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Arts & Entertainment news April 13-19


Spring Carnival at the Rowan County Fairgrounds starts today

April 13-16: Free gate and admission Thursday-Friday 5 p.m.-close; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-close; Pay one price wristband for $20 ($15 with coupon); wristband good all day.

There will be rides, games and food. The amusement rides are provided by Powers and Thomas Midway, the same company that provides rides at the Fair in the fall.


The second annual WRHS Athletic Booster Club Car Truck Bike & Tractor Show 

Mt. Ulla — On Saturday, April 15 the WRHS Athletic Booster Club will host its second Car Truck Bike & Tractor Show. The first show last April was a huge success with more than 100 vehicles. This year’s show is Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at West Rowan high School, 8050 HWy 801, Mt. Ulla (Rain date April 22).

There will be raffles, 50-50, poker walk, concessions and music. Registration is from 9-11 a.m., 20 per single vehicle; $15 additional (same owner), free to spectators. Sponsor awards are at noon, trophy presentation at 2 p.m. Judging will be done by professionals with 40+ years of combined experience in the auto restoration/modification field.More than 80 total trophies and sponsor awards will be given.

For more info call Charles Humphrey at 704-641-0206 or email rustynailcrh@aol.com


Call for Gallery Gallop artists

Downtown Salisbury is now accepting applications for artists for the Gallery Gallop Art Festival on Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Email info@downtownsalisburync.com or visit downtownsalisburync.com for more information.


Genealogical Society class

7 p.m. Tuesday April 18: The Genealogical Society of Rowan will meet in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library. The program will focus on tools which are available to perform your genealogical research.

HSF call for volunteers

Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks volunteers for the 41st annual OctoberTour of historic homes, Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15, 2017.  House docents (tour guides) are especially desired, but there are many fun ways to take part.   Get to show people the interior of some of Salisbury’s finest historic homes. Visit http://www.octobertour.com/, and call the Historic Salisbury Foundation at 704-636-0103 to sign up.  It’s not too early to be a part of this popular and prestigious annual event.


Christiana Lutheran presents Easter drama tonight and Friday

Christiana Lutheran Church will present “The Living Last Supper” at 7:30 p.m. this evening: Da Vinci’s famous painting brought to life as the characters tell the story of their final meal with Jesus. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday: The cast and choir members will portray the witnesses at Calvary: the contemptuous soldier, the crucified thief’s sympathetic sister, a scornful priest, an anguished shepherd, the grieving mother of Christ and the heartbroken disciple, John. Christiana Lutheran Church is located at 6190 US Highway 52. Learn more at www.christianaelc.org or Facebook or 704-279-4655.


Auditions for ‘Pride & Prejudice’

Auditions for “Pride & Prejudice,” adapted for the stage by Jenny Hubbard, will be held May 21-22 at 7 p.m. at Lee Street theatre. Prepare to read and perform scenes from the script. Scripts will be available for perusal shortly.  Performance dates are July 20-23 and 27-29 at Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Visit www.leestreet.org or call 704-310-5507 for more information.


Old Courthouse Theatre presents the classic  ‘The Music Man’ 

CONCORD — April 21-May 7: Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize, despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall in this perennial classic. Old Courthouse Theater is located at 49 Spring St. NW. Get your tickets at www.oldcourthousetheatre.org or 704-788-2405.

MuckFest MS is May 6

May 6: The first wave/start time is at 9 a.m., and then every 20 minutes throughout the day. This fun mud run at Concord Speedway, 7940 U.S. Hwy 601 S. raises money to fight MS. Ticket price is $80 until April 19, and day-of ticket price is $105. Register at www.MuckFestMS.com


Cruisin’ The Grove

3-7 p.m. Saturday: Cruise-in, Main Street in China Grove with deejay Steve Monday from Rowan County Weather. Shop and dine downtown.

Dance at Harold B. Jarrett

 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 14 (second Fridays): With deejay Lee Clark. $10 admission, finger foods will be served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.

When Thoughts Become Art’ continues at Rail Walk

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery is hosting “When Thoughts Become Art,” an exhibit of oil paintings by artist June Battle. The exhibit will be available for view through April 29. The gallery and studios are open to the public Thursdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rail Walk is located 409-413 N. Lee St., home to the studios of eight Salisbury artists. For more information call 704-469-2781 or visit www.railwalkgallery.com

Musicians welcome at the fifth annual Mt. Ulla Spring Festival

Mt. Ulla — After the festival comes the Summer Barn Dance with The Back Creek Bluegrass Boys & Tori Jones. After that comes an open practice jam for local musicians; individual and groups are welcome. If musicians have any questions they can call Elsie Bennett at 704-278-2800. The annual flower, plant, crafter and vendor festival is May 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Some proceeds benefit West Rowan Volunteer Fire Department. Hosted by West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden, 11575 NC Hwy 801, Mount Ulla. Info at 704-278-2800.


PPT’s most important event of the year features Tony Award-winner Lillias White 

“A Night on the Stage” is the annual fundraiser benefiting the operating funds of Piedmont Players Theatre. The event enables PPT to maintain affordable ticket prices, even as operating expenses increase. Without this fundraiser, it would not be possible to perform to the high standards to which our community has grown accustomed. Please join us and support local theatre!

Two nights only — May 19- 20. Very limited seating for this exclusive event. To reserve your seats call 704-633-5471. The Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., PiedmontPlayers.com


Historic Salisbury Trolley Tour every Saturday

$8 adults/ $5 kids. Take a guided, narrated ride through Historic Downtown Salisbury and learn about the city’s past. The F&M Bank Trolley runs Saturdays from April-October. The one hour tour begins at 11 a.m. at the Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E Innes St.


Paranormal conference this weekend

By Heather Dean

North Wilkesboro — Ever wonder who the people are behind the scenes of your favorite paranormal TV shows? They are just like us: teachers, historians, reporters, retail workers, musicians and construction workers, etc., all with the same interest in the paranormal.

The Wilkes Playmakers will host the paranormal conference at 300 D. St., in historic Benton Hall, formerly the old North Wilkesboro School, built in 1913.  Price is $40 per person. Breakfast snacks and lunch are included.

The first 20 to sign up get to partake in an investigation of the historic premises with Piedmont Triad Paranormal Investigations after the conference.

Seating is limited to 200. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1748983828764831/ to purchase tickets. Pre-registration is highly recommended. This is a fundraiser for needed building repairs.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Participants include Graham Phelps, author of “Beings,” a novel about Robert Banning, who, as an 8-year old boy, came face to face with Ata’Layna, an entity who forever changed his perception of what it was to be an inhabitant of the Universe.

Lori Barberio Blackman talks about how religions and personal ideas fit into a life of being a “believer” in the paranormal.

Jeremiah Greer, once host of Shadows in the Dark and publisher of Mysteries Magazine, has been on numerous paranormal investigations as well as once heading his own.

Ray Absher, local author, historian and ghost tour guide, talks about some of the local history, legends and hauntings.

Piedmont Triad Paranormal Investigations discuss equipment used on investigations, and the findings of their investigation of Benton Hall.

There will be a panel discussion with Q&A from the audience.

At 6 p.m. is the investigation with PTPI of Historic Benton Hall for the first 20 pre-registered.

Also at 6 p.m. is a mini-candlelight ghost tour in Wilkesboro with costumed tour guides. Cost is $7 per person, and goes to the Wilkes Heritage Museum.


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