Arts & Entertainment news July 7-13
The Blackberry Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., benefits the Liberty VFD. 7940 Bringle Ferry Road, at Hills Minnow Farm.
The Trailblazers perform at the High Rock Lake Blackberry Festival Saturday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m. — Held at Hill’s Minnow Farm, 7940 Bringle Ferry Road. The band members are Alex Edwards from Salisbury on the banjo and harmony vocals; Jonah Horton from Wilkesboro on the mandolin; Daniel Thrailkill from Mount Ulla on the guitar and lead vocals; and Will Thrailkill from Mount Ulla on the upright bass and harmony vocals. They recently opened for Blue Highway and for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
The Blackberry Festival, open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., benefits the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, . There will be food vendors, craft vendors, a children’s corner, blackberry everything. Free to enter, $1 parking proceeds go to Liberty VFD, 7940 Bringle Ferry Road, at Hills Minnow Farm. www.facebook.com
Salisbury Ghost Walk — 8 pm. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9: Walk covers six-block area down town. Tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions, orbs in 1800s Salisbury. Bring camera, smart phone, flashlight. $5 students, $10 adults, 5 and under free. Salisbury Ghost Walk questions/reservations 704-798-3102.
Local astronomical society meeting to hear from Jupiter expert
MOORESVILLE — Jack Howard will be the guest speaker at the Astronomical Society of Rowan County’s monthly meeting on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Howard is a retired professor from RCCC, recently featured in the Salisbury Post. His talk will be on the Juno Spacecraft which is now orbiting the planet Jupiter. Anyone who has interest in astronomy is welcome to come and join the club on that night to hear this talk. For more information, contact either Ralph Deal at 704-855-1591 or Alice Deal at 704-857-2788. The meeting will be held 1920 Deal Road.
Too Much Sylvia at Morgan Ridge July 16
GOLD HILL — Too Much Sylvia will be playing at Morgan Ridge Vineyards, 486 John Morgan Road, on Saturday, July 16 from 6-9 p.m. On-line tickets for lawn seats are $8; DOS $10 cash only. Food will be available for purchase. Call 704-639-0911 with questions or visit www.morganridgevineyards.com
Geocaching comes to South Rowan Regional Library
CHINA GROVE — Does the idea of finding lost treasure tickle your fancy? Do you like to be outside and active? Do you enjoy a challenge that you can share with friends or family? If any of these appeal to you, you might enjoy the mentally stimulating and moderate physical activity of Geocaching. On Tuesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. Rowan Public Library will present Greg Stienbarger, local educator and geocaching enthusiast for the Summer Reading Program: Exercise Your Mind.
Greg will share his expertise with participants and lead them on a series of geocaching hunts that will show them the ropes and give them the confidence to pursue this fun activity on their own. The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the South Rowan Regional Library, 920 Kimball Road.
Wear comfortable walking shoes, as part of the program will be roaming the library grounds looking for caches. Bring a smart device to upload apps for future exploration. The program is free and will be appropriate for the entire family.
Sedberry’s new location
Sedberry’s Framing & Art Gallery has completed its move to 324 West Liberty St. Featured artist of the month for July isElizabeth Tucker Hoffman. Also on display: works by Barbara Richmond and Connie Loflin Peninger. All three ladies are from Salisbury. Call 704-633-1246 for more information.
Call for middle or high school string musicians
Calling all violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists in middle or high school — The Rowan Youth Orchestra is holding its summer workshop on Aug. 19-20, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be break-out sessions, a team-building session and a special rehearsal conducted by David Hagy, music director/conductor for the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. For more information, call Lynn Bowes at 704-637-4730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ping Pong Drop at Farmers Day
CHINA GROVE — At the annual Farmer’s Day even on Saturday, July 16, China Grove Rotary will sponsor this fun event to benefit local Rotary charities. Pre-numbered, pre-sold ping pong balls will be dropped on a target at China Grove Little League Field just after Farmer’s Day closes. The ball closest to the bull’s eye wins the owner $200, second $100 and third $50. Tickets are 3/$5. and are available at the booth that day or through Jim Morton at 704-857-0252 or email@example.com
City of Salisbury hosts Movies in the Park
July 8: “Penguins of Madagascar,” begins 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m. Free family movie night held at City Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concessions available for purchase. See salisburync.gov/Play
RPL Tuesday Family Movie Series
July 12: “42” Free popcorn and lemonade. Children must be accompanied by a parent. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Headquarters (Salisbury). www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or Headquarters, 704-216-8256.
Last week to see ‘The Colors of Life’
“The Colors of Life,” the Charles Ramsey Jr. exhibit on display at Center for Faith & the Arts, continues through July 15. Gallery hours are 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 2-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is located at 207 W. Harrison St., behind Haven Lutheran Church. Visit www.faithart.org or call 704-647-0999 for details.
Auditions for ‘Exit Pursued by a Bear’
Auditions for Lee Street theatre’s September production will be held July 25-26 at 7 p.m. The production is directed by Craig Kolkebeck and runs Sept. 8-10 and 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Experience is not necessary. Auditions will be held at 329 N. Lee St. See character descriptions at www.leestreet.org
Nan has decided to teach her abusive husband Kyle a lesson. With the help of her friend Simon (acting as her emotional — and actual — cheerleader) and a stripper named Sweetheart, she tapes Kyle to a chair and forces him to watch as they reenact scenes from their painful past. In the piéce de resistance, they plan to cover the room in meat and honey so Kyle will be mauled by a bear. Through this night of emotional trials and ridiculous theatrics, Nan and Kyle are both freed from their past in this smart, dark revenge comedy.
David Holt and Josh Goforth
DALLAS — Court Square Summer Concerts Series featuresDavid Holt and Josh Goforth on Friday, July 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This free concert will be held on the Historic Dallas Court Square. Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and rising acoustic music star and Grammy nominee Josh Goforth join together to bring to life the joy and spirit of old time mountain music and stories. For more information contact Jason Luker at 704-922-7681 ex. 105 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas is about an hour from Salisbury, near Gastonia.
Call for sculptors
Lenoir — The 31st annual Caldwell Arts Sculpture Celebration seeks sculpture artists for the Sept. 10 event. Artists are invited to bring up to three sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards and potential sales. No commission in event of sales. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir. Early registration discounts are available. For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486, email@example.com, or visit www.caldwellarts.com
NC Museum of History accepting entries for 2017 film festival
Raleigh — The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is now accepting entries for the third annual Longleaf Film Festival to be held Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017. Submit film festival entries online by Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at www.LongleafFilmFestival.com
More event information and entry details are available at the website or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LongleafFilmFestival
The Longleaf Film Festival highlights the best of state, regional and international short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films, and it recognizes that filmmakers and film fans make history. The N.C. Museum of History is home base for this festival.
A prize of $500 will be given for the Judges’ Choice award. Additionally, all films made in North Carolina are eligible for the $500 Made-in-NC award. New to this year’s Longleaf Film Festival will be a $500 prize for the Yonder award, recognizing excellence in film made outside the state, and a $500 prize awarded for the Best Student-Made Film in the middle and high school category.
Additional prizes will be awarded in the festival’s five main categories.
• Narrative Feature (50-90 mins): Horror/Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama, Overall
• Documentary Feature (50-90 mins): Best Historical, Overall
• Narrative Short (1-49 mins) Horror/Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama, Overall
• Documentary Short (1-49 mins): Best Historical, Overall
• Middle and High School Student-Film Short (1-20 mins) Best Narrative, Best Documentary
The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh.