Roundabout: What’s happening Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 31, 2017

Your unofficial guide to Rowan’s Reformation Celebration

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Sept. 5-6 — PPT auditions for ‘In God’s Own Country’ 7 p.m. Sept. 5-6. See AUDITIONS or

7 p.m. Sept. 12 — Rowan History Club. Museum director Aaron Kepley will speak on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, which is the unofficial theme of Germanfest, as sort of the unofficial kick off to all of Salisbury’s 500th anniversary of the reformation events. Free, open to the public. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946, 

 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. The starting line will begin on the grounds of the Old Stone House.

 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 

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



Lee Street theatre presents ‘Dixie Swim Club— 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24-Sept 2: $15 + Tax. Five unforgettable women, free from husbands, kids and jobs, meet at the same beach cottage on the Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives over 33 years. $15+tax. Lee Street Theatre. 329 N. Lee St., or 704-310-5507.

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem presents ‘Steel Magnolias’ — Sept. 8-17: It’s the 1980s in Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana. At Truvy’s beauty parlor six women gather each week to gossip and support each other. Tickets $27.5. Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. or 336-725-4001.


Music & more 

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Tonight An Evening of Pops ’N’ Jazz by Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society — 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31: With Divided by Four, upstairs at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St. Silent auction and food and drinks available for purchase. Suggested donation of $10.

Open mic at Mean Mug 7-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1:  Jamie Slate and special guest Tracy Colletto. Tracy is traveling through Salisbury between ‘big gigs’  Check Tracy out here: sign up begins at 6:30pm.  1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

Music At The Mill — 7-9 p.m. Sept. 2: Featuring the acoustic rock/country/blues sounds of Jeff Lumsden. Bring a chair. The Roller Mill will be open for tours from 7-9 p.m. China Grove Roller Mill, 308 Main St.

The Jones Sisters Band — 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2: This month’s Mooresville Bluegrass event at Shearer Presbyterian Church, Shearer Road, Mooresville.

Sunday concert at Mean Mug — 5:30-8  p.m. Sept.  3: Greg Moore of the acoustic rock band Fall For Nothing.  No cover. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

Patio jammin’ at Mean Mug — 6:30-9 p.m. Monday Sept. 4: Musicians of all genres and caliber jam on the patio at 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615,

Brown Bag Lunch Jam — Noon-1:30 p.m. four consecutive Wednesdays in September: Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27. Grab a friend, grab a blanket and grab a spot. Free outdoor concert series at Eastern Gateway Park downtown.

Open mic at Mean Mug 7-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8:  Host Danny Franklin. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m.  1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

Karaoke at Mean Mug — 7-10 p.m. Sept. 9 and every second Saturday. 1024 S. Fulton St.,704-754-4615,

Pickin’ for the Master — 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29: Concert followed by open jam session Free admission, donations accepted. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986,

Music on Means Concert Series — 6-9 p.m. Sept. 21: Featuring: Gump Fiction, The Ultimate 90’s Experience plus outside dining, games, shopping, more in Downtown Concord. 704-784-4208 or

Noche de Ritmo — 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23: Salsa dancing fourth Saturdays. $8/person or $15/couple. Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St., RSVP to 704-754-4615.

‘We Will Raq You’ — 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9: One-of-a-kind event that combines pop, rock, hip-hop, and heavy metal music with cabaret, tribal, fusion and theatrical belly dance. The Laureate Center, 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis. Tickets at

Salisbury Symphony and St. John’s Lutheran Church — 7 p.m. Sept. 23: Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at St. John’s. 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

Music at the Mural — 8-11 p.m. Sept. 30: Knaughty Pine • Free concert series at The Mural on W. Fisher St. W. Fisher St., Free.

FirstARTS presents Ensemble Chaconne — 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 13: 17th and 18th century gems performed on period instruments. From  Boston, Mass. At First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St. Free. 704-636-3121, ext. 104.

51st annualGranite Quarry Fiddlers Convention — Oct. 14:  At ERHS. Lanny Merrell, Granite Quarry Civitan Club, 704-213-1992.

