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Arts & Entertainment news May 12-18

Celebrate National Train Day at the Transportation Museum Saturday

SPENCER — National Train Day, an event held annually to celebrate the driving of the Golden Spike, completing the first United States transcontinental railroad, is being held at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer on Saturday.

Enjoy a full day dedicated to full-sized and model trains with passenger train and special caboose train rides, behind-the-scenes tours, programs focused on railroading, and children’s events.

The passenger train will be pulled by the Southern #6133 streamliner diesel locomotive. The caboose train, pulled by the Southern #2601 locomotive, offers rides in a vintage caboose. The Red Springs & Northern Foundation will offer motorcar rides on the vehicles railroad workers once used to do track inspections and maintenance, with a special presentation at 4 p.m. Charlotte Trolley #85 will be rolled out for tours and interpretation with a special program at 1 p.m. in the Bob Julian Roundhouse. Special dedication ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Master Mechanic’s Office. Operation Lifesaver and the North Carolina Rail Division’s train hosts will be on hand to talk with visitors about railroad safety and riding the train.

National Train Day runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For admission prices and options, including a special lunch car event, visit www.nctrans.org or call 704-636-2889 Ext 224.

Spencer Presbyterian Church’s strawberry festival 

SPENCER — Don’t miss Spencer Presbyterian Church’s strawberry festival on Sunday, May 15 from 1-3 p.m. A variety of strawberry desserts will be served in the fellowship hall. Musical entertainment on the grounds will include performances by Alexis Cowan, Mallory Braun, Natalie Wittiech, Marie Clanton, Wanda Coughenhour, Quincy Cook, Steve Land and other local performers. Special guests will be Spencer members of fire and police departments. The church is located on 1st Street in Spencer across from the entrance to the NC Transportation Museum.


The annual Spring Into Arts Festival is Saturday

CONCORD — The Spring Into Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts, and features a juried art show, musical entertainment, food, and a children’s area. New this year: celebrate the art of wine-making and the art of brewing by enjoying a tasting of area wines and beers from select wineries and breweries.

This year the kids’ Creation Station Stage is jam packed. April C. Turner returns with traditional West African storytelling. The Pickle Mamas will be performing and teaching the art of Hula Hooping, including a fire demonstration. Steve Langley introduces his Soap Bubble Circus and Imusination Children’s coach and recording artist Dave Scott Crowe will perform and host a family style Open Mic. Motion Dance studio returns with performances throughout the day.

There will be trivia games, giveaways and more. The Spring into Arts Festival is Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete schedule, visit www.concorddowntown.com


The Tams and Acoustic South perform at Haulers on Union parade and fan fest

CONCORD — 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19: More than 30 favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers parade down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Activities including race cars on display, celebrity autographs, corn hole, horseshoes, life-size Connect 4, beer garden, and a free concert at 6:30 p.m. featuring country music artists Acoustic South followed by the sounds of beach music, soul and R&B from The Tams. Free admission. Find more info at www.600festival.com or 704-455-8888.


All 4 Arts TheaTRe Program


May 21, from noon-7 p.m.: Join us for the premier performances of the aLL4aRTs TheaTRe Program hosted by the Rowan County Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Division with the help from the Theatre Dept of Carson High School. The program was developed to provide an introduction of theatre to individuals with a variety of disabilities. Participants from our six recreation programs will showcase their skills and talents to their families, friends and the community.

Find out more at www.rowancountync.gov/GOVERNMENT/Departments/ParksRecreation/TherapeuticRecreation/

Auditions for LSt’s 8th annual New Play Festival

Auditions are May 23-24 at 7 p.m. for roles in Lee Street theatre’s annual new play festival featuring six 10-minute plays on the theme of diversity. Performances are June 16-18. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Experience is not necessary. Visit www.leestreet.org to learn more about the plays and roles available. A digital copy of the scripts can be acquired by emailing aa@leestreet.org Sorry, hard copy scripts aren’t available.


PPT musical auditions for ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ 

“Hands on a Hardbody” is a musical based on the documentary film of the same name. For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. The Broadway version of this hilarious musical received three Tony Award nominations.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds will be needed. Performers should prepare 16 bars from a song in the style of the show. Auditions for singers/actors are at 7 p.m. May 31-June 1 at The Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., third floor. Show dates are July 28-Aug. 6. Call 704-633-5471 or visit PiedmontPlayers.com to see character breakdown.


North Wilkesboro event features Rowan County Zombie teams

North Wilkesboro — The Second Annual Zombie Apocalypse on Saturday takes place at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace (preceded on Friday the 13th by a Zombie Prom in Historic Benton Hall). Tickets are available at the door for $13 a couple and all ages are welcome at this family friendly event. Wristbands for Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. Zombie Walk are $7 per person, with $2 off with a donation of two or more canned goods. Special guests include Ash, Digger the Zombie, Rowan County Zombie Outbreak Response Team Unit 12, Carolina Coffin Cruisers, Hillside Horror, Wilkesboro Crew and Mud Hunters, a Zombie 4-Wheeling group. Musical acts are Wafer Thin, Hellstorm’s Hell on Earth, and Graveyard Boulevard. See the Zombie Apocalypse II Teaser Trailer at https://youtu.be/GIDfe_4dYbk

Because, lest we forget, May is National Zombie Month.



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