Local arts & entertainment news Aug. 31-Sept. 6
Book signing at South Main Books
Tonight An Evening of Pops ’N’ Jazz by Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society
An Evening of Pops ‘N Jazz will be presented by the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. upstairs at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St.
With Matthew Newton as its emcee, this program will feature 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.
A silent auction will be held, and a limited menu of food and drinks will be available for purchase.
25th annual Labor Day get-together at the Harold B. Jarrett
The 25th annual Labor Day get-together at the Harold B. Jarrett Post 342, 1024 Lincolnton Road, is from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, Labor Day.
There will be hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, all the trimmings as well as corn hole and other lawn games. Also, take a tour of the recently remodeled canteen, which will be open. Call 704-637-1722 to learn more.
Learn modern Western Square Dancing
Learn Modern Western Square Dancing. An informational open house will be held Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Rec. Center, 316 Lake Drive, with caller Marty Northrup. Couples and singles are invited; there is no obligation. Weekly lessons begin Sept. 19. Cost is $5/person/night. Contact Effie or Norman File, presidents, at 704-633-9555.
Defense at the bridge table
New class offered from 10-11:45 a.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 14. Lessons are for advanced beginners/intermediates, held at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center for $5 per lesson. Instructor is ACBL-accredited. Drop in or call Rufty-Holmes, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave., 704-633-7862 or 980-234-0373.
Save the date: Pony-Palooza
From 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, experience this pony show and fundraiser for Midnight’s Promise Equine Rescue. The event will be held at the Ellis Event Center, 2056 East Ridge Road.
There will be family fun, vendors, food and ice cream. See the ponies and minis in a Parade of Ponies, plus events such as the obstacle course, ride-a-buck, crossrails, best trick, poles, costume, barrels and more.
See https://www.midnightspromise.org/pony-palooza for tickets and schedule information.
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, www.rowanymca.org
South Main Book Store two-author event
From 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, Maggie Harstad will show a short film based on Brian Jabas Smith’s “Spent Saints & Other Stories.”
In addition J.C. Sasser, author of Gradle Bird, will be reading from her new book.
Learn more at South Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St., 704-630-9788, southmainbookcompany.com
Hitch a ride to the Germanfest this year
This year’s Rowan Museum Germanfest, Sept. 16 at the Old Stone House, is going to be bigger and better. For the first time, the Rowan Museum and New Sarum Brewing Company are teaming up to provide four specially crafted beers to the public. Three of them were actually made over a fire at the Old Stone House.
For those who wish to travel to the Old Stone House from downtown Salisbury, the F&M Trolley will be leaving out every hour from 1-5 p.m. from the parking lot of New Sarum Brewery.
The F&M Bank Foundation is graciously donating the use of the trolley in support of the day’s activities. The event will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 16, and a special patrons’ party, advanced registration required, on the grounds of the Old Stone House will be held Sept. 15. Call the Rowan Museum for more details at 704-633-5946.
National Folk Festival: three days of free concerts
GREENSBORO -— Over 50 acts will be showcased on seven outdoor stages for the 77th National Folk Festival, Sept. 8-10, right up the road in Greensboro.
The NFF is one of America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage. Best of all, this three-day celebration is free — No tickets are needed.
A large-scale, three-day outdoor event, the National Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. It features over 300 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, and craftspeople in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, food and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more.
Learn more at nationalfolkfestival.com or Facebook.com/NationalFolkFestivalNC
Call for buskers!
The fifth annual BUSKERS~BASH & Best-Busker Contest is in Downtown Salisbury from 5-9 p.m. Friday Oct. 6.
At the BUSKERS~BASH the sidewalks of downtown are lined with street performers: musicians, magicians, jugglers, bubblers, acrobats and more. Each performer gets an official Busker~Bucket and a personalized Vote-For-Me poster, and performs on the street from 6-8 p.m.
Attendees get a Pick-Pack: a little bag with five custom BUSKERS~BASH guitar picks and a walking map showing where all the performers are located.
To vote for their favorite, they toss a guitar pick into the performer’s bucket. At 8 p.m. the votes are counted. At 9 p.m. winners will be announced at the grand finale at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St., followed by an open jam session into the night.
Winners get cash prizes, downtown dollars, trophies. Visit https://downtownsalisburync.com/events/buskers-bash/ for an application
Opportunities for artists, vendors, performers and volunteers
SALISBURY — 42nd OctoberTour seeks vendors for Oct. 14-15. The ‘Bank Street Cafe’ features food and art.
42nd OctoberTour seeks artists of handmade items for Oct.14-15.
42nd annual OctoberTour seeks docents for the historic home tour, plus help with the Bank Street Cafe, Patrons Ball and more.
EAST SPENCER — Performance and vendor slots are available at the second annualEast Spencer BBQ Pig Pickin at Royal Giants Park on Oct. 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Curtis Cowan with questions at 704-433-5135 or Rudendo Martin at 336-432-3716. Volunteers are also needed.
CHINA GROVE — China Grove Farmers Market seeks interested vendors. The market is open 4-6 p.m. every Friday until the end of Sept.
SALISBURY — Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival is Oct. 21. Food trucks inquire at www.rowanbluesandjazz.org or 704-636-3277.
SALISBURY — Holiday Faire seeks crafters and independent vendors. First Ministry Center, 223 N. Fulton St. Nov. 4. Contact Joyce Curl at 704-433-4251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Rod at 704-633-0431 ext.105.
SALISBURY — Central UMC seeks vendors for annual church bazaar. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call Rita Sim, 704-633-3415 or Melinda Dudley 704-636-9190.
CONCORD — The Music on Means Pop-Up Market is accepting artists/vendors of hand-made items to set up at in downtown Concord at this concert series which involves live entertainment, food trucks, games and more. Makers of hand-made products are invited to set up and sell. Dates: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 21 and Oct. 19. Cost: refundable deposit of $30 for one concert; $50 deposit for both. Call 704-784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com/ to learn more.
Center for Faith & the Arts, through its Wake Up Leonardo program, has partnered with the Barnabas Connection at St. John’s Lutheran Church to help bring art and contemplation to at risk youth.
The 2017/18 year of The Barnabas Connection is about to begin and volunteer mentors for the program are needed.
This is an after-school program that meets each Thursday afternoon from 2:30-5 p.m. beginning Oct. 5. Mentors will participate in mentor training in September and must complete an online training and background check with Safegatherings.com
For more information contact Nancy Gaines at email@example.com or 704 213 0019.
RBJS Blues and Jazz Reunion Festival news
Unveiling special edition T-Shirts for this year. Limited amount sold at the festival. Pre-sale will be on Eventbrite. Contact Eleanor Qadirah or 704-640-2542 to learn more.
Latta Plantation Revolutionary War Battle reenactment Labor Day weekend
HUNTERSVILLE — On Sept. 2-3 at Historic Latta Plantation, circa 1800 living-history farm and cotton plantation, meet with Colonel Polk and General Lord Cornwallis • Learn of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and see its repercussions • Visit Patriot and British soldier camps • Participate in the daily children’s drills daily
In addition, the Latta farm animals will be out and the home, outbuildings, barn, and cabins will be open for demonstrations. Eighteenth century vendors (called sutlers) will be on-site selling time period goods as well as food vendors.
There will be live-action battles on the front lawn and Saturday features two battles, including The Battle of Charlottestown at noon, and the Battle of the Bees at 3 p.m.
On Sunday there is one battle at 2 p.m., and all other demonstrations are ongoing all weekend.
Historic Latta Plantation is located at 5225 Sample Road. Find ticket ans schedule information at 704-875-2312 or www.lattaplantation.org