Mark Chesnutt at the Cabarrus Arena — Sept. 22: Tickets $30. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 NC 49, Concord, 704-920-3976,

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center — 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Complete listings at 704-372-1000 or

Live at Harrah’s Cherokee — • Hank Williams Jr., Sept. 1 • The Doobie Brothers, Sept. 16 • Darius Rucker, Sept. 22 • ZZ Top, Oct. 6 • Willie Nelson and Family, Oct. 13 • Alabama, Nov. 3 • Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Nov. 9 • or 1-800-745-3000. Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee.



36th annual Morganton Festival — Sept. 8-9: Arts &  craft vendors, festival cuisine, beer garden, kid & teen zones with rides and games, three   entertainment stages, sunrise run. Concert with The Swon Brothers Friday and Brothers Osborne Saturday. Morganton is about 90 minutes from Salisbury. See

6th annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival — Sept. 9: Musical artists Blue Highway, Dom Flemons, Song of the Mountains emcee Tim White and Troublesome Hollow, Fireside Collective, Loose Strings Band. Plus arts & crafts, classic car show, children’s play, food. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, children under 12 free. Carolina Bible Camp, 1988 Jericho Church Road, Mocksville, 336-262-6325 ,

Annual Biker Blues & BBQ at THD — Sept. 15-16: One of Salisbury/Rowan County’s largest events with free admission. Food and merchandise vendors, Deejay Fast Freddie, free concert by Nantucket and Dixie Revival, Charity Poker Run for Salisbury Veterans Hospice and No Vet Dies Alone Program, People’s Choice Bbq Tasting Contest. Friday Sept. 15 features nationally known The Nantucket Band. Held at Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive, 704-638-6044.

Carolina Good Medicine Powwow — 4-10 p.m. Sept. 15: Traditional Southern Protocol Powwow. Family oriented. Bring blankets and chairs. Frank Liske ParK, 4001 Stough Road Concord. See for schedule of events.

Denton Street Festival — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 9: Food, local crafts, artists, children’s activities. Local entertainment 9-11 a.m. Harrison Park, 20 W Salisbury St. Info 336-859-4231. Denton is about 40 minutes from Salisbury.

Stand Together Music Festival — 2-10 p.m. Sept. 23: Main Street, China Grove.

Kannapolis Fire Truck Parade and open house — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30: Parade begins 11 a.m. Indoor festivities in The Laureate Center at City Hall. Free open house, emergency vehicles, music, entertainment, helicopters, inflatable games.Kannapolis Firefighters’ Assistance Foundation offers hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks for purchase plus silent auction. Profits assist local firefighters in need.

38th Autumn Jubilee — Oct. 7-8:  Food, crafts, music, displays, art, and 30,000 friends at Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, 704-216-7803.

Annual Fin, Feather and Fur Outdoor & Off Road Expo — Oct. 13-15: Rowan County Fairgrounds. Kick off concert Friday with Thompson Square. Pre-Sale ticket prices through July 19 for $20; July 20-Oct. 8 Advance tickets $25; Beginning Oct. 9 Week of and Door Price tickets $35. See or call 704-279-9383.

18th annual Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Oct. 21: “It’s Reunion Time!” Remembering the early years. Gates open 12:30 p.m., featured musicians 4-11 p.m. 200 W. Fisher St., For early bird group reservations contact or see or call 704-636-3277.

Landis Fall Festival — 7-10 p.m., Oct. 21: N. Central Ave. downtown Landis featuring Darrell Harwood.

Fall Festival ‘Come to the County Fair’ — 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29: Inflatables, games, prizes, fire truck rides, food. Concert at 6 p.m. First Baptist First Ministry Center, 220 N. Fulton St. Info at 704-633-0431 ext. 105.


This & That 

Tonight Game night at Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 6-9 p.m. Thursday  Aug. 31: Bring your favorite board game. Free. 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615.

South Main Book Store two-author event — 6:30-8 Sept. 1: Maggie Harstad will show a short film based on Brian Jabas Smith’s “Spent Saints & Other Stories” • J.C. Sasser, author of Gradle Bird, will reading from her new book. Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St., 704-630-9788,

United Way Sunset Run 5K — 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1: Downtown Salisbury

Band dance at the Y — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sept. 16: Delmonico Band. Bring a covered dish. $8, guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

25th annual Labor Day get-together at the Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4: Hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, all the trimmings. Corn hole and other lawn games, tour the recently remodeled canteen. 1024 Lincolnton Road, 704-637-1722.

Monthly Peace Circle — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and every first Tuesday: At Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St., 704-754-4615,

Community drum circle — 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8: Center for Faith & the Arts. No experience needed, extra drums available. 207 W. Harrison St. behind Haven Lutheran Church. Free.

Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342 — 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Oct. 13: (second Fridays): Music by deejay “Rawhide” Lee Clark. $10 admission, finger foods served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.

Horizons Unlimited picnic and open house — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 9: Kicking off Year 50 with celebration and unveiling of new Story Walk. $2 suggested donation. 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave. Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium, 1636 Parkview Circle. Free admission; donations accepted. 704-639-3004,

Fall open house at Piedmont Floral Galleries  — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 9: Newest trends for Fall, light refreshments served. 280 Furniture Drive, 704-636-7739 for more information.

Flu shots at the Y — Wednesday, Sept. 13: Sponsored by Rite Aid, open to the public, bring insurance information. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111,

The Center for Faith & the Arts women’s retreat — Sept. 15-17: A film, workshops, performance by Queens of D’Nile, group dancing and drumming, meditative retrospective. Registration $50 includes lunch. See

Cruisin’ The Grove — 3-7 p.m. Oct. 21: Cruise in, Main Street in China Grove. Shop and dine downtown.

NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures — 108 Fourth St., Spencer, 704-762-9359,

Gold Hill Founders’ Day — Sept. 23: Founders’ Day in Historic Gold Hill, Saint Stephens Church Road. Village shops will be open. or

Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show —10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23-24: Merchandise, seminars, raffles. Adults $10, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free.

Fall National astronomy day — 6-9 p.m. Sept. 30: Star party at Carolina International School. 9545 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Astronomical Society of Rowan,

Annual Night at the Museums — Oct. 21: The NC Doll and the Miniature Museum/Rowan Museum. Two museums come alive for one night only. Kid-friendly meal included. Advance registration required. $25 adults $15 kids, $75 family (2 adults 2 kids). phone,

Bear feeding every Saturday and Sunday at Dan Nich — 2 p.m. weather permitting. At Wildlife Adventures section. Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, 704-216-7800.

Meet The Animal every Saturday and Sunday at Dan Nich — 3 p.m. weather permitting. At Wildlife Adventures or Nature Center. Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, 704-216-7800.


Blood drive

J.F. Hurley Family YMCA — 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26: American Red Cross Blood Drive at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. Sign up at 704-636-0111.



Tonight: An Evening of Pops ’N’ Jazz by Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society — Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.: An Evening of Pops ‘N Jazz presented by the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society on  upstairs at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St. With Matthew Newton as its emcee, features classic pops and jazz tunes, such as “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” the Jackson Five’s” ABC,” “On a Clear Day” and “Don’t Stop Believin” from the television series Glee. Also, the band Divided by Four will play their popular tunes. For this fundraiser, a minimum donation of $10 is suggested. Silent auction plus limited food and drink menu available for purchase.

Morgan Ridge Charity Night — 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday • A percentage of sales will be donated. 421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379,

Pony-Palooza — 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sept. 9: Pony show and fundraiser for Midnight’s Promise Equine Rescue.  Family fun, vendors, food, ice cream, ponies and minis. Held at the Ellis Event Center, 2056 East Ridge Road, See

Rowan Museum’s Germanfest Patron’s Party — 5-9 p.m. Sept. 15: Celebrate the German culture of Rowan County and support the Rowan Museum. German food, special New Sarum German style beer, music. Dr. Gary Freeze will present “What Martin Luther would have thought about Cheerwine.” $35 adults, $20 students. Advance registration required at 704-633-5946.

Believe in the Arts shoe drive fundraiser — Through Sept. 15: Raising funds for fine arts scholarships for needy students based on total weight of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. Donate to The Pointe Dance Company, Crossroads Autobody, or Wahoo’s Diner. Non-profit organization. Info: Lauren Cook, 704-239-7086.

