Arts & Entertainment news Oct. 13-19
KANNAPOLIS — Red carpet event 7 -11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 • The Avett Brothers • David Holt & Josh Goforth • The Band of Oz • Chairmen of the Board • Tickets at 2016induction.eventbrite.com • Info at www.NorthCarolina MusicHallofFame.org or 704- 934-2320. Located at 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd.
The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band
GOLD HILL — The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band is playing a live concert at The Old Shaver School Event Center on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
In 2005 the “Bill Yates and Friends: A Tribute to the Country Gentlemen” project began. It became such a hit that the band started touring. Bill Yates toured with and fronted the band for nine years until he tragically passed away in 2015 from complications due to cancer. He leaves behind a historic legacy of music, having performed with bluegrass greats such as Red Allen, Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin. The current lineup of the Country Gentlemen that continue to perform include: Mike Phipps on guitar and “Charlie Waller” sound-alike vocals; David Propst on mandolin and vocals; Rick Briggs on banjo and vocals; Mike Conner on upright bass and vocals; and Mark Clifton on dobro and vocals.
Tickets are $15. Call for reserve seats at 704-267-9439. The Old Shaver School Event Center is located at 14910 Stokes Ferry Road. See http://historicgoldhill.com/old-shaver-school-event-center
RiverPark’s 15th annual catfish fry
COOLEEMEE — From 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, enjoy the annual catfish fry at Cooleemee River Park (The Bullhole) for $10/plate, child’s plate $4. The event will be held at the Margaret Woodson Picnic Shelter on the Rowan side of the park at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds enable RiverPark Inc. to keep the park open, clean and safe. Tickets are available in Cooleemee at Davie Discount Drugs, Village Auto, Town Hall and the Zachary House; in Mocksville at the Chamber of Commerce; in Salisbury at Gateway Center, 204 E. Innes St.
South Salisbury Fire Department open house on Sunday
On Sunday, Oct. 16, the South Salisbury Fire Department will hold an open house from 2-5- p.m. at the Fire Station, 3207 Old Concord Road. This event is free and the public is invited to celebrate Fire Prevention Week. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Don’t Wait — Check The Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” There will be station tours, fire truck demonstrations, children’s activities, educational booths and light refreshments during this family-oriented event.
PCS’ annual Old Fashioned Hymn Sing
CONCORD — The 50 voice Piedmont Choral Society will present its annual “Old Fashioned Hymn Sing” on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. North.
This popular event will feature older traditional, beloved hymns as well as several anthems by the choir. There will be lots of audience participation with hymn requests and group singing. The choir is directed by Joseph Judge, associate professor of music at Pfeiffer University. Accompanist is Dr. Don Simmons of Kannapolis.
Admission is free but you may bring canned food for Cooperative Christian Ministry. More info at 704-699-6053 or email email@example.com
Midnight’s Promise founder’s day celebration
Midnight’s Promise will be hosting its first Founder’s Day Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 4-8 p.m. at 685 Delta St.
The public is invited to enjoy a rustic country affair with a live music jam, an open fire under the pines, a campfire chicken dinner and homemade desserts. There will also be a weenie roast, toasted marshmallows and s’mores. Visitors can tour the sanctuary, meet the horses and learn their stories. Local musicians are invited to join in.
The cost is $10 for the chicken dinner and $5 for the hot dog dinner. All proceeds and donations will be used to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome neglected and abused horses. For details, call 704- 798-6641 or visit www.midnightspromise.org/
NC Transportation Museum hosts third annual Harvest Festival
SPENCER — From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, the North Carolina Transportation Museum is throwing an old time festival complete with horse shoes, corn hole, old time games, whirligigs,corn shucking and corn shelling demonstrations. Kids can make a corn husk doll and play with old timey marbles.
There will be antique tractors on Friday, a blacksmith event both days and a Saturday-only hay ride and of course, antique and classic trains.
The museum is located at 411 S. Salisbury Ave. For ticket prices and train ride schedule, visit www.nctrans.org or call 704-636-2889.
North Carolina Rail Yard Buddies host model train show at Brian Center
On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the North Carolina Rail Yard Buddies and Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation will host a model train show. The show is free and open to the public. Hot dogs, sausage, nachos, bake sale, popcorn and drinks will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit Brian Center’s Resident Holiday Gifts program. Brian Center is located at 635 Statesville Blvd. For more information, call 704-633-7390.
Last chance for 2016 Fall train excursions
SPENCER — For 10 years now, the N.C. Transportation Museum has offered scenic day trips that combine railroading, history, travel, shopping, dining and fun. This year’s trips are to Charlottesville, Va. on Oct. 29, and harvest festival delights during the Oct. 30 trip to Toccoa, Ga. A few tickets are still available. Learn more at www.nctrans.org
Meet the cast of ‘The Boxcar Children’
PPT’s next youth production is Nov. 11-19
HENRY- Tanner Cline
JESSIE- Peyton Whicker
BENNY- Elliott Smith
VIOLET- Grace Bemus
MR. ALDEN- Garrett Kennedy
BANNING- Fares Khatib
COOKIE- Ali Khatib
SARAH CALDER- Morgan Warren
KID- Matthew Lynch
MRS. ALBERTS- Harley Vanhoy
MRS. TRUMAN- Holly Winn
BAKERY WOMAN- Hayes Hartpence
BIG MIKE- Elijah Carpenter
SAM TRUMAN- KeShun Bradley
SHERIFF- Dustin Vanover
The spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children come to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar.
The Norvell Theater: 135 E. Fisher St., www.piedmontplayers.com
Workshop, auditions for PPT’s ‘Elf’
Youth audition workshop
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15: Cost: $40. Only 25 spots available. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., www.PiedmontPlayers.com
Monday-Tuesday Oct. 17-18 at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the Norvell Theater.
Only 25 spots per time slot. Auditions by appointment only. To sign up call 704-633-5471.
Performers will be ask to sing 16 bars of the song of their choice (bring sheet music) and to learn a short dance number as well as cold read from the script.
Show dates: Dec. 8-17. Role descriptions at www.piedmontplayers.com
Alice Gerrard & the Piedmont Melody Makers
CHARLOTTE — The next Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Concert & Jams is Friday, featuring old-time, country, and bluegrass music by Alice Gerrard & the Piedmont Melody Makers. CFS Gatherings are family-friendly and free. The Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., www.folksociety.org
Environmental Film Festival and Fall Celebration
Bring blanket or campfire seating and spread out on the lawn on Friday beginning at 6:15 p.m. to see outdoor adventure and environmental films at Salisbury Academy, 2210 Jake Alexander Blvd North. Festivities kick off with pumpkin decorating and activities for children. Film festival begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, no tickets required.
Toddler Time Art I Workshop
10-11 a.m. Oct. 22: “Surprise Box” hands-on art class at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 East Liberty St. for children 18 months-3 years; must be accompanied by adult. Open a box and find out what’s inside to create a masterpiece; also enjoy dressing in costumes and playing with puppets. Instructor: Debbie Hoffman. Cost: Members $21, others $31. Register at 704-636-1882 or www.waterworks.org
The Hot Flash Players present ‘Faith County’
LEXINGTON — “Faith County” is a Southern comedy by Mark Landon Smith, presented as a dinner theatre event at Tricia’s Catering, 408 Piedmont Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30, and the play at 7:30 p.m. Show dates are Oct. 20, 21, 22 and 27, 28, 29: Tickets are $25 and available from from Tricia’s Catering, 336-236-8007.