Local arts & entertainment news May 18-24

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Farms’ annual Salute to Veterans

Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Salute To Freedom Tunnel is finished, and veterans are invited to bring a photograph of themselves that can be displayed in the tunnel, and then enjoy free lunch at the hot dog roast. Happy’s Farm, at 985 Parks Road near Happy Lake, invites the family to visit on this Salute to Veterans Weekend. Children’s activity passes will be available for $5 and all proceeds help support Happy Farm’s Veteran H.E.R.O project.

The facility is a western-themed tutoring facility where children can have access to affordable academic tutoring and child care. The farm is named after William “Happy” Trexler, the first owner of Happy’s Lake. Visit http://www.happysfarm.org/ or call 704-279-5268 to learn more.

Cheerwine’s Centennial Celebration

Celebrate 100 years of Cheerwine starting at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, with a free live concert by Roomful of Blues.

Roomful of Blues is a jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band that will mark its 50th anniversary in 2018. The group has earned five Grammy Award nominations plus seven Blues Music Awards and two DownBeat International Critics Poll’s Best Blues Band award.

Meet in downtown Salisbury at the corner of Liberty St. and Main Streets at 6:45 Saturday night. Learn more at 704-637-5881 or www.cheerwine.com


The Carolina Artists 

Tonight: The Carolina Artists meets at Rufty Holmes Center every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The program this evening will be presented by Mary Ellen Bennett, who will explain her unique art technique.

Turn Back the Clock Night at Horizons Unlimited 


1-4 p.m. Saturday:

Horizons Unlimited will be showcasing a Living History Museum, the Make Space Fun and Learning, as well as holding Laser Shows in the planetarium on the hour.

Horizons Unlimited is preparing for its summer meal and activity program for local school children and are is actively seeking donations of gently used children’s books for its Little Free Library, which gets a tremendous number of readers when school closes. We would greatly appreciate any books that you can part with for this valuable program.

1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave. Visit www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizons-unlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

Book signing event Friday

Tracie Barton-Barret, author of “Buried Deep in Our Hearts,” a book about grief over the loss of a pet, will be signing books at South Main Book Co. from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday. In addition, Nina Dix with Canine Caregivers (therapy dogs) will be on hand. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and bookstore gift card give-aways.

South Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St., 704-630-9788, southmainbookcompany.com


Invitation to sing

The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society invites singers for a Pops N Jazz concert in late August. Rehearsals begin June 13 at 7 p.m. at Coburn Memorial UMC, 901 S. Church St. For more information call 704-796-9682 or check out www.facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society/

Opens tonight at Lee Street theatre — ‘Boeing Boeing’

“Boeing Boeing” is a classic French farce that boasts the Guinness World Records most performed French play.

Set in the 1960s, it follows Bernard, a handsome bachelor living in Paris. He is simultaneously seeing three different airline stewardesses and succeeds in his infidelity as their flight schedules never overlap. Until now.

The cast includes Caitlin Billings as Gloria, Jacob Brayton as Bernard, Tim Campbell as Robert, Sarah Rae Dover as Gabriella, Sara Lee as Gretchen, and Jessica Walker as Berthe under the direction of Brad Stephenson, a professor at Catawba College.

Performances dates are May 18-20 and 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15+tax at www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507. Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St.

Annual SPC strawberry festival 


SPENCER — Strawberries are ripe and ready for eating! Don’t miss the annual strawberry festival at Spencer Presbyterian Church Sunday, May 21 from 1-3 p.m. in the fellowship hall and on the grounds. Strawberry desserts will be served at no charge.

Entertainment will include performances by Elvis impersonator Michael Thomas; gymnast Rylan Furr; vocalists Quincy Cook, Mallory Braun, Alexis Cowan, North Rowan Middle School “Newest Edition”; NRHS band members; and other local performers. The church is located on 1st Street, across from the entrance to the NC Transportation Museum.


Darryl Rhoades headlines Wednesday at The Comedy Zone at The Loft 

Wednesday, May 24: Headliner Darryl Rhoades. Opening Andy Forrester. Doors 7 p.m. show 8 p.m. $10 cover. The Loft at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., 704-603-4656.

Darryl Rhoades’ show is original and energetic. Some of his comedy parody songs have been included in movie soundtracks and featured on Dr. Demento’s syndicated radio show. He has been an entertainer most of his life, including being a drummer and band leader, and has been a standup comedian for more than 20 years.

Andy Forrester started in Raleigh in 1999. His off the wall humor is likeable, self-deprecating, fun and easy going. He has opened for Marc Maron, Jimmie “JJ” Walker, Kevin Pollak and Greg Giraldo.

Compete in the Southeast Thresher’s Queen Pageant

DENTON _ Seeking pageant contestants to be held June 30, at Denton FarmPark. The 2017 Queen will receive a $2500 scholarship. Deadline June 15. Entry rules and information at www.farmpark.com or Facebook. Denton FarmPark is 17 miles from Lexington.