5th Annual Silver Buckle Charity Ball — 5-9 p.m. Sept. 23: Live music, dancing, dinner, silent auction. Proceeds support therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities at Saving Grace Farm. Hosted by Trinity Oaks. Tickets $40 or $75/couple includes admission, dinner, two drink tickets per person. Call or email for info 704-209-6577

9th Annual Big Chili Cook-Off — 6:30-11 p.m. Oct. 7: Benefits Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,

Rowan Museum Chicken & Pickin’ at China Grove Roller Mill — 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7: Chicken-n-dumplings and music all to support the operation of the China Grove Roller Mill. $10 adults $5 kids under 12.

OctoberTour Patrons’ Party — 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12: Music, dancing, cocktails, food.

Grace Lutheran Men In Mission’s 9th annual Fish Fry Fundraiser —  4 p.m. until,  Oct.  14: Benefiting Felix Bautista, rehabilitating after a hemorrhagic stroke. Felix and Holly have a 1-year-old daughter. Live deejay, raffles, bring your own lawn chair, parking shuttle service available, dine-in or carry out. 3020 Grace Church Road,  704-857-8641.



Latta Plantation Revolutionary War Battle reenactment Labor Day weekend — Sept. 2-3: At Historic Latta Plantation. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Rd. Huntersville. Ticket info at 704-875-2312 or

Historic Salisbury Trolley Tour — 11 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28. $8 adults/ $5 kids. Narrators describe historic sites, shopping, restaurants, theaters, public art. One-hour tour begins at the Rowan County Visitors Center, 204 E Innes St.

‘Cheerwine: 100 Years’ exhibit —Cheerwine celebrates 100 years in its hometown in an exhibit at Rowan Museum. Through December. 202 N. Main St. Free. 704-633-5946 or

Rowan Museum’s Germanfest — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16: Rowan’s German heritage comes alive at the Old Stone House celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. German food, dancing, history, and story telling. New Sarum Brewery with special beers on tap. $5 adults $3 students. 770 Stone House Road. 704- 633-5946

The China Grove Roller Mill – Open 6-7 p.m. Saturday before Music at the Mill.

OctoberTour of Historic Homes — Oct. 14 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Oct. 15 Noon-5:30 p.m.: Visit through 11 private, historic homes dating from 1820-1929. Bank Street: Children’s games, story-time, antique fire trucks, beer and wine tasting, Bank Street Café, and more.


Wine & beer tastings 

Salisbury Wine Shop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1: Goodbye To Summer Wine Tasting: Part 2  with Stephanie. Taste a selection of wines you should have enjoyed this summer.  $5/person • 106 S. Main St., 704-636-5151,

Morgan Ridge Vineyards and Brewhouse — 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill, 704-639-0911,

Cauble Creek Vineyard and Winery — NC’s 100th Winery. Tasting room Friday -Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. $8. 704-633-1137, 700 Cauble Farm Road,

Douglas Vineyards — Tasting Room hours: Friday 2-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. Wine Tasting $6. 7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis, 704-939-6260,

Cougar Run Winery — 704-280-3624. Cougar Run Winery, 363 N. Church St., Concord.

Mean Mug Coffee Co. — 7-9 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 12 and every second Tuesday: $15 pp with RSVP to 704-754-4615. 1024 S. Fulton St.

Old Stone Winery — 704-279-0930, 6245 US Hwy. 52.

Rocky River Vineyards — 704-781-5035. 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland.

Childress Vineyards — 336-236-WINE, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, exit 89 off I-85, Hwy 64 W. Lexington.


Night Life

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The Carriage Room, 2141 Statesville Blvd. — Sundays 2-7 p.m. Open Mic hosted by Danny Franklin • Fridays: pool tournament, $5. 704-647-9876,

Firewater, 122 Avalon Drive — • Thursdays: Karaoke •Fridays-Saturdays: Deejay • Age 25+. 704-870-8689.

Go Burrito RumBar, 115 W. Fisher St. across from the mural — • Monday: Poker Night • Tuesday: Team Trivia • Wednesday: Open Mic • Saturday: Karaoke •

The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 — 8 p.m. Saturday sept 2 : closed. Contemporary Christian music venue. Musicians invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. 704-213-1467.

