Arts & Entertainment news July 14-20

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 14, 2016

PPT’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ opens tonight at the Norvell

Join the cast for a complimentary reception immediately following the opening performance. Show dates:   July 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and July 16, 17 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.  Tickets: Adults $12, Students/seniors $10. 704-633-5471 or


Dance at the Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 15: Live music by the band Ambush. $10 admission includes snacks and drinks. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Call 704-637-1722 for info.


Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 16: Second Time Around Band, bring a covered dish. $7 per person. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111.


Get your pet’s rabies vaccine free

For dogs and cats of Rowan County: Citizens and rescues welcome. Held at the Rowan County Animal Shelter, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday July 16. Sponsored by Shelter Guardians. Find out more at

Saturday: The Great Bullhole Duck Race

COOLEEMEE — 1,000 ducks will brave the river this Saturday. You would have to be crazy to race down a river if you were less than four inches long and weighed only a few ounces — or you might find comfort in numbers. Whatever gives them the courage, over a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam on Saturday. The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win its “owner” a cash prize of $500. The second place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $250 with third place winning $100. That’s some duck grease to take home! Proceeds go to keep the Bullhole RiverPark open, clean and safe.

Saturday, July 16: Come at noon, the race begins at 1 p.m. sharp!

Duck tickets • $5/Duck • Quack Pack 6/$25 • Flock 15/$50 • Available at Cooleemee’s Zachary House, Village Auto, Town Hall, as well as the Mocksville Chamber of Commerce.


Salisbury Symphony hosts Picnic at the Park (Salisbury) — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 16: Bring your lunch and children to the Gazebo in Elizabeth H. Hurley Park (Annandale at N. Craige St.) A family picnic open to the public. Try your hand with a violin at the Musical Zoo. Desserts and water provided. Info at Ashley Shoaf, 704-640-2468.


Fun in the Park benefits MS training for Striker the dog (Faith) — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 16: Music by Too Much Toni, cornhole tournament, silent auction, raffles, prizes, games.Faith Park. Free admission. Benefits Gina Bond’s service dog training (see story in July 11 Salisbury Post). For more information, call 980-234-2511.


Praise In The Park (Cleveland) — Noon-6 p.m. July 16: Shady Grove Baptist Church hosts fundraiser at Cleveland Park with gospel singing, praise dancing, games and prizes for kids, raffles for bicycles, more. Fish plates, hot dogs available for purchase. For details call 704-402-6362.

China Grove Farmers Day is Saturday

Friday Night Kick Off at Hanna Park Stage    
7-10 p.m. American Idol’s  Emily Minor

Saturday Main Stage Schedule 

9-9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony

Welcome: Mayor Lee Withers

Invocation: Pastor Michael Goode

Presentation of Colors: SRHS JROTC Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance: Mayor Lee Withers

SRHS JROTC Demonstration Team Performance

9:30-10:30 a.m. Efird Family

10:30-11 a.m. Dimension Dance Arts

11 a.m.-12:30 Idle Time Band

1-2:30 p.m. Matt Stratford Band

3-4:30 p.m. Gump Fiction

5-6:30 p.m. Pushh

6:30-6:45 Y Service Club drawing

7-10 p.m. Street Dance with Summer Daze

10 p.m.  Fireworks

Saturday Hanna Park Stage Schedule

9-9:30 a.m. First Baptist Praise Band

9:30-10:45 a.m.  Little Mr. Miss Farmer’s Day

Contest & Teen Queens Miss Rowan County

11 a.m. noon  9Day Trip

Noon-12:30  Southern Style Cloggers

12:30-2 p.m. Back Creek Bluegrass Boys

2:30-3:30 p.m.  Patrick Rock

4:30-5:30 p.m. Zach & Alexa Ludlam

What to expect at  Farmers Day • Children’s activities • crafts • vendors • food & sweets • handmade items • chainsaw carving • milking booth • mechanical bull • inflatables • face painting • car show • car raffle • antique tractors • local artists • misting tents • Chad Gainey sculpture. or 704-857-2466.  See the special  section from Tuesday’s Salisbury Post for more information, stories and photos.


Experience 120 cemeteries

MT. PLEASANT — 2 p.m. July 17: Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society presents local researcher Terry McManaway. Walk with him through more than 120 cemeteries in Cabarrus and surrounding counties as he shares his collections of treasures of who’s who and relates humorous stores surrounding his journey. McManaway maintains a database of over 34,000 local burials along with over 50,000 digital photographs. Having completed photo surveys he can search his database for burials with as little information as the month of death. The ECHS Museum is located at 1100 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Admission is $3.


Meet Mook at Carolina Artists 

The Carolina Artists will host Salisbury Post illustrator Mark Brincefield (also known as Mook) on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Mook has been drawing for the Post for 27 years — his editoral cartoons can be seen on weekends. He is also a member of The Carolina Artists.  His watercolors won first place and the Best in Show award at the annual Art Expo. This year’s event will be coming up August 18-19. Guests are welcome. For more information call 704-216-7714. CA meets at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave.


2016 Faith Idol winners

Twelve and under Division

First place: Rachel Ochoa

Second place: Kylie Creel

Third place: Kayleb Carr

Ages 13-18 Division

First place: Korbynne Hill

Second place: Veronica Sanchez

Third place: Kira Rymer

Adult Division

First place: Maggie Brewer

Second place: Rusty Fisher

Third place: Alika Edwards

Fourth place: Jordan Van Voorhis





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