher Tina Brown on piano. Seen at Textile Products, 119 N. Main St.

Southeast Middle School Student Jude Smeltzer on piano. Seen at Sweet Meadow Café, 111 N. Main St.

Rowan County Early College Student Kory Ly on piano. Seen at Maia’s Fashions, 103 S. Main St.

Salisbury Academy Music Teacher Dr. Rob Robertson and students on piano. Seen at Salisbury Square Antiques & Collectibles, 111 S. Main St.

Erwin Middle School Student Diego Corona on piano. Seen at The Candy Shoppe, 119 S. Main St.

Knox Middle School 8th grade Science teacher Ethan Grose on piano.  Seen at Firehouse Sweets, 209 S. Main St.

North Rowan Middle School Principal Alexis Cowan sings with Symphony Board President Jean Wurster on piano. Seen at the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.

Corriher-Lipe Middle School Chorus teacher Sharon Wooten and students Star Dula, Carleigh Tadlock, and Nadia Wilson on piano. Seen at Ruby’s, 210 S. Main St.

Sacred Heart Catholic School 5th grader Kyna Zaldivar and 8th grader Mikayla Jackson on piano. Seen at Growing Pains, 122 S. Main St.

West Rowan Middle School MS alumnus and current WRHS senior Joey Stewart on piano.Seen at the Salisbury Depot, 215 Depot St.


Register for the inaugural Ride Against Traffick 

Saturday, May 14, registration 8:30 a.m., kickstands up at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Triad Ladder of Hope, dedicated to eradicating the exploitation, sale and enslavement of men, women and children.  $15 motorcycles, $20 cars and trucks. 50/50 tickets. Raffle. Tilley HD salsibury, 653 Bendix Drive. or 704-762-1261.


Faith Idol Contest now accepting applications

Categories: Age 12 and under •  13-19 • 19 and over. Go to and get application. Deadline June 10. Only 12 will be taken in each division. 1st place $300; 2nd $200; 3rd $100 in each division. Show dates June 29-30-July 1 with finals on July 4. Questions? email

Annual book sale at the library this weekend 

RPL Headquarters,  201 W. Fisher St.: Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Monday 9 a.m.  – 4 p.m. Withdrawn library books, DVDs, CDs, more!  Most items priced $2 or less.


RSS & Salisbury Symphony present ‘Musicals

Showcasing Rowan County talent in the orchestra’s final concert of its season, “Musicals” presents the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and several high school students performing in the pops concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium.

Marvin Scruggs, alto sax, Katie Howard with her trumpet, and Spencer Byrd on trombone, are all from East High School. Sarah Jane McCourt, a junior at West High School, will perform on her flute; and Tori Isenhour, from Carson High School, will sing. Kevin Agner, a student at Greystone, will perform on his cello. Tickets may be purchased at 704-637-4314, or through


Salisbury Ghost Walk

Friday-Saturday nights, May 6- 7 at 8 p.m.:  Walk covers six-block area down town. Tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions, orbs; in Salisbury of the 1800s. Bring camera, smart phone, a flashlight. $5 students, $10 adults, 5 and under free. Info at, email reservations to or call 704-798-3102.


Lonnie Carpenter at the MRV pavilion 

GOLD HILL — Local favorite Lonnie Carpenter will be playing at the Morgan Ridge Pavilion, 486 John Morgan Road, on Saturday for Mother’s Day. RSVP to 704-639-0911 or visit


Carolina Folkworks 

Carolina Folkworks music jam will be at the Saturday Farmers Market at the corner of Jackson and Fisher Streets on May 7 from 9 a.m.-noon. Acoustic musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to sing and pick along.


Annual Spring Fling at West Rowan Farm & GardenThe Back Creek Bluegrass Boys & Tori Jones (right) will perform Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., live at the West Rowan Farm & Garden, at the intersection of NC 801 and Graham Road in Mount Ulla. They will be joined by the Tendergrass Bluegrass Band, the Jones Sisters (left) and the Lutheridge Cloggers.

Junior doll collectors meeting coming up 

SPENCER — The Jr. Collectors meeting, sponsored by the Rowan Doll Society, is Saturday, May 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St. The fun and casual get-together will include story time, a short program on American Girl, refreshments, and door prizes. One lucky attendee will receive an 18-inch American Girl doll. The Rowan Doll Society would like to encourage education and collecting for young children. The event is free but RSVP is requested, to Helen Thomas at or 704-458-9819. The Rowan Doll Society is affiliated with the United Federation Doll Club.


Annual Rose Show in new location May 21

The Rowan Rose Society’s annual Rose Show will be held in the former J.C. Penny building in the West End Plaza, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, on Saturday afternoon (one day only), May 21 from 1-5 p.m. Area rose growers are invited to enter roses between 5:30 and 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The show will feature hundreds of beautiful roses of all kinds as well as rose arrangements.  For more information, call Clyde Harriss at 704-633-7024.


‘Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)’

Louis de Rougemont was a real person — at least, he was the pen name of a real person. At the end of the 19th century, he began to write about his exploits, including searching for gold in New Guinea, living in the outback of Australia for 30 years, and riding sea turtles. Were his adventures real or a work of fiction? You’ll have to decide for yourself…

Tickets are now on sale for the Lee Street theatre production coming May 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15+tax snd  available at or 704-310-5507.


Battle Mode Majorette Dance Competition 

From 1-6 p.m. on May 14 majorette dance teams from Va., S.C. and N.C. compete for a chance to win a total of $1000 and trophies. There will be special performances by the Infamous Dancerettes and Coach John from the TV show Bring It! The event is hosted by YouNique Starz Dance Teams, with Talita McCain as emcee and DJ Neak on the 1s and 2s. This is a family event. It will be held in the FUMC gymnasium at 220 S. Church St. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; under age 5 is free. Visit upcomingevents? pageid=9580. After the competition and show, rub elbows and hobnob with Coach John, the ID Captain and the entire Infamous Dancerettes Team in a VIP Meet-n-Greet. Purchase those $10 tickets at the same website.


Uwharrie Players performance includes familiar PPT faces

ALBEMARLE — The Uwharrie Players will present “Godspell” and the audience will choose the ticket price. The Uwharrie Players have been a Stanly County arts fixture for more than 40 years, but this time they are trying something new: admission will be by donation only.

Cast member Christian Payne recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Theatre Arts. The cast also includes several faces familiar to Piedmont Players’ audiences: Nick Culp, Lizzie Medlin, Alexa Hendrickson and Caroline Stephenson. Show dates are May 13-14 at 7 p.m., May 14 at 2 p.m. and May 15 at 3 p.m. No advance tickets will be sold. The performances will be held at Uwharrie Community Church, 1510 Moss Springs Road. Learn more at


Salisbury Business Center, 301 S. Main St. — “Friends and Family” Art Exhibit, May 1 -Aug. 1: Student artists from the Salisbury Art Station, also Guy Raymond, Bailey Wingler, Patt Legg, Hope Holmes, Amber Poteat, Mark Riley, Sue McHugh, Ethan Strickland, Don Moore, Keyth Kars and more. Reception date: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Free and open to the public. Weekdays 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. 704-209-4589,

Triad Dog Games benefit sick and injured pets

WINSTON-SALEM — The Triad Dog Games are May 14-15 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. This third annual fundraising event for The Sergei Foundation raises funds to help sick and injured pets obtain emergency veterinary care. Attendees can compete or spectate at this high-energy event.

Competitions include dock jumping, disc (frisbee), agility, Dachshund races — and new for 2016 is a sanctioned flyball competition. Triad Dog Games is the first and only dog event of its kind in the Triad to include all major sport dog activities in a weekend of fun for the whole family, both human and canine. Visit for more information. Times are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 14 and 11 a.m. -4 p.m. May 15.  The Sergei Foundation’s mission is to save companion pets’ lives by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care for their dog or cat.


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