E.H. Montgomery General Store — 7-9 p.m. Fridays: Open acoustic Bluegrass jam. Historic Village of Gold Hill, 704-267-9439,

Tonight at Morgan Ridge Railwalk, 421 N. Lee St. — 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Aug. 31: True North. 421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379,

Bike Night at Morgan Ridge Railwalk, 421 N. Lee St. — 6-9 p.m. Sept. 6, Oct. 4: Greg Brangle playing live music on the patio. 421 N. Lee St., 704-754-8379,

Morgan Ridge Railwalk, 421 N. Lee St. — 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday: Live entertainment on the patio with Austin McNeil Fridayand  Jason Leake Saturday. 704-754-8379,

Sunrise Cafe, 210 Old Amity Hill Road, Cleveland — • 5-8 p.m. Mondays: Karaoke with Crystal • 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Acoustic only Bluegrass pick and eat jam. 704-402-3527.

Break-n-Run Bar & Billiards, 612 S. Main St. — • Wednesday Ladies night • Tournaments: 9 Ball Friday night, 8 Ball Saturday night, APA league Monday-Tuesday-Thursday, cash league Wednesday • Free pool Friday • Car show fourth Saturday. Open Monday-Saturday plus Sunday during football season. 980- 216-1603.



Eight-week beginning & intermediate pottery wheel class — Cost: $200. Choose • Tuesdays 10:30-1 p.m. Sept. 5-Oct. 24 or • Wednesdays 6:30-9 p.m. Sept.6-Oct. 25 or • Thursdays: 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7-Oct. 26 • Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., 704-209-1632,

New start date: Six-week beginning Tai Chi for Balance — 1:30 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 7-Oct. 12: Instructor Gail Poulton. Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. behind Haven Lutheran Church, between S. Fulton and S. Main. Register at or 704-647-0999. Cost $60.

Learn the guitar — Guitar class starting 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 for absolute beginner or intermediate guitar. Held at Rufty-Holmes Sr. Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. Bring your own guitar. No previous experience necessary. Cost $40 plus $10 workbook. Call 704-216-7714 to sign up between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8, or for more info call 704-640-0279.

Mind Aerobics art class — 2-4 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 11: Introduction to mass drawing, pastels, sculpture. Rufty Holmes Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. $10/2 hr. session. For adults of all ages, beginners and advanced. Sign up at 704 216-7714. Instructor: professional artist Robert Richard Toth,

Learn Modern Western Square Dancing — Open House Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at Salisbury Rec. Center, 316 Lake Drive. Caller Marty Northrup. Couples and singles invited, no obligation. Weekly lessons begin Sept. 19. Cost is $/person/night. Contact Effie or Norman File, presidents, 704-633-9555.

Defense at the Bridge Table — 10-11:45 a.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 14. Lessons for advanced beginners/intermediates at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, ACBL-accredited teacher; $5 per lesson. Drop in or call RHSC at 704-633-7862 or 980-234-0373. 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave.


Speakers & forums

Diabetes education at the Y — 3 p.m., Sept. 20: Open to the public. Light refreshments. Sign up at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. W., 704-636-0111.

Lunch and Learn at the Y — • Noon, Sept. 27: “Simple Solutions Presents Computers & Such,” Open to the public, sign up at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. W., 704-636-0111.

Salisbury-Rowan AARP — 12:30 p.m. Sept.7: Salad pot luck lunch, bring something or a dessert. Speaker: Kris Mueller, director of Resource Development for Rowan Helping Ministries. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. For age 50+.

Bright Ideas — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays: Networking at 10Thread, 1024 S. Fulton St.

‘How Not To Date A Jerk’ (Finding Your Way to a Lasting Love) — 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22 and 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 23: Sponsored by Singled Out Ministry of First Baptist Church Salisbury. Led by Rod Kerr. 704-633-0431 ext. 105 for registration information. $20.


Home & Garden

Salisbury Farmer’s Market —9 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. West Fisher and South Jackson Streets.

Lexington Farmers Market — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays. 129 S. Railroad St., 336-731-7317,

Kannapolis Farmers Market — Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., corner of Vance Ave and Dale Earnhardt Blvd.

China Grove Farmers Market — 4-6 p.m. Fridays. The Market at the Mill at the China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St. 704-633-5946.



