Arts & Entertainment news Sept. 8-14

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rockwell Fest, a small town celebration

ROCKWELL — Rockwell Fest, “A Norman Rockwell Small Town,” will be held Saturday in front of Rockwell Elementary, 114 Link Street and Highway 52. Admission is free. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with vendors, entertainment, a raffle and fun for kids with unlimited bounces in the bounce houses with a $10 arm band purchase. This event and a portion of bounce house sales will go toward the Rockwell Elementary playground and ball field.

Activities for the day include

• 10 a.m. – Dimension Dance Arts performance

• 11 a.m. – noon Bleu Feather Band

• Noon – Doggie dress up contest by Main Stream Pets

• 12:30 p.m. A Little Rascals Mr. and Ms. Contest

• 1 p.m. The Heirs of Salvation Band

• 1:45 p.m. Salute to Veterans

• 2:30 p.m. Senior Beauty Contest

• 3 p.m. Morning Glory Band

• 3 p.m.Hot dog eating contest by the Hot Dog Shack

• Raffle winner announced

The Little Rascals Mr. and Ms. Contest will allow kids of all ages to compete in a chance to look like a Little Rascals character. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their dogs dressed up to compete in a contest. Seniors who wish to compete in the beauty contest need to answer one question and be dressed nicely. Participants can sign up at the info tent. Photos will be taken of event competitors and placed on Facebook. For more information, go to Rockwell Fest September 10, 2016 Facebook page. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the day.


Randy  Stonehill returns to The Inn

1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — 7:15 p.m. Sep. 10: Contemporary Christian music legend Randy Stonehill Saturday, along with Sean Spillane • Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

PPT’s youth audition workshop and auditions 

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24: Students will work on effective audition techniques specifically geared towards PPT’s upcoming production of “The Boxcar Children.” Cost is $40. Only 25 spots are available. To sign up call 704-633-5471.

Auditions for “The Boxcar Children” will be held Sep. 27 and 28 at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., by appointment only. Call 704-633-5471 to sign up. Show dates are Nov. 7-19. Workshop, audition and show are held at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. Visit


Audition for the Great Russian Nutcracker

Dancers age 7-17 may try out for the Great Russian Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Wear black leotard and pink tights. If selected, dancers must be available for weekend rehearsals beginning Sep. 10. Performance dates are Dec. 14-15 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Auditions are held at Spotlight Dance Co., 120 N. Church St., 704-310-5706.


9/11 Remembrance at the Price of Freedom Museum is September 17

CHINA GROVE — The annual 9/11 Remembrance event at the Price of Freedom Museum, at the intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads, is Saturday, Sep. 17. Call 704-857-7474 or visit

Auditions for Polar Express 2016

Don’t miss your opportunity to perform in this holiday environmental theater. Auditions are Sep. 25 and Oct. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Information and character descriptions are available at or 704-310-5507.


KHA presents an Evening with the Kannapolis Fire Depatment: 100 Years of Service

KANNAPOLIS — Lee Goodman, Maria Bostian and Sean Dunham, all members of Kannapolis Fire Department, will share stories, photos, facts and memories of events, experiences and people. Learn how the department grew from 600 feet of hose on a hose reel and four fire hydrants to five stations, a fleet of equipment and a paid staff. Kannapolis History Associates meet Monday, Sep. 12 at 7 p.m., in the A. L. Brown High School Social Room, 415 E. First St. For details call the History Room at 704-932-7518 or Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803.


Tickets for Polar Express 2016 

Spencer — The N.C. Transportation Museum will begin service to the North Pole onboard The Polar Express Train Ride starting Nov. 18. The train departs Barber Junction Depot on the grounds of the museum for an hour and 15-minute round-trip journey to the North Pole.

The journey begins Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 22 on select dates. Exact dates, fares and excursion times are at or 704-636-2889 ext. 242. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!


Annbual AmVets Turkey Shoot starts Saturday

AmVets Post 460 will host the first of this fall’s turkey shoots beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Lake, 285 Lakeside Drive.


