Local arts & entertainment news Sept. 7-13
Price of Freedom Museum’s 9/11 memorial event
CHINA GROVE — This year’s program in remembrance of 9/11, held at the Price of Freedom Museum, will be Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m., led by volunteer museum curator Joel Honeycutt. Bagpipes, played by Drew Barkley with the Kannapolis Fire Department, will lead the memorial tribute. Jeff McCorkle and the Strings of Victory will perform the national anthem.
The Salisbury Fire Department will display a fire engine and its Humvee, as well as the trailer with the piece of the World Trade Center steel girder.
The Rowan Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Kevin Auten will be on site, as well as the Salisbury Police and Highway Patrol and their vehicles.
Numerous county fire departments will also be represented.
The event continues until 3 p.m. with Memories of Yesteryears, which displays fire, police, rescue and emergency equipment, old and new, as well as restored farm equipment and vehicles.
The three room “house,” displaying the 1940s era way of life, is now open. Visitors can see the progress made in the restoration on the museum (formerly the old Patterson School) and the many other new exhibit rooms now open.
The Smoke House will be on site for the community to go through, along with a fire safety program for the children.
The Millbridge Ruritans will begin selling food at 11 a.m.
The Price of Freedom Museum is an American war memorial dedicated to the men and women of the United States armed services who paid the ultimate Price of Freedom with their lives and service to our country, whose goal is to teach all generations the true price of freedom.
The museum is located at the intersection of Weaver and Patterson Roads. Call 704-857-7474 or visit www.priceoffreedom.us
Europe after Brexit: ‘A continent at the Crossroads’
A program presented by The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch
The research of Aleksander Lust, assistant professor of political science at Appalachian University, focuses on the European Union (EU), the world’s largest trading bloc, an evolving political union and an aspiring global power.
Dr. Lust’s program, coming Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. to the Country Club of Salisbury, is open to the public.
He will explore the causes and consequences of Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Though never an enthusiastic member, Britain played a crucial role in shaping the development of the EU, from economic liberalization in the 1980s to the Eastern expansion in the 2000s. Issues such as Scotland and Northern Ireland and negotiating favorable terms for Britain will be explored.
Dr. Lust holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
RSVP for the dinner program, $32 per person, to Gerry Wood, 704-216-2660. Learn more at https://www.esuus.org/salisbury/
5th annual Faith Fire Department Party in the Park
FAITH — Support the Faith Fire Department Saturday, Sept. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Faith American Legion Park, 115 Gantt St.
Enjoy oysters, oyster stew, flounder, shrimp, hushpuppies, fries and slaw. The buffet price is available with or without oysters, with a kids’ plate available for ages 6-10. Tickets are available at Faith Soda Shop or from a Faith Fire Deptartment member or call Dale Peeler at 704-202-3123. All proceeds go to Faith Fire Department.
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, Horizons Unlimited will be kicking off its “Year 50” with a celebration and the unveiling of the new Story Walk.
There is a $2 suggested donation. Horizons is located at 1636 Parkview Circle; park and enter from Lilly Ave. Call 704-639-3004 to learn more or visit www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizonsunlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium
Meet Andy Wolfe
ROCKWELL — Andy Wolfe of “Gotta Kill It to Heal It” and “Gotta Kill It to Grill It” will be at Sugar Bear’s 1-year Birthday Bash from noon-a2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Cancer survivors will be honored at 2 p.m. The Birthday Bash activities run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 8484 Hwy 52, next to NAPA. There will be a bounce castlefor the kids, raffles and food specials.
Rowan Museum celebrates Protestant Reformation with two events
In honor and recognition of the German immigrants who made their way down The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road to settle in Rowan County in the 1700s, the Rowan Museum will host special events to celebrate their culture and achievements.
At the museum on Tuesday Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., executive director Aaron Kepley will give a presentation to the Rowan History Club on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation using personal photos from his two trips to Germany devoted to the study of the Reformation. History Club is free and open to the public and is held on the second floor of the museum in Salisbury, elevator accessible.
Dr. Gary Freeze will be the keynote speaker at the museum’s Germanfest Patrons’ Party, Sep. 15 and at the festival itself on the 16th. His topic, “What Martin Luther Would’ve Thought of Cheerwine” celebrates two big milestones, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 100th anniversary of Cheerwine. The Patrons’ Party requires advanced registration; call the museum by Sept. 12. Germanfest on the 16th is open to the public and includes specially brewed beers by New Sarum, German food, craftsmen, dancers, and much more.
For more information, contact the Rowan Museum, 704-633-5946.
Cabarrus County Fair
Sept. 8-16 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, off Hwy 49. www.cabarruscountyfair.com
Rowan County Fair
Sept. 15-23 at the fairgrounds on Julian Road. Call 704-640-2326 or visit www.rowancountyfair.net
An evening with Charles A. Cannon
KANNAPOLIS — Mr. Charles Cannon, president of Cannon Mills, will be the guest speaker for the September meeting of the Kannapolis History Associates, Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
Mr. Cannon will share parts of his personal story about his beginnings in the textile world for which he became famous as a great industrialist. This will serve as a prelude to the film, “Charles A Cannon: A Mind for Business. A Heart for People” that will premier in October.
Meet in the A.L. Brown High School social room, 415 East First St. Call the history room at 704-932-7518 to learn more.
Auditions for the Polar Express Train Ride
SPENCER — Once again The Transportation Museum and Lee Street theatre are partnering together to create the magical Polar Express Train Ride.
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and some weeknights Nov. 17-Dec. 22. 58-68 roles will be cast Auditions are Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 from noon-5 p.m. at Steppin’ Out Dance Company, 1401 S Salisbury Ave. Call for additional information 704-310-5507 or email email@example.com
Arts, crafts, parade applications available for Gold Hill Founders Day
GOLD HILL — The 28th Annual Gold Hill Founders’ Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, 735 St. Stephens Church Road. Applications for art, crafts and Heritage Living exhibits are still available at www.historicgoldhill.com or 704-279-1630.
For more info on parade entries, call 704-279-7897 or for general info call 704-279-5674. Email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Annual East Spencer BBQ Pig Pickin
Oct. 7 at Royal Giants Park from 1-5 p.m. Performance and vendor slots available. Contact Curtis Cowan 704-433-5135 or Rudendo Martin 336-432-3716. Volunteers needed as well.
Dance at Harold B. Jarrett Post 342
7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8: Music by deejay “Rawhide” Lee Clark. $10 admission, finger foods served. 1024 Lincolnton Road. Info 704-637-1722.
The Warehouse grand opening
Saturday, Sept. 9: Doors open at 8 p.m., close at 2 a.m. Headline band Crowell along with Freaky and Devious with rave Charles McFly and Krispi. For age 18 and up. Tickets $10 in advance, $20 DOS. There will be vendors, live body painting and local artists using the live acts. 973-460-0221 .