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

LSt auditions for Tony Award-winning musical ‘Next to Normal’ — 2 p.m. Sept. 10: At the Lee Street theater. In collaboration with Catawba College Theatre Arts Dept. Prepare 16 bars of a song that contains emotional range and be ready to perform cold readings from the script. Show dates Nov. 2-11. 329 N. Lee St., 704-310-5507,

Salisbury Symphony musical auditions — Sept. 9: Principal percussion, section strings, any who want to be on the orchestra’s substitute list. Williams Music Building, Catawba College. For an appointment time, call 704-637-4314.

PPT’s youth audition workshop — 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 16: How to audition for a musical, specifically geared toward PPT’s upcoming youth production of “Anne Of Green Gables.” Ages: elementary-high school. Cost: $40. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.,

PPT youth auditions for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ — 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sept 19-20: By appointment only. Show dates: Nov 6-18. Sign up at 704-633-5471. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.



Movie day at the Y — • 1:30 p.m., Sept. 8: “The Zoo Keepers Wife.” Free, open to the public, sign up at J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. W., 704-636-0111.



Carolina Artist Expo 2017 — Exhibit Sept. 26-30. Community reception Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Held at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Center for Faith and the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St. — • Opens Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m. reception; artist talk 7 p.m.: Creative Pilgrimage, the contemplateiv art of Karen Operrell Campbell • Current Exhibit “Hello My Name Is…” Center for Faith and the Arts, behind Haven Lutheran Church. or 704-647-0999.

Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. — Fine frame gallery is displaying art by Leslie Hudson Tolles, Alee Johnson and Robert Toth. 704-647-0340,

Last weekend of exhibit at Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, 409-413 N. Lee St. — • Through Aug. 26: “Where Have You Been?” Art by Rail Walk artists • Beginning Aug. 31: “When Nature Inspires Art,” local professional plein air artists’ work on display. Artists’ reception, Sept. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meet Don Moore, Phyllis Steimel, Liese Sadler, Cathy Matthews, Joyce Cavanagh-Wood, Barbara Duffy, Joyce Metters, Harold Frontz, Leslie Frontz, Carolyn Blackman, Sharon Forthofer. Free and open to the public Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 704-469-2781

WVAC Fall exhibition ‘Architecture and History’ — Sept. 9 -Feb. 3, 2018: at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,

WVAC artist talks and opening reception for Architecture and History — 6-8 p.m. Sept. 15: Talk at 6 p.m., reception follows. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., 704-636-1882,

OctoberTour AfterHours Plein Air Artist Reception — 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14: Relax with a glass of wine and artwork created by North Carolina’s Plein Air Artists. Ticket info



Travel with the YMCA — • 8 a.m. Sept. 19: Perry Lowe Apples trip by motor coach to Moravian Falls • Oct 24: Blowing Rock trip by motor coach • Nov. 10: Southern Christmas Show • Nov. 30: Narrow Ways Theater by motor coach • Dec. 6: Barn Dinner Theater by motor coach • Trips open to the public • Buses leave from J. F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. 704-636-0111 or

Steppin’ Out Social Club trip to Harrah’s Cherokee — Leave old Belk’s parking lot 7 p.m. Friday Sept. 8 return Saturday 8 a.m. Cost $40 (non refundable) with $20 returned upon arrival at casino. Small coolers welcome. Contact 704-232-5201 or 704-640-6993 to pay your money. Limited seating.

Davie County Senior Services trip — Nov. 13-15: Wilmington beach trip, Christmas special at the Carolina Opry, Alabama Theater Christmas show, tour of the city, shopping. Call Davie County Senior Services, 336-753-6230.


Call for vendors

Antiques event at the Fairgrounds — Sept. 9-10: Tables available at 704-425-9838 or 704-932-5071. Inside both days $60; outside one day $25, outside two days $35. Rain or shine.

China Grove Farmers Market — seeks interested vendors. The market is open 4-6 p.m. every Friday until the end of Sept.