La Fiesta de Rowan

La Fiesta de Rowan family celebration is Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 MLK Jr. Ave. Admission is free. There will be dance, music, children’s songs, food, a motivational talk by Dr. Cesar A. Cruz plus games and prizes. Sponsored by the Human Relations Council and the Latino Coalition. See

Music for the Museum: Bluegrass at Sloan Park

MT. ULLA — Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 550 Sloan Road. Along with food, an auction and raffle and a kiddie tractor pull, there will be six bluegrass bands at the new Country Life Museum.

The music begins at 9:30 a.m. See the Bemus Kids Band, the Tendergrass Bluegrass Band, the Jones Sister’s Band, Strings of Victory, the Back Creek Bluegrass Boys & Tori Jones, and the award-winning Trailblazers.


Bost Grist Mill’s Civil War re-enactment and living history 

CONCORD — From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, see hundreds of reenactors both military and civilian, feel the thunder of artillery, witness firsthand Civil War medicine, see cavalry, talk with civilians from the 1880s and take a stroll through the military camps. Civil War Sutlers will be on hand, along with food vendors. Battles at Bost Grist Mills take place Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be a Sunday church service at 10 a.m.

Hosted by Bost Grist Mill and the 30th North Carolina Troops.  Adults $12, kids through age 12 $8, under age 5 free. Historic Bost Mill is at 4701 Hwy 200. Visit for more details

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society to present free concert Sunday

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society will present a concert titled “War and Peace” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at First UCC. This free presentation will be directed by Matthew Newton.

The concert will praise the contributions of warriors across time — including the heroes of 9/11 — and how their endeavors generate peace. It will celebrate battles (“The Battle of Jericho”), those who have fought in conflicts around the world (“The Wind That Shakes the Barley”) and a patriotic salute to our U.S. veterans.

In addition, the choir will perform Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a cantata composed as a plea for lasting peace during the troubled times leading up to World War II.

The concert is free of charge. Held at First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St.

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Connie Regan-Blake to perform at RPL — 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15: Nationally renowned storyteller Connie Regan-Blake performs a one-hour family storytelling concert in Rowan Public Library’s Stanback Auditorium. Free, open to the public, for all ages. Rowan Public Library Headquarters, 201 W. Fisher St.,

Dalton Lambe’s Eagle Scout pancake breakfast fundraiser

On Saturday from 8-11 St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9725 Bringle Ferry Road, assist Dalton Lambe’s Eagle Scout project to raise funds for a volleyball court for East Rowan JROTC. Pancakes, sausage, coffee and drinks by donation only. All proceeds go to the project.

Calling all Dachshunds … Start Your Engines!

MOORESVILLE — Mooresville will hold its annual Wiener Race on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event was originally organized by Roberta Roberts in 2005 and has since been sponsored by various animals groups.

Aside from having loads of fun watching feisty dachshunds do their racing thing, the event has a serious side as well: to help local animal advocates raise awareness and funds for their causes. This event is open for participation to nonprofit groups whose prime directive is to help our animal friends, both large and small.

The fee to register and race is $25 along with proof of all required vaccinations. Registration forms can be downloaded from and must be submitted no later than Sep. 31, with no registrations accepted on race day. Entries are limited to the first 180 applicants submitting proper registration forms. In addition to awarding trophies to winners of the four racing divisions (puppies, juniors, adults and seniors), wieners can compete for “Cutest” and “Best Dressed” as well.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. on race day with the first heat starting at 11 a.m. At the check-in desk, each entrant will be given a starting number. The puppy division runs first, followed by seniors, both of which will run a 25 foot long course. Juniors and adults are next, running 35 feet to cross the finish line. The Cutest and Best Dressed contest and awards ceremony follows, along with a raffle for vendor gifts and services.

T-shirts featuring mascot “Moorie” will commemorate the event with original artwork commissioned from national cartoonist Michael Gallagher.

Proceeds will be distributed among the participating non-profit animal advocates including Friends of the Animals and The Humane Society of Iredell. For information, rules, entry forms, map, vendor forms, visit our

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