58th annual Rowan Rose Show is Saturday

Submitted by Clyde Harriss

Rowan Rose Society’s 58th annual Rose Show will be held in the former JC Penney building at the West End Plaza, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Previously, the Rose Show has been open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; this year the Show will be open on Saturday afternoon only, so plan to attend on Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

The Show will feature hundreds of rose blooms, including the large flowered hybrid teas that everyone loves, as well as new varieties, fragrant old roses and miniature roses. A special display will contain award winners from each class, including Queen of the Show. This wide variety of roses offers an excellent opportunity to select favorites to grow in your own garden.

Society members will be present to advise on best practices for growing roses. Membership in the Rowan Rose Society, normally $20, will be available at half price.

In addition to displays of individual roses, a large section will be devoted to a variety of beautiful flower arrangements emphasizing the use of roses.

All area rose growers are welcome to enter roses between 6:30 and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

At the close of the Show on Saturday, show roses will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the American Rose Society. For more information, call 704-633-7024.


Audition reminders

Lee Street theatre auditions for ‘Pride & Prejudice’ — May 21-22 at 7 p.m. Adapted for the stage by Jenny Hubbard. Performance dates June July 20-29. Script info available at 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org

PPT youth auditions for ‘Bring It On’— 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. May 23-24: By appointment only. Show dates. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. www.PiedmontPlayers.com

PPT auditions for ‘Tom, Dick & Harry’ — 7 p.m. May 30-31: Meroney Theater third floor, 213 S. Main St. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds needed. Auditions consist of cold reading from the script. Show dates July 27-Aug. 5. See available roles at www.PiedmontPlayers.com

Renaissance Festival auditions

CONCORD — The Carolina Renaissance Festival will hold open auditions on June 10 and June 17 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road.

The Festival is calling for actors, entertainers, musicians, performers and colorful personalities of all types to inhabit the Festival’s make believe Village of Fairhaven. Amateur and professional opportunities are available. Find audition details and registration at Carolina.RenFestInfo.com

The Carolina Renaissance Festival returns for its 24th season on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Nov. 19.


David Holt and the Lightning Bolts Return to Tweetsie Railroad — Noon and 3 p.m. May 27: David Holt and the Lighting Bolts perform authentic mountain music and share humorous stories, using more than ten instruments, from banjos and guitars to paper bags. David Holt has won four Grammys for his musical talents and has played with other musical legends like Fed Cockerham and Doc Watson. Tweetsie Railroad, Hwy. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE (877-898-3874).

Sign up early for History on Tap

Fourth Thursdays in June, July, August, 6-8 p.m.

History on Tap: Explore Salisbury’s past by visiting some of the city’s most intriguing historic properties. From theatre to toys, beer to wine, cars to trains, and everything in between, each of our tours will provide you with an educational and engaging experience via this town’s fantastic buildings. Here’s your chance to see – and taste – the real Salisbury. Learn more at Historic Salisbury Foundation, www.historicsalisbury.org/


Let’s Get Connected Day 

The annual Multicultural Celebration is Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Ave. Dedication of the Peace Pole will be held at the Dream Park, 910 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., at noon. There will be free hot dogs after dedication of the Peace Pole, with a Prayer Circle. Come enjoy music, dance and spoken word. Bring a chair. Sponsored by Covenant Community Connection, a sub- committee of the Human Relations Council of Salisbury. With questions, call 704-636-6119.


Bennett Place hosts a Memorial Day Military Timeline Event next weekend

DURHAM — Memorial Day is a time to remember the sacrifice that so many men and women have made for the freedoms we treasure. America has a rich history of selfless acts of bravery and sacrifice beginning with the American Revolution and continuing to the present day. The holiday we commemorate as Memorial Day began following the American Civil War in communities across America that wanted to pay tribute to soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Sen. John A. Logan, a former Union officer on staff with Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, was instrumental in making this a formal national day honoring our fallen soldiers.

Visit Bennett Place and join military living historians representing the American soldier of various time periods throughout our nation’s history on Saturday, May 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 from 0 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no cost for this event. For additional information, call 919-383-4345, e-mail  bennett@ncdcr.gov or check out www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com. Bennett Place is located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road.


Top Air Show Returns to Seymour Johnson AFB this weekend

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB, GOLDSBORO — Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the 4th Fighter Wing and military aviation in North Carolina, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will open its gates to the public for the biennial Wings Over Wayne County Air Show, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21.

Headlining the air show will be The Blue Angels, the US Navy’s premier aerial demonstration team, performing a myriad of precise formations and maneuvers in six distinctive blue and yellow F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Soaring at speeds of 120 to 700 mph, pilots will exhibit their extensive training and aircraft capability through extreme passes, rolls, tight turns, opposing passes, inverted flying, belly-to-belly flight, wingtip-to-wingtip formations, and the famous Diamond and Delta configurations.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is home to the 4th Fighter Wing, consisting of approximately 7,000 people and 95 multi-role F-15E Strike Eagles. Formerly commanded by Chuck Yeager, the 4th Fighter Wing is one of the largest wings in the United States Air Force and has a highly decorated history spanning seven decades.

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