Music on Means Pop-Up Market — Sept.  21 and Oct. 19: Artists/vendors of hand-made items. Refundable deposit $30 for one concert; $50 for both. Apply at forms/d/e/1FAIpQLS cUyOfUd7hNBnZspftY 5qX4hjyu6VZTD eEFUt9xH77Hmmw8g/

42nd OctoberTour — Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks vendors for Oct. 14-15. The ‘Bank Street Cafe’ features food and art. See, call 704-636-0103 or email or visit

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Event is Oct. 21. Food trucks inquire at or 704-636-3277.

 Holiday Faire — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4: Seeking crafters and independent vendors. First Ministry Center, 223 N. Fulton St. All proceeds after expenses go to missions. Contact Joyce Curl at 704-433-4251 or email or Rod at 704-633-0431 ext.105.


Call for performers

Salisbury Swing Band— SSB is seeking instrumentalists. Auditions are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Contact Jim Grazcyk 704-798-5840 for more information.

Gold Hill Bluegrass jam — Acoustic Bluegrass jam. E.H. Montgomery General Store, Gold Hill. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. 704-267-9439.

Blumenthal Performing Arts open mic nights — Free event open to performers, selected by lottery. E-mail


Call for artists artisans

Foothills Folk Art Festival — Deadline Sept. 1. Event is in downtown Newton on Oct. 7. $75 application fee for local and regional contemporary folk artists, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities for children, live music. Festival admission is free. Apply at Newton is about an hour from Salisbury.

Crafters, wood artisans — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4: The Auxiliary at Millers Ferry looking for homemade craft vendors and wood working vendors. To participate send an email to: and someone will send you an application.

Arts at the Mill — Nov. 10-12: Indoor national fine arts festival at the historic Mill in Downtown Mooresville, 500 S Main St. Application deadline Oct. 2. Application fee $25 (non-refundable) fee, booth fee $200. Visit or email

42nd OctoberTour — Historic Salisbury Foundation seeks artists (handmade items) for Oct.14-15. See, call 704-636-0103 or email

Oktoberfest juried arts and crafts show — Downtown Hickory’s 32nd Annual Oktoberfest accepting applications for Oct. 13-15 event. Applications, fees, guidelines at Applications for commercial and non-profit vendors also available.

The Seasons of Hurley Park: 30 Years — Juried group exhibition in celebration of Hurley Park’s pearl anniversary, no fee to enter. Deadline Oct. 20. Exhibition: Feb. 10-May 19, 2018. Opening reception Feb. 16, 2018 at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Requirements and guidelines at 704-636-1882 or

Call for sculpture artists — Sept. 9: Caldwell Arts Council seek sculptors for annual Lenoir outdoor sculpture sales gallery., 828-754-2486, email


Call for volunteers 

75 needed at annual Rowan Cabarrus Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Any time 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16: At NC Research Campus, 150 Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis. Event set-up, registration, photo zone, walk route support, refreshment station, T-shirt station, start/finish line cheerleaders, breakdown. Volunteers receive a T-shirt. Email Caitlyn Haffey, or call 980-498-7725.

Staff the CFA art gallery — The Center for Faith & the Arts seeks volunteers to staff the art gallery Fridays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact the center at 704-647-0999 or email info@faithartorg

42nd annual OctoberTour — Oct. 14-15: Be a docent in a historic home, help with Bank Street Cafe, Patrons Ball, more. Historic Salisbury Foundation 704-636-0103 or email or visit

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival — Event is Oct. 21. Inquire at or 704-636-3277.

Rowan Helping Ministries volunteers – Pick up donated food, stock food pantry, intake interviews, laundry, meals. 704-637-6838.

Help feed the horses — Horse Protection Society, 2135 Miller Road, China Grove,

DAV transportation network of Rowan County — Take veterans to hospital appts. Call Jim Martin at 704-638-9000 x3904.

Novant Rowan Medical Center – Patient escorts, gift shop, surgical waiting room, flower delivery, more.


County Fairs 2017

Iredell County Fair — Sept. 1-9, Troutman,

Cabarrus County Fair — Sept. 8-16, Concord,

Davidson County Fair — Sept. 18-23, Lexington,

Rowan County Fair — Sept. 15-23, 704-640-2326 or

Stanly County Fair — Sept. 26-30, Albemarle,

Dixie Classic County Fair — Sept. 29-Oct. 8 , Winston-Salem,

NC State Fair — Oct. 12-22, Raleigh,

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