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500th Reformation anniversary: Ways to celebrate in Rowan!

Celebrate the German culture of Rowan County

The Carolina Colonial Dancers at the Old Stone House. Photo by Jon C. lakey, Salisbury Post.

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Sept. 5-6 — PPT auditions for ‘In God’s Own Country’ 7 p.m. Sept. 5-6: Meroney Theater third floor, 213 S. Main St. Show dates Oct. 12-21. Details and available roles at 704-633-5471 or www.PiedmontPlayers.com

7 p.m. Sept. 12 — Rowan History Club: Museum director Aaron Kepley will speak on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, the unofficial theme of Germanfest, as sort of the unofficial kick off to all of Salisbury’s Reformation events. Free, open to the public. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org

 6-9 p.m. Sept. 15 — Rowan Museum’s Germanfest Patron’s Party: Celebrate the German culture of Rowan County and support the Rowan Museum with a German dinner, special New Sarum German style beer, traditional music and Dr. Gary Freeze postulating on “What Martin Luther would have thought about Cheerwine.” $35 adults, $25 students. Advance tickets required at 704-633-5946.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16 — Annual Rowan Museum Germanfest at the Old Stone House: 770 Old Stone House Road. A day-long celebration of the German culture of eastern Rowan County to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

• A Volksmarch, a 1-mile walk to and from the Old Stone House to the Granite Lake Park, will begin at 9 a.m. All ages are invited and no registration is required.

• At 10 a.m. activities begin at the Old Stone House. Experience Colonial beer making, wood working, candle making, baking, traditional music, and tours of the house. Local churches with German history will be on site sharing their connection to the Protestant Reformation. Enjoy the short nature trails leading to the creek and the Braun family cemetery. German food and colonial beer will available for purchase. Admission $5 adults, $3 students. Parking available in the gravel lot across from the Old Stone House.

7 p.m. Sept. 23: — Salisbury Symphony and St. John’s Lutheran Church celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at St. John’s. This will be the first performance of the Symphony’s newly-formed Chorale. Program includes music by Bach, Mendelssohn and Brown based on the popular hymn by Luther, “A Mighty Fortress.” See Salisburysymphony.org

Oct. 12-21 — PPT presents “In God’s Own Country,” a special collaborative production between the German theatre company Landesbuhnen Sachsen and Piedmont Players. It follows the story of Henry Muhlenberg and his effort to bring the Lutheran Church to America and details the struggles of immigrants who fled to America to escape religious persecution. Performed at the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Ticket info at 704-633-5471 and www.PiedmontPlayers.com

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays — Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Gloria Dei has begun a study exploring the Lutheran churches in America with focus on Rowan County. 1908 Statesville Blvd. Host pastor Rev. John Tucker.

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