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Arts & Entertainment news Nov. 3-9

Dr. Rob Live at The Meroney Theater Friday-Saturday

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 4-5, experience a high-energy evening of piano performance featuring a full range of musical genres — classical, sacred, patriotic, pop, Broadway, Disney, more.

Proceeds benefits Rowan Helping Ministries. Tickets are $15 at 226 N. Long St. or www.rowanhelpingministries.org. For more info, call 704-637-6838, ext. 103.

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery hosting Festival of Gifts

Submitted by Marietta Smith

Festival of Gifts began in 2013 as an event to showcase the talents of area artisans and to provide an opportunity for the public to purchase local hand-crafted art for their holiday gift-giving.

The artists of Rail Walks Studios & Gallery have once again invited local and regional creators to participate in the annual “Festival of Gifts: Invitational Exhibit and Sale.”

Throughout the year the artists keep their eyes open for high quality, interesting, handcrafted items which would be suitable for gift-giving. This year they have assembled a diverse selection of work. Many favorites are returning: purses by Shirl Hull, jewelry by Chris Joss, Ina Nikitina, Patt Legg, Tatyana Shurtz among others, glass work by Sue Davis, baskets and gourds by Pamela Deal, hand-woven items by Liese Sadler and Kris Joss, pillows and placemats by Lesley Alston, quill work by Dorothy Gibson, stained glass by Mark and Marietta Smith, hand-painted furniture by Keyth Kahrs, Patt Legg and Tatyana Shurtz and a variety of ceramic items by Donna Caulder.

These will be joined by first time participators: Nanci’s Fancies by Nancy Gaines, turned wood by Edgar Ingram, and pottery by Meghan Bernard. Rail Walk artists will again have a selection of small paintings available and their studios will be open for viewing and purchases.

The Festival of Gifts opens today and runs Nov. 3-19. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St.

Meet the Artists reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 from 2-4 p.m. The festival and reception are free and open to the public. Parking is free and plentiful. For more information call 704-431-8964 or visit www.railwalkgallery.com


Jam session for bluegrass musicians Saturday

At Carolina Folkworks, 1516 S. Main St. Session is from 9 .m. until noon. For details, call at 704-223-1740 or

visit www.carolinafolkworks.com


Civil Rights & Wrongs In The 20th Century 

Presented by the Rowan History Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. The program is free; light refreshments will be served. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St. For details call 704-633-5946 or visit www.rowanmuseum.org



Call for artists for holiday shows

WINSTON-SALEM — Twin City Artisans is looking for artists for its annual Artisans Holiday Show Dec. 1-3.

The event will use central check out, so you are not required to be on hand for the show. The entry cost is $125 for three days. The event is held at the Masonic Center, 4537 County Club Road, Winston-Salem. The entry deadline is Nov. 18. For more information call 336-655-6371. Download an entry and from twincityartisansnc.com

ALBEMARLE — Falling Rivers Gallery is looking for artists and crafters for its From Our Hands Holiday Craft Show Nov. 15-Dec. 31.

All sales are handled by the gallery, and the Stanley County Arts Guild, so you are not required to be on hand for the show. Entry fees vary by booth size from $35-$65. All commissions go to support the Stanley County Arts Guild. For more information call 704-983-4278. Download the application from FallingRiversGallery.com 


400 years of military history on display at Fort Dobbs Nov. 12-13

STATESVILLE — Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will honor and showcase North Carolina’s military history with a “Military Timeline” Nov. 12-13 as a Veterans Day salute.

Visitors will learn about the experiences of soldiers and support personnel from the past 400 years.

“It’s important for us to remember the men and women who have sacrificed to make us who we are today” says Site Manager Scott Douglas. “We will show their work, weapons and wardrobe.”

Interpreters dressed as soldiers from the Civil War, World Wars, Vietnam, Revolution and other periods will present scheduled small arms and artillery firing demonstrations, along with ongoing demonstrations of camp life, equipment, cooking and even vintage military vehicles.

Event hours are Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

For more information, call 704-873-5882 or visit www.fortdobbs.org

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